Varsities must join African leaders in search for solutions to poverty

PHOTO | KIBAKI PRESS Former president Mwai Kibaki poses for a group photo with the Great Lakes Student Leaders after presenting him with The Great Lakes Region Student Union Medal during the 90 years of Makerere University Celebrations in Kampala, Uganda.

What you need to know:

  • Perhaps Makerere’s most profound attribute is its indomitable resilience. During the regrettable years when political turmoil beset Uganda, Makerere was the one institution that stood the tempest as if nothing adverse were afoot
  • As we move deeper into the 21st Century, our universities must join the leaders of their nations in the search for answers to Africa’s persistent challenges of poverty and disease in the midst of plenty
  • It’s now the turn of young scholars to break new ground for Africa’s resurgence through innovative research geared towards African transformation

I was last weekend invited to Makerere University’s 90th birthday and asked to make remarks on the theme, “Leadership towards Africa’s Transformation in the 21st Century”.

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