Chancellor of Uganda Christian University (UCU), the Most Rev. Dr. Stephen Kaziimba Mugalu, concluded his pastoral visit to the Diocese of Kigezi with his maiden visit to Uganda Christian University -Bishop Barham University College Kabale which is a constituent college of UCU Mukono.
The Chancellor was accompanied by the Bishop of Kigezi the Rt. Rev. Gaddie Akanjuna who is the Chairman of the University College Governing Council, the acting Chaplain Rev Samuel Kanyike, and the Church of Uganda Communications Officer Mr. Sadiiki Adams.
The Archbishop was received at the College by the University Principal Dr. Alice Jossy Kyobutungi Tumwesigye together with the Management team and the staff of the University College.
In his welcome remarks, the Bishop of Kigezi expressed his joy and appreciation to the Archbishop for accepting to visit UCU-BBUC on his pastoral visit.
The Principal Dr. Alice Jossy Kyobutungi Tumwesigye also appreciated the Chancellor for sparing time from his very tight schedule to visit the University College
She said that despite the financial challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and the Post- Covid trials with the stiff competition faced by the University College. It has ably kept its head above the water, and has continued to provide an atmosphere for holistic education that is hinged on Christian values and morals.
Dr. Alice Jossy highlighted to the Chancellor the need for significant improvement of the University College infrastructure especially lecture rooms which have been in existence for almost a century! She also pointed out the need for a University College library building
The Principal said that the University College intends to augment its revenue by exploring other avenues among which is organizing a fundraising and also planning a celebration of 100 years of the existence of Bishop Barham Divinity College
The Chancellor expressed gratitude to the Bishop of Kigezi and the University leadership for the warm reception and the impressive work the University College is doing in Kigezi and Uganda at large. He further encouraged them to continue in their efforts to make University College “A center of excellence in the Heart of Africa”.
He challenged members of staff to learn to be strategically positioned if they are to survive in this challenging world. This he did by illustrating from Luke 19:1-10 about the story of Zacchaeus whose faith and desire to see Jesus made him climb a sycamore tree
He advised the University Management team and the entire staff to be flexible, creative, and humble but most importantly to remain focused on the cross.