The Ambassador of Tanzania to Uganda launches Kiswahili Club at MUST.

Characterised by traditional dances and cross-country presentations, Friday 23rd September 2022 was an exciting evening as MUST hosted the 6th international dinner. The dinner is an annual relaxing event that brings together international students and visitors from different countries. It is also time for management to interact with international students and set new strategies in fulfillment of the internationalisation agenda.

H.E Dr. Aziz Ponary Milma signing after launching kiswahili club.

The highlight of the evening was the launch of the MUST kiswahili club by the guest of honour, H.E Dr. Aziz Ponary Milma, the Ambassador of the United Republic of Tanzania to Uganda who commended MUST for the great work taking a positive step in ensuring that a newly UN recognized language is taught at MUST.

Mr. Emmanuel Kyagaba the Dean of Students giving his remarks.

Other dignitaries present were Mr. Timothee Munga Lemba, Administrative Secretary/Education Attache, Democratic Republic of Congo Embassy in Kampala and Mr. Hashim Karumba the Financial Attache of the Tanzania High Commission in Uganda.

Mr. Timothee Lemba the Education Attache of the DRC Embassy in Uganda

Accompanied by the Deputy Vice Chancellor – Academic Affairs, Dean of Students, some Dean of Faculties and staff, Prof. Celestino Obua, the Vice Chancellor of MUST appreciated the efforts of the International Relations Office to coordinate MUST international partnerships and collaborations and requested students to be good ambassadors of MUST. He appreciated the effort to launch the Kiswahili club and encouraged students to not only belong but ensure that they use the language which is a rich language integrating African dialects.

Kenyans posing after their fashion show

The International Relations Officer, Mrs. Sheila Niinye Twinamatsiko said that MUST has continued to open big doors for students on full time programmes from Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Nigeria, Somalia, Burundi, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Cameroon, Sierra Leone, Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan and India. She further noted that despite the effects of COVID-19, there is now a steady increase of international students on electives who come from America, Europe and Asia.

DRC during their dance

On average, MUST hosts 300 international visitors mostly scholars and project partners across the globe annually. She also noted that one can not go wrong with learning Kiswahili that is spoken by 200 million people across the globe according to UNESCO.

Rwandese performing their cultural dance

Appreciation goes to students, staff, management and international visitors who graced the occasion.