The Uganda Management Institute (UMI), has been commended for training Ugandans and beyond, in practical skills to manage public affairs.
The institute originally set up to specifically serve the public sector, has now evolved to serve the training needs of the growing private sector as well, according to the Prime Minister Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda.
The Premier was presiding over the 14th graduation ceremony for the conferment of degrees, Postgraduate Diplomas and Ordinary Diplomas, at the Uganda Management Institute in Kampala.
Rugunda called upon the graduands to work hard and strive to innovatively utilize the skills acquired to enhance growth and development in the country.
‘As scholars, you will only be meaningful if you engage in solving problems the society encounters’, he said.
He said the National Vision 2040 also focuses on public sector management and administration, with a view to improve the overall government effectiveness in execution and implementation of programmes.
He also commended UMI management for leading an institution which has not been involved in any form of strikes and demonstrations.
‘This is to be applauded. You may have to share your secrets with other institutions on how you do it’, he said.
On her part, the Minister for Education and Sports Jesica Alupo, appreciated the participation of the Institute in the development of the country.
She called for more innovations to enable improvement of public service.
UMI was established in 1969 as an Institute of Public Administration (IPA) to provide in-service training to public servants in Uganda.
The enactment of the UMI Statute in 1992 transformed IPA into UMI and granted a semi-autonomous status to award its own certificates and Diplomas.
The enactment of the 2001 Universities and Other Tertiary Institutions Act, repealed the UMI Statute of 1992 and placed the Institute under the Ministry of Education and Sports.
Later the 2001 Act was amended in 2006 and classified UMI as ‘other Degree Awarding Institutions’.
The Institute has also scheduled graduation ceremonies for the 2014/2015 Academic Year to take place in Mbarara, Gulu and Mbale respectively.