Speaking during the Convocation Ceremony on Aug 27 at the LRC, Msgr Dr. Pius Rutechura outlined several aspects on focus during the new academic Year 2015/16.
First, the VC said that the university was seeking the status of operating as a fully fledged and canonically elected Chaplaincy. He said that this would enhance pastoral ministries and strengthen the base of making CUEA to continue bearing desirable fruits.
He urged all the members of the university to maximize their participation and attendance to spiritual functions. More of the pastoral ministries would be made operational. These include, Spiritual Formation and accompaniment, Worship and Liturgy, Social Concern, Ecumenism and Interfaith.
Msgr Pius also requested everyone to read, internalize and integrate values of Pope Francis’s new encyclical, Laudato Si ‘on the care for our common home’. “We have to care for oneself, neighbour and the institutions we serve as a starting point”, he added.
He urged everyone to embrace a new lifestyle which will liberate us from becoming a seedbed for collective selfishness and embark upon new paths of authentic freedom where disinterested concern for others, and care for our brothers and sisters and for the natural environment is possible.
“What will liberate us and lead us to success is focusing on long range achievements by consciously expanding our mind.” The vice chancellor added.
Further, the VC said that the bright future of CUEA depended on openness to share and shoulder a common vision and building consensus on how to address key issues which will eventually lead to mutual reaping of the fruits of our labour.
Monsignor noted, “I firmly believe that embracing cost effective measures, accompanied by more order and deliberate efforts to raise non tuition income will enable us to increase the size of our cake which we will all share with gratitude and joy.
He informed the staff at the University that the job evaluation and HR audit report was already being implemented and urged all sections to willingly implement the recommendations.
Rutechura revealed some of the measures targeting to harmonise teaching workloads and part time claims. These will include; a) qualified administrative staff to teach two units per year without claiming, b) Faculties and departments to reduce number of units offered, rationalize and streamline courses and units taught (across faculties and departments) so as to reduce part-time claims, c) Ensure that lecturers take full loads before making any claims and extend their service to related faculties.
On security, the VC assured that stringent measures were being undertaken to ensure that our campuses remained safe. This is being worked in collaboration with IBM and will involve the installation of CCTV cameras and other advanced systems.
Further, the VC congratulated CUEA Monks for their great efforts which have seen them rise back to the first league status. He assured students that the university will continue accompanying them in a holistic manner. He further announced that the University was seriously minding international students and had set up a committee to see how to enrich our services to them.
At the beginning of his speech the Vice Chancellor paid glowing tribute to the Rt. Rev. Paul Kalanda, Bishop Emeritus, Fort Portal, Uganda, the first rector of the university, then known as CHIEA (Catholic Higher Institute of Eastern Africa) who passed on on Aug 18.