Musanze - The Higher Institute of Agriculture and Animal Husbandry, ISAE Busogo, yesterday held its fifth graduation ceremony where more than 800 students graduated with various degrees and diplomas.
At least 566 students were awarded Advanced Diplomas while 288 graduated with Bachelor’s Degrees.
Those who received Degrees were from the faculties of Veterinary Medicine, and Agricultural Sciences, while those with Diplomas were from the faculties of Agriculture and Rural Development, Agricultural Engineering and Environmental Science.
It was announced that ISAE will also start offering degrees in Agriculture Mechanisation, and Forestry, beginning the next academic year.
The Minister of Education, and Chancellor of the university, Dr Vincent Biruta, who presided over the graduation ceremony, called upon students to use the theoretical and practical skills acquired to make a difference in the community.
“It is tempting to think that you have arrived; this is but just the beginning of a new journey. The choices you make will determine the footprints you leave behind. Now that you are equipped with tools, use them productively,’’ Biruta advised.
He challenged university graduates and lecturers to partner in research and come up with innovations which will respond to the needs of the population.
“University education is about learning how to learn. Use the skills you have acquired and make a difference in peoples lives,’’ Biruta added.
Three best performing students, Juvenal Singirumukiza, Idore Nsengimana and Kennedy Ruhosha, were awarded by the university’s Rector and the Dean of Students.
The Rector, Dr Charles Karemangingo, revealed that a survey conducted on the performance of the ISAE students employed in various institutions, indicated that over 80 percent were rated as good employees.
He noted that ISAE is supporting the local community in agriculture and animal husbandry, through internship of students and community outreach.
“Diplomas and degrees you are being awarded, are simple foundations on which to build your future, they are not your future, your future is in your hands, in your brains and mind, in your hard work,” Karemangingo told the new graduates.