The wealth of a nation does not lie in its natural resources but also in the abilities of its people. You can only get the best out of people if they have been well educated and developed to prepare them for productive work in the country. Once they have this ability, they then have a choice and are empowered to do what they want to do rather than to simply accept what nature imposes upon them.
We take this opportunity to thank you for choosing Makerere University Business School (MUBS) and move to the MUBS culture. Joining the University is not any every day thing and indeed is only very few people who do it and you are privileged to be one of them. It is good to thank God, for this opportunity and indeed privilege to join the University. We appeal to you to explore your potentials so that you determine your future. We all love success, but how do we achieve it? MUBS wants to help you shape the dream of your future. Welcome to Makerere University Business School, “the place to be”
To be successful in whatever you will do or be, you must not only work hard but also work smart and attempt to excel at it. This cannot be achieved, unless you are clear of where you want to be. You must have clear goals so as to place your life in perspective. People rarely find time to do so and they have muddled through life. This means you live without hope because you do not see where you are going. It is important therefore, to envision your future and set your life goals. Thinking about the goals, I encourage you to dream, to take a wild leap into the future and focus on what you desire and what you want to be. MUBS programmes are intended to give you knowledge in various management areas, broaden your understanding of business and give you business techniques that will help you make a choice in business areas and also the ability to go for it.
Before joining the University, you received a lot of guidance in schools given to you on what to do and not what to do. It is possible somebody told you to go to class and gave you a time table to revise and prepare for examinations. At the University that does NOT happen. Here you take charge of your life; you decide what you want to do and when you want to do it. It is time for you to take responsibility for your decisions.
We recommend what will be required to achieve the main purpose of your joining the University. What we require of you is to attend lectures, prepare yourself for coursework tests and final examinations. To be able to do this, you need to understand the University rules and regulations which deal with conduct and the academic aspects. We also require you to demand to be taught, but as you realize learning is your responsibility, we cannot make you learn, it is entirely upon you, but we urge you to take time and learn.
During your University time you will meet people, some of them will become your life time friends, and you should choose them selectively. You need to balance study and leisure and other social activities.
I take this opportunity to once again welcome you to MUBS and wish you the best not only during the course of your study, but also in your life ahead which may be determined greatly by what you do in the University.
Prof. Waswa Balunywa (PhD)