Mayengo Nathaniel, now dubbed Dr Mayengo a senior staff member in Kyambogo University, psychology department was one of the 11 individuals that were awarded a PhD in the recent 25th graduation ceremony.
Mbarara University of Science and Technology held a colorful 25th Graduation Ceremony on Saturday, 27th October 2018 at the university’s Kihumuro Campus Grounds.
The function, presided over by the university’s Chancellor, Prof. Charles Olweny, saw 964 students awarded Degrees and Diplomas of Mbarara University of Science and Technology. Of these 11 were awarded Doctors of Philosphy (PhDs).
The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Celestino Obua provided a summary status of the university to the congregation.
The Minister of Education & Sports, Hon. Janet Kataha Museveni in a speech read for her by the Minister of Science & Technology, Dr. Elioda Tumwesigye, urged the graduands to remain ethical in the competitive world to which they were being ushered.
Dr Mayengo’s study was based on “self-determination, classroom engagement and academic coping strategies among Ugandan undergraduate teachers attending large university classes”
His study was intended to address the challenges of quality which is attributed to the large classes in universities due to the increasing academic demands. His findings was that constructive academic coping facilitated by higher levels of determination is found to be very key in attaining quality education which is a requirement in attaining socio economic and transformation as required and self-skills are very key in attaining these learning activities.
This adds up to the number of 6 PhD holders in the department, a 7th awaited pretty soon from Ms Namusoke Jane who is completing her studies in South Africa.
Psychology department has been longing for a number of PhD holders to spin it towards its absolute dream of becoming a “School of Psychology”, come 2021 and Dr Mayengo’s graduation was a boost and a foot in the door for the attainment of this dream.
Now Doctor Mayengo Nathaniel had these thankful messages to the members of staff that congulatulated him for the award;
“Aha my mentor, many times am short of the words to use to thank you and also describe your professional commitment. For some of us who have been lucky to receive your mentorship, we are proud of you, you inspire us and you have set a tough precedent for us. May the almighty bless you” Dr Mayengo to Dr Olema David
“Prof .Adrian, thanks. Kindly take my prophesy” Dr Mayengo to Mr Kakinda Adrian a junior staff in the department
“My man Ejakaiti,thanks” to Mr Abiru Egeju
“My ‘X’thank you.Glory be to God” to Ms Lamunu Christine
“Big mentor Salongo,Many thanks” to Mr Gastone Byamugisha
BY Kakinda Adrian
Psychology newsletter editor