Dr. Ali Ayub Baguwemu to Bid Farewell from headship of department of Psychology, Kyambogo University

Dr. Ali Ayub Baguwemu to Bid Farewell from headship of department of Psychology, Kyambogo University

26/November/2019

By Kakinda Adrian

“Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end”

This 28th November, 2019 will be the last day for Dr Ali Ayub Baguwemu’s stint at the helm of the psychology department of Kyambogo University which he assumed in 2015 up to date.

Inset above : DR ALI AYUB BAGUWEMU, OUTGOING HEAD OF PSYCHOLOGY DEPARTMENT, KYAMBOGO UNIVERSITY

Dr Ali joined Kyambogo University service in 1994 as ITEK, crossed to UNISE in 1996, and then joined kyambogo university department of psychology with a merger in 2003, thus enjoying 25 years of service.

Apart from teaching and heading a department, Ali Baguwemu has served on numerous committees at Kyambogo University and for many years he held the position of head of department. Dr. Ali joined the department of psychology in 2012, and has led the department through a major reorganization. The department’s accomplishments under his leadership include the successful launch of the PhD in educational psychology, which will graduate the first PhD degree recipient in December of next year. The department also underwent a major revision of its master’s programs to include the new master of counselling psychology and master of organizational psychology, which prepares students for many clinical, counselling and research career opportunities arising from healthcare transformation.

Inset above: DR ALI (RIGHT) sharing a moment with Professor Elegbeleye (left)

Dr. Ali received his BA in education in 1985 from Makerere University, his MS in educational psychology specialty in 1992 from Makerere University, and his PhD in educational psychology in 2010 from Makerere University. In addition to his position as head of psychology department at Kyambogo university, Dr. Ali has had a distinguished career including as the Kyambogo university council member (2012-2016), Editor of African journal of special needs education for five years, chairman and national secretary of Uganda Ahmaddiyah Muslim association education scholarships as an active researcher and author, and as licensed educational psychologist with extensive experience in therapy and assessment.

Ali’s career achievements reflect his interest in research, particularly in the fields of the psychology of religion, social psychology employment of people with disability and children with disabilities and experimental psychology. His research has been published numerous times in a variety of academic journals and he plans to continue this type of work in his retirement. “I hope to do writing in the areas of psychology of people with disabilities and philosophy of education. I also plan to continue my mentoring of young academicians,” Ali said.

 “It has been my pleasure and honor to serve as head of psychology department,” Ali said. “How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard, what we call the beginning is often the end. And to make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from”. Ali added. He says that he has enjoyed the support of the colleagues

The department houses an outstanding and five academically rigorous and internationally competitive programs, along with an innovative clinic and internship program. Kyambogo University psychology students are truly a joy to work with and give meaning to our joint endeavors. I have grown to care deeply for my psychology department colleagues and students and will miss them profoundly. I leave sadly, yet with the joyful knowledge that I made a difference.”

The students Dr Ali has taught are perhaps his greatest source of pride. “I am proud of where our graduates serve today. Collectively psychology graduates are doing many wonderfully impressive things,” he said.

Professor of Psychology James Kagaari, who has been a colleague of Dr Ali for 25 years, said of him, “He’s one of a kind and will never be replaced.” James named one of Ali’s major contributions as “helping the Psychology Department get to a point where we have an impressive record in terms of getting students into grad school.” More than 95 percent of psychology graduates who apply are accepted.

His biggest dream is to see the department becoming a school, training and doing extensive research to uphold the mission and vision of Kyambogo University and has left a well-designed plan for the next head of department. Dr Henry Kibedi, an organizational psychology specialist is the next head of department for a period of four years.

ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT

Established in 2002, our department has had a long and successful history with many psychologists contributing to its success since its beginnings. The Department of Psychology is one of seven academic units in the Faculty of Education.

Great effort is expended in developing students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. We desire that these students be equipped with the knowledge and methods that will place them at the forefront of progress in the psychological disciplines as we enter the twenty-first century.

With the vision of being an internationally recognised as a centre of learning and research that advances knowledge, addresses contemporary social issues and improves people’s lives and behaviours and a mission of training practical professionals to transform communities and organizations through restructuring, rehabilitation and consultative research in areas of psychology, clinical, counseling, mentoring, organizational and community development in line with Kyambogo University mission.

FAREWELL MESSAGES

“We will miss Dr. Ali’ strong leadership in the department of psychology,” said Ag. University counselor MS Winnifred kyosaba. “I want to express my deep gratitude for all that he has accomplished during her tenure as the head, and I look forward to his continued work with our students and faculty on a part-time basis through the subsequent academic years to come.”

 “I don’t know how you say good-bye to whom and what you love. I don’t know a painless way to do it, don’t know the words to capture a heart so full and a longing so intense.”
― 
prof Chalmer Thompson

“It was so painful to here about your retirement. You have  been an  inspiring, cheerful thoughtful, generous, proactive and devoted professor thus thank you for all the years of unselfish service to our great country, Kyambogo university in particular. The knowledge and skills you have imparted in us are a treasure that will forever remain in our minds and we promise to pass it on to the next generation . Retirement from work is not retirement from life , may God give  you the strength and wisdom to  continue with the good work you are known for.May you find success wherever you go and enjoy your retirement. Farewell!!!!”-Nabatanda Gloria, counselling student

” I wish that you have many, many more days to spend with us. You are a special person to all of us, we love you and we will greatly miss your words of wisdom and encouragement. Goodbye! ” Ms Kirabo Nakasiiita Nkambwe,Assistant lecturer- department of psychology

” Not only have I enjoyed working with you; I have also gained experience on how to build a good reputation, be loyal and stand by our family, friends and country. Farewell and good luck! ” Mr Barugahare Vicent, Examinations cordinator

“Congratulations on your retirement! Thank you for all the years of unselfish service to our great country and for leading by example. May you continue to find success wherever you may find yourself. Goodbye my great mentor! ” Ms Nakanwagi Carol

” It’s indeed a great pleasure to share this special time with you. You are a tower of strength and knowledge. If the world can have more people like you, indeed the world would be a much better place to make a living. We are who we are today, much to your efforts in a team and as a leader. Goodbye and hope to see you again! ” Dr Nathaniel Mayengo

” The knowledge you have imparted is a treasure that will forever remain in my heart and I promise to pass it on to my children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. May God grant you all your wishes as you move! ” Mr Kakinda Adrian Ivan


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