Kampala, (UG): Ms Fanirwoth Charlotte, a second-year nursing student at Victoria University who bagged home a mega award at the just concluded Heroes in Health Awards (HIHA) 2023 has been granted a full scholarship by the university to celebrate her role in the health sector.
The awards organized by the Ministry of Health in partnership with XtraOrdinary Media, were held over the weekend with the aim.kf recognizing the exceptional contributions of healthcare professionals in the country.
In HIHA 2023 Nurse of the Year category, Ms Fanirwoth Charlotte emerged as the first runner-up (second in the whole country) and in celebration of her mega achievement, the Vice Chancellor Victoria University Dr Lawrence Muganga yesterday (Monday) offered her a full-year scholarship plus shs 1m cash prize to enable her completer her Bachelor of Nursing Science degree.
Speaking to journalists at the varsity main campus in Kampala, Dr Muganga who was filled with joy for Charlotte’s landmark said that her success is a testament that Victoria University offers the best and quality education that everyone can dream about.
“Victoria University is ranked the best because is we have moved from the ancient teaching model of heaping theories onto our students. We don’t waste time on theory, we offer practical learning and by the time our students graduate, they have papers but most importantly the skills and experience required in the job market,” Muganga noted.
Dr Muganga called up on all students looking for an institution that will build their dreams to enroll at Victoria University, a technological institution celebrated on the entire continent for producing a competent labor force.
He added that with the University’s Career Readiness Employability Program (CRE) and Experiential Learning, students are rest assured that they will leave fully equipped with skills that are highly demanded in the job market.
“It’s nolonger doubtable that Victoria University is the only university that nurtures leaders like Charlotte who are determined to solve country’s problems. We are committed at producing graduates who contribute to country’s growth. We will never contribute to the suffering of many unemployed graduates from other universities,” Dr Muganga vowed;
”I am happy that the country has already started enjoying quality instilled in our students like Charlotte, we produce quality assets to help build this nation.”
On her part, Ms Charlotte expressed gratitude towards Victoria University and the Vice Chancellor for their constant support (academically and professionally), as well as her parents and all those who worked hard to ensure her success in the recent awards ceremony.
Charlotte, who initially pursued a certificate and Diploma revealed how her two year career so far at VU have changed her in her position as a specialized nurse at Kiryandongo Government Hospital where she works.
“I joined Victoria University with less digital skills. As I speak today am called a digi-expert by my fellow nurses,” she said adding; “I thank Victoria University for introducing long distance learning well known as V-Class that enables me to study from where ever I am without any interruption.”
Dr Joan Kempango Ruhongore, the Dean Faculty of Nursing and Health Sciences hailed Charlotte for being a resilient health worker who with the determination opted for a weekend program that enables her to keep her job secured but also be able not to miss any lecture.
To compliment her remarks, Dr Muganga noted that Victoria University’s primary objective is to provide students with practical experience upon completion of their studies. To achieve this, he says the University has implemented various programs such as weekend classes and online courses, among others, to allow students to balance their work commitments while pursuing their academic aspirations.
Victorial University offers a couple of programs in the health department among them including Bachelor of Midwifery Science, Bachelor of Nursing Science, Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition and Dietetics, Bachelor of Pharmacy and Bachelor of Science in Public Health.
For postgraduates, the University has programs such as Master of Science in Public Health, Masters of Science in Sexual and Reproductive Health, Master of Science in Global Health Nutrition and Master of Science in Health Service Management.
HIHA, founded in 2019, are a Public-Private Partnership project organizd by the Ministry of Health with the support of Xtraordinary Media to recognize outstanding individuals, entities, organizations, services, products, and programs in the health sector.
The awards, held every year, celebrate dedicated and talented foot soldiers, practitioners, academics, organizations and other sector partners who dedicate their careers, time, life and resources to providing exemplary care, innovation and service to Ugandans countrywide.
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