On a Sunday afternoon, the Islamic Republic of Iran welcomed a group of 70 Ugandan students with triumphant joy.
The students who are recipients of fully funded scholarships are set to pursue their academic journeys at Ahlul-bayt International University in Tehran, the capital of Iran.
The scholarships were negotiated by Office of the National Chairman (ONC) Kyambogo under the stewardship of by Hajjat Hadijah Namyalo as one of the means to nature and groom better citizens who will greatly contribute to Uganda’s development.
Closely working with President Museveni, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the government of Iran, the strategic Hajjat Namyalo managed to secure scholarships for the said students in various fields of study.
Hakim Kyeswa, who heads the Digital Media Department at ONC, revealed that the beneficiaries of the scholarship program set off from Uganda on Saturday, February 03, 2024, and landed in Tehra on Sunday.
Shortly after takeoff at Entebbe International Airport, Kyeswa, who accompanied the students to Iran, noted all the students who scooped the scholarships were admitted on merit.
“This morning, on behalf of ONC Manager, SPA Hajjat Hadijah Namyalo, I accompanied and flagged off 70 Ugandan students who benefited from the scholarship program under the office of the National Chairman NRM. These students were admitted to Ahlul-Bayt International University, Tehran.”
Following their arrival in Tehran, Mr Kyeswa on behalf of the government of Uganda and Office of the National Chairman expressed gratitude to the Iranian Embassy for selecting them on merit.”
“This afternoon, 70 Ugandan students who benefited from the ONC Scholarship program arrived safely at Ahlul-bayt International University, Tehran, Iran.
At the Airport, we were received by Dr. Ba Hemmat, the Head of the University culture department. Later, students will have a welcoming Dinner.”
“Once again, these students applauded ONC manager Hajjat Hadijah Namyalo for giving them the opportunity and promised to concentrate on their studies.” he added.
Under these scholarships, students will receive free accommodation and healthcare, from the Islamic Republic of Iran for Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctorate programs.
The programmes under which these scholarships fall are as follows:
2. Information Technology
3. Architectural engineering (Structure)
Masters and Doctorate Level
1. Business Management
2. Mechatronics Engineering
3. Civil Engineering
4. Islamic Economics
5. History of Islamic Civilization
6. Women Studies
7. International Relations
8. Criminal Law and Criminology
9. Social Communication Sciences
10. Private Law
11. The History of Islamic Culture and Civilization
12. Women’s Studies
13. Persian Language and Literature
14. Philosophy and Islamic Theology (KALAM).
It should be noted that when the President of Iran H.E Dr. Ebrahim Raisi visited Uganda last year, he and President Museveni agreed during their meeting at State House, Entebbe to strengthen the relations between both countries through bilateral cooperation.
“We are always ready to cooperate with Iran and this area of cooperation is straight,” President Museveni said, during their meeting, adding that the cooperation is due to Iran’s Anti-imperialism position, a reason he has visited Iran many times and most of the Presidents of Iran have in the past visited Uganda.
President Museveni also told his Iranian counterpart and his delegation that there is nothing Uganda cannot produce because of her good climate.
He mentioned items especially food; bananas, maize, coffee, cocoa and fish adding that the problem has always been access to markets and Iran’s cooperation comes in handy.
“We can do a lot of trade together. Iran has got experiences which we don’t have,” H.E Museveni added
President Museveni also appreciated the Islamic Republic of Iran for motivating him to develop Uganda’s oil resources, especially constructing an oil refinery in Uganda.
It’s important to note therefore that 70 Ugandan students who got scholarships to study in Iran through the ONC are a manifestation of some of the fruits being realized from the cordial relationship between the two countries.