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Ankole Western University has started constructing a Shs 3bn science block at its campus in Kabwohe –Itendero town council, Sheema district.

According to the vice chancellor, Prof Emmanuel Karooro, the ground is already leveled and construction is set to begin. Karooro told The Observer that construction of the three-storeyed building will be done in three phases.

“We shall first complete the ground floor,” he said.

This phase will cost the university Shs 1.5bn and the money could be availed by the university. Karooro observed that the university held a fundraising mid this year and raised Shs 134m and the institution has the ability to top up the needed funds for the first phase.

“You know that these days institutions in Uganda build in phases because of insufficient funds but I am hopeful that the building will be completed to its last third floor with time,” Karoro said.

Ankole Western University was started as an institute of science and technology in 2004 by the West Ankole diocese. It is affiliated to the Uganda Christian University Mukono whose degrees it offers. It also has diplomas in primary education from Kyambogo University.

Students also offer diplomas in veterinary science, agriculture, agrobusiness, public administration and development studies, among others. There are only two universities that serve the greater Bushenyi composed of five districts (Bushenyi, Mitooma, Buhweju, Rubiriizi and Sheema).

Kampala International University (western campus) is situated in Bushenyi-Ishaka municipality and was established in 2004. The two institutions emphasize science disciplines. KIU runs a medical school, while Ankole Western is investing a lot in agriculture and veterinary science.

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