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Kyambogo University to get Shs 72bn to modernise science

Kyambogo University will soon receive a new look courtesy of a US$28.5 million (Shs 72bn) grant from the African Development Bank (ADB).

The grant is expected to transform the university through new teaching and learning infrastructure, modernize science and engineering laboratories to deliver online courses. According to the vice chancellor, Prof Eli Katunguka, Kyambogo is looking to use the monies to establish a state-of-art computer laboratory with 135 work stations.

“When these projects are complete, the face of Kyambogo University will change forever,” Katunguka said. “This will enable students to get hands-on skills, facilitate teaching and students learning. The computer laboratory for graduate students is also going to be equipped with the state-of-the-art facilities.”

Prof Katunguka’s revelation came as he addressed the gathering at last week’s graduation ceremonies. He added that the university had also set aside Shs 2.6bn to start construction of a state-of-the art central lecture block, this year. However, construction is expected to cost the university more, with the final figure now set at Shs 16.5bn.

“This will accommodate 6,000 students in a single sitting and will comprise lecturer theatres, computer labs, staff offices and other amenities,” Katunguka added.

Last week’s graduation was the university’s 11th and saw over 7,000 graduands receive degrees, diplomas and certificates for their efforts. Katunguka also revealed the eight new academic programmes to enhance research and they include PhD in Food Technology, master’s in Food Processing Technology and masters in Soil Science.

Others include masters in Animal Production, master’s in Crop Science, master’s in Agricultural Education and Extension, Master of Early Childhood Development and Master of Organizational Psychology. During graduation, Andrew Apio from (faculty of Education), John Lubaale faculty of Science) and Albert Agaba (faculty of Engineering) were announced the best students. They had all scored a cumulative grade point average of 4.9 out of maximum five points.

In the same vein, Vincent Muwonge, best student on the Bachelor of Accounting and Finance, in addition to receiving the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants Uganda (ACCA). Muwonge’s award came with a Shs 4m scholarship for vocational studies to improve his skills in accountancy.
Prof Katunguka congratulated the students for their first-class degrees and excellent performance.

“Such best students form the basis for a strong academic staff establishment and they should be identified for nurturing and mentoring, if they would be interested in an academic career,” he said.

He added that there were new developments for staff development.

“The university has subscribed to Africa network to enable staff access research information on all sources of research funding that exist,” he added.

zurah@observer.ug

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