MUST New Faculty Of Applied Science Remains Idle

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Mbarara University of Science and Technology Vice Chancellor, Prof. Celestine Obua says they need 100 billion shillings to operationalise the new faculty.

The newly constructed five storied facility at Mbarara University of Science and Technology remains unused, a year after being commissioned.


The structure meant to house the Faculty of Applied Science and Technology is located at the university's new Kihumuro site, seven kilometers along the Mbarara-Bushenyi road.


President Yoweri Museveni commissioned the Faculty building in October 2014, as the university celebrated its silver jubilee.


According to the university plan, the new faculty was supposed to start in August, 2015, with the first intake of over 1,000 students. 


The faculty is supposed to offer courses in Electronic and Civil Engineering, Biomedical Science and Engineering, Energy, and Mineral and Petroleum Studies.


Mbarara University of Science and Technology Vice Chancellor, Prof. Celestine Obua says the university needs 100 billion shillings for the faculty to open.


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The university is currently engaging the Ministry of Education and the African Development Bank to support them secure funds and finish the setup ahead of the 2016 intake.

Ronah Nayebare and Bruce Muhumuza, both year one students at the university say the delay to commence studies at the new faculty made them miss out on Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences. Both are currently doing Bachelor of Medicine.

 

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Mariam Kabasongora
Mariam Kabasongora is the Mbarara URN bureau chief. Mitooma, Ntungamo, Bushenyi, Sheema, Isingiro, and Kiruhura districts fall under her docket. Kabasongora has been a URN staff member since 2011.

Kabasongora began her career as a reporter for Messiah Radio in Kasese in 2001. She was subsequently a reporter with Endigyito Radio in 2005, Voice of Kigezi in Kabale between 2002 and 2005 and a freelance reporter with URN from 2007 to 2010. She was the news editor with Voice of Kamwenge in that district from 2008 to 2010.

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