UGANDAN ON DRIVE TO EXPAND COUNTRY'S UNIVERSITIES TO INCREASE SCIENCE ENROLMENT

12 Jul 2013 11:19

KAMPALA, July 8 (BERNAMA-NNN-NEW VISION) -- The Ugandan government has embarked on the expansion of its six universities and two other degree-awarding institutions in a bid to increase enrolment in science and technology disciplines which are viewed as vital for the country's development.

The five-year expansion programme, which targets the enrolment of an additional 35,000 students in science and technology programmes at university and more than 12,000 students through virtual learning, starts this month and include Makerere University whose enrolment now stands at 40,000, Kyambogo University (with 25,000 students), Mbarara University (3,500) and Gulu University (4,000).

The other institutions are Busitema University and Muni University while the two degree-awarding institutions are the Uganda Management Institute and Makerere University Business School, which jointly have an enrolment of 13,600.

The Government has acquired a US$101.2 million loan from the African Development Bank (AfDB) for the project. Uganda, together with the beneficiary institutions, will contribute funding of US$8.6 million.

Finance Minister Maria Kiwanuka signed the loan agreement on behalf of the government last week with Gabriel Negatu, director for the AfDB in charge of the East African Regional Resource Centre who signed for the Bank at the finance ministry here.

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