By Our Reporters
BUNYORO: On Tuesday, Prof Samuel Kyamanywa, the Chairperson taskforce for the establishment of Bunyoro Public University briefed the Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja on the progress of the University at the Office of the Prime Minister in Kampala.
Prof Kyamanywa assured the members that Bunyoro Public University will start admissions in the 2023/2024 academic year, and consultations on the university establishment of the university based on the college system are underway.
The University intends to promote work integrated learning and on job training through transformative rural and urban development.
In a special interview with www.ugreports.com, Prof. Kyamanywa, said that both the office of the prime minister and education ministry have been informed of the Bunyoro University establishment committee progress
‘’We are in the process of developing the Master plan, academia programmes, strategic plan, policies, guidelines and systems for the University,’’ he said.
On 23rd June 2022, leaders in Masindi district unanimously agreed Bulera Core PTC in Hoima to be shifted to Kamurasi Primary Teachers College Masindi to create space for the establishment of Bunyoro Public University.
The resolution was made during the meeting involving Bunyoro University steering committee members, Masindi district leaders and Kamurasi PTC board members at Kamurasi PTC.
The purpose of the meeting was to identify the land where the public university would be established.
In the same meeting, Jacob Karubanga the Chairperson for Bunyoro Public University Steering Committee suggested that since Kamurasi PTC was phased out by the government, Bulera Core PTC can be reallocated to the structures of Kamurasi PTC to create space for the establishment of the public university in Bunyoro.
Joab Businge, the Member of Parliament for Masindi Municipality welcomed the idea of reallocating Bulera Core PTC to Masindi saying that it would be of benefit since the centre for Bunyoro Public University will be in Hoima.
According to Prof Kyamanywa, they agreed in the meeting to have the University established at Bulera Core PTC in Hoima with different colleges in all districts of Bunyoro Kingdom.
‘’The staff recruitment is set to begin as soon as possible with science teacher education programmes, health and sciences,’’ he added.
The Prime Minister of Uganda Rt. Hon. Robbinah Nabbanja commended the team for the good work, called for positive energy towards the cause.
Government allocated 2bn in this year’s budget to facilitate and fast track the establishment of the University.
The meeting was attended by Education state Minister Dr Joyce Moriku Kaduchu, Members of Parliament from Bunyoro among others.
Last year, The Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja told parliament that two Universities, Bunyoro University and Busoga University will be operating in the financial year 2022/2023.
The government has embarked on establishing public Universities across the country to accommodate the growing number of students in the country.
President Museveni accepted calls for the establishment of a University in Bunyoro in August, after another plea by the Omukama of Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom, Solomon Gafabusa Iguru.
This was just one of the many demands for public universities in the regions, as many leaders saw it as an opportunity for the specific regions to develop.
Last year Nabbanja also said that the government was fast-tracking the process of establishing public universities across the country, and that a taskforce has been formed to follow this up. She said for the Bunyoro region, a stakeholder’s engagement was conducted, and a taskforce was set up to oversee the process.
If the two Universities are set up, it will bring the number of public Universities to 11. The move would also mean that President Museveni’s vision to have each of the original 18 districts of Uganda get a University is taking shape.
So far, the public Universities include; Mbarara University, Kabale University, Mountains of the Moon University, Gulu University, Lira University, Muni University, Soroti University, Busitema University. Others are Makerere University and Kyambogo University.
Additional reporting by Innocent Atuganyira and Ismail Bategeka
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