Friday August 22 2014

Buganda, China sign deal to boost local skills

By Farahani Mukisa


Officials at the Henan Guoji (U) Ltd, a Chinese real estate investment company, have said they will boost the Buganda Kingdom education sector through providing scholarships to Ugandans to study in China.
This follows a deal signed between the kingdom and the company to construct a mega residential city at Kigo in Wakiso district. The project, according to the Buganda Prince David Wasajja, will seat on 237 acres of land.
However, the Chinese company will only construct the first phase of the project to be called the Mirembe Villa that will seat on 70 acres on the same land.

Mr Stephen Zhang, Henan Guoji director in Uganda, said their targets are students doing practical courses such as Engineering, Industrial Arts and Design.
“We don’t want to source manpower from abroad during this project management. We shall give students scholarships to study in China’s prestigious Henan University, so that we foster local skills,” Mr Zhang said. “This is a campaign and part of our strategies to nurture local manpower with internationally required practical skills, with major emphasis in real estate business. After their studies, the students will be employed in our company here in Uganda,” he revealed.
He made the remarks during a function at Mengo where two Ugandan students – Ms Charity Kansiime and Mr Joel Mutyaba were handed over the scholarships certificates.

At the function, the Buganda prince David Wasajja advised the beneficiaries to utilize the opportunity to learn better skills to benefit their future and the communities in Uganda.
“This is an opening for you [beneficiaries] to get international practical skills, draw lessons from there and relate them with our local settings,” Prince Wasajja said. “It will be a shame to come back the way you are leaving,” he added.
Prince Wasajja advised Uganda students to rethink their choices in education and focus more in practical courses to match the competing world of scarce jobs.

Mr Roland Sebuwufu, the Buganda Investments and Commercial Undertakings Limited, Chief Executive Officer, said the opportunity was a God’s blessing for Buganda and Uganda at large.
About the scholarship
The scholarship opportunities are offered to Ugandans with interest in engineering, industrial arts and design courses. Last year three Ugandan students were offered similar opportunities and when they return they will be given jobs with Zhang Chao industry a real estate company.