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Pakistan investors to build science university in Masaka

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By PAUL TAJUBA

Posted  Thursday, August 21  2014 at  01:00

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The university is expected to train specialists in cardiac-related illnesses.

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KAMPALA.

Pakistan investors have pledged to construct a science university in Masaka District to increase the number of health workers in the country.

According to a press statement from Vice President Edward Ssekandi’s office yesterday, the investors want a university that will train specialists in cardiac related illnesses, neurology and other human internal organ diseases thus reducing on costs of treatment abroad.

“The country still yearns for more specialised medical professionals in complex fields like neurology, and other human internal areas which are the emerging challenges to the health sector in the entire Great Lakes Region,” reads the statement.
The development comes days after President Museveni criticised courses in humanities as “useless” and unable to solve Uganda’s development challenges, calling attention on science subjects.

Deal pending
The government is, however, yet to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the investors.
Prof Awais Raoof, the chairman of Lahore University said Masaka was chosen to host the university as a result of many Ugandan students excelling at the Pakistan institution.

ptajuba@ug.nationmedia.com