Government plans to take over the Mountains of the Moon University (MMU) next year, Education minister Janet Museveni has said.
The university was founded by community members who have been struggling to raise the funds meant to run the institution.
While presiding over the 12th graduation of MMU in Fort Portal last Friday, Ms Museveni in a speech read by Dr John Chrysostom Muyingo, the State minister for Higher Education, said by July 1 next year, government will transform the university into a public institution.
The minister said President Museveni directed the Ministry of Education and Sports to transform MMU into a public university last year.
“MMU will help government to expand in terms of programmes such as research, outreach activities to the communities, as well as students enrolment,” she said.
In January, the Education ministry appointed a committee to oversee the transition of MMU into a public university.
The four-member committee includes Dr Pius Coxwell Achanga (the chairperson), Prof John Kasenene (vice chairperson), Dr Edmond Kaganda (the secretary) and Ms Grace Kazooba, a committee member.
The university chancellor, Prof Edward Rugumayo, suggested that after taking over the university, government should ensure the staff are paid promptly as it was before and also consider building hostels to accommodate students.
In 2017, the university applied to government through the Ministry of Education and Sports to have it take over its management.
MMU was established in 2005 and currently has more than 1,000 students.