Kampala- On the last day of the three-day graduation ceremony, ministry of Education unveiled a plan to expand Kyambogo University and double its intake to a total of about 50,000 students.
According to the University vice chancellor, Prof Elly Katunguka, government has acquired $ 40.5 million (Shs138 billion), loan from the African Development Bank (ADB) to rehabilitated old buildings, build and equip new ones.
“We are going to rehabilitate engineering workshops, science laboratories and build new lecture facilities. The contractor has already been identified and contracts signed. On Monday sites will be handed over and in the next 18 months we shall have the first new face of Kyambogo University to accommodate 5,000 students in the short run. But in the next three years, we intend put up more structures to double the number of students from the current 25,000 to more than 50,000,” Prof Katunguka said last Friday.
He said the plan sounds very ambitious but assured students and parents attending the graduation ceremony that it will be achieved in three years.
“Let me take this opportunity to thank government for the investment and call for the increase of the number of staff from the current 320 to 620,” Prof Katunguka said. He added: “We have 29 new programmes that need more human resource.”
Prof Katunguka also revealed that the university is introducing short message mobile phone alerts to parents to track fees payment. “We have had complaints about some students misusing fees,” Prof Katunguka further explained.
The university chancellor, Prof John Ssebuwufu, advised the graduates to ensure peace, not to mess up their future but instead seek more knowledge and stick to their goals.
“As you leave Kyambogo, do not get involved in risky lifestyles. This is not the end of seeking knowledge, go for more courses. Set goals and targets in life and never be in a hurry to achieve them,” Prof Ssebuwufu said.