UCU unveils business incubation centre

Sunday November 08 2020
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The director Hanze University, Linda Maat and UCU Vice Chancellor, Prof Aaron Mushengyezi during the launch of the incubation centre over the weekend. PHOTO/ JESSICA SABANO

By Jessica Sabano

A business incubation centre was over the weekend unveiled at Uganda Christian University Mukono to equip students with practical ideas to start their own businesses and create jobs.

The Vice Chancellor, Prof.Aaron Mushengyezi said many students graduate from different institutes of higher learning and fail to get jobs so the incubation will help develop their skills freely at the university and keep them away from searching for jobs.

The centre was unveiled following a combined efforts between UCU and Hanze University Foundation in Netherlands that injected about Shs660 million.

The university VC said many students will be trained in practical ideas that they can then incubate and turn into implementable entrepreneurial ventures.

"Already, some have benefited and have produced marketable products, “he said.

“This partnership is really scaling up our vision that we have to become a market/ industrial oriented University. We are grateful to partner with Hanze University and we shall be able to develop other products/projects," he said.


Ms Doreen Gandi, a second year mass communication student who already joined the center said she started during COVID-19 lockdown and hopes to employee people after building her onw business.

"I make door mats, scrubbing sponges and I have started making some money," she said.

The director Hanze University, Linda Maat, said many young people in Uganda are unemployed and there is need for them to create their own jobs to have a better living and future.