Makerere University to collaborate with UTL in setting up Regional Centres


Makerere University has embarked on a programme to decongest the university by opening regional centres across the country. Students from rural areas who want to join Makerere University will be able to attain certificates, diplomas, degrees and masters without being admitted at the main campus. They will access lectures via a video conference system at the five regional centres.

The programme, which kicks off next month, follows an agreement signed on Monday between the university and telecommunication company, Uganda Telecom (utl), which will provide the communication infrastructure and computers.

"This project will help bring Makerere University to the people," said the vice-chancellor, Prof. Venacious Baryamureeba. "People will no longer need to come to the main campus for education but will receive the same quality education nearer to them."

He announced that the first two centres will be opened in Jinja and Fort Portal. "The next centre will be opened in eastern Uganda to cater for Kenyan students. The Kenyans will no longer need to travel to Kampala." utl managing director Abdul Basset Elazzabi said they would inject $23m (sh4.5b) into the five-year project.

"We shall provide all the infrastructure and technical support needed to run the centres. We shall also provide 2,000 computers while Makerere will buy the Internet bandwidth," he noted.

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