02nd Dec, 2023 7:14am
The Islamic University in Uganda is set to admit the maiden class of engineering and technology students by 2021.
According to the University Rector Dr. Ahmed Kawesi Sengendo this has been enabled after securing a loan of $13.79m (approx. sh5.1b) and a grant of $150,000 (about sh558m) from the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB).
Launching the project at Imperial Royal Hotel in Kampala recently. Dr. Sengendo explained that the University will now proceed to set up the necessary infrastructure and ensure that the first class of engineering students opens by 2021.
“It has been our prayer for the engineering and technology faculty to start; now that Allah has put it through the funding stage, our major focus is on setting up the necessary infrastructure for the faculty to start,” he stated.
The University vice-rector in charge of Academic Affairs (VR-AA), Prof. Ismail Simbwa Gyagenda offered that part of the funds would be committed to a 500-bed hostel, completion of the over 200-capacity university library and equipping the information communication technology centre.
“We expect to introduce video conferencing to enable students in Kampala campus have lectures directly from the main campus in Mbale,” Professor Gyagenda said.
This is the second time IsDB is offering support to the University. During the first phase, the Islamic Financial Institution provided funds for the construction of hostels.
Â The IsDB country manager, Dr. Issahaq Umar Iddrisu congratulated the University upon the successful funding process and urged top management to ensure the implementation and success of the intended projects.