By Darious Magara
THE International University of East Africa (IUEA) has been established at former Didiâ€™s World in Kansanga, replacing the childrenâ€™s entertainment centre.
The university, which is owned by Aliwi Hassan is set to open its doors to students in January.
Aliwi, an investor and chairman of Pearl oils and rice real estate and construction firms, said the amusement park, which he bought from the Imperial Group of Companies (IGC) will be relocated in two years leaving the entire complex to the university.
The IGC chief, Veluppilai Kananathan, confirmed that the amusement centre was sold about four months ago, but declined to give details of the transaction.
The university secretary, Riaz Bava, said the proprietor will invest $20m in the university in the next five years to cover educational, accommodation and sports facilities.
According to Bava, Prof. Emmanuel Mutebile, the Bank of Uganda governor, has been appointed as the universityâ€™s chancellor, while Prof. Brian Smart is the vice-chancellor.
â€œIUEA will provide high quality education and boost Ugandaâ€™s economy by enabling students attain skills from a technological university,â€ he added.
Bava said they will partner with UK-based reputable educational institutions to facilitate learning for students, who will be awarded international certificates.
He said as they await for a licence from the National Council for Higher Education, they have embarked on recruiting students from the East African Community, Southern Sudan and Nigeria.
Bava said 12 UK-based lecturers will arrive this month to boost their team. The university has a capacity of over 3,000 students.
â€œTeaching will be done using the
web as each student will have a laptop,â€ he said.
Bava said they will offer courses in management and mechanical engineering at degree level, but with international standards.
He explained that the fees will range between $4,000 to $9,000 each year depending on the course, Ugandan students will have a 10%-15% discount.