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Busitema varsity starts textile engineering degree
Publish Date: Jun 22, 2009
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By Faustine Odeke
BUSITEMA University in Busia district is to introduce a textile engineering degree. The curriculum was endorsed after a two-day regional meeting at Rock Classic Hotel on Wednesday.

The vice-chancellor, Prof. Mary Okwakol, said the university won a Millennium Science Initiative grant of $1.25m to start the programme. Okwakol said the programme was scheduled to start in the academic year 2009/2010 that begins in August and added that they hoped the programme would train the required human resource for the textile industry in Uganda and the region.

The workshop attracted participants from Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Zimbabwe and the Common Market for Central and Eastern Africa. Industry state minister the Rev. Fr. Simon Lokodo on Thursday said the Government valued the regional approach of solving problems.

Speaking at the closure of the workshop, Lokodo said the Uganda National Council for Science and Technology was created to coordinate the development of science and technology in the country.

The council manages activities of the Millennium Science Initiative project which supports universities through competitive grants from the World Bank and the Government.

The minister challenged the university to ensure that the degree programme meets the expectations. Lokodo said the country is endowed with agricultural and natural resources like cotton which unfortunately are not processed to attract the best prices on the world market.

He said the programme should produce graduates who will transform the lint into yarn and textile which is competitive on the international market.

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