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Mbarara Archdiocese gets new Christian university

By Vision Reporter

Added 25th August 2009 03:00 AM

MBARARA district is to get a new university. The University of Saint Joseph Mbarara [USJM] will operate under the auspices of Mbarara Archdiocese.

MBARARA district is to get a new university. The University of Saint Joseph Mbarara [USJM] will operate under the auspices of Mbarara Archdiocese.

BY VISION REPORTER

MBARARA district is to get a new university. The University of Saint Joseph Mbarara [USJM] will operate under the auspices of Mbarara Archdiocese.

The project to set-up this university was launched on May 9 by the Archbishop of Mbarara Archdiocese, Rt. Rev. Paul Bakyenga, at his Nyamitanga residence in Mbarara.

Bishop Bakyenga said guided by its motto: ‘Foster Integrity,’ the university would instill morals in a society where values have been compromised. He said USJM will help supplement the Government’s effort to provide higher education.

“Although the Government of Uganda is committed to availing higher education to all those who qualify, it does not have sufficient physical and financial means to meet this need,” he said.

“Taking that into account and the socio-economic needs of our country, the archdiocese of Mbarara have decided to open and run a private university to contribute towards the promotion of university education in Uganda.”

The planning and working committee, is headed by Prof. Peter Kanyandago.

According to Kanyandago, the university will have its main campus in Kyera, where the Archdiocese has availed land for construction.

“However, since big resources are required to develop the Kyera Campus, it has been decided that the university will first be established in Nyamitanga on January 2010.

USJM will for the time being use the former St Lawrence Primary School building of Nyamitanga Parish, the clergy meeting hall and the buildings of St Francis Helper Project.

He said for the start, the university will offer courses in education, business studies, agriculture and development and social studies.

He added that plans are under way to secure a letter of Interim Authority from the National Council of Higher Education as the first requirement for establishing a private university.

Mbarara Archdiocese gets new Christian university

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