Busoga University to Reopen After 6 Years of Closure

Busoga University to Reopen After 6 Years of Closure

Busoga University (BU), which was closed six years ago, will reopen in August, according to the task force management committee which was appointed in June (2022) to oversee its establishment.

Prof John Tabuti, who heads the six-member committee, said there is a high probability that the university will reopen in the 2023/2024 academic year.

“The taskforce has already reviewed the programmes that existed at the university at the time it was closed, which aligned with the niche of technological innovation and value chain management,” Prof Tabuti said during an interview at the weekend.

“We have selected academic programmes in agricultural sciences, health, theology, education, and business management, and have also started the process of developing engineering programmes and handling others like infrastructure core policies, including the human resources manual, admissions policy, open, and distance learning policy,” he added.

Prof Tabuti also said they are currently working on the bills of quantities for the repair of the university buildings at Iganga, Kamuli, Bugiri and Jinja, after which they will issue a contract to do repairs and have the works completed by June.

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Although land was earlier cited by the State Minister for Higher Education, Mr John Chrysostom Muyingo, as one of the factors delaying the operational process, Prof Tabuti said the university has seven plots of land, and all land-related issues have been sorted out.

“The trustees of Busoga University Limited, together with the Church of Uganda, signed transfer forms of the land to the Ministry of Education and Sports in January. Of the seven plots, three have been deposited with the Ministry of Education and Sports.

“Of the remaining four plots, one title was submitted to Jinja Municipality for renewal of the lease, while the last three are with Bank of Baroda with whom we have reached an agreement on the process of releasing them,” he added.

Busoga University (BU), is a private university in Uganda, affiliated with Central Busoga Diocese of the Church of Uganda. Its located in the town of Iganga, approximately 41 kilometres (25 mi), by road, northeast of the city of Jinja, on the highway between Jinja and Tororo.

Source: Daily Monitor

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