BY MARIA EYORU
If everything goes as planned, Uganda Christian University will in two months kick off with the construction of the Kampala Campus administration and lecture room blocks.
The Standard has learnt that the first phase of the project a three-storied building with lecture rooms, a library, computer laboratories, cafe, offices and a community centre for community worship will be constructed soon.
The second phase will consist of a student activity centre with guild offices, a gym, indoor games and entertainment centre while the third phase will be a postgraduate centre.
The Deputy Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration, Mr David Mugawe told The Standard in an interview on February 6 that preparations for the project are in high gear. The project is estimated to cost Shs10bn.
UCU Kampala Campus was launched in 2003 and has been renting in four different places along Mengo Road near Mengo Palace. The National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) emphasises that universities should own the land where their properties are.
UCU pays a monthly Shs 45m in rent for the campus, which money will be saved after acquiring a permanent home. On May 26, 2017, UCU had a groundbreaking ceremony at the newly purchased land situated in Mengo on Musajjaalumbwa Road just next to Eagles Nest Primary School.
Mr Mugawe noted that there had been slow progress in implementing the project because of the change in the partners who were supposed to help the university in raising the funds.
“We had picked a funder, but after a year of negotiation, the management changed and the strategy altered,” Mugawe said. “They decided not to invest in education. We found other two partners and the negotiations are in their final stages.
“The initial cost for the two and a half hectares of land is Shs2.7bn; the half acre piece is meant for students’ accommodation,” he said.
Kampala Campus is planned for professionals who want to further their education. The campus is mainly focusing on post graduate and professional courses because most of the people who are interested are based in Kampala.
The Guild President of Kampala Campus, Mr Mark Agaba, welcomed the plan, arguing that the land is big enough to accommodate the different projects that the university is planning.