Parliament has voted for establishment of three more public Universities in the Country. The endorsement once implemented will have Kabale, Lira and Soroti districts hosting the new public Universities.
The three universities are to provide teaching and research programs in Information Communication Technology, public health, medicine, engineering, and agriculture among others.
Education, Science Technology and Sports Minister, Jessica Alupo in motion said they will bridge the skills gap in the science and technology areas.
Section 22(1) of the Universities and Other Tertiary Institutions Act, 2001 empowers the Minister responsible for education on the recommendation of the National Council for Higher Education, by statutory instrument and by a resolution of Parliament to establish a public university.
Education Minister Alupo said that the national council for higher education recommended the three universities and approved their programs.
Alupo said that it is anticipated that universities will play a key role in developing communities and transforming societies.
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Professor Togboa-Tikodri, the State Minister for higher education said that the establishment of the three universities will enable the country produce skills needed to the country.
He said Uganda lacks a critical mass of scientists.
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State Minister for Northern Region, Rebecca Otengo Amuge said the location of two of the Universities in Lira and Soroti was in line of rehabilitating Northern Uganda.
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Members of Parliament supported the motion overwhelmingly but MPs including Kabakumba Matsiko, Geoffrey Ekanya and others demanded that Namasagali University, Bunyoro University and other universities in the Rwenzori and Karamoja region be established as well.
However, Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda said the three universities will be operation from the financial year 2016/2017.
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He said government would not fun more that the three because of financial constraints. He says other in pipeline will be catered for during financial year 2017/2018.