UCU Kampala to start Shs10BN Kampala Campus Construction

By Maria Eyoru
If everything goes as planned, Uganda Christian University (UCU) will in two-months kick off with the construction of the Kampala Campus administration and lecture room block.  

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 community center for community worship will be constructed soon.

The second phase will be more of a student activity centre with Guild offices, a gym, indoor games and entertainment center while the third phase will be a post graduate center. 

The Deputy Vice Chancellor Finance and Administration, Mr David Mugawe told The Standard newspaper that preparations for the project are in high gear. The project is estimated to cost sh10bn.

UCU Kampala campus was launched in 2003 and has been renting in four different places along Mengo Road near Bulange Palace. The National Council of Higher Education (NCHE) emphasises that universities should own the land where their properties are. 

UCU pays a monthly sh45m in rent for the campus which it will save after acquiring a permanent home. On May 26, 2017, UCU had a ground breaking ceremony at the newly purchased land situated in Mengo on Musajja Alumbwa 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 half hectares of land is sh2.7bn; the half acre piece is meant for students’ accommodation. 

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, Mark Agaba welcomed the plan, arguing that the land is big enough to accommodate the different projects that the university is planning.

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