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Hopes high as govt takes over Mountains of the Moon University

Minister Muyingo Receives Mountains of the Moon University

The proprietors of the Mountains of the Moon University have assured students of better services as they hand over the privately chartered University to be run and managed by government as a public university.

This was during the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement at the Ministry of Education headquarters in Kampala presided over by the Minister of State for Higher Education, John C. Muyingo attended by a number of government officials.

The event is a final step in the takeover of the private university which process began in 2015 when President Museveni ordered so.

The Minister John Muyingo appreciated the Mountains of the Moon University Board of Trustees chaired by the Minister of Tourism, Tom Butime for accepting to give to government at no cost the privately founded university which had risen to chartered status.

Muyingo noted that this is not only rare but a commendable trait which must be appreciated and encourage others to borrow a leaf.

“All the legal steps have been taken which include the Cabinet approval, the Parliamentary resolution to establish the University as a public institution among others,” Muyingo said.

The Minister noted that the commencement of the full operations of the public university will be the 1st July 2022 which will enable all the critical remaining processes to be concluded smoothly.

He added that, “With the signing of the MOA, the authority of the Mountains of the Moon private University ceases as government would have taken over, the Mountains of the Moon Task Force will remain as the authority to facilitate the constitution of the University Council and acquisition of the vote status among others.”

The Mountains of the Moon University Chairman Board of Trustees, Tom Butime appreciated government for finally fulfilling the promise of taking over the university and turning it into a public university.

Butime assured the students, staff and general public that the takeover is for the good and will pave way for better service delivery at the university.

“With the takeover, the students will be able to get better facilities during their course of study than the current state of affairs at the university today,” Butime said.

He added that, “The University has to do research which is a very expensive adventure of any university in the world and government funds research, so we are talking of research increasing or starting at the University for our students in the country and we shall have a huge number of researchers from the Mountains of the Moon University,” Butime expressed hope.

The University Chancellor, Edward Rugumayo noted that the takeover marks the beginning of a grand future that realizes a hub of skilled human resource for the entire East Africa and the world at large.

“We pledge to fully support government in all the remaining processes and operationalization of the university,” Rugumayo said.

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