Gen. Edward Katumba Wamala, the minister of works and transport has said his ministry is open to having meaningful partnerships with higher educational institutions in areas of common interest.
“The Ministry has road construction and maintenance equipment in all the districts and cities and most municipal councils across the country. Universities don’t have this kind of equipment for training engineering students,” he said
“This equipment requires repair and maintenance. Also engineering trainees are needed to provide support when constructing or repairing roads. As they say, charity begins at home,”
Katumba made these remarks during the 7th graduation ceremony of the Uganda Technology and Management University (UTAMU) at Kungu Campus in Wakiso district.
“I shall strongly encourage Nansana Municipal Council and Wakiso District where this campus is based to have a win-win partnership with UTAMU in the running of programs like a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering,” he noted.
A total of 306 students graduated at the University, of which 64 graduated with Masters, 153 with post graduate diplomas, 77 with bachelors and 12 with diplomas.
Speaking at the event, Dr. Patrick Bitature, the Chancellor of the UTAMU University encouraged Graduands to be entrepreneurs instead of being job seekers.
“You have to start your own ventures, take risks because without risks an entrepreneur can’t be successful,” he said
UTAMU, he said will continue offering courses that are aimed making their Graduands self-employers other than being job seekers.
In his speech, Prof. Vanansius Baryamureba, the Chairperson Board of the University, said that UTAMU is in the process of starting the School of Engineering, and would like to partner with the Ministry of Works and Transport especially at local government level on training students on the B.Sc. in Civil Engineering to enhance capacity of LGs in road construction and maintenance.
“Our students will be able to gain practical experience by working with the LGs on roads and the LGs will have access to trainees as a source of labour. This will be a win-win partnership,” he said.