AfDB HEST Project: Progress Report

 Progress Made

1. Preliminary Designs and Master plan Development
As part of the 4% contribution to the project, MUST just like other beneficiary institutions funded preliminary project preparation including costs of Designs and Master plan development.

2. Construction Works for Laboratories and Library at Kihumuro

The contract for construction works of laboratories for the Faculty of Applied Sciencea & Technology and Library Block was awarded to M/S Excel Construction Company Limited and the site handed over on Tuesday 3rd May 2016. The Ground Breaking Ceremony to kick start construction works was held on Saturday 7th May 2016 and officiated by the Minister of Education, Science, Technology and Sports Hon. Retired Major Jessica Alupo. The works are expected to be completed in 18 months.

3. Procurement of Equipment
(i) Bids for ICT Infrastructure and associated services were evaluated in March 2016 by a joint Evaluation Committee comprising representatives from all universities involved in the project. Recommendations were submitted to the Ministry Contracts Committee for approval and possible award of contract for supply of the equipment.

Through the Project Coordination Unit, the university has also submitted a request to the National Information Technology Authority- Uganda (NITA-U) for the Kihumuro Campus to access internet connectivity services through the National Fiber Backbone Infrastructure.

(ii) Procurement of Laboratory and Technology Workshops Equipment
The Bid Document for Procurement of Laboratory and Technology Workshops Equipment is being finalised and the proposed roadmap for implementing this activity is ready.

4. Needy Students' scholarships
A total of 38 undergraduates (29 Males and 9 Females) and 8 post-graduates (4 Males and 4 Female) were successfully selected for the first batch of scholarships mainly supporting Tuition and Functional Fees.

The selection process for the second batch of beneficiaries is on-going.

5. Crosscutting Issues
MUST has received funding totaling UGX 78,480,500/= to support crosscutting Issues of Gender, HIV/AIDs and Special Needs. The Focal Persons are reviewing workplans to ensure effective and timely activity implementation.

6. Linkages with the private sector through the Private Sector Foundation of Uganda (PSFU) (Innovation/Incubation Centres)
Associate Prof. Robert Bitariho has been appointed as the Focal Person for the proposed Gorilla Trekking Camp at Buhoma, Bwindi whereas Mr. John Baguma Kule will take charge of the Business Clinic to be hosted in the Institute of Management Sciences.

The final business plan detailing the planned Business Incubation has been reviewed by MUST and submitted to PSFU for further action.

7. UMA Internship programme
During the first year MUST was allocated 67 Internship slots in Computer Engineering, Physiotherapy and IT Software and Hardware for June and August 2015 Internship placement period. The university nominated 38 students in the required specialisation who were forwarded to UMA for placement.

A report from UMA indicates that they have so far placed 21 students in different companies for internship, one of whom has been retained by TOYOTA Uganda.