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American University Gets Land to Open Campus in Nebbi

The local Community in Panyimur Sub County, Nebbi district, has given over 400 acres of land to Northwestern University of Science and Technology in the US to establish a campus for Petroleum Engineering studies in the Albertan region.
The local Community in Panyimur Sub County, Nebbi district, has given over 400 acres of land to Northwestern University of Science and Technology in the US to establish a campus for Petroleum Engineering studies in the Albertan region.

The land was given by the traditional chiefdom of Kwonga Kaal of Panyimur to have their independent petroleum engineering institution so that their children who have not got opportunity to study under the government sponsorship can be accommodated.

Currently, oil exploration is ongoing in the districts of Nebbi, Nwoya, Hoima and Buliisa where many residents have always complained against government for its failure to involve them in the activities especially in the area of sponsoring their children.

Andrew Keraal, the coordinator of the University in Uganda who negotiated between the traditional chiefs and the University management, says the university will start with 5000 students in the academic year 2014/2015. He says with the University coming it will bring change to the community since it is the only institution that will provide such courses in the whole of Northern Uganda.

He added that the university is also targeting the neighboring countries of Southern Sudan and Democratic Republic of Congo who would wish to have petroleum engineering studies for their future benefits.

The traditional chief of Kaal Kwonga of Panyimur Charles Okumu Ombidi III says sometimes there is a lot of discrimination when admitting students to tertiary institutions in Uganda hence making students from West Nile to miss out.

He added that that the community around have all the resources to pay for their children’s education but they lack skills to turn their resources into money.

He therefore appealed to government of Uganda to support private universities in order to have majority of parents who cannot afford to pay their children in public universities have access to the private universities.

 

Government is also setting up a public university, Muni University, in the region to improve education standards.

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