- The students include Annet Nakate, Mugisha Samuel, Andrew
- They are sponsored by Huawei Company to study in Beijing for three weeks to develop their innovations on how they can make it workable in Uganda
- Other students selected included those from Lira, Busitema and Makerere University
Arua-As the first Public University-Muni was opened a few years ago, it was emphasized that quality of students in selection would be key for any admission.
And indeed, this is now paying for the young University that has about 400 students. This week, four students from the University excelled to study for weeks at Beijing University in China. The students competed with other Universities across Uganda where only ten students qualified to study in China.
Every year, there is national competition funded by Huawei Company that offers oppertSpeaking at the thanksgiving ceremony, the University Vice Chancellor, Dr Christine Dranzoa, said: “Whatever you do you must do it with quality because we want to ensure we have that. Be resilient to come out competitively globally by having analytical mind and keen to observe the environment.”
One of the students narrate his project before the University management. Photo by Felix
The students will be flying to Beijing mid next month. Already one of the students who qualified recently has just returned from China. “This is a great achievement for the University and we need to budget more for research and innovations because we need to expedite our business through that.”
The students narrated how rigorous the process of qualifying to study in China with some losing hope, while others were determined to succeed. One of the selected students, Samuel Mugisha, said he has done an innovation project on solar powered incubator for chics.
“It developed this passion from my Father who is raring chicken and so in the middle of the night he wakes up to turn the eggs in order to mature. I believe I will succeed with this technology so that the chicks’ industry and poultry is promoted in the country,” he said with a smile on his face.
Meanwhile, Annet Nakate, has chosen to do a project on Automated Agriculture where farmers would be able to know the weather patterns, marketing of their products. This, she said would promote agriculture both in rural and urban areas.
“Right now, most farmers rely on natural methods of determining the weather patterns and this is not accurate, so with the technology, this will enable data to reach the farmers faster and accurately,” she said.
The University has been encouraging students to be innovative as they are prepared to start their own jobs after graduation. In Uganda, there is still a huge number of unemployment among especially University graduates partly due to lack of career guidance and inadequate innovative skills.