Makerere University has entered a partnership with a Chinese company to train and offer scholarships to the best engineering students, daily monitor reported.
The university on Wednesday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the China Communications Construction Company (CCCC) Ltd in Uganda at the Makerere University College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology (Mak CEDAT) in Kampala.
In the pact dubbed Talent Cultivation Center of University-Industry Collaboration, the company committed to awarding scholarships to the best engineering students to pursue further studies in universities in China.
The programme commenced this month.
The principal of CEDAT, who is also the acting deputy vice chancellor in charge of Finance and Administration of Makerere University, Prof Henry Alinaitwe, said the partnership would help in grooming quality engineers.
He said the university admits the best students and good staff hence the best place to invest in.
Prof Alinaitwe added that although the college has equipment, some of them are old, others require repair and maintenance and some need replacement.
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“It does no harm if CCCC can support us in that endeavour. Yes government has been helping us, but we still need support in terms of equipment, training and capacity to use those pieces of equipment, so that we are able to train a better workforce so that we are able to change the community,” Prof Alinaitwe said.