West Ankole Diocesan founded Ankole Western University (AWU), formerly Ankole Western Institute of Science and Technology, found at Kabwohe, Sheema Municipality is in a fundraising drive to raise about four billion Uganda shillings, which is required to complete a five-level Science and Technology Building.
The building, now, at the third level, is one of the strategies to meet the requirements for a Charter and upon completion, it will house a library, computer laboratory, lecture theatres, and science/technology laboratories according to the Chancellor, who is the Bishop of West Ankole Diocese, Rt. Rev. Johnson Twinomujuni.
“The construction of the building is currently at the third level, but we would like to finish it by the end of the year if possible,” says Bishop Twinomujuni.
For this reason, the University has organized two fundraising events: one, a dinner to take place at Hotel Africana Kampala on 20th June 2019 starting at 5:30pm and the second one is a fundraising to take place at the University Campus on 20th July 2019.
As one among many mobilization efforts, the Chancellor appeals to different categories of people for their financial and material support towards the completion of the building.
The University was granted a provisional license by National Council for Higher Education to operate as a University in June 2016 and has since then been working hard to get a Charter.
People who make a contribution automatically become a member of the Friends of Ankole Western University Association, whose patron is President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, the President of the Republic of Uganda.
Dr. Elioda Tumwesigye, the Minister of Science, innovation and Technology, who is the fundraising committee Chairperson, says the University is set to become a community-oriented center of learning and research, which is not only an economic driver, but also an education liberator for the future generation.
According to Mr Hebert Mugumya, a social worker, one of stakeholder, AWU is providing a post-secondary institution providing students, who would otherwise find it difficult to enroll in urban-based universities that are far away from their homes.
“AWU has in a period of over 15 years gained support from the communities of Greater Bushenyi. I love the fact that AWU offers programs that directly benefit the local people and it, therefore, needs financial resources,” he says