A new “first” for Kasese!
In Uganda, university-level education started 100 years ago when Makerere University was established in 1922. Today 60 universities operate in Uganda, yet none serve the area around the Rwenzori Mountains where over one million Bakonzo live…until today. In June 2022, Rwenzori International University was granted the first university license in the Bakonzo territory!
There is a good reason for this new development. In Kasese District over 50% of the people are extremely poor. This adds to a heavy malnutrition burden; one out of two children are stunted. Universities are catalysts of development with a profound multiplier effect on the host community.
Well-funded and resourced universities have a tremendous social and economic impact on the community. As hotbeds of innovations and entrepreneurship, universities are economic engines.
Beginning August 8, 2022, the new University will offer:
- Bachelor of Science in Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics
- Bachelor of Agriculture Extension and Community Development
- Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting
- Bachelor of Primary Education
- Bachelor of Social Work and Administration
- Information Technology
- Tourism and Hospitality
- Early Childhood Development
- Primary Education
…and a number of certificate courses.
As members of the Board of Trustees, GlobalRise is excited because the University provides a workforce development component for the Rwenzori Food System. This includes training in drone aviation, digital health, ICT and more.
Congratulations to Dr. Walemba and the fine academic team in Kasese! We are looking forward to working with you – “together we will!”