The infrastructural expansion of Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST) at the new site in Kihumuro, six miles on the Mbarara–Bushenyi road, is on course, the university authorities have said.

Construction work at the site started last August on the 184.2 hectares of land and is being done in four phases at a cost of Shs80 billion, phased out in 10 years. The government is funding the project.

The new campus site construction comes after 21 years of the university’s existence. Of the 184.2 hectares of land, 45.2 hectares is university farm land across River Rwizi, leaving the rest (139) hectares for development, the University Spokesperson, Mr Dennis Lukaaya, told this newspaper.

A modern university campus will grace the location and infrastructural development. A three-storey block is in the final stages of completion to house the estates and works department under the university engineer, who in turn will supervise the entire construction and development.

Access roads have been opened up and a storm water drainage system is being laid. Architectural designs of the faculty of Applied Science and Technology have been completed, and construction of Phase One for this building has begun according to Mr Lukaaya.

“On completion of Kihumuro Campus, the current Mbarara Town campus will host the Health Sciences programmes and will gradually develop into the School of Health Sciences. The rest of the faculties and institutes will move to Kihumuro,” Mr Lukaaya said.

MUST houses the College of Health Sciences with the strategic location of the hospital that doubles as a teaching hospital and an internship centre for the medicine students.

According to the Guild President, Mr Allawi Apulli Sssemanda, the university is home to over 3,000 students, and the new campus site therefore comes in handy as the university’s population has increasingly skyrocketed over the years.