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UGANDA : Uganda to receive $120 million grant for higher education.

Uganda has been granted a Ush288 billion ($120 million) grant from the African Development Bank higher education to be shared among six public universities.

The grant fund will be used to refurbish infrastructure and train lecturers among other activities.

Refurbishing laboratories will create capacity for universities to generate income and use the loan sustainably, said Phenny Birungi, National Council for Higher Education assistant executive director.

He further added, "For example, the laboratories at Kyambogo are meant to fabricate metals, measure strength of materials for construction so if the laboratories are equipped we can make money."

The laboratories will also motivate university lecturers who are forced to carry out research in poor quality laboratories, added by Mr. Birungi.

Part of the grant fund will be used for training doctorate holders in order to increase the stock of lecturers available in Ugandan universities.

With the help of quality laboratories, universities will make money to increase pay for its lecturers. Lecturers will also be allowed to carry out personal projects that can supplement their incomes.

The ADB grant will be used along with research funds from government to increase incentives for lecturers.

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Date:Jan 25, 2012
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