Airtel Uganda has contributed 20 million shillings towards Makerere University’s 100 year celebrations.
Makerere is currently celebrating 100 years of excellence in building a transformed society.
The yearlong celebrations started in October 2021, and will end in October 2022.
Yesterday, Monday, August 1, Airtel handed over a 20 million shillings cheque to Makerere University Vice Chancellor, Prof Barnabas Nawangwe to support centenary celebrations.
Nawangwe who described Airtel as a long-standing partner, said the telecom company has committed to supporting the centenary celebrations in a series of planned activities.
As part of the celebrations’ activities, Makerere University started a fundraising drive to raise funds for improving the infrastructure at East Africa’s oldest University that opened its doors to 14-day students in 1922.
While handing over the cheque to Prof Nawangwe, the Airtel Uganda Human Resources Director, Flavia Lwanga said the telecom company appreciates the role of manpower training that Makerere University has played in the social economic transformation of Uganda.
“We have come here to support this cause that we believe will go a long way in meeting the objective of the centenary celebrations. We are particularly humbled by the support of Makerere University in ensuring that we have a good pool of talent from which we recruit our people. Keep up the good work,” she said.
While receiving the donation, Prof Nawangwe said, “we are pleased that Airtel Uganda, our long-standing partner has come to support us with this cause. We look forward to more partnerships and projects that can increase the stock of innovations and increase access to technology-assisted teaching, learning, research, and development.”
As it marks 100 years of existence, Makerere has outlined a number of projects that include; a Teaching Hospital, Students Resource Centre, Students Hostels among others as legacy projects for the next century.
The University is seeking funds to execute the projects.