By Sophan Niwamanya
The Ministry of ICT and National Guidance has today launched the Regional ICT Innovation Hub at Kabale University, worth $250 million.
The project was funded under the National ICT Initiative Support Program with support from the Ministry of ICT and National Guidance.
The ICT Innovation Hub at Kabale University will serve as a breeding ground for new ideas and innovations in technology in the country.
Speaking during the official launch at the university at Kikungiri Hill in Kabale municipality, the Vice Chancellor of Kabale University, Joy Kwesiga, will specifically mention the Regional ICT Innovation Hub for Western Uganda.
Provide workspaces, mentorship, education, and access to funders for startups. Provide adequate resources, including the allocation of required personnel, for the success of any pilot programs, proofs of concept, and subsequent projects.
She added that the innovation hub will support obtaining the intellectual property rights to the innovations.
Kwesiga cautioned students against misusing the equipment given to them, saying that they should ensure that they obtain skills and knowledge to boost their economy in the future.
The Rubanda district chairperson, Ampeire Steven Kasyaba, requested the establishment of a faculty of tourism and forestry in the district of Rubanda so that the youth can benefit from acquiring skills.
He quoted Proverbs 14:23, which says the fallow ground of the poor would yield much food, but it is swept away through injustice.
Siras Ngabirano, the commissioner in the ministry of ICT and National Guidance, speaking as the Guest of Honor, revealed that only three universities in Uganda, namely Kumi, Muni, and Kabale University, have innovation hubs.
He revealed that it was under the guidance of President Museveni due to the fact that the youth would request jobs that he didn’t have, thus tasking the ministry of ICT to put up hubs to help the youth acquire skills.
The innovation hub also received printers, computers, furniture, and the internet, among others.