Alumni association donates to Arua campus

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BY STAFF WRITER

The guild government Arua Campus has held a dinner for the alumni to raise funds to purchase computers and e-books for the campus’s e-learning project.

The function was held at Heritage Courts, Arua, on April 29.

During the dinner, the UCU alumni pledged to buy eight computers for the campus for a start. Mr David Alira Opii, the president of the Alumni Association, said the dinner was a big step towards meeting one of the key needs the campus has.

“As we researched about Arua campus’ status towards attaining constituent college status, one of the issues that came out very vividly was the fact that in the area of e-learning, there is a shortfall. Computers are not enough in addition to poor Internet access in the area,” Opii said.

He urged both students and alumni to be proud of their university saying that once they do this, contributing and giving back to the university will lead to growth.

“If you want to know how important your university is to you after you have graduated, let it be closed. Your university becomes more important to you after you have graduated than when you are a student,” Opii observed.

Alfred Ababo, the prime minister in 2016/17 guild government and the chairperson organizing committee of the fundraising, said the guild thought it wise to start on the drive to raise funds to purchase computers to boost e-learning at the campus as a way of improving students’ welfare.

“The start has been positive and promising. We had the car washing drive where we got around Shs300,000 and the alumni dinner that has so far raised Shs2.3million towards the project,” Ababo said.

The Dean of Students, Rev Denis Ruhama Onzima, applauded the guild for their efforts towards the development of the campus and challenged the alumni association to equally engage all regional campuses in their activities for the good of the university.

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