Yet another achievement was accomplished by MMUST on 20th November 2015 through the signing of an MoU between the University and Butula Constituency Development Fund Committee (CDFC).

The MoU between the two parties grants the university use of the formers grounds and facilities to establish a campus and administer various courses offered by the university. 

The occasion was graced by the Deputy vice chancellor (Planning Research & Innovation), Prof Egara Kabaji and the host Hon Michael Onyura (Mp, Butula Constituency), who represented the later among other representatives of both parties.

Entertainment groups dwelled on the fruits to be reaped by the community following the inception of the facility as a campus of Mmust. One group even made a flashback presentation on how the place used to be a hunting ground for hare but now it will be a hunting ground for knowledge.

Community elders expressed their gratitude to the previous and current MPs for their contribution to the establishment of the facility which was initially meant to be an orphanage, but the idea later changed for it to be a university to take into consideration everyone from the community and beyond. The chairman of the council of elders assured that the community will provide the necessary support to make the campus a success.

Prof Kabaji who was accompanied by Prof. Shiundu, Director PSSP and, Campuses & Learning Centers, Finance Officer, coordinator -Technical Vocational and Educational Training (TVET and the Community Liaison Officer, noted that the collaboration would be the 1st of its kind as it is the first time the University is partnering with a community to use the former’s facilities to set up a campus. He expressed gratitude to the community and the CDF committee for the efforts, dedication and vision that they have had for the past 15 years, which has now become a reality. He also urged the community to invest in the institution and take advantage of the opportunities brought to their doorsteps instead of going to far away towns to pursue university education yet the programmes being run in those instutions are the same as the ones being brought to them by MMUST in Butula.

Mr Henry Wati, coordinator -Technical Vocational and Educational Training (TVET) said the institution will provide Competence Based Educational Training to offer courses applicable in real life such as textile & clothing, and welding & fabrication that narrow down to a specific skill.

Hon .Onyura revealed that the community has invested more than Ksh 50 million on the infrastructure and buildings at the facility over a 15 year period, an initiative that was the brainchild of the former MP Hon.Prof Christine Mango. 

He thanked the University for its willingness to partner with the Butula community and that he looks forward to having an interactive campus that will empower the community and actively involve them in various activities through extension programmes. He urged the community leaders and the residents to unite and support the institution’s growth and development. 

Hon. Onyura expressed satisfaction with the proposed programmes that will be offered in the campus. He noted that the proposed programmes are relevant and practical and they reflect the needs of the community.

Busia County Governor, Sospeter Ojaamong who was flanked by the Education Minister, Hon. Azida Ali and county CEC for Public Service, ICT & Communication, and Hon. Bernadette Muyomi, reiterated the county government’s commitment to invest in education and particularly funding the MMUST Butula campus.

 

 

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