IUEA to build Uganda’s first educational satellite

The International University of East Africa (IUEA) is planning to establish Uganda’s first educational satellite called IUEA Uganda Satellite One (IUEA UGA-SAT 1) and has applied to the Uganda Communication Commission (UCC) for permission to build the satellite.

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If granted, IUEA will be only among a handful of institutions on the continent with an educational satellite, in addition to being the first one in Uganda.

The IUEA Vice-Chancellor Dr Emeka Akaezuwa revealed that this development will go a long way in contributing to the Fourth industrial revelation, which he believes education should take center stage in contributing to through skills development of young people.

“Modern-day education and the Fourth Industrial Revolution mentality mandates an inter-disciplinary approach to problem-solving and this is precisely what university education should provide. The satellite project will involve the combined scientific, engineering and practical dexterity of IUEA’s faculty of science, faculty of engineering, the department of environmental science and IUEA’s soon to be an operational department of agriculture,” he stated.

According to sources, the Satellite is part of the big plan for the university to work with Government in the promotion of establishing the teaching of space science technology in the country.

It is reported that the ministry is working with a number of universities including International University of East Africa, Makerere University, Mbarara University of Science and Technology among others.

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We shall keep you posted.