ARUA. Uganda’s High Commissioner to India, Her Excellency Hon. Grace Akello has pledged to support Muni University by linking it to higher institutions of learning in India and other parts of the world for bench-marking and collaboration on joint projects.

The High Commissioner was on Wednesday speaking at the signing of a two-year memorandum of understanding between Lemon School of Entrepreneurship in India and Muni University at the University main campus in Arua, an arrangement which the commissioner connected herself.

Areas of the collaboration includes, conducting training programs in Entrepreneurship Development for Students of Muni University, conducting Faculty Development programs in Entrepreneurship for Lecturers of Muni University, conducting entrepreneurship orientation assessment for the Students of Muni University and Handholding support for setting up and management of incubator among others.

Akello said she wants to support the West Nile region through Muni University because West Nile has been lagging behind in development from colonial times until the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) came to power.

“West Nile was left at the back of this country from the 1900s until the start of the NRM government. For long, West Nile was the reserve for Ugandan labour like workers in tea plantations and workers in sugarcane plantations. I want to help bring the minds and brains and thoughts of the West Nile to power Uganda’s development. That’s why I want to support Muni University,” she said.

Akello also noted that she wants to support the West Nile region because it is at a strategic location as a business hub to four countries in the neighborhood namely; DR Congo, South Sudan, Kenya, and Central African Republic.

During the meeting, Akello gifted the University with 19 copies of three of her books she has authored. The books are Women in Diplomacy, Thoughts of an African Ambassador and My Barren Song and Iteso thought Patterns in Tales

Professor Christine Dranzoa, the vice Chancellor of Muni University thanked the Ambassador for presenting an opportunity for the University to collaborate with other institutions, saying networking is a critical factor in the development of the country.

“Our prayer is that you continue linking and networking with partners including refugee-support because West Nile hosts more refugees than any other region in the country,” she said.

The Muni University deputy Vice Chancellor who doubles as an Associate Professor, Simon Anguma said: “through the collaborative programs we are going to develop the human resource that is critically needed for industrialization”.