In 1989, His Excellency Yoweri Kaguta Museveni started a second public University in Uganda to promote training in Science and Technology. This was at a time the country needed a rehabilitation phase following years of Turmoil and Instability. Thus the birth of Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST). We thank his Excellency Y.K Museveni for the great idea of a second University.
The founding Chairperson of the University Council was Madam Rebecca Kadaga Alitwala now Speaker to the Parliament of Uganda. During her term of office at MUST, Rebecca was remembered for excellent accountability, result oriented and a person who was strict on deadlines. This grew MUST faster than expected.
Prof. F.I.B Kayanja was the founding Vice Chancellor of Mbarara University of Science and Technology(MUST). During his term of office Prof. Kayanja solicited so many collaborations at National and International level. These still support MUST to date. A man of high integrity, values and principles. Prof. Kayanja was an administrator and a professor of Anatomy. His students will always remember him for time keeping( No one comes in class after him and he was always 10(ten) minutes early) and the famous greeting“Good morning ladies, gentlemen and others”.
Mr. Bazirake Stephen was the founding Academic Registrar of Mbarara University of Science and Technology(MUST) well remembered for his human face, humble, welcoming, delivered on time and a man of few words. As the Academic Registrar, results were always on time. Issues of supplementary and special exams were always sorted out before hand. His works marketed MUST at National and International level. Even at his retirement Mr. Bazirake still walks into MUST and advises as a senior.
Dr. Kibirige Kyanda Charles was the founding University Secretary. All issues of Human Resource Management were sorted on time. Dr. Kibirige encouraged staff development, which included enhancement of skills and knowledge of different staff members in their docket. He will be remembered for his inclusive administration and his passion to serve.
In October 1988, the Ugandan Government worked closely with the Cuban Government in provision of Human Resource aligned with Science. This was with immediate effect and in 1989, a team of 5(five) Professors and Doctors was sent to Mbarara University of Science and Technology. In the picture is, Prof Carlos, Prof A.R Azcuy, Dr L.A Lopez, Dr Jessy Diaz and Prof Padron.
Founding Secretaries Madam Specioza Birungi and Madam Betty Kityo worked hard to support the above team in a time where computers were very scarce. These worked for extra hours for fit the pressure of their supervisors. Their dedication and determination will forever be remembered.