KAMPALA – The Vice Chancellor, Makerere University, Prof.Barbabas Nawangwe has revealed plans by the University to strike deal with global technology giants, Microsoft, Dell and Google that would see students and staff receive laptops at a subsidised price.
Nawangwe made the announcement on Monday, April 4, through his Twitter handle.
He said “We are going to engage giant tech companies with Covid-19 education response initiatives to supply our staff and students with laptops at hugely subsidized rates. Priority will be tech companies we already work with including Microsoft, Google, and Dell.”
Nawangwe said the proposal was first fronted by MTN Uganda, before other players like Airtel Uganda and Africell jumped the bandwagon, all promising the same offer.
“My meeting with the MD of Airtel Uganda, Mr. Somasekhar was mutually engaging. We have agreed to follow up the proposal of Zero rating our websites by Airtel to enable our students and staff access online facilities free of charge. I thank Mr. Soma for this exciting opportunity,” Twitted Nawangwe.
“I have held a successful meeting with Mr. Ziad CEO of @AfricellUG on opportunities for collaboration between Makerere & Africell. We have discussed the implementation of Zero rating of Mak websites to enable our students and staff access our E-Learning facilities free of charge, ” he added.