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MTN Gives Makerere University Shs180m for Centennial Celebrations

On Wednesday, MTN Chief Marketing Officer Somdev Sen presented the dummy cheque to the university team.

MTN Uganda has presented the Makerere University secretariat with a dummy cheque for Shs180 million as part of a sponsorship package for the university’s centenary celebrations.

On Wednesday, MTN Chief Marketing Officer Somdev Sen presented the dummy cheque to the university team.

This is dedicated to supporting Makerere University’s celebrations commemorating the university’s 100th anniversary, branded #MakerereAt100.

The sponsorship package, according to the university, will be split into two parts: a Shs80 million financial donation and a Shs100 million sponsorship for an exhibition set to take place at Freedom Square from September 27 to October 10, 2022, with the subject “A century of service to humanity.”

“This is not a sponsorship, this is not a gift,” Somdev Sen said. “For us at MTN, this is a commitment to the future of #DoingGoodTogether in conjunction with Makerere University.”

Somdev Sen, MTN’s Chief Marketing Officer

“Among other things, we want to recognize Makerere’s successes in invention, which there has been a lot of.”

Prof. Henry Alinaitwe, Makerere University’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor, said MTN Uganda’s support for the #MakerereAt100 exhibition will, in addition to increasing the visibility of our research and innovations, attract more private sector and business community partners to bolster “our efforts to commercialize these research outputs.”

“Makerere University appreciates MTN Uganda’s assistance through this cooperation, which will benefit both Makerere University students and Ugandan youth in general,” he said.

Makerere and MTN, he noted, are both in the business of helping young people reach their greatest potential.

Prof. Henry Alinaitwe, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Makerere University

“As a result of this relationship, our students and the youth in general will be inspired to create and contribute meaningfully to Uganda’s change.” MTN will assist us in launching some of our #MakerethereAt100 initiatives. We intend to remodel the residence halls and construct a hotel to update the guest house as well as a hospital teaching facility, among other things.”

Professor Alinaitwe stated that an exhibition will be held in September as part of MTN’s centenary celebrations.

He claims Makerere has trained presidents such as Kenya’s late President Mwai Kibaki, as well as personnel for major corporations like MTN.

“We are contributing to the renovation of our infrastructure, such as our Halls of Residence, in addition to the celebration.”

Lorna Magara, the chairman of the Makerere University Council, expressed her gratitude for the sponsorship and expressed her excitement for future collaborations.

“This is wonderful news. “As @Makerere celebrates 100 years of service to Uganda, Africa, and the world, we thank @mtnug for this support and look forward to a robust collaborative partnership,” she tweeted.

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