Quantity surveying and Land economics students in the Department of Construction Economics and Management conducted a study tour of the Kabalega International Airport in Hoima.
The study tour was organized by the College of engineering, Design, Art and Technology (CEDAT), the contractor on site SBC, and the Ministry of energy and Mineral Development. It was aimed at enabling the students explore infrastructural developments in the area, that also included the Kyakaboga resettlement village.
The lessons learnt will undoubtedly shape the student’s perspective and contribute to their future careers in Quantity Surveying and Land Economics
While at the Kabalega International Airport, the students witnessed the ongoing construction of the airport that came about following oil and gas activities in the area. The areas visited included the runway, the modern fire station, the upcoming terminal showing the role of responsible infrastructure in economic growth.
The students also visited Kyakaboga Resettlement Village that was designed as a satellite city with infrastructure that includes schools, houses, community centers which marked a promising future for the affected families while at the same time preserving the environment.
The settlement exemplifies the harmonious co-existence of development and sustainability. According to feedback from some of the students, the study trip enriched the student’s knowledge and highlighted the importance of collaboration and responsible development in shaping the future of the country
Some of the lessons learnt as explained by the students included the power of collaboration. Students observed how successful infrastructure programs require collaboration between government, private enterprises and communities. It showed them how collaboration enables aligning with local needs and taking into consideration the environmental concerns.
The other lesson was about the need to consider sustainability as exhibited at the Kyabagogo Resettlement village where it was observed that thoughtful planning can enable communities thrive while minimizing the negative environmental impacts.
The Infrastructure’s economic impact was evidenced at the Kabalega International Airport. The students saw how such projects can drive economic growth, create jobs and boost local economies.
Balancing progress and preservation was another learning area for the students. The situation of the developments close to Animal Reserves was a lesson in as far as the preservation of natural habitats was concerned. It showed the need for eco-friendly infrastructure solutions.
Through the interaction with the communities in the settlement area, the students learnt the resilience and adaptability of the people faced with change. It also showed the importance of community engagement in development projects.
The students further observed and learned of the importance of quality and durability in infrastructural developmental projects. They learnt how proper construction techniques can ensure a project’s long term success.
The role of education was seen as a valuable element necessary in preparing future professionals to contribute meaningfully towards infrastructural development and sustainable growth.
Story shared by Mr. Kabugo Abdurahman