The university will admit 1,500 First Year students, with the Privately Sponsored Students Programme (PSSP) taking the biggest share in numbers (8,000) while the Joint Admission Board (JAB) students will be 4,000.
Being the youngest public university in the country, MMUST is still undergoing tremendous challenges in terms of housing and lecture halls.
?Prof Sibilika Makhanu, Deputy Vice Chancellor (DVC) in charge of Finance and Administration, admitted that the institution’s biggest challenge is housing and lecture halls.
Makhanu asserted that MMUST’s major focus now is to ensure that lecture halls and laboratories are constructed within the university compound to facilitate learning.
?“Our focus as MMUST fraternity is to ensure that lecture halls and laboratories are not scattered in different places,” noted Makhanu.
He said a multi-purpose lecture hall is under construction and he is optimistic it will be completed in the next academic year so that it can be used as lecture classrooms and save the students many trips within the town going for lectures in rented buildings.
?In addition, Makhanu said a female hostel is under construction in the compound and it will accommodate 1,000 students after completion.
?The DVC, however, regretted that the institute’s major test would be in August when admitting first year students, the second bunch of the double intake. Those currently in their long vacations will also report back as second years together with the lot admitted in February.
?“The two groups will be together as second years, definitely accommodation and classrooms will pose a challenge to the institution not forgetting the first years who will been also admitted during the same period,” he noted.
?Makhanu confirmed that they held a Public Private Partnership Workshop (PPPS) some few weeks ago with the investors and most of them are willing to invest in hostels and lecture halls.