The Faculty of Applied Science and Technology Strategy (F.A.S.T) and Implementation Plan was conceived in 1998 by the Vice Chancellor Professor F.I.B Kayanja and initially documented by Mr. Stephen J Palmer a Visiting Engineer. The overall vision of the Faculty was to be a center of excellence in the provision quality training and promote research in applied and multi-disciplinary Science and Technology with a focus on community development. In line with government policy on Higher Education of science and Technology and 5 (Five) Year National Development Plan and the University Strategic Plan, the establishment of the Faculty of Applied Science and Technology has become a priority. The fields of Applied Science, Engineering and Technology are key to the attainment of the Uganda’s national goal’s of social and economic development. The Faculty of Applied Science and Technology has pioneered the relocation of the University to the Mbarara University Kihumuro Campus. Throughout history, engineers and technicians have provided the knowledge and impetus to formulate, design, construct , and maintain the public infrastructure and utility systems. These systems form the foundation of credible, sustainable economic growth and prosperity. It is with this historical perspective and the guiding principles of training, effective engineers and technicians that suitable curriculum will be developed.
Engineering is about design, making things happen and solving problems. It calls for creativity, management and communication skills, as well as technical expertise and knowledge. Though the field of Engineering is vital to a country's development, the discipline cannot stand on its on.. Other fields including development studies, business, management, computer science, health, medical science, language, communication science, mathematics and general physical science help to broaden it’s scope and enbance it 's effectiveness. For this reason the curriculum and training at M.U.S.T. in the AS&T Faculty must be inter-disciplinary in nature.