Makerere Objects to Proposed Transfer of Colleges

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The report of the visitation committee, released in December last year recommended transforming Makerere into a graduate school by transferring a number of colleges and undergraduate programmes to other universities.

Makerere University Vice-Chancellor Prof Barnabas Nawangwe has allayed fears that a number of colleges will be transferred to other universities in line with recommendations of the visitation committee.

The report of the visitation committee, released in December last year recommended transforming Makerere into a graduate school by transferring a number of colleges and undergraduate programmes to other universities.

The report, for instance, recommends that the College of Education and External Studies be transferred to Kyambogo University, College of Humanities and Social Sciences be transferred to Nsamizi Institute of Social Development and College of Business and Management Sciences should be transferred to the Nakawa based Makerere University Business School.

This according to the report would enable the government to leverage the premier brand of Makerere University to restructure the public universities into a National Public University System similar to the Indian Institute of Technology, University of Malaysia, Monash University in Australia, University of Michigan, University of California or the University of London.

It would also progressively transform public universities established upcountry into upcountry Colleges of Makerere University. For example, Muni University would become Makerere University Muni and Busitema University would become Makerere University Busitema.

 But Prof Nawangwe during today's graduation said this kind of restructuring will not happen. He said the university has been and will continue reducing the number of undergraduate students and focus on postgraduate courses and research.
 
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Prof Nawangwe said that the university has instituted a committee chaired by the acting Deputy Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration, Prof Bazeo William to study the recommendations and give government feedback.

"This feedback will feed into the Government White Paper. The University Management will in the meantime implement some of the immediate recommendations," he said.

 A total of 3,672 students today graduated from the College of Humanities and Social Sciences; College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology and the School of Law. This was the last day of the four-day graduation that kicked off on Tuesday. 

 

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Blanshe Musinguzi
Musinguzi Blanshe is a politics-cum-business journalist. He joined Uganda Radio Network in February 2017. Previously, he worked at Daily Monitor and Red Pepper Publications Limited. He is keenly interested in data journalism.