By Henry Mukasa
MAKERERE University Business School (MUBS) is to become independent of Makerere University (MAK), education ministry permanent secretary Francis Lubanga has said.
This, according to Lubanga, is a permanent solution designed by the education ministry to end wrangles between the two institutions of higher learning.
When the proposal is implemented, according to Lubanga, MUBS will be renamed Metropolitan Business School and will award its own degrees.
Lubanga told Parliamentâ€™s social services committee yesterday that the ministry has done what it should have done at the height of the power struggles.
For years, Makerere University bickered with MUBS over autonomy, recruitment of students and ownership of programmes and courses.
In 2006, MUBS, which was a school under East Africaâ€™s oldest university, sought to break away from its parent. It launched its own motto, logo, seal, flag, emblem and organised separate graduation ceremonies.
Lubanga told MPs that while the goodwill of the current two leaders of the institutions; Prof. Venansius Baryamureeba (MAK vice-chancellor) and Prof. Wasswa Balunywa (MUBS principal) has kept a cap on the tensions, a lasting solution was needed.
He said the National Council for Higher Education had recommended to the education minister the de-linking of MUBS from Makerere.
He said the minister, as empowered by section 82(a) of the University and Other Tertiary Institutions Act, had issued a statutory instrument, which was conveyed to the Clerk of Parliament for debate.
â€œThat (approval) will firmly pave the way for the movement of MUBS from MAK,â€ Lubanga said.
He said the robust staff development system at MUBS and its giant library project were one of the compelling factors for the ministry to grant it independence.
MPs, who had asked the ministry to spell out a lasting solution to the MAK-MUBS saga, were excited and relived by Lubangaâ€™s disclosure.
MP Alice Alaso (FDC) and Medad Bitekyerezo (NRM) led the calls for a solution, founded on â€œprincipleâ€ rather than â€œgoodwill of the two gentlemen.â€
The MPs also expressed concern over the flight of lecturers from public universities to other countries for greener pastures.