MAKERERE University Senate last week threw out four of the seven top-flight professors who were gunning for the post of Vice Chancellor. Education Visionâ€™s Geresom Musamali delves into the lives of the three survivors and their vision for the 82-year old institution.
Ndoleriire, a French language specialist, became famous in June 2000 when he headed the committee that investigated the conduct of former academic registrar Prof. Mukhwanason Hyuha who was later sacked.
His innovation turned round the faculty of arts into one of the leading training and income generating units at the university.
â€œIn the 1990s some people thought that the faculty of arts should be closed. But now we have students applying for arts as a first choice. We (arts) make up a quarter of the whole university population. We have introduced innovative programmes such as tourism, which attract the applicants. If it can be done in arts it can be done in other faculties and make Makerere shine once again,â€ he said.
Born 56 years ago at Butiiti, Kabarole, Ndoleriire holds a higher diploma in French Language from the University of Caen, a langaue teaching qualification from Sorbonne Nouvelle, a Masters in Contrastive Linguistics also from Sorbonne Nouvelle, and a PhD (Doctorat de 3e Cycle en Linguistique).
Ndoleriire has taught in many universities incuding Ikoku College and Imo State University, both in Nigeria, as well as at Kenyatta University. He prides to have supervised many PhD as well as masters students. He has been external examiner in French, Linguistics, and English at Kenyatta, Nairobi, Dar and Maseno Universities.
A regent of the 12-year old King Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru of Tooro, Ndoleriire is among others the country director of the Japanese-funded, Nairobi-based African Institute for Capacity Development (AICAD), president of the of the Alliance Francaise de Kampala board of trustees and editorial board member of the Eastern Africa Social Science Research Review (EASSRR).
The poetic Ndoleriire said during a public presentation last month that though Uganda is a poor country, Makerere can still excel by world standards.
Mathematics professor Luboobi was born on Christmas day of 1944 at Kalisizo in Rakai District. He went to Matale Primary School, Kako Junior Secondary School in Masaka, Ntare School, Makerere College, Makerere University and the Universities of Ontario (Canada) and Adelaide (Australia).
A 1991/92 Fulbright Scholar at the University of California, Luboobi has also held the Archer Strurroch Prize for Sciences. He holds a First class bachelorâ€™s degree in Mathematics, a Master of Science in Operations research, and a PhD in Biomathematics. He has been teaching assistant at the University of Toronto and visiting professor at Dar. He has held various positions including that of chairman at the Uganda Mathematics Club, and he is on the physical science committee of the Uganda National Council for Science and Technology. He is external examiner at the Islamic University in Uganda (IUIU), Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST) as well as at Dar and Sokoine. He has successfully supervised 5 PhD students, 25 M. Sc, and has many more in the pipeline.
Luboobi, who speaks with a calculative confidence, believes that the level of immorality at Makerere should be ruthlessly cubbed. He said there has been a persistent history of sexual harassment at the university. â€œI promise a stringent policy on sexual harassment. That is what I intend to give first priority if I become your vice-chancellor. The quality of any educational institution is judged as much by the academic pursuits it undertakes as well as by its moral discipline,â€ said Luboobi.
Adelani submitted a record CV of one page. The 53-year-old Nigerian was educated at the University of Ibadan and obtained a first class degree in veterinary science in 1974. He also holds a Masterâ€™s Degree in applied immunology from Brunel University and a PhD in Helminthology garnered from the University of London School of Tropical Medicine in 1982. He did his post-doctoral training at Harvard under a Fogarty Fellowship. He was dean of the Ibadan graduate school (1990-94), deputy vice-chancellor for academic affairs at Witwatersrand (South Africa) and is currently director and associate vice president of research and graduate studies at the University of Technology in Jamaica.
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