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Makerere University to phase out faculties

By Vision Reporter

Added 19th January 2009 03:00 AM

MAKERERE University plans to phase out faculties and replace them with constituent colleges which are easier to manage, the Chancellor, Prof. Mondo Kagonyera, said yesterday.

MAKERERE University plans to phase out faculties and replace them with constituent colleges which are easier to manage, the Chancellor, Prof. Mondo Kagonyera, said yesterday.

By Fortunate Ahimbisibwe and Catherine Bekunda

MAKERERE University plans to phase out faculties and replace them with constituent colleges which are easier to manage, the Chancellor, Prof. Mondo Kagonyera, said yesterday.

Under the college system, Kagonyera said, the university’s faculties will be merged.

“The college system will fundamentally reduce the number of units of the university and make it more nimble and efficient,” Kagonyera told graduands and their parents during the 59th graduation ceremony of the university.

The graduation ceremonies will go on until Friday.

Makerere University administration has persistently been criticised for inefficiency and mismanagement, including the delay to release results and academic transcripts.

Some of the graduands interviewed yesterday complained that their colleagues had not graduated because of missing results.

“We were more than 300 students in my class but only about 130 have graduated,” said a Bachelor of Science graduand.

Kagonyera said he would discuss with the university management ways to address delayed results, which ultimately delays the students’ graduation.

“I have received a lot of complaints about unduly delayed results.

Consequently, for no fault of their own, many students will not graduate now. It is imperative that work by both students and staff is streamlined so that every event takes place predictably,” Kagonyera said.

Out of the 12,346 students who are graduating, 30 have PhDs, 878 masters and 11,097 bachelors’ degrees. A total of 110 were awarded post-graduate diplomas.

At yesterday’s ceremony, the 2,300 graduands comprised mainly PhD and Masters degree students. Others were from the school of public health and the faculty of science.

A total of 180 students got first-class degrees.

Kagonyera urged the university to issue transcripts on time so that former students do not have to forge transcripts as they hunt for jobs.

About the shift to the college system, vice-chancellor Prof. Livingstone Luboobi said it would help in reviewing the curriculum and consolidating programmes.

“The system will also facilitate interdisciplinary teaching, thus offering students a wider choice of subject combination,” he said.

The university launched the College of Health Sciences based at Mulago Hospital in December 2007. Currently, Makerere has 10 faculties, six institutes and four schools.

Steven Kasiima, a commissioner in the Uganda Police, was among the PhD graduands. Former Police spokesman Simeo Nsubuga graduated with a masters’ degree in human rights.

The overall best student was Emmanuel Ishengoma of Industrial and Fine arts who scored a cumulative average of 4.91 out of 5.0. Innocent Tumugabirwe was the best from sciences with 4.71 in Business Statistics.

Makerere University to phase out faculties

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