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Balunywa In MUK Race

By Vision Reporter

Added 26th August 2003 03:00 AM

WASSWA Balunywa, the principal of the Nakawa-based Makerere University Business School (MUBS) is one of the top contenders for the post of Makerere University Vice-Chancellor.

WASSWA Balunywa, the principal of the Nakawa-based Makerere University Business School (MUBS) is one of the top contenders for the post of Makerere University Vice-Chancellor.

By John Eremu
and Geoffrey Muhoozi

WASSWA Balunywa, the principal of the Nakawa-based Makerere University Business School (MUBS) is one of the top contenders for the post of Makerere University Vice-Chancellor.

Balunywa, who was the pioneer of the private sponsorship scheme when he was the dean of the Faculty of Commerce, is in the race with four professors.

Sources told The New Vision yesterday that the others include Dr. Elly Katunguka, the dean of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine who is also the academic staff representative on the Council, the university’s highest policy and decision-making organ, Prof. Opuda-Asibo, the director postgraduate school, Prof. Oswald Ndoleriire, the former Dean Faculty of Arts and Prof. Mary Okwakol, the deputy vice-chancellor of Gulu University.

Balunywa, who has a PhD from Scotland University, has been at loggerheads with the administration at the main campus over the status of MUBS since its inception in 1997.
At the height of the wrangles in 1999, Balunywa resigned the job but was reinstated by President Yoweri Museveni.

Senate, the university’s highest academic organ wanted the position of Vice-Chancellor reserved for an academician at the rank of professor and a Ph.D. holder, but the university council scaled down the academic requirements to a Masters degree level.

The university appointed a search committee in June. The job was widely advertised and the committee closed receipt of applications on July 31. The successful candidate is expected to take up the job in January 2004 when the extended term of Prof. John Ssebuwufu expires.

Meanwhile the Ministry of Education and Sports has forwarded to President Museveni, the nominees for the position of Makerere University Chancellor, ministry sources said.
Sources said the names which included that of PM Apollo Nsibambi and Uganda’s former High Commissioner to the UK, Prof. George Kirya were sent on Monday.
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Balunywa In MUK Race

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