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Makerere to take 17,000 private students

By Vision Reporter

Added 5th May 2010 03:00 AM

MAKERERE University will admit 16,973 private students next academic year, which starts in August. This is 4,200 more students than it admitted last year.

MAKERERE University will admit 16,973 private students next academic year, which starts in August. This is 4,200 more students than it admitted last year.

By Francis Kagolo

MAKERERE University will admit 16,973 private students next academic year, which starts in August.

This is 4,200 more students than it admitted last year, and it is expected to reduce the number of students who would have missed places.

About 3,000 students will be admitted on government scholarships, but the cut-off points have not yet been agreed. The applications for private admissions will be called late this month.

Makerere had planned to raise the intake by 5,000, but changed its mind for lack of lecturers.

The new figures were approved by the university Senate, the chief academic decision-making organ, at a meeting yesterday.

According to the list, the university will take 1,200 students for bachelor of commerce, 1,000 for education (external), 750 for arts, and 1,000 for information technology.

The bachelor of social sciences degree will take 1,000, arts with education, 900, and bachelor of science with education will take 300 students.

For the science courses, 60 students will be admitted for bachelor of agricultural and rural innovation, 80 for social and entrepreneurial forestry, while 55 will go for environmental health science.

Another 30 students will be admitted for bachelor of agriculture, 20 for pharmacy, 40 for medicine and surgery, 20 for speech and language therapy and only seven students will be admitted for both nursing and dental surgery.

Ritah Namisango, the acting spokesperson, said the increase in admissions was a result of the new courses introduced this year.
The courses include bachelor of social and entrepreneurial forestry, conservation forestry and products engineering, and the bachelor of science in petroleum geoscience and production.

The course is targeted at training experts to manage the newly-discovered oil resources in western Uganda.

The other new course are the bachelor of science degree in software engineering, bachelor of information systems, records and archives management, and human nutrition.

Some students are expected to be absorbed into the new campuses in Jinja and Fort Portal which the university opened this year.

Meanwhile, the Senate yesterday failed to agree on the scrapping of 40 courses as recommended by an adhoc committee set up to restructure the academic programmes. Almost half of the condemned courses are based at the business school in Nakawa.

The committee, chaired by Prof. Frederick Jjuuko, said in a report that the courses are duplicated and do not offer “any thing substantial to students”.

A source said the principal of MUBS, Prof. Wasswa Balunywa, opposed the phasing out of the courses. As a result, vice-chancellor Prof. Venansius Baryamureeba ordered the committee and the MUBS management to meet again to sort out the matter.

He also urged MUBS to cooperate with the faculty of economics and management based at the main campus, which Balunywa reportedly welcomed.

Makerere to take 17,000 private students

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