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Makerere University to scrap 40 courses

By Vision Reporter

Added 4th May 2010 03:00 AM

OVER 40 Makerere University courses, half of which are being offered at the Nakawa-based business school (MUBS), are to be scrapped.

OVER 40 Makerere University courses, half of which are being offered at the Nakawa-based business school (MUBS), are to be scrapped.

By Francis Kagolo

OVER 40 Makerere University courses, half of which are being offered at the Nakawa-based business school (MUBS), are to be scrapped.

This is contained in a report drafted by an Adhoc committee on the restructuring of the university’s academic programmes.

The 14-man committee was instituted last year by the acting vice-chancellor, Prof. Venansius Baryamureeba, to review academic programmes in a bid to stop the duplication of courses. It was headed by Prof. Frederick Jjuuko, a prominent law don.

The process, if approved by the university senate, the institution’s chief academic organ, will see the number of courses offered at Makerere reduced from over 130 to about 70.

In January, Baryamureeba said the process will result into the sacking of some academic and administrative staff, especially part-time lecturers. Over 500 part-time lecturers are slated to lose their jobs.

Most of the condemned courses are those which MUBS introduced in 2007 without approval from the university administration. These include bachelor of business computing, bachelor of entrepreneurship and small business management, travel and tourism management, leisure and hospitality management and bachelor of catering and hotel management.

Others are bachelor of science in accounting, bachelor of science in finance, science in marketing, procurement and supply chain management, human resources management and bachelor of international business.

The committee recommended the phasing out of these courses after discovering that their content was being taught in other programmes.
It recommended that the content of the condemned courses be integrated into other relevant programmes.

Courses to be phased out at the main campus include bachelor of dance, arts in environmental management, bachelor of secretarial studies, bachelor of tourism, post- graduate diploma in education (primary), post-graduate diploma in refugee law and forced migration, post-graduate diploma in environmental journalism and masters in leadership and human relations studies.

To resolve the intra-faculty disputes over students, the committee said the Faculty of Arts and that of Social Sciences should be merged into one administrative academic unit.

There was uproar between MUBS and Makerere, when the latter declined to recognise the over 15,000 students MUBS admitted on the then unaccredited courses in 2007.

It took the Government’s intervention for the courses to be accredited.
The development comes barely three months after the two institutions mended their differences and agreed to work as a team late last year.

Makerere University to scrap 40 courses

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