The government of Uganda approved Kyambogo University’s new structure that saw the number of faculties and departments increase. Faculties and schools have since increased from 6 to 12 and departments from 38 to 60.
It’s for this reason that management will recruit 491 teaching staff according to the University’s Vice Chancellor, Prof Eli Katunguka. He revealed this on the first day of the University’s 17th graduation ceremony.
“The implementation of the new structure will cost the university Shs62.7 billion over five years to implement it. It is our conviction that this new structure will create many opportunities for growth, efficiency and effectiveness,” Prof Katunguka said. The university would require Shs13 billion in the second financial year and Shs16 billion in the third, fourth and fifth year of implementation.The university management is set to meet the government and discuss how to access the required budget to start the recruitment next year.
“We appeal to the government to support the university in the implementation of the new structure,” Prof Katunguka said. The government advised management to start with areas that do not require huge wages.
The graduate school has been transformed into a Directorate of Research and Graduate Training It will have two deputies in charge of graduate training and another in charge of research grants.
The chancellor of the university, Prof John Ssebuwufu, said the university had constructed new buildings and renovated others through the African Development Bank Higher Education, Science and Technology Project. He made these remarks on the day the university graduated 3,080 from the School of Management and Entrepreneurship and Faculty of Special Needs. He further said that the university had constructed new laboratories and workshops, with state-of-art equipment and machinery.
The university has also recommended the creation of new administrative units including the Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Research and Engagement, International Relations Unit, University Advancement and Alumni Unit, Gender Mainstreaming Unit, and Risk Management Unit.