Makerere University Senate has approved the teaching of Chinese and Spanish as subjects under the Bachelor of Arts course.
Alfred Masikye, Makerere University academic registrar said that Chinese and Spanish subjects will be taught effective 2014/2015 academic year as Bachelor of Arts.
“Senate approved the teaching of both subjects as Chinese Beginners and Advanced and Spanish Beginners and Advanced,” Masikye explained. Call for applications will be made in June.
The languages will cover all aspects of life, including the social, economic and political characteristics of the Chinese and Spanish people respectively.
The two languages are aimed at preparing Ugandans to exploit opportunities in the fast emerging economies in South America (Spanish language and culture) and Asia (Chinese language and culture).
For one to get a degree certification for the two languages, he/she has to enroll on the Bachelor of Arts course. The course tuition fee is sh730, 000.
Spanish has been a short course at the institute of languages for a while but recently Makerere university partnered with Xiangtan University in China to start the Confucius Institute that will offer courses in the Chinese language and culture.
The Confucius Institute at Makerere is named after the renowned Chinese philosopher, Confucius.