Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe has been installed as the new vice chancellor of Makerere university.
He becomes the 11th Vice Chancellor of the oldest public university in Uganda since the University was established in 1970.
Nawangwe takes over from Prof. John Ddumba-Ssentamu whose term of office expired on 31st August, 2017 after serving for five years.
The function was presided over by Makerere university Chancellor, Prof. Ezera Suruma on September 14th 2017 in the University Main hall.
The outgoing Vice Chancellor was praised for his outstanding contribution towards the development of Makerere university. Prof. John Ddumba-Ssentamu was given tokens of appreciation that were handed over to him by Eng. Dr. Wana Etyem, the Chairperson University Council.
The President of the Republic of Uganda and Visitor to Makerere University H.E. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni was the Chief Guest at the function.
The President advised the new Vice chancellor to embark on the curriculum review especially in the social sciences and economics to ensure that graduates take courses that are market oriented for employability and job creation.
“The problem of Makerere University is these courses that are not market oriented. One of the biggest tasks is to reform these courses and concentrate on disciplines which have demand on the market. Makerere must sit down and see how we can link up with the department of political science and economics and analyze where the country is heading with graduates who are spending time on streets looking for jobs,” President Museveni said.
The Minister of Education, Sports, Science and Technology, Hon. Janet Kataha Museveni was represented by the State Minister in charge of Primary Education, Hon. Rosemary Sseninde.
In attendance were Chancellors and former Chancellors, Chairperson and members of the University Council, former Vice Chancellors, Vice Chancellors, Rectors and Principals of other universities and institutions among other guests.