The Vice Chancellor of Muni University Prof. Christine Dranzoa is Dead

The Vice Chancellor of Muni University Prof. Christine Dranzoa is dead
The Vice Chancellor of Muni University Prof. Christine Dranzoa is dead

The Vice Chancellor of Muni University Prof. Christine Dranzoa has died. A post on Muni University twitter account noted that Prof. Christine passed away at 3:30am on Tuesday 28th June 2022.

“We have just received the sad news of the untimely death of our dear Vice Chancellor, Prof. Christine Dranzoa who passed on at 3:30 am this morning. An official communication will be made later in the day. May her soul rest in eternal peace”, a post on Muni University twitter account reads.

 

Muni University is one of the public universities in Uganda. It is located in in West Nile.

 

Who is Prof. Christine Dranzoa

She was born in 1967, in what was known as Moyo District at the time. Today, her home district is known as Adjumani District.

Christine Dranzoa was appointed as the Chairperson (Vice Chancellor-role) Muni University Taskforce (Dec 2009-May 2010) following President Museveni’s a letter dated 12th May 2009 that directed the Hon Minister of Education and Sports to expedite the establishment of a fully fledged Public University in West Nile region.

A three person Taskforce Committee was appointed by the Ministry of Education and Sports (MoES) to kick-start the University.

She led the University Taskforce that successfully built Muni University from a Green field to the Current State of a Fully Fledged Public University.

In June 2014, she was appointed in the position of Acting Vice Chancellor, Muni University. Under this capacity, she provided overall Administrative, Academic, Research and Financial oversight for the Institution.

She was installed as the Vice Chancellor of Muni University in 2017 during the University’s first graduation ceremony in Arua City.

Congratulations to our pioneer graduands – Muni University Vice Chancellor Prof. Christine Dranzoa

Associate Professor, Deputy Director School of Graduate Studies, Makerere University, Uganda
Christine Dranzoa served as Deputy Director School of Graduate Studies, Makerere University from April 2005- May
2010.

Besides introducing efficient and effective administration of Graduate System, she led major policy
reforms, successfully introduced Doctoral Committee Supervision Model, Public Defence of Thesis/Dissertation as a university wide quality assurance framework; popularised the joint degree award programmes in different units of the university.

She coordinated the PREPARE PhD programme of the University. Hence, quality graduates, publications and visibility of the University improved.

Lecturer (1991-1995) Senior Lecturer

Prior to joining Makerere University establishment in 1991 as a Lecturer, she held various positions; Laboratory Assistant at National Water & Sewerage Corporation; Assistant Sales Officer in the Agricultural Enterprises, Uganda; Fisheries officer, Kajansi, Uganda; and Research Fellow, World Conservation Society, Uganda.

She led the subsection of Wildlife under the department of Anatomy from 1992 to 1997 when a fully fledged department was created under my leadership.

From 1997 to April 2005, she headed the department of Wildlife and Animal Resources Management
(WARM) at Faculty of Veterinary Medicine Makerere University.

In 2004, she won a one-year, training award of International Women’s Leadership Forum, Washington, through the generous support of Carnegie Corporation of New York (2004-5), which trained her, and 13 other International Women of High Leadership Cadre. This particular training and those she received from Rock Fellow Foundation on Social skills, Life Management and Development, Research Management, Self Evaluation for Researchers/Managers and others, ably prepared her to initiate community and  institutional programmes and manage them very well.

As head of department (1997-March 2005), she had initiated unique, vibrant and important programmes
in her faculty both at undergraduate and graduate levels. The graduates from these programmes are making important contribution towards wildlife/biodiversity conservation globally. She initiated strong international linkages with Universities in Canada, USA, South Africa, West Indies, Amersfoort Zoo to mention but a few.

In her tenure and as a result of active involvement in wildlife research, many projects were attracted to her department then, including Large Predator/Lion Mount Gorilla Veterinary Project, Compton Graduate Fellowship. Her department made a significant impact and created visibility in the conservation of wildlife in Uganda through the various researches and projects, services such as translocation of wildlife species and aquaculture.

Education Background

Christine Dranzoa holds the degree of Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Zoology, obtained in 1987, from Makerere University, the oldest university in East Africa. She also holds the degree of Master of Science (MSc), in Zoology, obtained in 1991, also from Makerere University.

Her degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Biology was obtained from the same university in 1997. She also holds about half a dozen certificates in managementconservation, and project planning from Ugandan and International institutions

Indeed, Uganda has lost a great academician. Below we bring you a video by NBS Tv where Prof Christine Dranzoa, spoke on transforming the agriculture sector.

Also Read:  Congratulations to our pioneer graduands – Muni University Vice Chancellor Prof. Christine Dranzoa

 

 

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