On 25th March 2021, Makerere University through the office of the vice chancellor issused a letter approving the restructuring of 18 undergraduate courses.
According to the Vice-Chancellor Prof Barnabas Nawangwe, in an interview with Daily Monitor on 29th March 2021, said that the exercise is aimed at eliminating duplication, harmonize and reduce the teaching load on staff to enable them do research.
“We want to remain with only 62 undergraduate courses so that the staff can concentrate on the available courses and conduct more research because our aim is for Makerere to become a research-led university,” Prof Nawangwe said.
The university director of quality assurance, Dr Vincent Ssembatya, said the courses that have been merged had 40 per cent similarity in their curriculum content.
Dr Ssembatya said some courses such as Bachelor of Computer Engineering will be merged with Bachelor of Electrical Engineering, Bachelor of Business Statistics will be merged with Bachelor of Statistics, while Bachelor of Development Economics will be merged with Bachelor of Economics.
“The principle we took in to identify the phased-out course was their similarity in the content,” he said.
He said Makerere will now concentrate on courses that are not offered by most universities and on graduate students to increase the number of PhD graduates.
Dr Ssembatya said the affected students will continue with the courses until they complete them.
He also said the lecturers teaching the phased-out courses will not be affected.
However, the decision has not been welcomed by some affected students, saying the university has rendered their courses useless.
Source; Daily Monitor