Makerere University scraps off 18 ‘useless’ courses

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After an assessment and review of all the courses, Makerere University has taken a restructuring move dropping 18 Undergraduate Courses.
Most of the affected programmes are under Economics and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences such as Development Studies and Business Administration.
In a communication addressed to the academic registrar dated 25th march 2021, 18 programs will not be advertised for the new entrants in the next academic year.

“Following council approval of restructuring of programs, the following programs are not to be advertised for the academic year 2020/2021,” a letter to the academic registrar Read’s in part.
The affected courses include: Bachelor of library and information sciences, Bachelor of achieves and records management, Bachelor of science in construction management, Bachelor of Community phycology and Bachelor of arts in development economics
Others are: Bachelor of Science in Telecommunication engineering, Bachelor of computer engineering, Bachelor of environmental science. Bachelor of science in metrology, Bachelor of Development studies, Bachelor of adult and community education,Bachelor of business statistics and Bachelor of science in Population studies

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The country’s oldest university will also no longer offer Bachelor of Science in Quantitative economics, Bachelor of Science in Wildlife health and management, Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Land use and management, Bachelor of Science in Horticulture and Bachelor of Science in
Last year, it was reported that Makerere University was planning to scrap over 70 academic programmes and reduce the current programmes from 150 to just 80. It is also said that was aimed at reducing the student’s population.
Accordingly, University will transform into a research-led university with effect from the next academic year (2020/2021).
There will be a gradual shift to increase graduate enrolment, knowledge production and reduce undergraduate academic programmes and students.

The Vice chancellor Professor Barnabas Nawangwe was quoted as saying that there is a lot of duplication in programmes which called for the scrapping and merging of some. He revealed that the process of scrapping programmes started about 10 years ago when the 400 courses were reduced to 250 and again to the current 150.
Prof Nawangwe also explained that the strategy is also aimed at reducing the student numbers from about 35,000 students to just 25,000 to improve on the student to lecturer ratio.

“We currently have a large population of students and few lecturers. Many of our staff cannot carry out research because of the big student numbers. The quality of their staff at many universities is a challenge. The current strategic plan enables us to help out by training lecturers for such universities. Of the targeted 25,000 students, 10,000 will be graduate students and 15,000 undergraduates,’’ He explained.

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