Makerere University Council, the governing body of the University has come up with a decision to reorganise a total of 20 undergraduate courses starting with the next academic year, August 2021.
This will see the once 82 courses reduce to a total of only 62 courses.
According to Prof. Elly Katunguka, the Chairperson of National Council for Higher Education (NCHE), this kind of re-order is guaranteed by the law.
It should be noted that scrapping off programmes is not new as it started almost 10 years ago: a total of 400 courses reduced to 250 and finally to 150.
This move will also reduce on the large numbers of students at the University; as 70% of the population of students in the University are all on the undergraduate programme.
Dr Vincent Ssembatya, the Director in Charge of quality assurance at Makerere University, said that this move is targeted at mainly improving the research sector of the institution. He confirmed that 90% of research in Uganda is done at Makerere.
“By so doing, the percentage of science, technology, engineering and mathematics students will increase with time,” he noted.
A number of duplicated courses are to be changed and merged; including the humanity courses that take the biggest percentage of students in the Arts.
In the arts world, Industrial Psychology for instance has been joined with Community Psychology to come up with one single course. Development Studies will become a unit under other courses.
It should be noted that earlier last month, Prof Barnabus Nawangwe had stressed to the media that advantageously, the students’ population would be reduced from 35,000 to 25,000 once some courses are scrapped off.