Makerere University scraps 20 courses

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Makerere University Council has approved the restructuring of 20 undergraduate programmes, a move that will see 82 courses reduced to 62.

The affected programmes include seven agricultural science programmes will be merged into three. These include the bachelor of science in agriculture, bachelor of science in agricultural land use and management, bachelor of agribusiness management, bachelor of agricultural and rural innovation.

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Other agricultural programmes proposed for merger are bachelor of science in horticulture, bachelor of science in human nutrition and bachelor of science in food science and technology.

Under engineering, the university has proposed to merge bachelor of science in telecommunication engineering, computer engineering and biomedical engineering.

All these will be revert to electrical engineering.

The new curriculum will take effect in the next academic year, which starts in August 2021.

Dr Vincent Ssembatya, the director of quality assurance, said the aim was to enhance quality at the university and spur research.

He said the university wanted to increase the percentage of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) students from 35% to at least 40% of the total enrolment.

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It also wanted to increase the proportion of graduate students from 10% to 30%, support curriculum that leverages research in the university and reduce duplication.

Below is an illustration of how the restrcturing will be done in various departments.

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