Makerere University to adopt virtual internship programs

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MAKERERE University students will go ahead with ‘scientific’ or ‘virtual’ internships processes, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic which hit Uganda and the rest of the world.

In a letter from the University Academic Registrar to all Principals of Colleges, Deans Registrars at the university, they have been directed to ensure that students proceed with their internships, much as universities are still closed.

According to Academic Registrar’s letter in June, the Senate at its Special Meeting held on June 1, 2020 received, discussed and adopted revised modalities for conducting internship/field attachment & recess during Covid-19 pandemic.

The Senate resolved that internship and field attachment activities for academic year 2019/2020 shall continue as scheduled.

“The Senate,” the letter explains, “Does not require students to come to the University campus and, therefore, the activities can proceed whilst observing the SOPs in place to curb the spread of the Coronavirus.”

Under this arrangement, the Academic Registrar says that the Senate agreed that a number of options be given to students, to be able to continue with their internships. Among the options, the staff have been asked to, “Allow students with ready placements to proceed with their host institutions, in observation of COVID-19 SoPs.”

The Academic Registrar also says, they should, “Organise students to undertake practical activities, working remotely with host institutions. Students can alternatively work in small groups or as individuals on industry/work-based assignments and present before internship Committees.”

The letter also notes that students on internship, “Can engage organizations to propose projects or problems that can be worked on by students remotely to provide solutions.

Source: New Vision

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