Makerere University to scrap 70 courses

Makerere University is planning to scrap around 70 academic programmes, a move geared towards switching the focus of the institution toward’s research, Campus Cam has learned.

According to the institution’s strategic plan, the transformation towards a research-led university will start in the 2020/21 academic year.

Makerere University Vice chancellor Professor Barnabas Nawangwe said 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.

He further revealed that Makerere University is seeking to lower the student population from the current 35,000 down to about 25,000.

Most of the affected programmes are from the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, as well as the College of Business and Management Sciences.