FIRST LADY COMMENDS MAKERERE UNIVERSITY’S MOVE TO FIND ALTERNATIVE SOURCES OF INCOME
The First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports Mrs. Janet Museveni has said the idea of generating funds from alternative sources that Makerere University is initiating is worthy, as these funds can go a long way in facilitating development at the University.
“Look for ways that will make money for Makerere so that it does not keep waiting on Government to settle its needs all the time”, she said.
The First Lady said this while meeting a ten-man team from Makerere University led by the Chairman of Council Eng. Dr. Wana Etyem and the Vice Chancellor Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe at State House Entebbe on Thursday. The Meeting was also attended by the Under-Secretary Finance and Administration in the Ministry of Education Aggrey Kibenge and Jolly Uzamukunda, the commissioner for Higher Education and Training.
The team that comprised of representatives of the Makerere University Council, management and convocation called on the First Lady to brief her about the developments at the University as they try to reposition and unlock its potential.
Mrs. Janet Museveni said Government subsidies and the money generated from the students’ tuition fees is not enough to fund all Makerere’s requirements and debts. “We have to put our heads together to see what will bridge the existing gaps”, she said.
She also said it is good the University has started streamlining the evening programme lectures that she thinks were started hurriedly and many people misunderstood as just a means of making money.
The Makerere team highlighted some of the proposed income generating avenues they plan to engage in including leasing out some of their redundant land and properties and partnering with investors to develop them, plus establishing a Makerere University Endowment Fund and to tap into the Alumni to build this fund.
Talking about key issues causing excitement in the public, Makerere University Council Chairman Eng. Dr. Wana Etyem allayed fears of the public about media reports that Makerere had abolished the Evening Programme Lectures saying that all they were doing is to rationalize the programmes so that each has about 200 students and discourage staff who may be tempted to offload their day work to the evening one.
He also said that the Council and Management of Makerere University is committed to addressing the alleged sexual harassment reported at the University. He said the existing sexual harassment policy is also going to be reviewed.
Makerere’s Vice Chancellor Prof Nawangwe decried countrymen trying to destroy the name of the University which is ranked among the top universities in the world and said they on the other hand must do everything possible to absolve the University in the eyes of the citizens and the world.