Makerere to slash new humanities’ student intake by 5,000

Makerere University Vice-Chancellor Barnabas Nawangwe has announced plans to reduce the university’s intake of undergraduate students by 5,000, writes Damali Mukhaye for Monitor.

The phased reduction is pending senate approval on Thursday 16 March, and will take effect the next academic year that starts in August. The numbers to be slashed are of undergraduate students pursuing diplomas or first degrees in humanities while slots for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) courses will remain untouched.

The changes, according to Nawangwe, reflect the transformation of Makerere, Uganda’s oldest public university, into a research institution. “There are programmes which we can’t reduce because the numbers are still low, especially STEM. But in the humanities, we are definitely going to start reducing,” he said.
Full report on the Monitor site