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Makerere university vice chancellor candidates make public presentations
The three candidates vying to become the next Vice Chancellor of Makerere University have made a public presentations, with each detailing why they think they would do a job leading the university.

The three candidates vying to become the next Vice Chancellor of Makerere University have made a public presentations, with each detailing why they think they would do a job leading the university.

All the candidates, who have vast experience in the university's administration, agreed that Makerere's star was dimming and more should be done to breathe new life into Uganda's oldest and biggest University.

Prof. Edward Kirumira, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe and Prof Venansius Baryamureba are vying to become the next Vice Chancellor of Makerere University, replacing Prof Ddumba Sentamu whose term expires in August this year.


In a two part public presentation at the Makerere University Main Hall on Thursday, each of the candidates was first allocated 20 minutes to present their vision for the university before senior university administrators, academics, support staff, students and members of the public. In the second part, the candidates fielded questions from the two moderators and also had the opportunity to ask each other some questions.

Prof. Edward Kirumira who is currently the Principal of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, explained why the college structures should be decentralised to ease the issuance of transcripts and the release of marks. 
One of the students asked him to explain why he appears to have failed to tackle some challenges in the college he has been heading for about five years. 

Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, who is the Deputy Vice Chancellor for finance and administration, underscored the need to strengthen the university's financial muscle, protecting its integrity and devolving all academic processes. He also tackled the contentious issue of pay incentives. 


Prof. Nawangwe has worked at Makerere for about 30 years as a lecturer and senior manager but critics say, as deputy vice chancellor, he could have resolved some of the things he now intends to tackle.

Prof. Venansius Baryamureeba who previously served as Makerere Vice Chancellor spoke about his pet subject of fully operationalizing the collegiate system to enhance transparency, increase revenue by 25%, developing the university's idle land and enhancing research capabilities. 

The candidates generally spoke the same language on improving staff welfare, gender engagement, and growing boosting research. Citing some top Makerere academics who retired and went on to serve in other universities. Baryamureeba said he would lobby for the extension of the retirement age for professors to 80 years and senior lecturers at 75.