Makerere University has officially closed its Fort Portal campus over low student enrolment and stiff competition from Mountains of the Moon and Uganda Pentecostal University.
According to a letter dated May 25 by Charles Barugahare, the University Secretary, and quoted byDaily Monitor, the campus will not open for the 2016/2017 academic year.
He said the council’s decision was informed by the poor enrolment since the inception of the campus in 2010.
The campus housed at Toro Kingdom headquarters in Mucwa was established to serve students from the districts of Kibaale, Ibanda, Hoima, Bundibugyo, Bushenyi, Kasese, Kyenjojo, Kamwenge and Ntoroko.
In a July 15th circular, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, the Makerere University Deputy Chancellor in charge of Finance and Administration, said students from the Fort Portal campus are to be relocated to the main campus and Jinja campus with effect from the 2016/2017 academic year. It also failed to identify suitable and convenient premises, among other reasons.
According to the circular, students who opt to be relocated to the main campus will be offered free accommodation in the halls of residence.
Those in third years will be accommodated freely for one year while those in second year will be accommodated for two years.
More than 250 students have since threatened to drag the oldest institution to court seeking to reverse the impromptu closure of their campus.
The students told Monitor they made contracts to study and complete the three years from Fort Portal and not Kampala or Jinja, noting that Makerere administrators took the decision without consulting them.