Makerere University Business School (MUBS) has continued their struggle for independence with the latest being staff opposing the decision by government to make it a degree awarding institution instead of a university.
The lecturers led by the Chairman Professional and Academic Staff Union, Isaac Magoola accuse Makerere University main campus Vice Chancellor Professor John Ddumba Ssentamu and retiring old professors of being behind the move to maintain MUBS among other Degree awarding institutions yet MUBS is fit to be elevated to a University with more than 17, 000 students compared to other universities with ridiculously less number of students.
“The old professors are plotting ways of finding jobs after retirement as consultants,” he said.
MUBS was established in the 1960s as Nakawa College of Business Studies (NCBS), the national college of business studies.
It offered business and management diplomas as well as professional training in business.
At that time, the college offered diplomas, the main ones being the Uganda Diploma in Business Studies and the Higher Diploma in Marketing.
In 1997, Faculty of Commerce at Makerere University was merged with NCBS, thereby creating MUBS, a constituent college of Makerere University.
The staff and students of both institutions were brought together at the 45 acres (18 ha) campus at Nakawa, approximately 7 kilometres (4.3 mi), east of Kampala’s central business district.
In 2001, due to changes in the laws of Uganda, MUBS transformed from a constituent college of Makerere University to a “public tertiary institution” affiliated to Makerere University.
However, this arrangement did not work well, resulting in Makerere introducing competing duplicate courses at the main campus, while MUBS started to agitate for complete autonomy.
Finally in 2012, the autonomy sought by MUBS was granted by the Uganda Ministry of Education and Sports.
In January 2012, it was reported in the media that MUBS will break away from Makerere University and reconstitute itself into an independent university.
This will result in the change of its name to a new name, yet to be determined.
In August 2013, Uganda’s Attorney General began drafting the necessary legislation to separate MUBS from Makerere University.
The draft will then be presented to the Ugandan Parliament for debate and enactment into law.