After 32 years in Makerere University, Prof. Waswa Balunywa, is preparing to leave as MUBS Principal.
All good things have to come to an end eventually, the institution said in a statement.
After 32 years with Makerere University, half of that as Dean of the then Faculty of Commerce, Makerere, and Principal of Makerere University Business School, Prof. Waswa Balunywa has decided it’s time to move on.
While closing the 20th Annual International Management Conference in Kampala yesterday, September 10, 2015 Prof. Balunywa bid fare well to the conference participants.
He was quoted saying, “If this conference is held the same time next year, I will not be around, this is my last time I am attending the Annual international Management conference as the Principal of Makerere University Business School.”
Sometime in 1987, while Uganda’s most prestigious higher institution of learning, Makerere University, was struggling to cope with shortage of resources, teaching materials and even toilet papers, a youthful lecturer in the department of commerce embarked on an ambitious adventure that the birth of Makerere University Business School.
“Balunywa will always remembered for his deep-seated urge to transform Uganda’s higher education models from traditional bureaucracy of overreliance on government funding to mobilising resources from private students to run learning institutions – a move that sparked off a revolution in Uganda’s education sector.”
Balunywa is known for having revolutionalised business education and spearheading the private students’ scheme in Uganda that has become a model for many universities across the world, the statement added.
Makerere University Business School (MUBS) was established by Makerere University (Establishment of Constituent College) order 1997 as a constituent college of Makerere University (MUK).
The School was created from a merger between the faculty of commerce (FOC) and the national college of business studies (NCBS).
The merger involved the physical movement of the faculty of commerce from the Makerere Campus to Nakawa where the NCBS was located.
The actual merger and movement took place in January 1998.
In the year 2000, the law was amended to give financial and administrative autonomy by the Makerere University (Establishment of constituent college) (Amendment) order (MUECCA (A) 2001.
As a result of this amendment, the school structure changed tremendously.
The law created a council with authority similar to that of Makerere University Council.
The year 2001, the structure of the school again changed with the enactment of the University and other tertiary institutions Act, which made the school transform from a constituent college of Makerere to a public tertiary institution affiliated to Makerere University.