By Jane Nambi
With the office of the vice-chancellor, currently occupied by Prof. Baryamureeba, amidst several fraud probes, Makerere University Council has come out and set new guidelines to be used to elect a Vice chancellor for the university.
He or she must at least be an associate professor, have “considerable” administrative and management experience, and must be aged between 40 and 60 years. The vice-chancellor must have taught in a reputable university, supervised at least a good number of graduate students and should have the capacity to get university grants.
In addition to the above, Makerere University vice-chancellor must have international recognition. “Such a person must also have leadership experience in Government, or in the world of academia,” sources revealed.
The University secretary David Muhwezi added that, “The desirable candidate should have a PhD/academic doctorate or master degree in clinical disciplines at the rank of Associate Professor with academic, administrative and financial competencies.”
Among the key candidates who have expressed interest but are yet to confirm their candidacy for the position include incumbent Prof. Venansius Baryamureeba, head of Postgraduate studies Prof. Eli Katunguka, former head of academic staff Prof. Augustus Nuwagaba, and Prof. Edward Kirumira. The appointment shall be for five years contract, renewable once subject to satisfactory performance.
The search process for the vice-chancellor is supposed to be carried out in accordance to the Universities and Other Tertiary Institutions Act, 2001 until amended. According to this law, Section 31 (2) states; “The Vice Chancellor shall be appointed by the Chancellor on the recommendation of the University Council from among three candidates recommended by the Senate.”
Section 31 (3) adds that, “A search committee composed of two members from the University Council and three members from the University Senate shall identify suitable candidates for the post of Vice Chancellor and forward them to the Senate to nominate three candidates for recommendation to the University Council.” Senate forwards three names, from which the Council chooses the best candidate(s), to forward to the Chancellor.
The Vice Chancellor is appointed by the Chancellor on the recommendation of the University Council which elects representatives to the Search Committee. It is headed by Chairperson-Eng. Dr. Charles Wana Etyem which constituted a special meeting on March 7 approving the process of initiating the Search Committee in accordance with the existing law. It elected Dr. Stephen Maloba and Bruce Balaba Kabasa, to the Search Committee.
The call for applications expected in a few days’ time and it will be followed for the call of other applications for the VC’s two deputies, he added.