With the closure of Makerere University coming to a month, there are interesting developments. Many things have come to a halt.
For one, several students institutions like Makerere University Business School (Mubs), who are supposed to be obtaining their degrees from Makerere, are still in class.
However, those who had completed their studies at these institutions will not graduate from Makerere in January, as scheduled. So, the questions are ringing in the minds of many, that while the degree supervisors are on forced holiday, who is conducting classes at this institution? Why isn’t Mubs an independent degree-granting institution, if it is able to conduct business on its own?
Some have speculated that Mubs’ reliance on Makerere is driven by selfishness. That, allowing Mubs to become independent would impose new accountability demands on the management that could prove unsustainable. The current leadership at Mubs is not answerable to as a robust a body as a university council, which has wide-ranging powers on management.
Yet, others claim that allowing Mubs to become independent would be a loss for some of the students and staff, who value the name Makerere on their certificates, even if they have to endure classes at Mubs.
But the closure of Makerere has shown that if for no other reason, Mubs should advocate for independence since it has shown that it can thrive on its own.
While Makerere University was compelled to close its external campus in Fort Portal, Mubs has shown that it can grow its infrastructure and enrolment beyond Nakawa, with outlets in Gulu, Mbarara, Fort Portal and Jinja.
Mubs has also been able to attract international networks on its own. There is no need for it to hang onto Makerere University’s coattails.