The New Makerere vice chancellor Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe has assumed office.

Prof. Nawangwe received the tools of office this evening from outgoing vice chancellor, Prof. John Ddumba-Ssentamu, whose five-year tenure has come to an end. Professor Ddumba has been in office from September 1, 2012.

During the meeting, Prof. Ddumba-Ssentamu congratulated Prof. Nawangwe upon being appointed the next Vice Chancellor and wished him a successful tenure.

Prof. Ddumba-Ssentamu commended the University Management team, Senate and Council, Government, staff and other stakeholders for the support they rendered him to realize the University’s core values of teaching and learning; research and innovations; and knowledge transfer partnerships and networking.

He requested the Management Team and University Council to re-think the idea of merging the Planning and Development department with that of Finance.

“We need to re-think the Planning and Development Unit as an Independent Unit. It may not be a Directorate, but it should remain an Independent Unit,” he said also re-echoing the need to strengthen the human resource function of Makerere University.

Prof. Nawangwe thanked his predecessor, under whose tenure he has been serving as deputy vice chancellor in charge of finance and administration, for his enormous contribution towards the cause of building Makerere. He further noted that some of the infrastructural developments initiated during Prof. Ddumba-Ssentamu’s tenure such as the Central Teaching Facilities will improve the teaching and learning.

“Prof. John Ddumba-Ssentamu led the University during the time of significant challenges, but despite those challenges the University continued to improve her research profile and productivity,” Prof. Nawangwe said.

In a letter dated August 29, Irene Odida, the vice chairperson of the university council, said Prof Ezra Suruma appointed Barnabas Nawangwe as the new vice chancellor, for the period of five years, effective September1.

The student’s leadership of Makerere University has also said  its ready to combine forces with the new vice chancellor Prof Barnabus Nawangwe when he assumes  his office tomorrow.

Speaking to the media, the guild president of the university Kato Paul says that they have been having a communal relationship with Nawangwe even when he was the deputy vice-chancellor finance and administration and now that he is the VC, they are ready accord him cooperation.

He notes that he takes over the university at a time when students cannot access their marks online, first year students do not have ID and there is no transcripts for some students who graduated tasking him to revamp all the above.

According to the Universities and Tertiary Institutions Act, 2001, the University Chancellor confirms the appointment of the vice chancellor on the recommendation of the University Council.

Prof Nawangwe was recommended as the next vice chancellor by the University Council after he garnered 15 of the 21 votes cast.

Nawangwe defeated Prof Venansius Baryamureeba, a former presidential candidate, and Prof Edward Kirumira, the Principal of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.