Muni University Suspends Key Degree Programs over Lack of Funds

Muni University has failed to operationalise two new academic programs since their accreditation in 2017 by the National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) due to funding constraints.
17 Apr 2019 07:34
Muni University Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Christine Dranzoa.

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Muni University has failed to admit students for two degree programs due to funding constraints.

The National Council for Higher Education- NCHE cleared the university to teach Bachelor of Science in Agriculture and Bachelor of Business Management and Entrepreneurship courses. However, they are yet to be rolled out.

The University currently teaches Bachelor of Information System, Bachelor of Science Information Technology, Bachelor of Science with Education and Bachelor of Nurse in Science.   

The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Christine Dranzoa revealed that they cannot teach the courses programs due to lack of 1.6 billion shillings.

Dranzoa says that they have been allocated 3.8 billion Shillings. She explains that if the required 1.6 billion Shillings is availed in the coming financial year 2019/2020, students will be admitted.

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She added that more programs that have been developed are in the pipeline of approval but the university is skeptical of their operationalisation given the inadequate funding extended to the university. 

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Asked about the implication of not rolling out the approved programs, Dranzoa says that it will be a loss for the country and West Nile.

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Rev. Fr. Odubuker Picho Epiphany, the University Secretary says that the university was being underutilized. He explains that the institution has capacity to admit 5,000 students but currently has only 382 due to the few academic programs.

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He explained that given the facilities the institution has, they are capable of running over 20 academic programs without challenges.

In the coming financial year 2019/2020, the University has been allocated 17.6 billion shillings up from the 15.6 billion shillings in the current financial year 2018/2019.  

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