Makerere University’s Department of Journalism and Communication (DJC) has requested top university officials to re-advertise the Masters in Journalism programme that was put on hold last year due to lack of senior staff to run it.
“I am pleased to report that our staffing situation continues to improve and by August 2012, the department will be in a better position to administer the course and we request that it is re-advertised,” newly appointed DJC head, Aaron Mushengyezi said in a February 3 letter to University Chancellor Prof. Venansius Baryamureeba.
The department was last year hit with heavy departure of experienced staff after Dr Monica Chibita, the former head left for Uganda Christian University (UCU) to fill a similar position and Dr George Lugalambi who left for business in the oil sector. Associate Professor, Goretti Nassanga, William Tayebwa went on leave but will be expected by August. Mr Adolf Mbaine and Ms Aisha Nakiwala are also expected to go on study leave this year.
However, Mr Mushengyezi said Prof. Baryamureeba has okayed two emergency appointments of Mr John Baptist Imokola and Ms Florence Namasinga to replace the staff that would have gone on leave.
After the closure of the programme at the 89-year old institution, the country had no single center where the programme was offered since Uganda Management Institute (UMI) had also closed down the programme.
“The closure of the programme had left the country in a very ugly position since there was no such a centre that was offering the programme in the whole country and this reflected the need to reinstate the course as soon as possible,” Mr Mushengyezi told Daily Monitor.
DJC is also making arrangements to engage senior members of staff in related units in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHUSS) who can teach specific courses in MA in order to effectively run the programme.