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Stop licensing universities not doing research, urges Prof. Kasozi

Prof. A. B Kasozi, the former National Higher Council for Education Executive Director asked the institution not to licence Universities which hardly do research. (FILE PHOTO)

KAMPALA – The former National Higher Council for Education (NCHE) Executive Director Prof. A. B Kasozi has asked the current Institution leaders to stop issuing licenses to universities that are not conducting research.

Prof. Kasozi made these remarks at the NCHE exhibitions on Thursday 21, at UMA show grounds.

He said, “If a university is only teaching and not doing research, you should stop licensing them.”

He also said that institutions only have 11% of university staff with PhDs. Yet according to NCHE standards for one to qualify to teach at a university he/she must have a PhD.

He cited an example saying Makerere University has the capacity to produce 150 PhDs annually but have only been able to pass out 68, Kampala International University has the capacity to pass out 13 but has been able to pass out 14.

He also warned institutions to guard against graduating people who don’t meet the minimum standards.

However, the Director of Research NCHE Dr. Nora Mulira said that “There were only 42 publications in 2017 with Makerere University contributing 29 of them.”

Carrying out research requires funds which most universities cannot manage.

She also added that the research from institutions is inadequate because they depend on the tuition made by the students.

The NCHE exhibition is a three-day annual event that will end on Saturday 23rd March awarding the winning university.

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