Uganda Martyrs University - Nkozi has signed a memorandum of understanding with St Francis Hospital, Nsambya to start a post-graduate medical school.
Prof. Charles Olweny, the vice chancellor of UMU and Bishop Joseph Zziwa of Kiyinda-Mityana Diocese signed on behalf of the university while Dr Martin Nsubuga and Dr Charles Mbazira inked the document on behalf of the hospital.
“This is an important stage in the relationship of both institutions and we have agreed to work together as equal partners,” Prof. Olweny said at Nsambya.
He told Daily Monitor that the hospital had already submitted the necessary documents for approval to the National Council for Higher Education.
“The curriculum and other required documents have been sent the National Council for Higher Education for approval and after this we shall automatically start admitting students,” he said. NCHE is the national body responsible for setting standards that govern the establishment and operation of higher institutions of learning.
The school will be housed at Nsambya Hospital and is expected to start offering programmes in General Surgery, Internal Medicine, Gynecology and Pediatrics.
Other courses to be introduced in the next academic year include a Master’s degree in International Trade, Policy and Law, as well as a postgraduate diploma in International Trade, Policy and Law.
Recently, the university announced a plan to review its curriculum to establish whether all courses offered at the institution are still relevant.
Prof Olweny said a curriculum review committee is yet to be established to carry out the work.
“This committee will ensure among other things that our courses remain relevant to the needs of society, and continue to provide us with the competitive advantage we need,” he said.
The decision to review the university’s curriculum comes months after a course in Diplomacy, Governance and International Studies was introduced.
The School of Diplomacy, currently housed at the UMU main campus will soon be relocated to Rubaga, a city suburb where the university secured a three-acre piece of land for expansion.
Prof. Olweny said the university will continue to roll out innovative courses which are not ‘photocopies’ of what other universities are offering.
He cited courses in Organic Agriculture, Refugees, Migration and Resettlement and Landscape Architecture as examples of courses to start in the next academic year.
UMU has nine faculties with 47 diploma, under graduate and masters programmes. There are three other medical schools in Uganda.