Competition for courses expected
Posted Thursday, February 28 2013 at 02:33
Competition. Demand for science courses such as Medicine, Engineering, Wildlife and Land Surveying are expected to rise.
The improved performance in last year’s UACE is likely to cause stiff competition for courses at universities. Science courses such as Medicine, Engineering and Health Management and Surveying and Land Information Systems and Wildlife are expected to have high demand.
Last year, overall, admission points for more than 80 per cent science courses went up, according to the Joint Admissions Board records.
For instance, a student needed 51 points to pursue Pharmacy at Mbarara University, up from 45.2 points in 2011 while at Makerere the same course required one to have 51.3 points from 48.3 points the previous year.
Like it was last year, there will be no cut-off mark for Bachelor of Laws as entrants will sit pre-entry exams to gain admission.
At Mbarara University of Science and Technology, Nursing, Pharmacy and Medicine were the most competitive courses last year as was the case in 2011.
At Kyambogo University, guidance and Counselling, Building and Civil Engineering and Economics and Statistics were among the top courses.
At Gulu University, Business Administration had the highest cut-off point at 48.3, followed by Medicine and Quantitative Economics.
Due to the limited vacancies in the five public universities, a large number of students who passed will try their chances with the 27 private universities.
Much as public universities are estimated to admit about 80,000 students, only about 76,158 got the required two principle passes.
Academic year for universities start in August .
In 2011, 65,417 candidates qualified to join tertiary institutions, up from 61,820 in 2010.