Makerere University has closed its Fort Portal campus located at Mucuhwa road.
The campus has been offering three programmes, Bachelor of Business Administration, Commerce and Development studies.
Makerere University Vice Chancellor Prof. Ddumba Sentamu confirmed to EagleOnline “Yes, it is true it has been closed but not officially. However, the continued students and staff remain ours” Prof. Ddumba said.
Asked whether the Jinja campus is also to be closed, he said, it will remain functioning because it is viable academically and financially. EagleOnline, understands that the reason the Fort Portal campus is being closing is due to low admissions which has made it impossible for the campus to function on its own.
Fort Portal has Mountains of the Moon, Kampala International University (KIU).
The Fort Portal Campus is an external branch of Makerere University set up in 2010 with an intake of students and a skeleton staff of three teaching staff and one support staff. Last (2015) the campus had 150 students, 13 full time and 2 part time teaching staff supported by three support staff.
The campus derived its legal status from Makerere University College of statute and external campuses policy. And the academic programmes have been similar to those offered at main campus and conducted both as day and evening programmes. Council, Senate and Student Guild, and participate in all activities of Makerere University.
Makerere University under Prof. Venansius Baryamureeba started the college system and in doing, the university setup upcountry centres with Jinja and Fort Portal being the pioneers. The move was also aimed at decongesting the main campus.