BY EMMANUEL OKOT
Uganda Christian University School of Medicine has secured a piece of land on Namirembe hill for its expansion, to create more lecture rooms as students numbers grow.
The Deputy Vice Chancellor, Development and External Relation Mr. David Mugawe, revealed this in an interview with The Standard on Wednesday 20th March.
Mr. Mugawe said so far, he can confirm that the province of the Church of Uganda has leased land at Namirembe hill, close to the current location.
“Currently, it’s a tenancy agreement with the province that is for a period of five -year and we are not extending the five years agreement because, by that time, we would have acquired a permanent home for the medical school,” Mugawe said.
He said this month, the university is expected to start work on the building that is expected to have two classrooms with a sitting capacity of 80 to 100 students, each.
“The current space we have has a capacity of 60 students and sometimes, the class heats up because of congestion,” Mugawe said.
He added that the classrooms which the medical school currently has can only serve the current students, yet at the end of august and beggining of september the school will be admitting new students hence the need for extra classroom to accommodate them.
“Our priority in the next three months is to have two new lecture rooms and space for a micro laboratory,” Mugawe said. “By the end of this year, the university architect will have designed a plan for the permanent home for the medical school and, in five years, the medical school will be in one place .”
The UCU School of Medicine was accredited by the National Council for Higher Education in March 2018 and had 62 pioneer students in its Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery, and Bachelor of Dental Surgery, in August. The school was officially launched on September 14, 2018.
Currently, the school has only three lecture rooms. While those are enough for the pioneer class, it is anticipated that there would be a shortage starting August ,when the next intake joins.
The students take most of their practical classes at Mengo Hospital and the school laboratories.