Islamic University in Uganda-IUIU has suspended 22 courses citing a drop in the number of applicants. The University Rector, Dr. Ahmed Kawesa Sengendo communicated the decision in his report to the university council meeting held at Imperial Resort Hotel in Munyonyo on Friday.
The affected courses include Masters of Arts (Islamic Studies English Version), Masters of Arts in Religion, Peace and Conflict Resolution, Bachelor of Arts in Economics, Bachelor of Development Studies, Diploma in Library and Information Science, Master of Science in Environmental Science, Diploma in Business Administration and a Post Graduate diploma in Project Planning and Management.
Others are Masters of Business Administration, Post Graduate Diploma in Public Administration, Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management, Diploma in Guidance and Counseling, a Post Graduate Diploma in Education Management and Administration and Post Graduate Diploma in Management and Teaching at Higher Education and Certificate in Early Childhood Education.
According to Dr. Sengendo, the decision to suspend the courses was reached during the 255th University Board meeting held on September 7th 2017. He attributed the decline in the number of applicants for the courses to the increase in the number of campuses being opened by other universities in major towns across the country including Mbale.
“This is a serious challenge since the University depends mainly on students’ fees to finance its activities. The university needs to find funds and strategies to do more marketing and search for students,” he said. According to Sengendo, the executive board has already approved the payment of a Commission of Shillings 50,000 on each student a recruitment agent brings to the university.
IUIU has an overall enrollment of 8056. The main campus has an enrollment of 3,761 students while there are 3, 334 students at Kibuli campus, 701 at Kaboja campus and 260 at the West Nile campus in Arua. Dr. Abdul-Aziz Alsabail, the University Council Chairperson, says they have to explore everything possible to spur student enrollment since the university is heavily dependent on tuition.
IUIU was established out of an agreement between the government of Uganda and the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC). OIC conceptualized the establishment of the university in 1974. However, the university didn’t start until February 1988 because of the turmoil in Uganda. IUIU was started to serve students from English-speaking Muslim communities in Southern and Eastern Africa. Apparently, there are 50 universities and other degree awarding institutions in Uganda.