Museveni to relaunch reconstituted UDSM Arts faculty Monday
By Correspondent Edwin Agola
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni is scheduled to launch the newly established College of Arts and Social Sciences (CASS) at the University of Dar es Salaam on Monday.
CASS principal Prof Bertram Mapunda said this at a news briefing yesterday in Dar es Salaam.
He said the university had embarked on a major structural clustering programme through which the old four–tier administrative structure was being abolished in favour of a new three-tier structure.
The former structure, he said, consisted of a department, faculty, college and university, whereas in the new structure the faculty step had been dropped with a view to increasing efficiency by decentralizing powers and responsibilities, minimizing bureaucracy and reducing administrative costs.
``It is within this context that CASS has been established, replacing what was formerly known as the Faculity of Arts and Social Science (FASS),``said the don.
The College of Arts and Social Sciences was one of three campuses established under the ongoing UDSM Institutional Transformation Programme, he said, adding that the other two were the College of Engineering and Technology and the College of Natural and Applied Sciences.
He said given its long and reputable history and magnitude of student enrolment and cadre of staff, the reputation of its alumni, its dedication and determination for excellence, the birth of CASS needed to be given its due weight and the public attention it deserved during its launch.
Presidents Jakaya Kikwete and Yoweri Museveni are among reputable national and international figures alumni of UDSM under the abolished FASS.
Others include MPs, ambassadors, ministers and professors.
The college, he said, had decided to ask one of its alumni, President Museveni, to officiate at its launch on Monday in Nkrumah Hall at The Hill.
With 5,100 undergraduate and 600 postgraduate students, 260 academic staff and 70 supporting staff, the professor emphasised that CASS was the largest administrative unit in the University of Dar es Salaam, adding that it was the only one offering a PhD programme in economics by coursework and dissertation at UDSM. Other PhD programmes are offered by thesis.