Makerere University has started the search for a new chancellor to replace Prof. Ezra Suruma, who has served for the past eight years. Prof. Suruma assumed office as the chancellor of Makerere University in January 2016 after being appointed by President Museveni on December 2, 2015.
“Must be between the minimum age of 55 and the maximum age of 75 at the time of nomination. Is not a serving chancellor, vice chancellor, or staff of any academic institution and not a registered student of Uganda, the notice read in part.
The notice further requires the candidate to have at least a bachelor’s degree from a recognized higher institution of learning with high integrity and good public relations.
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However, he is the third non-Head of State Chancellor of Makerere University. The President is reserved with the power to appoint the chancellor on the recommendation of the University Council, as per Section 30(1) of the Universities and Other Tertiary Institutions Act, 2001.
Idi Amin also served as chancellor from 1971 to 1979 and as President Museveni from 1986 to 2002. The first non-Head of State chancellor was Apolo Nsibambi, who served between 2003 and 2007 before he was replaced by Prof. Kagonyera.
In conclusion, the chancellor is appointed to the office for a term of four years, which may be renewed for one term. The outgoing chancellor took over office from Prof. George Mondo Kagonyera, who served for two terms from October 23, 2007, to October 23, 2015.
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