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Makerere College of Health Sciences clinches 2nd position in Africa, ranks 250 globally

A Doctor examining a patient in an oral surgery and oral diagnosis section of the new dental facility. (PHOTO/PML Daily)

KAMPALA —Makerere University College of Health Sciences has clinched the second position in Africa in the 2019 World University Ranking.

Prof Barnabas Nawangwe, the University Vice Chancellor, disclosed this on Thursday saying that it has also maintained a global position of 250.

“I once again congratulate the College of Health Sciences for maintaining a great World rank among the top 250 Medical schools in the World and as No.2 on the continent,” he said.

Prof Nawangwe added that with the newly opened Dental Hospital, “we are destined for bigger things.”

The University last month installed top class equipment in its dental school— creating one of the best laboratories in the region on top of world class research in areas of HIV (mother to children prevention, Malaria prevention among others.

The college alone contributes about 50 percent of all research at Makerere, followed by the College of Agriculture with 25%  while the University its self contributes 3% of all the research on the African continent.

The college initially started as a Faculty of Medicine in 1924, until 5th January, 2008 when it was reconstituted as a semi autonomous unit within the university.

The school is dedicated to improving the health of the people of Uganda and beyond and promoting health equity by providing quality education, research and health services.

The new rank is attributed to the college’s enhancement of capacity and participation of stakeholders; strengthening systems and partnerships; and harnessing the power of new sciences and technology so as to build and sustain excellence and relevance.

The College comprises of four schools including, School of Biomedical Sciences, School of Public Health, School of Medicine and School of Health Sciences.

The ranking rates university performance using 13 different indicators measuring teaching, research, research impact, innovation and international outlook.

Makerere is the largest university in Uganda.

It was established as a technical school in 1922 and has become one of the most prestigious universities in Africa.

The university is made up of nine colleges and one school, serving around 36,000 undergraduates and 4,000 postgraduates.

Many East African political figures have attended Makerere, including presidents of Uganda, Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Kenya.

The university was also a centre for literary activity and culture that formed a nationalistic identity in independent Uganda.

Academic colleges function as faculties, spanning natural sciences, business and management, health sciences, education and engineering.

Halls of resident are generally split by gender, with one specific dorm for final year medical students.

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