The Dean School of Social Sciences Prof. Andrew Ellias State on 1st December, 2022 handed over the office to the Dr. Justus Twesigye at ceremony presided over by the Principal CHUSS at the school’s premises.
Prof. State assumed office as Dean on 4th December, 2014 from Assoc. Prof. Charles Bwana, the then Dean, served for the first four- year term and was re-elected for another term culminating into eight years of service. State extended appreciation to all staff in the school and outside of it for the cooperation and support that has enabled him execute his eight years of Deanship.
“I also wish to thank Makerere University for giving me the opportunity to serve in the capacity of Dean. I am aware that my service may not have been so pleasant to some members. I wish to sincerely apologise for the discomfort my work in the capacity of Dean may have caused to you. I wish to thank all those who actively supported me all the way through”, He said.
Prof. State reported that, there have been major changes in the university such as the consolidation of the collegiate system, composition of college committees and the introduction of blended learning under the COVID 19 pandemic where, as Dean was involved as a member.
In his 22 paged handover report, State highlighted a number of achievements during his eight -year term. These included changes in staffing levels and promotions, the establishment of the Schools Ethics Research Committee which increase the visibility of the school, revival of the Mawazo journal, restoration of the school generator and increased number of linkages.
Other achievements reported included repairs and maintenance of the school infrastructure, beautification of the school offices and corridor, improved water storage capacity and lighting system, securing funds for the installation of a video conferencing facility for the school and the Uganda Military Academy Kabamba, revamping grounded vehicles and a significant movement from individual based research projects to collaborative research teamwork among others.
He highlighted a number of challenges including the general lack of space for staff offices and teaching graduate programmes, low completion rates, lack of facilitation for graduate programmes, and the inability to pay part timers.
Prof. State also presented a list of pending issues for follow up by the incoming such as processing and submitting final examinations results for 2021-2022, payment of local graduate supervision and examination, the renewed participation of students in examination malpractices and the review of the collegiate system to grant the independent status of the school.
“Since I am leaving, the office, I hope you will continue promoting the schools’ position as far as the collegiate system is concerned without fear or intimidation” He stated.