CHUSS holds supervisors retooling seminar to improve graduate completion rates

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHUSS) from 3rd to 4th March 2022 held its fifth annual Gerda Henkel retooling seminar for supervisors, Heads of Departments and Deans who are mentoring PhD students for 2021 CHUSS Gerda Henkel funded PhD training. The goal of the retooling seminar was to discuss and agree on strategies and practices for ensuring robust and timely mentorship for graduate students.

CHUSS has 312 PhD students from 2010-2021 who have not completed but are registered. Of the 312, 50 are Gerda Henkel and Andrew W Mellon project funded excluding those who withdrew.

In addition to 312 PhDs, CHUSS has Masters students close to 2,973 minus those whose whereabouts cannot be traced but registered for the first year and left. These statistics exclude the post doc students.

The retooling seminar was officially opened by the Principal CHUSS represented by the Deputy Principal, Dr. Julius Kikooma at the Grand Global Hotel, in Kikooni, a Kampala surbub. The function was also graced by the Makerere University Director, Directorate of Graduate Research and Training Prof. Mukadasi Buyinza.

Dr. Kikooma in his presentation on CHUSS Vision on Graduate training and knowledge production said the matters for discussion were central to the activities of the office of the deputy Principal saying, he was pleased that this exercise was going on.

He thanked the project coordinators Dr.Edgar Nabutanyi and Dr. Lewis Mugumya for outlining the basic information about the projects and the program design for the two days retooling and its genesis.

Dr. Kikooma said the Gerda Henkel Cohort system was modelled based on the experience from a South African University of Stellenbosch. He said the college administration was grappling with the way graduate training runs an open ended system especially the PhD Graduate training.

Source: MAKERERE University

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