Associate Professor Charles Ibingira has assumed office as the new Principal of the College of Health Sciences for the next four years. The hand-over ceremony was conducted yesterday 2nd November 2015 in the College Boardroom.
Receiving the hand-over report from the outgoing Acting Principal Dr Isaac Okullo, Dr. Ibingira invited and implored all members of staff of the College to take on and adopt the College vision as their daily prayer. He challenged all to turn the existing challenges into opportunities to innovate and perform even better. ├ö├ç┬úChallenges are many but are not insurmountable, working together we will overcome them├ö├ç├ÿ, he said.
He therefore called upon everybody to form a formidable team to serve the College and promised to reach out to Prof. Harriet Mayanja Kizza and Prof. Sarah Kiguli (who also contested for the position) to tap into their wisdom, knowledge and plan to move the College forward.
He urged all teaching staff to ensure that they deliver on this cardinal mandate of the University. ├ö├ç┬úTraining is our core function. Makerere University is well-known for producing the best medical doctors in the region. My team will support all staff to deliver on their training obligations. Students should not be dodged. Mulago National Referral and Teaching Hospital should offer its best to teaching. I encourage a review of curricular to match the current needs and trends of the country and the Ministry of Health├ö├ç├ÿ, he emphasised.
Dr. Ibingira promised to work hardtop strengthen relations between Mulago Teaching Hospital and other hospitals, relevant ministries and community structures to strengthen the teaching of students. He promised to support all efforts to grow the volume and quality of research on the College, including advancing a multi-disciplinary research culture and regularly reviewing the College├ö├ç├ûs research agenda to ensure it is in line with the Ministry of Health plans and national development objectives. In ensuring this, he pledged to empower the Grants and Contracts Office so that it can ably support all staff to use its capacity. He also emphasised the need for internal sharing of research ideas, products and strategies.
Other strategic objectives he mentioned included creation of sustainable resource mobilisation mechanisms, lobbying government for a research fund for health innovations, establishment of a College-wide Research Consulting Bureau, support to the Innovations and Knowledge Translation Office, establishment of a special publications desk and working with Prof. Nelson Sewankambo to hasten the establishment of the Research Support Centre.
The outgoing Acting Principal who is now the College Deputy Principal, Dr. Isaac Okullo assured Dr. Ibingira that administrative processes in the College are running smoothly with the Administrative Board well-constituted. He also reported that the academic board is running without any major problems. He however noted that since faculty allowance was abolished and the money channelled to teaching materials, the College has never received a single coin for teaching materials.
He thanked all College staff for the support he has received from them for the eight months he has been acting as Principal.