The Monitor (Kampala)

9 September 2009

Uganda: Cavendish University Changes Learning

Less than a year after receiving certification from the National Council for Higher Education, Cavendish University has been embraced by hundreds of Ugandan students.

Located at the former Makerere High School, the University which started with an initial enrollment of just 45 students last year, currently boasts of 250 undergraduate and postgraduate students. Mr Simon Mwesigwa, the head of the Business and Management department, says they have moved away from the lecture style of teaching.

Instead, they introduce concepts to students, followed by tutorials for them to ask questions on what they haven't understood after which they present case studies on real issues on how they think they can perfect them.

He says this enables the students to be more competitive in the real world.

"We do not give students notes to write. We ask them to pick the most important issues because the classes are small and we want to keep them as low as that so that the lecturers know students personally," he said.

He says they provide students with internship programmes to allow them set a foot in the job market. "For marketing students, we send them out to market the University," he told Daily Monitor.

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