DEPARTMENT OF BUSINESS STUDIES

 

PROPOSED ACADEMIC DEPARTMENTS
The School shall house eight Departments categorized as follows:

1. Department of Accounting and Finance
2. Department of Administrative and Policy Studies
3. Department of Business Computing
4. Department of Entrepreneurship and Innovation
5. Department of Management Studies
6. Department of Marketing and International Business
7. Department of Procurement and Supply Chain Management
8. Department of Professional Courses and Consultancy

Other Activities
(a) Research and Publication
(b) Consultancy
(c) Outreach/Community programmes
(d) Staff Development

VISIBILITY OF THE SCHOOL

Growth and Development
The proposed school has achieved its objective to grow its core student numbers by over 50%. The School on establishment will embark on the bids for funding. The proposed school has been supported by funding from Nuffic under the NPT project especially in capacity building, construction of a resource centre, supply of textbooks and ICT facilities.
The proposed school plans continued growth in student numbers. Partnership, collaboration and new provision are central to its growth plans. The proposed school is committed to continued diversification and growth, aligned with the University Strategic plan. Subject to support from donors, the school’s future intentions include expansion outside the university to other regions which will contribute to the academic and economic development, help to broaden access to higher education and meet regional skills shortages.

Regional Partnership
The proposed school recognizes the increasing importance of regional delivery of Government initiatives, to meet student and employer needs and to realize its growth aspirations. The proposed school has the opportunity to foster close relationship with regional universities and colleges and sees partnership and further collaboration as central to its mission.
The proposed school is in a research led university located in an area that has a substantial industrial hinterland and it will seek to develop its links with local and regional businesses. It is committed to continued business outreach through its consultancy and Entrepreneurship Development Centre.

World-Class Research
The proposed school’s development will be and shall continue to be shaped by the importance placed on research excellence. The proposed school is therefore committed to maintaining and improving its research record and will provide specific support and investment for the restructuring of the School’s ICT infrastructure to enable it reach the full potential. The proposed school expect 11 staff members to hold PhD by 2011 and this will provide a strong base for teaching and research.
The proposed school will also actively pursue the commercialization of its research and business plan through links with business and spin-out companies. In its collaboration with other Business Schools and Universities in the region on projects to reach out to business and exploit broader application of its research expertise, for example.

Excellence in Learning and Teaching
The proposed school has an excellent reputation for the quality of its teaching and learning represented by the quality of the students so far produced and Quality Assurance Agency, National Council for Higher Education (NCHE).

All the academic programmes will be reviewed with in-depth periodic review taking place on a five-year cycle. Departments will also undergo an annual planning process, producing detailed plans that inform decisions regarding the physical resources and space allocated for the effective delivery of new and expanding provision. Strategic, Departmental Review will be undertaken to ensure teaching is considered alongside a department’s research priorities.

The proposed school will continue to build on its distinctive strengths in flexible and up to date programmes and research-led teaching. It will develop effective pedagogy that reflects new modes of teaching and learning and the growing diversity of students’ needs. Approaches and policies in relation to widening participation, learning and teaching and employability will be integrated to provide effective support for student success across the range of student backgrounds and learning styles.

Expanding Opportunities
The proposed school is the first in Kyambogo University and through its income generating activities has been at the top in income generation for the university. The proposed school has a clear view on its approach to broadening access. It will focus on activities designed to support success rather than compensate for failure, taking into account students’ backgrounds.
In collaboration with all the universities in the region, the school will continue to be actively involved in a wide range of innovative widening participation programmes, from aspiration raising to retention.

International Horizons
Kyambogo University operates within an international market and is international in its character, outlook and values. This is reflected in the proportion of students and academic staff who are recruited from outside Uganda. The proposed school will take advantage of this by . establishing a closer links with some of the students home countries to enable it to both focus on student needs and consolidate markets. Improvement of students support ranging from initial welcome and arrival to student monitoring and academic support will be planned.
There will be need to establish Oversea Relations Office in order to execute its marketing operations, building on existing markets and using the University’s reputation to establish new ones. Partnerships with foreign institutions of appropriate standing will be explored.

Staffing
The School’s strategic plan will be achieved through the work, commitment and involvement of all staff. It will attract and recruit staff with the potential for excellence, and ensure that they are developed and supported so that they make a maximum contribution. This will be achieved by providing a combination of professional and personal support in an environment where individuals are acknowledged and valued. The School will continue to foster the excellent employees relations that have been achieved through collaboration and the building of trust and respect between the staff at all levels and the senior management of the University.

Performance and Development Review will be embedded and monitored with a view to establishing an effective and flexible appraisal system appropriate for all parts of the School.

Management
The proposed school has strong and direct relations between departments and the top management of the University. The proposed School seeks to maintain this and other positive aspects of its distinctive culture during a period of institutional change.
The proposed school will continue to develop its communication with top management and other university organs in order to enhance the information available to support decision-making.

The integration of financial and academic planning and its application to capital planning will be developed and strengthened. Aspects pf risk management and good governance practice will continue to be integrated in to financial processes. The school will tale a reflective approach to its internal operations and the outcomes and internal communication will be considered and implemented. Electronic document management is under consideration as a means of reducing the paper burden and increasing efficiency.

The proposed school is concerned to ensure academic management is of the highest quality and will implement the agreed recommendations of Heads of Department in order to support and enhance management and leadership in academic departments.

Finance
The core of the proposed school’s existing financial strategy is delivery of an annual surplus sufficient to generate sufficient cash to fund the academic, administrative and social capital building programme. Other sources of income generation will be explored so as to expand cash inflows.

Facilities
Kyambogo University has an attractive campus, a well-maintained estate and adequate space. The proposed school is committed to ensuring the resources necessary to promote excellence in research, learning and teaching, efficiency in administration, and to support growth. The proposed school has plans for its capital development based on forecast student numbers and likely growth opportunities. The proposed school is seeking to maximize the opportunities presented by its campus also seeking to ensure harmonization of facilities with the campus as appropriate.

Administrative Structure
The School will be headed by a Director who will be assisted by a Deputy Director. Heads of Department will report to the Deputy Director. Each Head of Department will be the immediate supervisor of the staff in the Department. The proposed structure is as presented below.

Linkages
The Department has established some internal and external linkages with other institutions through the NPT Project Support for Institutional Capacity Development in Public and Private Procurement Management in Uganda NPT/UGA/040. The project was initiated in 2004 to cover a period of four years. It is now in its final stages. There were four output areas of the project.

Output area 1: Staff Development and Training

• Training of 3 counterparts
• Training of 4 counterparts at PhD level
• Training of 10 staff members of the Department in procurement
• Training of trainers for staff

Output 2: Research and Documentation

• Funding of 3 research teams at Kyambogo University Two of these have been edited and published.
• Setup of 1 mini research centre at the Department
• Research workshops on design/methodology and data analysis
• Expert input on research infrastructure and policies
• Establishment of a database for research data.

Output 3: Course Development and Curriculum Design

• Review of existing procurement programmes at Kyu (Diploma and Bachelor)
• Realignment/redesign of procurement courses within existing programmes
• Curriculum design for two new Master programmes in procurement (MSc Supply Chain Mgt and MBA, Procurement option)
• Development of Short Courses on procurement

Output 4: Institutional Strengthening and Cooperation

• Collaboration with relevant stakeholders like Makerere University Business School, PPDA, NCHE,
• Website development (www.procurement.ug) , launched on 26th September 2008.
• Building of a resource centre at Kyambogo Campus
• Procurement of 76 computers and accompanying furniture
• Procurement of 500 textbooks on procurement and Logistics and research
• Subscription to relevant (online) procurement journal for both institutions.

The Project Partners
The Southern Consortium:

1. Kyambogo University (The lead partner and housed in the Department of Business Studies)
2. Makerere University Business School.

Northern Consortium:

1. Maastricht School of Management http://www.msm.nl (The lead partner)
2. GID, International
3. University of Twente http://www.utwente.nl/en

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