SCHOOL OF BUSINESS & MANAGEMENT STUDIES
In the Rwenzori region, MMU’s School of Business and Management Studies (SBMS) is the largest training unit for officers, middle and senior managers of businesses, local governments and non-governmental organizations. Moreover, SBMS is the region’s leading research unit on entrepreneurship and financial behavior, and also provides community service on these topics.
Our team of about 40 academic and administrative staff works tirelessly to produce graduates capable of
Handling business operations, particularly accounting
Performing reliably, professionally and self-driven
Applying standard computer packages
Communicating comprehensively and making ethical choices.
Our team is organized in three departments:
Banking and Microfinance
Our study programs
All our programs are accredited by the National Council for Higher Education (NCHE). The Bachelor in Business Management (BBMT) and the Bachelor in Banking and Development Finance (BBDF) are recognized by the Institute for Certified Accountants Uganda (ICPU) that means graduates of BBMT and BBDF are waived 4 (out of 7) level-1-papers of the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) professional course.
We offer undergraduate programs at Certificate level for 1 academic year, Diploma level for 2 years and Bachelor level for 3 years. At postgraduate level, we offer both Postgraduate Diplomas (1 year) and Masters (2 years). for details consult the Directorate of Post graduate Studies and Research.
|A||Department of Business Management|
|A.1||Bachelor of Business Management (BBMT)||D / W|
|A.2||Diploma in Business Management (DBMT)||D / W|
|A.3||Diploma in Entrepreneurship and Innovation (DEI)||D / W|
|A.4||Certificate in Business Management (CBMT)||D / W|
|B||Department of Public Administration|
|B.1||Bachelor of Social and Community Development (BSCD)||D / W|
|B.2||Bachelor of Public Administration||D / W|
|B.3||Diploma in Public Administration||D / W|
|B.3||Certificate in Public Administrationagement (CBMT)||D / W|
|C||Department of Banking and Microfinance|
|C.1||Bachelor of Banking and Development Finance (BBDF)||D|
|C.2||Diploma in Microfinance Management (DMM)||W|
|C.3||Certificate in Microfinance Management (CMM)||W|
We endeavor to offer first class exposure and state-of-the-art education and to reach out to the communities, we partner with a wide variety of Ugandan and international organizations, among others Deutsche Bank, Rwenzori Forum for Peace and Justice, GIZ’s Agricultural and Rural Finance (AGRUFIN) Program, Pan African Club, Liverpool Hope University, University of Kiel (Germany).
We regularly receive experts and guest lecturers for instance in 2013/14 Mr. Kato Kachope (Chief Manager Human Resource; Centenary), Ms. Jackline Mpaka (Participatory Methods Expert; Consultant) and Ms. Julia Kirya (Technical Advsor; Association of Microfinance Institutions of Uganda [AMFIU])
Our Community Service
Through research as well as trainings in form of short courses or workshops, SBMS offers unique information and skills to the communities of the Rwenzori region.
The MMU-funded project ‘Entrepreneurship, Education and Financial Behaviour’ has developed an 8 hour training for micro-entrepreneurs, covering financial literacy (based on the FLIR – see below) and record keeping. The project team trained 300 micro-entrepreneurs in Bunyangabu county.
The Financial Literacy project funded by GIZ’s AGRUFIN programme has facilitated the development of a unique training method for financial literacy (the Financial LIteracy Ring -FLIR) through which so far over 100 MMU-students have been trained
SBMS has put in extra effort to equip bachelor graduates with a solid basis of research skills. Students’ research is carried out according to our research agenda:
Rural economic development
SBMS runs an academic research project on ‘Entrepreneurship, Education and Financial Behaviour’. In its first phase (Oct 2013 – Sept. 2014), the project team carried out a survey among clients of HOFOKAM, the Rwenzori region’s leading non-regulated microfinance institution, as well as 2 SACCOs in Mid-Western and Central Uganda. it also designed and implemented an experiment on financial literacy among micro-entrepreneurs. The project has been presented on various forums, e. g. at the joint MUBS/BRAC-workshop on microfinance research. The second phase (Oct. 2013 – June 2015) measures the short and long-term effects of the experiment as well as setting up an impact tracking of MMU’s new DEI-program as well as studying the role of local governments and NGOs in entrepreneurial success in the region.
The school has also won and carried out other research projects, among others for the Belgian Development NGO TRIAS and for the cocoa-trading company ESCO.
Progress and findings from these and other research projects have been presented at Ugandan and international conferences and/or published in various journals.