This is the most popular program offered by students not only at MMU but also other Universities in the country. The main reason for its popularity may be due the professional variability embedded within the program. The major areas of focus are accounting, finance, marketing and management. Graduates of the program can therefore end up as accountants, finance managers or general managers. However, a variety of courses taught in the program can enable the graduate to try out anything in the job market. For example, many of our BBA graduates are working as bankers, human resource managers, town clerks etc. Given the growth of the Ugandan economy in general and the private sector in particular, the need for the graduates of this program cannot be over emphasized. You will agree with me that it is not possible to operate say an industry without employing services of an accountant, finance manager, marketer or operations manager.
The main goal of the program is to provide students with high-level skills, knowledge, and understanding of the ethics and values of banking and development finance especially how finance interfaces with other aspects of economics to impact on economic development of Africa and East Africa. The financial sector in Africa has in recent years grown rapidly as indicated by the many commercial banks, microfinance institutions, insurance companies and financial cooperatives. This calls for highly trained professionals in banking, insurance and investment analysis. MMU has come in strongly to fill this gap by introducing BBDF. Graduates of this program work in banks, insurance companies, SACCOs, and other finance related institutions. The program also offers in great depth courses like accounting, management, marketing etc. This has rendered graduates of this program employable in other area as accountants, financial managers and investment analysts.
This program aims at having professionals in the procurement function to act as agents of positive change in the procurement processes to enhance value for money for procured goods, services and works. In the world today, there is a great need for systematic procurement procedures in government and business environment due to increased demand for quality and lingering threats of litigation. Graduates of this program can work as procurement officers as well as supply chain managers. Since procurement is related to costs and investment, seamless procurement processes would contribute greatly to any organization or economy.
This Programme gives graduates a strong grounding in economics. It focuses on training the world’s economic decision makers and managers of the future. The programme prepares students for a career as professional economists, working in either the public or private sector. Both major corporations and governments hire economists to provide rigorous analysis of alternative policies, or provide corporations with analysis of prospects in their respective markets. Graduates of BAECO can work as economists or planners in both public and private sector.
The overall goal of this Programme is to provide students with knowledge, skills and attitudes in sustainable tourism management in order to enable them effectively participate in the development of tourism and hospitality as an academic discipline, profession and business. Travel and Tourism and its associated hospitality management is now a source of over 250 million jobs spread over in retail, construction, manufacturing and telecommunications. Travel, tourism and hospitality is now recognized to be the world’s largest economic, ecological and social sustainable industry. No economy can therefore exist without the manifestation of this industry. Graduates of this program have a variety of employment opportunities ranging from Hotel managers, travel agents, front office managers, air hostesses etc.
In conclusion, business courses are an inevitable nexus to all economic development endeavors and hence necessary attention should be paid to them. Many organizations (including Government agencies) have paid lots of money through litigation resulting from mishandling of certain activities due to lack of competent personnel trained in business courses. Cases related to unfair dismissal of staff, unprofessional accounting, etc are issues that can be avoided by employing competent people like the ones trained at MMU. In addition, individuals who have gained knowledge through business programs may manage their businesses better. Basic knowledge like book-keeping; project planning; demand forecasting and analysis; business plan writing; investment analysis, etc may come in handy for individuals running own businesses.