Education

WHO IS PROF. DRANZOA THE FALLEN WEST NILE EDUCATION GIANT?

By Moses Alinda

ARUA: The Arua Resident City Commissioner Alice Akello says Professor Christine Dranzoa has been her mentor since the time she was in school.

Akello says they met with Dranzoa at Sacred Heart Secondary School when she joined in senior one and Dranzoa was in senior four.

‘’As a woman leader Dranzoa will be missed for the efforts she has put in the education system among which she hosted the 2019 symposium which attracted more than presidents,’’ Akello said.

Christine Dranzoa passed on yesterday morning at Mulago national referral hospital where she has been admitted over health complications.

Her death was confirmed by the university administration.

Meanwhile Paul Batanda the Arua city clerk says as city council they will have a special council sitting in memory of the late.

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‘’We shall have a special council sitting in memory of the late,’’ He said.

 

Who is Dranzoa Christine?

Dranzoa Christine was born in 1967, in Adjumani District.

Dranzoa holds the degree of Bachelor of Science in Zoology, obtained in 1987, from Makerere University, the oldest university in East Africa.

She also holds the degree of Master of Science in Zoology, obtained in 1991, also from Makerere University.

Her degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Biology was obtained from the same university in 1997.

She also holds about half a dozen certificates in management, conservation, and project planning from Ugandan and International institutions.

In 1992 Christine Dranzoa joined Makerere University as a Lecturer in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine.

She served as the head of the Wildlife Section in the Department of Veterinary Anatomy from 1992 until 1996.

From 1997 until 2005, she served as the head of the Department of Wildlife and Animal Resources Management at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, a department she had co-founded with her colleagues.

In 2005, the joined the university administration at Makerere, when she was appointed Deputy Director of the School of Postgraduate Studies at the university, serving in that capacity from 2005 until 2010.

In 2010, Dr. Dranzoa was appointed to lead a three-person task-force to prepare for the creation of Muni University, the sixth public university in Uganda.

In January 2012, when the university became operational, Professor Dranzoa became the founding Vice Chancellor of the institution till her time of death.

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