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The Chancellor’s speech on the 59th Graduation Ceremony

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It is with great pleasure that I once again stand before you to preside over the 59th graduation ceremony as I celebrate one year as Chancellor of this great University. Let me take this opportunity to wish you a happy and prosperous 2009. This is a time when a lot of us make resolutions on what we would love to achieve and as a University we should resolve to do things that should take us to greater heights.

It is with great pleasure that I once again stand before you to preside over the 59th graduation ceremony as I celebrate one year as Chancellor of this great University. Let me take this opportunity to wish you a happy and prosperous 2009. This is a time when a lot of us make resolutions on what we would love to achieve and as a University we should resolve to do things that should take us to greater heights.

We must also take stock of our shortcomings in the past academic year and find solutions to the same.

At this point I would like to thank the University Council, the Vice Chancellor and his management team, members of staff, students’ government as well as our development partners and other stakeholders for the achievements over the last one year and for the immense support you have shown in my role as Chancellor. It is worth mentioning that the last academic year was characterized by relative tranquillity on campus. Therefore less was spent on conflict resolution and much time lent to productive activities.

Chancellor MUK

The Graduands
To the graduands who have brought us here today, please accept my hearty congratulations on your achievements. Graduation day is a major milestone in the academic life of an individual. It is the culmination of many years of dedication to the search for knowledge and skills that prepare you for the long and hard struggles of your adult life. That is why you must be reminded that graduation is not an end itself but a springboard.

The benefits are many if you position yourself right to take advantage of life’s many opportunities. May each of you go on to achieve more in the life ahead as you leave the gates of Makerere University into the world out there.

A substantial number of students have performed very well and obtained first class honours degrees in various disciplines. This reflects positively on the teaching standards and I applaud the staff and students for the hard work. I cannot emphasize enough that we need to work extra hard and as coherently over the next year as any good team should to improve the standards at Makerere. That should be our single most important resolution for 2009.

In this connection I’m constrained to mention that I have received a lot of complaints about unduly delayed results. Consequently for no fault of theirs, there are students who will not graduate now. It is imperative that work by both students and staff is streamlined so that every event takes place predictably when it is due. Availability of transcripts is another issue that must be addressed. The rampant forging of transcripts must be stopped.

The parents
In the same breath, I thank the parents, guardians and sponsors for all the support they provided to the graduands throughout their studies at the university. Indeed for many parents raising the money to pay your children’s fees has been a nightmare. Your sacrifice to afford your children’s education cannot be over emphasized. The journey has not been smooth, with many obstacles and hardships along the way and we empathize with you. That is why we celebrate with you when we arrive at this milestone – the graduation of our children, spouses, brothers, and sisters among others.

Yes it is a great thing to see the fruit of your struggle since your children were conceived by their mothers. But I would like to share with you what I consider a significant omission on your part. I can compare you children’s education at Makerere University and other Institutions to a garden. When you plant seeds you have to make sure they grow well through weeding, may be application of fertilizers and other chemicals leading to good yield. I have noticed over the past that you parents pay little or no attention to what sort of product (education) your children get at Makerere University. First there is the academic achievement. But equally if not more important is the type of character these graduands develop while here. A banana plantation that is not attended to will give a very poor yield. So will other crops.

 

Chancellor MUK

I would like to appeal to you to be more actively involved in the activities of this University. The law should provide for you to be members of Convocation, or any other organization through which you can influence policy and other aspects of a University.

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At this juncture allow me to single out the one great achievement by our students. This concerns a group in the Faculty of Technology who under the leadership of Dr. Tagboa and a student named Ntambi. These students competed with and defeated the whole of Africa to participate in the development of a new modern car. Their contribution is in the design of the electrical system. As you all know the world is concerned about environmental destruction. This care will be fuel efficient (80km/liter) and therefore significantly reduce pollution. Aren’t you happy that some of your children are known all over the world working in collaboration with institutions like MIT, Harvard University and General Motors to mention but a few.

I want this team to stand up for recognition.

Students  Students

 

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Makerere University Launches National Parenting Draft Manual

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The Director of Culture at the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development, Ms. Juliana Naumo Akoryo (Centre) and Dr. Godfrey Siu, the Principal Investigator from Mak-CHDC (Right) interact with a participant at the workshop on 22nd July 2022, Kampala.

By Agnes Namaganda

On July 22nd 2022, Makerere UniversityChild Health and Development Centre (MakCHDC) launched a draft manual for the National Parenting Standards. The Centre has been working together with the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development (MGLSD) with funding from UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund), to develop standards that are agreeable to all organisations in the country that are involved in parenting work. The draft manual was being presented to members of a consortium that brings together all these organisations together, called the Parenting Agenda Consortium.

“We produce many documents and they are shelved,” Irene Ayot Chono, who was speaking on behalf of UNICEF said. “We hope that this document will not be one of them,” she emphasized.

Irene Ayot Chono-UNICEF, urging participants to utilize the manual once it is complete.
Irene Ayot Chono-UNICEF, urging participants to utilize the manual once it is complete.

Dr. Godfrey Siu, the Principal Investigator from Mak-CHDC who presented the draft manual to participants, emphasized that if any organization is doing parenting work, there should be a minimum package that they should offer.

Draft Manual Content

The manual which will have several modules. These modules will be delivered face-to-face in 1.5 hour sessions. Some of these include; Module 6 which will focus on “understanding responsible masculinity and fatherhood” and on “understanding the concept of head of family.”The draft manual also proposed that Module 11 focuses on Parenting in the 21st Century. Some of the sessions in this module will include Children and Technology, Contemporary Influence on Children and Modernity, Culture and Morality.Module 9 will focus on Parenting for Adolescents and some of the suggested sessions within this module are Needs for Adolescents and The Art of Communicating with Adolescents. Module 5 will focus on Preventing Violent Parenting and Promoting Alternative Discipline Strategies while Module 10 will be about Parenting to Address the Mental Health for Children and Adults.

Dr. Godfrey Siu, the Principal Investigator from Mak-CHDC presenting the contents of the National Parenting Standards Draft Manual.
Dr. Godfrey Siu, the Principal Investigator from Mak-CHDC presenting the contents of the National Parenting Standards Draft Manual.

Participants’ suggestions

After the presentation, participants raised several suggestions for discussion and consideration. These included whether there should be a module on spirituality since Uganda is a strongly religious nation. There was also the concern of how children in remand homes should be parented. Another concern raised by a participant was as to whether teachers who make an undeniable contribution to parenting, should be taken through the parenting manual.

A participant gives her input at the National Parenting Standards Draft Manual launch.
A participant gives her input at the National Parenting Standards Draft Manual launch.

In her closing remarks, Ms. Juliana Naumo Akoryo, the Director of Cultural Affairs at the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development (MGLSD) said that the manual is for the parenting organisations to utilize and not for MGLSD.

The Director of Culture at the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development, Ms. Juliana Naumo Akoryo making closing remarks at the workshop.
The Director of Culture at the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development, Ms. Juliana Naumo Akoryo making closing remarks at the workshop.

Ms. Chono also adjured the team behind the manual to use picture illustrations in the manual that can be relatable by the Ugandan parents.

Contact: Agnes Namaganda – agnesvioletnamaganda@gmail.com

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Launch of Mak-RIF Round 4 Awards & PhD Call for Proposals

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Mak-RIF 4 Awards and PhD Call For Proposals, 29th September 2022, 9:00 to 10:00 AM EAT.

Makerere University received funding from the Government of the Republic of Uganda, earmarked to support high impact Research and Innovations. This unique initiative arose after engagements between the top University Management and the Government of Uganda. This fund illustrates the increasing importance that the Government attaches to Research and Innovation as a driver of development and transformation. The objective of the fund is to increase the local generation of translatable research and scalable innovations that address key gaps required to drive Uganda’s development agenda. 

In the Financial years 2019/2020, 2020/2021 and 2021/2022 the Government of the Republic of Uganda through Mak-RIF has funded implementation of over 750 multidisciplinary research and innovations within the various Colleges, while engaging multiple stakeholders within and outside Makerere University. The Grants Management Committee (GMC) has finalized the award process for the Mak-RIF round 4 call for funding for this Financial Year 2022/2023.

The Grants Management Committee (GMC) hereby invites you to the Launch of the Mak-RIF Round 4 awards and PhD Call for Proposals scheduled to take place tomorrow Thursday 29th September 2022 from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. EAT. 

Please use the following details to join the launch.

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwpcu-urDIjE9ZgxdsbEmA2IkNMMiJVECt_ 
Meeting ID: 884 5662 9992
Password: 292624

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Notice: Makerere Disability Scheme 2022/23 Medical Review Exercise

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One of the PWD graduands at the 69th Graduation during the Session held on 17th January 2019.

The Academic Registrar, Makerere University invites persons with disability who applied for admission to public universities under the disability entry scheme for 2022/2023 Academic Year to appear for medical/review exercise at Makerere Unive, Senate Building, Level Two (2) in the Telepresence Centre.

NOTE: Only those who have the minimum entry requirements of at least two principal passes at A’ Level or its equivalent and at least five (5) passes at O’ Level or its equivalent will be interviewed.

 Only candidates who sat ‘a’ level in 2020, 2019 and 2018 are eligible for admission.

THE EXERCISE WILL BE CONDUCTED ON 3rd, 4th and 5th October, 2022 respectively from 9.00 A.M – 1.00 P.M each day.

IMPORTANT:

(i) If you fail to appear on any of the given days above, there will be no other chance for you.

(ii) Applicants with Government Scholarship for the previous years are not eligible for admission

ALFRED MASIKYE NAMOAH

Acting. ACADEMIC REGISTRAR

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