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Nuffic Midterm Evaluation Team visits Makerere

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Makerere University Faculty of Computing and Information Technology, is coordinating a project on “Strengthening ICT Training and Research Capacity in the four Public Universities in Uganda” with Kyambogo University, Gulu University, Mbarara University of Science and Technology as her Southern Partners.

Makerere University Faculty of Computing and Information Technology, is coordinating a project on “Strengthening ICT Training and Research Capacity in the four Public Universities in Uganda” with Kyambogo University, Gulu University, Mbarara University of Science and Technology as her Southern Partners.

The project started on 1st June 2007 and will end on 31st May 2011. This project is funded by The Netherlands Government through The Netherlands Organization for International Cooperation (Nuffic).

A three member team; Mr. Henk J. van Linde & Mrs. Franciska de Jong (from The Netherlands) and Dr. Khalid Mughal (from Norway) are in Uganda from 3rd – 12th August 2009 to carry out midterm evaluation of the above mentioned project.

Head of the Team Mr. Henk J. van LindeDuring the meeting with the Acting Vice Chancellor, Prof. David J. Bakibinga held this morning, a number of ideas were raised on how Makerere could expand and strengthen her ICT capacity.The  Head of the Team Mr. Henk J. van Linde (left) in his remarks appreciated the efforts made by Makerere University in promoting ICT and noted the progress made thus far as indicated by change in strategy from “building” to “strengthening”.
 

 

Mrs. Franciska de Jong, Professor of Language Technology, University of TwenteMrs. Franciska de Jong (pictured) has been a full professor of language technology at the University of Twentesince 1992. She is also affiliated to the Erasmus University in Rotterdam, where she is managing director of the Erasmus Studio. She has a background in theoretical linguistics and started to work on language technology in 1985 at Philips Research where she worked on machine translation. Currently, her main research interest is in the field of multimedia indexing, text mining, semantic access, cross-language retrieval and the disclosure of cultural heritage collections (in particular spoken audio archives), and she coordinates the Human Media Interaction research group.

Khalid Mughal Associate Professor, Department of Informatics, University of BergenKhalid Mughal (pictured) an Associate Professor at the Department of Informatics at the University of Bergen, Norway, was a member of the team that carried out the initial pre-project evaluation and his findings were key in promoting facilitation for the project. At the University of Bergen, Professor Mughal is responsible for designing and implementing various courses, which use Java, at the Department of Informatics. Over the years, he has taught Programming Languages (Java, C/C++, Pascal), Software Engineering (Object-Oriented System Development), Data bases (Data Modeling and Database Management Systems), and Compiler Techniques. He has also given numerous courses and seminars at various levels in object-oriented programming and system development, using Java and Java-related technology, both at the University and for the IT industry.

Nuffic midterm evaluation team

 

 Accompanying the Team, Prof. Venansius Baryamureeba , Dean Faculty of Computer Science appreciated the contribution of Nuffic and other donor agencies in the promotion of ICT services in Makerere University. He also paid special tribute to Prof. Khalid Mughal for the role played during the formative stages of setting up the Institute of Computer Science and the numerous lectures and talks given. He then invited Prof Khalid to stay behind after the evaluation and give a series of lectures, which he gladly obliged to.

 

 

In conclusion the Ag. Vice Chancellor thanked the team for their courtesy call and wished them good luck as they traversed the country carrying out their evaluations. Furthermore, he encouraged Professor Khalid and Mrs. Franciska de Jong to share with the University’s e-learning department and Institute of Languages respectively, on ways to improve their teaching methods.

 

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4th Call For Applications: MURBS Departmental Ambassadors

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URBRA’s Mrs. Ritah Nansasi Wasswa (2nd L) assisted by Ag. University Secretary-Mr. Yusuf Kiranda (L) hands over a plaque of recognition to Outgoing Trustee-Ms. Dorothy Nannozi Kabanda (2nd R) as Incoming Trustee-Ms. Franco Angida Mugyema (R) applauds during the MURBS Board Handover on 26th March 2021.

In February 2018, the Makerere University Retirement Benefits Scheme (MURBS) launched the Departmental Ambassadors Programme. MURBS hopes to use this Ambassadors Programme to engage more directly with its membership and enhance member education. MURBS further perceives this Programme as a means to mitigate succession planning risks.

MURBS Fund Value continues to grow, and as at 31st March 2021, it stood at Ushs 235.5bn as compared to Ushs 209.6bn as at 30th June 2020. Given this growth, there is increased need for prospective Trustees, who are well equipped with relevant knowledge and skills, and with practical exposure to the management and governance of MURBS.

Eligibility

  1. Must be employed by the University on permanent terms
  2. Must be an Active Member of the Scheme (currently contributing to the Scheme) and appear on the Official Register of the MURBS Active Membership as at 30th April 2021.
  3. Must be willing to commit time to trainings and other ambassadorial activities organised by the Scheme.

Mode of training for 4th Cohort of Ambassadors

Training for this (4th) Cohort of Ambassadors is envisaged to be conducted over the zoom online platform only, due to Covid-19 restrictions. The Scheme does not envisage any face-to-face interactions.

Tenure of Office & Termination or Withdrawal

There is no tenure of office for the Departmental Ambassador. As long as a member is willing to continue serving as an Ambassador, and the Ambassador continues to satisfy the eligibility criteria above, she or he will remain a MURBS Ambassador.

How to Apply

Interested members should complete the MURBS Departmental Ambassador Application Form 01-0218. The completed Form together with the requested attachments should be sent to info[at]murbs.mak.ac.ug and copy to wilber.naigambi[at]mak.ac.ug no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, 14th June 2021. We discourage hand delivery of applications.

Confirmation/Approval Process

MURBS shall acknowledge receipt of each application received within 12 hours and will respond to the applicants to confirm the status of their application in writing (by e-mail). Upon approval of the application, the name of the approved Ambassador together with the Department and School/Unit will be updated on the list of the MURBS Departmental Ambassadors in the Group 4 category and published on the MURBS website.

NOTE: There is no limit as to the number of ambassadors that MURBS can have in a department.

Please see Downloads for the detailed call and application form.

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Chair Council Communication on Closure of Makerere University

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An older photo of the Main Building, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda as seen from across the Freedom Square. Date taken: 22nd October 2012.

7th June 2021

All Members of Staff
All Students and Stakeholders
Makerere University

RE: CLOSURE OF MAKERERE UNIVERSITY

Following the address to the Nation by H.E. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, President of Uganda, on 6th June 2021, this is to inform you that the University will be closed with effect from today 7th June 2021 for 42days.

During the closure, the University shall observe a 30% physical presence of staff while other faculty and administrative staff shall continue to work online.

Management will inform staff and students on the implementation of teaching, learning, and research activities online. Construction activities shall continue as per the President’s directives and with strict adherence to the COVID-19 SOPs.

Yours sincerely,

Lorna Magara (Mrs.)
Chairperson, Makerere University Council

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RUFORUM: Transforming Higher Education Videos and Links

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Delegates brainstorm during the 15th RUFORUM AGM held at the University of Cape Coast (UCC) in Ghana from 2-6 December, 2019. Photo credit: RUFORUM

Video Series developed by Julieta Mazzola, EARTH University.

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  1. What is Community Engagement?  Video 1 of 3.  https://youtu.be/etv2-W1U3O0
  2. Different Forms of University Engagement with the Community. Video 2 of 3. https://youtu.be/73h2p8P0BLw
  3. Student learning through Community Engagement. Video 3 of 3. https://youtu.be/Ule3P1-tjC4

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