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Sharing Water: Another collaborative effort from Makerere & Bergen

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The Makerere University Guest house compound played host to yet another book launch on Tuesday 17th November 2009. The newly published book is titled Sharing Water: Problems, Conflicts and Possible Solutions – The case of Kampala (2009) and authored by P. Larsson , E. Kirumira , A. Steigen & A. Miyingo-Kezimbira.

The Makerere University Guest house compound played host to yet another book launch on Tuesday 17th November 2009. The newly published book is titled Sharing Water: Problems, Conflicts and Possible Solutions – The case of Kampala (2009) and authored by P. Larsson , E. Kirumira , A. Steigen & A. Miyingo-Kezimbira.

Prof. E. KirumiraIn his remarks, Prof. E. Kirumira welcomed the gathering to the book launch and thanked all the contributing authors for their input into this book, which discusses how nature, people and society in Kampala handle water issues. This book is a result of a multidisciplinary research project on the theme Nature, Society and Water funded under the Norwegian Research councils’s programme “Development Paths in the South”.

Prof. P. Larsson

Prof. Petter Larsson, Professor at the Department of Biology, University of Bergen, Norway and co-author of the book emphasized the importance of packaging such information into books that can be used as a Future reference.

Ass. Prof. A. SteigenIn giving an overview of the book Andreas L. Steigen, Associate Professor at the Department of Biology, University of Bergen, Norway thanked all the contributing authors for their efforts in making this book a diverse resource covering a wide range of societal issues from planning, conflict management to Ecology. He however challenged them to advance from contributing chapters to books to writing entire books that can be published.

Sen. Lecturer R. KabumbuliDr. Robert Kabumbuli , Senior Lecturer, Department of Sociology in the Faculty of Social Sciences Makerere University remarked the challenges in Planning, conflicts and management as covered by the book. Citing the fluctuating population of Kampala, which more than doubles during the day, he noted that the unplanned nature of the city inevitably puts a strain on available resources like piped water. Some of the residents have to make do with protected springs, where conflicts are unavoidable due to growing numbers competing for the scarce resource. He concluded by challenging all stakeholders involved to use concept papers and research findings published in books such as these to manage conflicts that are bound to arise.

Dr. Susan LuyigaProf. Kirumira then invited Dr. Luyiga Susan from the Department of Zoology, Faculty of Science Makerere University to remark on the Ecosystem challenges as covered by the book. Focusing on the Nakivubo Channel, Dr. Luyiga revealed how city planning had led to the eventual widening, deepening and cementing of the channel, which though aimed at preventing floods in the city, led to the deposition of silt and sediment in wetlands downstream. This eventually leads to increase in suspended solids in the Murchison Bay, where NWSC collects water for treatment.

Odong RobinsonOdong Robinson reviewed the Health Challenges addressed by the book noting that although colonial plans of the city had designated the hills for settlement and the wetlands uninhabitable, population growths had led to the eventual reclamation of wetlands for settlement. This inevitably increased the likelihood of human to vector interaction and easier spread of diseases like Malaria and Bilharzia.

The Guest of Honor and Acting Vice-Chancellor Prof. Venansius Baryamureeba thanked the University of Bergen representatives and Makerere University Staff for their collaborative efforts, which led to the publishing of a rich and diverse book covering pertinent issues like water. He then challenged the team to tackle other contentious issues like Land.

Furthermore, he thanked the media for covering the event and publicizing the launch of such books, which can act as guides for policy makers. He then challenged the Academic staff of Makerere to not only carry out research and write books but also launch them so as to disseminate information to the public. He then officially launched the book and received a copy signed by all the authors.

 

The authors with the Prof. Baryamureeba Ag. VC

 

 

 

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Uganda’s policymakers implored to address forest loss, plastic & water pollution

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Left to Right: Prof. Gunnar Köhlin, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, Amb. Maria Håkansson, Commissioner Julius Mafumbo and Prof. Edward Bbaale posing for a group photo before the opening ceremony on 22nd September 2022: Photo by EfD-Mak Centre.

The Vice Chancellor Professor Barnabas Nawangwe on Thursday 22nd September, 2022 participated in the opening of the EfD Annual meeting hosted by Makerere University at Speke Resort Munyonyo where he appealed to government to implement the ban on kaveera and address other environmental issues.

The opening ceremony moderated by the EfD Global Hub Manager Gunnar Köhlin and was graced by Uganda’s Minister for Water and Environment represented by the Commissioner for Water, Mr. Julius Mafumbo and the Swedish Ambassador to Uganda, H.E. Maria Håkansson.

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Prof. Nawangwe urges Makerere University community to support the Mastercard Foundation E-learning Initiative

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By Bernard Buteera

Makerere University has launched a two million dollar E-learning Project, dubbed The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program E-learning initiative.  

The launch was held on Tuesday 20th September 2022 at Makerere University, Yusuf Lule Central Teaching Facility Auditorium. It attracted over 200 participants, who included members of University Management, College Principals, School Deans, Academic and Administrative staff, students and the general university community.

While addressing the gathering, the Chief Guest, Prof. Mary Okwakol, the Executive Director of National Council for Higher Education (NCHE), congratulated Makerere University for winning such a huge grant, which will go a long way in transforming the eLearning infrastructure at Makerere University.

“I am happy to be joining you in launching a project that is at the heart of National Council for Higher Education. Online learning is at the heart of the Council, not only because of the challenges presented by the Covid-19 pandemic, but also the world is now a digital world.” Prof. Okwakol remarked.

Prof. Okwakol thanked Mastercard Foundation and other development partners who have continued to support initiatives that help transform higher institutions of learning in Uganda.

“I sincerely thank the Mastercard Foundation and other partners who have continued to support higher education in Uganda, especially in the area of research and online learning. Globally, the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, greatly disrupted education systems forcing learners and some schools to shift to virtual learning to curb the spread of the pandemic.” Prof. Okwakol pointed out.

On his part, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe urged the university community, especially the academic staff to take advantage of the Mastercard Foundation E-learning initiative to develop e-content across all Colleges of the University, to enhance capacity for eLearning at Makerere University.

[L -R] Chairperson of the Steering Committee of the E-learning Initiative, Prof. Umar Kakumba, Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, Prof. Mary Okwakol, the Executive Director of National Council for Higher Education (NCHE), Prof. Paul Birevu Muyinda, the Coordinator of the Mastercard Foundation E-learning Initiative and Prof. Justine Namaalwa, the Program Coordinator for Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program.

”I appeal to the Colleges to embrace this project and have as many courses adopt this pedagogy development system, even though students will continue with face-to face and phyisical learning, they should be allowed the option of online learning. The platforms that are going to be built, will give our students an opportunity to interact with international students, scholars, teachers and with each other.” Prof. Nawangwe applealed.

The Vice Chancellor, further called upon all other development partners to emulate Mastercard Foundation in supporting Makerere University and other universities on the entire African continent in strengthening digital literacy, so that Africa is not left behind.

”In 2018 I attended a conference on E-learning in Beijing China, where a critical question was asked; Will Africa be left behind again? This was in reference to many advancements that were taking place in the western world, in which Africa had been left behind.” The Vice Chancellor reminded the audience.

Prof. Nawangwe further emphaised the importance of e-learning as one of the critical modes of teaching and learning in the 21st first century.   

”Ladies and Gentlemen, I cannot over emphasise the importance we attach to e-learning the 21st Century, that is why we took a decision to elevate the Department of Open and Distance Learning into an Institute of Open and Distance E-learning with an intention of having e-learning extended to other Colleges of the university.” Prof. Nawangwe pointed out.

The Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic Affairs, and Chairperson of the Steering Committee of the E-learning Initiative, Prof. Umar Kakumba, rallied the University community to support the implementation of the project in the University.

“The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program E-learning initiative could not have come in at a better time than post COVID19 era. A pandemic, which exposed our systems and methods of teaching and learning. You all recall, when were hit by the pandemic, with lockdowns and closures of institutions of learning, we all went into a panicky mode on how were going to cope with online learning. I therefore call upon every member of the university to give this project the support it deserves.

Prof. Kakumba reminded the audience the importance and relevancy of online learning at Makerere University and other universities in Uganda.

“The online method of learning is best suited for everyone. This digital revolution has led to remarkable changes in how the content is accessed, consumed, discussed, and shared. Office goers and stay home mothers can take up online educational courses too, at the time that suits them. Depending on their availability and comfort, many people choose to learn at weekends or evenings.” Prof. Kakumba remarked.

Prof. Paul Birevu Muyinda, the Coordinator of the Mastercard Foundation E-learning Initiative, informed the audience the importance of the project and the expected outcomes for the University.

One of the Champions of e-learning trained by Arizona State University, Prof. Paul Birevu Muyinda receiving a certificate from Chief Guest.

“The Mastercard Foundation e- Learning Initiative is a Project funded by Mastercard Foundation aimed at addressing the negative impact of COVID-19 pandemic that constrained access and continuity of teaching, learning, research and community engagement activities at Makerere University” Prof. Muyinda pointed out.

Prof. Muyinda further thanked the team that he worked with in putting up the proposal in a very short time that yielded such an important grant for the University.

“I thank the team that spent sleepless nights putting together the proposal that resulted into this project. I must report that Makerere University is privileged to be having the most highly qualified persons in online instruction design and online pedagogy at the IODeL and beyond. It is now up to Makerere University in particular and the Country in general to make use of these persons to transform the terrain of online, blended distance and e-learning education.” Prof. Muyinda remarked.

Prof. Justine Namaalwa, the Program Coordinator for Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at Makerere University, informed the audience, that the E-learning initiative was one of the many partnerships between Mastercard Foundation and Makerere University geared at supporting the young people to succeed on the African continent.

Members of University Management, staff and students present.

“The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program continues to recognize that in order to enable young people across Africa to succeed, there is need to; Address systemic barriers in Higher education, Strengthen the capacity of Institutions that serve the Young People, and Support innovative solutions across critical sectors.” Prof. Namaalwa remarked.

The colourful launch ended with a panel discussion in which panelists digested the importance and opportunities for open distance and eLearning in higher institutions of learning.

Bernard Buteera is the Communications Officer of the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at Makerere University.

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Supplementary Admissions to Bachelor of Laws Under Private Sponsorship 2022/23

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The Academic Registrar, Makerere University, informs applicants wishing to be admitted to Bachelor of Laws Private for 2022/2023 Academic year but failed to submit their application online to submit their applications from Friday 23rd to Friday 30th September, 2022 at a non-refundable fee of 50,000/= (Fifty thousand shillings only).

The applicants MUST have passed the Pre-entry Examinations for Bachelor of Laws.

Diploma/Degree holders should submit certified copies of their academic transcript to Room
315 Level 3, Senate Building.

Applicants who have already been admitted need not apply.

For any additional information, contact Undergraduate Admissions Offices 301/303 for A’Level Applicants and Office 315 for Diploma/Degree holders.

ALFRED MASIKYE NAMOAH
AG. ACADEMIC REGISTRAR
Date: 22nd September, 2022

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