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UTL to power Makerere’s Up-Country Campuses

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Uganda Telecom has entered a partnership with Makerere University in which the telecommunication giant will provide a range of communication services to run the university’s learning centers.

Uganda Telecom has entered a partnership with Makerere University in which the telecommunication giant will provide a range of communication services to run the university’s learning centers.

In the partnership, Uganda Telecom will provide all the infrastructure and technical support needed to run the study centers, while Makerere University will buy Internet bandwidth and leased lines from the communication provider at a rate to be agreed upon for the duration of the partnership. Uganda Telecom will initially buy 100 computers and 100 UPS systems in the first year and grow this to 2000 sets by the fifth year of the partnership.

At a ceremony to mark the official signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between Makerere University and Uganda Telecom held in the Council Room, Makerere University on 11th January 2010, the Vice-Chancellor Prof. Venansius Baryamureeba, welcomed Eng. AbdulBasset Elazzabi, Uganda Telecom’s Ag. VC Prof. V. Baryamureeba(L) flanked by The University Secretary, Mr. K. Muhwezi Managing Director and his team to the historic event. The Managing Director was accompanied by among others, The Chief Technical Officer, Ghadfi Mohamed, Donald Nyakairu, The Chief Legal Counsel, and The Public Relations Manager, Mark Kaheru.

Prof. Baryamureba said that the partnership demonstrates that government institutions can partner with the private sector in a cost sharing mode to bring much needed services to the people. He further noted that Uganda Telecom has been a major provider for Internet services at Makerere University and is now joining the University in supporting its programs beyond the commercial. “This project is going to help us bring Makerere University to the people. In essence, people outside Kampala will no longer need to come to the man campus for education, but can receive the same high quality education nearer to them,” he explained.

Eng. AbdulBasset Elazzabi , Uganda Telecom's Managing Director in his remarks noted that “As a premier Eng. AbdulBasset Elazzabi, UTL's Managing Director makes his remarkscorporate citizen, it is our responsibility to participate in the development of the community in which we do business. We are proud to be the first communications company in Uganda to undertake this kind of partnership that will go along way in delivering high quality education to Ugandans in various parts of the country,”

Eng. Elazzabi further explained the partnership goes beyond commercial interests but is intended to provide a much needed national service that is critical in the development of the country’s human resource through technology. “We are very pleased to be part of this program, the first of its kind that will enable more Ugandans access to education.”

The initial study centers will be in Jinja and Fort-Portal and are expected to initially admit 1000 students in the first year and grow each year. The study centers are expected to start operations in February 2010.

Uganda Telecom is involved in various other education initiatives such as the Kulika Chartable Trust in which the best students who are unable to raise money for higher education are given scholarships to enable them pursue their dreams.

Prof. Baryamureeba then thanked Uganda Telecom Limited for taking this step to partner with Makerere University and called upon other stakeholders to come and partner with the university as there were a number of other programs that accord them mileage for their respective brands. He also thanked members of the press present for the positive coverage that their media houses have accorded Makerere University.

 

Eng. Elazzabi, MD UTL (C) exchanges the signed MoU with Ag. VC Prof. Baryamureeba (R) as Mr. Nyakairu UTL Chief Legal Counsel(L) looks on

 

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Advert: Mature Age Entry Scheme – Private Sponsorship 2024/2025

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Students sit for an exam in the pre-COVID era, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda.

The Academic Registrar, Makerere University invites applications for the Undergraduate
Programmes under the Mature Age Entry Scheme only for Private Sponsorship for
2024/2025 Academic Year.
Non-Refundable Application fee of Shs. 50,000/= for Ugandans OR $75 Equivalent for
Internationals, plus bank charge should be paid in any of the banks used by Uganda
Revenye Authority after generating a Payment Reference Number (PRN).

  • Apply using the Institution’s Applications Portal URL:https: //apply.mak.ac.ug
  • Application is for candidates who passed the Mature Age Entry Examinations of December 17, 2022 and February 24, 2024 only.
  • Any candidate who passed the examinations in mentioned above and was not admitted on Government/ Private sponsorship for December 17, 2022 sitting, and for Government sponsorship for February 24, 2024 sitting, is eligible to apply for admission on Private Sponsorship for 2024 /2025 Academic Year.

The closing date for applying will be Friday 26th July, 2024.

Further details can be accessed by following this link.

Prof. Mukadasi Buyinza
ACADEMIC REGISTRAR

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Diploma/Degree Holders Admission Lists 2024/25

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Main Library, Makerere University. Photo taken on 29th February 2016.

The Office of Academic Registrar, Makerere University has released lists of Diploma/Degree Holder applicants admitted under Private/Self Sponsorship for the academic year 2024/25. Please note that admission is subject to verification of academic documents by the awarding institutions.

The admission list is displayed here below:

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African Futures Research Leadership Program: Cohort 5 – Call for Scholars

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Participants at the initial AAP convening participate in design-thinking exercises to help imagine the future of partnerships between MSU and Africa. Photo: AAP

The Alliance for African Partnership (AAP) is seeking applicants for the fifth cohort of the AAP African Futures Research Leadership Program. This competitive visiting scholar program supports early career researchers from the AAP consortium to work for one year under the mentorship of faculty members from MSU and their home institution, focusing on building skills in research for impact, writing scholarly and/or policy publications, disseminating of research results, and developing grant proposals for external support. Scholars will also participate in a structured professional development program while building bridges and lasting connections with MSU contacts and across their cohort. 

The main objective of the African Futures program is to strengthen the capacity of a cadre of African researchers to return to their home institutions and become scientific leaders in their community, establish long-term partnerships with MSU faculty, co-create innovative solutions to Africa’s challenges, and in turn become trainers of the next generation of researchers. This program aims to address the gender gap in Africa, where only 30% of researchers are women, so scholars selected for the program will be women, or men who can demonstrate they are committed to support efforts towards gender equity in higher education institutions in Africa. The research areas that the scholars will engage in during the program should be aligned to AAP’s research priority areas

The AAP Management Team requests applications from early career researchers to participate in the next cohort, with work to begin virtually in February 2025. Scholars will spend September – December 2025 at MSU for the in-person portion of the program, followed by another period of virtual collaboration, ending in early 2026. The scholar and mentor team will receive a small grant for research and professional development activities including conference attendance and publication. Scholars will also receive a stipend during their time at MSU, visa application support, and round-trip travel from their home institution.

Eligibility

  • Citizen of an African country 
  • Completion of a PhD degree within the last 10 years 
  • Employed as an Academic Staff member at one of the AAP African consortium universities including Egerton University, Makerere University, University of Dar es Salaam, Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Botswana, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, University Cheikh Anta Diop, University of Arts and Humanities, Bamako, United States International University-Africa, and University of Pretoria 
  • Have documented approval of leave or sabbatical to participate in the program for the in-person period 
  • Have a mentor at their home institution that will serve as a collaborator and mentor
  • Research must be in one of the AAP priority areas
  • Applicants may only submit one proposal to AAP in this round of funding. Prior scholars are not eligible to apply. 

To learn more about the program, including how to apply, click below

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Applications to be an African Futures scholar are due August 18, 2024

Additional program dates:

  • Program start date (virtual): February 2025
  • In-person program: Sept – Dec 2025
  • Program end date: February 2026

Please contact Jose Jackson-Malete at jacks184@msu.edu or +1 517-353-6989 with any questions.

Source: AAP

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