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Mak now home to World Bank’s Public Information Center

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The Acting Vice Chancellor, Prof. Venansius Baryamureeba officially launched the Uganda Development Information Center (UDIC) at the Economic Policy Research Center (EPRC), Makerere University. The launching of the center heralds a new avenue to researchers and readers because it is an open access reference library that serves a one-stop for persons seeking World Bank documents and information on the Bank’s operations.

The Acting Vice Chancellor, Prof. Venansius Baryamureeba officially launched the Uganda Development Information Center (UDIC) at the Economic Policy Research Center (EPRC), Makerere University. The launching of the center heralds a new avenue to researchers and readers because it is an open access reference library that serves a one-stop for persons seeking World Bank documents and information on the Bank’s operations.

This array of resources includes; Project and Operational Documents, Data and Statistics Publications, Current World Bank published documents, Audio-Visual Materials, Ugandan Government Publications, Statistical Abstracts, Budget Estimates, Economic Survey, and the Online Treasure Store.

In her opening remarks, Dr. Sarah Ssewanyana , Executive Director, EPRC said that, the launching of the Center came as a result of the partnership between the World Bank and the Economic Policy Research Center (EPRC). The World Bank decided to entrust EPRC with its Public Information Dr. Sarah Ssewanyana, Executive Director, EPRCCenter (PIC) which is now UDIC and its benefits include; Enhancement of capacity of the EPRC researchers, improvement in quality of research output from University students and academia, enhancement of quality of university teaching and instant access to information.

The EPRC conducts; high quality and policy oriented research which is guided by a medium term strategic plan research agenda; core research initiated by in-house researchers; and commissioned research which is demand driven but always in line with research thematic areas. Additionally, collaborative research with Makerere has yielded an internship program targeting undergraduate students. She paid tribute to the World Bank for deciding to host its PIC at the EPRC noting that “The launching of the UDIC at EPRC will therefore increase the Center’s visibility and interaction with a large number of researchers, scholars and the general public.”

Mr. Keith Muhakanizi, Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic DevelopmentThe Acting Chairperson of the EPRC Board and Commissioner for Economic Development Policy and Research, Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development, Mr Keith Muhakanizi noted that the center has both physical and online library facilities and its addition to the EPRC will go along way in enhancing its online information resources. He encouraged EPRC to embark on initiatives aimed at transforming itself into a knowledge based institution. Some of the initiatives include; Developing a corporate taxonomy, standards and practices, enhance external partnership and networking with other libraries and information centers. He urged for collaboration between UDIC and other institutions like; the Uganda Management Institute (UMI), Uganda Christian University, Mukono (UCU), The Makerere University Business School (MUBS), Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST) and Gulu University to enable them access and profit from this important information resource.

Ms Kadiresan, WB Country Manager exchanges the MoA with Dr. Ssewanyana (R)World Bank Country Manager, Uganda Ms. Kundhavi Kadiresan lauded the Management and Staff of EPRC for putting in place the necessary infrastructure to house the World Bank’s PIC in Uganda. Citing her own experience as a student in New York, she extolled the role played by the PIC then in inspiring her to pursue her studies diligently and scale the academic and corporate ladders. She therefore trusted that the UDIC would be of similar influence to hundreds upon thousands of aspiring students. The Country Manager then proceeded to sign a Memorandum of Association (MoA) with the Executive Director, EPRC .

The Chief Guest Prof. Baryamureeba congratulated the EPRC upon signing MoA, noting that “as researchers, academicians and development partners often need to come up with a common agenda Prof. Baryamureeba, Chief guest, UDIC launchon how to tackle development problems, the EPRC a well-known independent and internationally recognized “think tank” through UDIC will provide a favourable atmosphere to make this a reality.” He added that the fountain of knowledge, facts, figures and opinions as wells as theories on development was now strategically located at the Makerere Community’s doorstep.

Prof. Baryamereeba emphasized that no one can dispute the fact that knowledge is power. “Knowledge from books, journals, reference books, the mass media and institutions of learning play a big role in empowering our people, enlightening them, liberating them, motivating them and even developing them materially and intellectually.” He shared his quest to witness thirteen thousand students leave Makerere with good research skills and he pledged the University’s support to the EPRC, noting that the Center’s success would also positively impact on Makerere.

 

The presentation of a paper on “Managing expectations of Oil discovery in Uganda ” by Dr. Lawrence Bategeka, EPRC and subsequent discussions by the panelists constituted the next session. Panelists were Mr. Godber Tumushabe Executive Director, Advocates Coalition for Development and Environment (ACODE), Prof. Augustus Nuwagaba Consultant, REEV Consult International and Mr. Angelo Izama, Senior Reporter, Daily Monitor. The lively session was chaired by Mr. Ernest Rubondo, Commissioner for Petroleum Exploration and Production , Ministry of Energy.

L-R. Panelists Mr. Tumushabe-ACODE, Mr. Rubondo-Min of Energy, Prof. Nuwagaba-REEV Consult and Mr. Izama-Daily Monitor

 
The UDIC was officially launched on 2nd March 2010 at the EPRC and is open Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 4:45pm and closed on weekends and public holidays.

 

Guests at the EPRC after the UDIC launch

 

Click here for Dr. Ssewanyana's full opening remarks

Click here for Prof. Baryamureeba's full speech

Click here for Dr. Bategeka's presentation and here for the full paper

Mr. Godber Tumushabe's Reactions to the paper can be found here as well as Prof. Augustus Nuwagaba's presentation

 

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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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