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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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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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