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NBRP promoting regional competence building through publication

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In true representation of the recently celebrated World Water Day and the Nile, guests were ushered into the Main hall, adorned in blue décor. On hand to receive guests who included The Norwegian Ambassador, Rwandan and United Republic of Tanzania High Commissioners were the Vice-Chancellor Prof. Venansius Baryamureeba, Prof Tore  – Director NBRP and Prof. Edward Kirumira-The NBRP Regional Host.

In true representation of the recently celebrated World Water Day and the Nile, guests were ushered into the Main hall, adorned in blue décor. On hand to receive guests who included The Norwegian Ambassador, Rwandan and United Republic of Tanzania High Commissioners were the Vice-Chancellor Prof. Venansius Baryamureeba, Prof Tore  – Director NBRP and Prof. Edward Kirumira-The NBRP Regional Host.

Emcee of the day and Regional Coordinator NBRP, Dr. Margaret Kyakuwa welcomed the Chief Guest, Hon. Jessica Eriyo – State Minister for Water, who represented Hon. Dr. Maria Mutagamba, Minister of Water and Environment as well as all the guests who’d spared time to attend the launch.

Prof E. Kirumira, Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences and Regional Host,NBRPProf. Edward K. Kirumira, who also coordinates the Makerere/University of Bergen (UiB) Collaboration, recognized the presence of Vice Chancellors from Sister Universities present, as well as former Vice Chancellor Prof. Livingstone Luboobi. In his address, Prof. Kirumira took note of the active relationships with the University of Khartoum, Juba, National University of Rwanda, and Addis Ababa University as well the recent bond with Cairo University. These relationships he added, were testament to the power of the Nile “The books we are about to launch are yet another confirmation of the jewel that the Nile Basin countries are privileged to own, share, study, nurture and guard jealously.” In relation to sustainable Land use and citing his recent trip to Egypt, he further testified “I saw trucks after trucks packed with tomatoes heading for the consumptive urban populations. This was contrasted against a nicely desert condition terrain. This for me drove home the power of the Nile than I had ever imagined.”

IProf. T. Saetersdal makes his keynote address as Prof. Kirumira, Prof. Baryamureeba, Hon. Ariyo and Dr. Tickodri-Togboa listenn his keynote address, Prof Tore Saetersdal – Director NBRP recognized the enormous potential for collaboration amongst the Nile Basin countries. He justified the hosting of this programme at UiB by recognizing that as Bergen is “in a faraway place”, it provided the most conducive atmosphere for Independent and Free research so as to be able to contribute to a peaceful and sustainable solution for the Nile agreement.

Prof.  also appreciated the Nile Basin University Forum (NBUF), which was launched in Kampala in June 2009 with eighteen Nile Basin Universities as inauguration members. An initiative of the NBRP, the NBUF will promote collaboration, staff and student exchange and joint curricula on the Nile across language and cultural barriers.

Prof. James MuliiraDr.  Godfrey AssimweA brief presentation on the book “The River Nile in post-colonial age” by Prof. James Muliira highlighted the first comprehensive and detailed account of the Nile Water as a resource. This was shortly followed by Dr. Godfrey Asiimwe’s presentation on the research experience in Bergen, which by his observation required more affirmative action for females to enable them undertake research in larger numbers. Dr. Roberts Muriisa, Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST) in his presentation acknowledged NBRP for diversifying the research component and opportunities to include MUST, Uganda Christian University, Mukono (UCU) as well as other Universities. With regard to Shaping Research Universities, he examined the need for Universities to establish the relevant research by examining its as well as who should determine the relevant research.

The Acting Vice-Chancellor Prof. Venansius Baryamureeba in his address commended the NBRP for the great strides made so far and appreciated the relevance of the book launch to Makerere University, as it currently holds the Chairmanship of the Inter-Universities Council for East Africa. Before inviting the Chief Guest, Prof. Baryamureeba challenged the Makerere community to utilize the opportunities in the Nile Basin region and contribute to knowledge creation, transfer and partnerships.

Prof. T.  Saetersdal(L) hands over copies of Launched books to Prof. Baryamureeba  as Hon. Eriyo (2nd L), The Norwegian Ambassador & Tanzanian High  Commissioner (R) watch

The Chief Guest Hon. Jessica Eriyo commended the NBRP for publishing their research but challenged other stakeholders to do more research in a relevant and continuous way so as to inform policy. “Research work should not remain in the shelves. It should be publicized so as to inform policy” she added. Referring to The United Nation’s declaration of the year 2010 as the International Year of Biodiversity (IYB), Hon. Eriyo encouraged to diversify their research “The Nile is not just water, the Nile habours a lot of biodiversity that we must focus on this year.” She then proceeded to officially launch the publications.

Dr. Togboa (R) demonstrates as he makes his closing remarks with the help of Dr. Kyakuwa

Dr. Tickodri Togboa, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Finance & Administration and Host, Nile Basin Universities’ Forum proceeded to give closing remarks.

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A Successful Ph.D. Defense by Vianney Andrew Yiga

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The CEDAT community is proud to share our congratulations to Vianney Andrew Yiga following his successful Ph.D. defense that happened yesterday Monday 3rd October 2022 at the College of Engineering, Design, Art, and Technology (CEDAT).

His Thesis was titled; Thermal Stability of Fiber- Reinforced Polylactic Acid Composites for Flameretarded Applications.

The candidate was supervised by Eng. Dr. Michael Lubwama and Eng. Dr. Peter W. Olupot both from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, at CEDAT.

Dr. John Wasswa, Department of Chemistry, College of Natural Sciences (CONAS), Makerere University was the opponent that interrogated the candidate to enable a clear understanding of the study.

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Makerere University Launches National Parenting Draft Manual

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The Director of Culture at the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development, Ms. Juliana Naumo Akoryo (Centre) and Dr. Godfrey Siu, the Principal Investigator from Mak-CHDC (Right) interact with a participant at the workshop on 22nd July 2022, Kampala.

By Agnes Namaganda

On July 22nd 2022, Makerere UniversityChild Health and Development Centre (MakCHDC) launched a draft manual for the National Parenting Standards. The Centre has been working together with the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development (MGLSD) with funding from UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund), to develop standards that are agreeable to all organisations in the country that are involved in parenting work. The draft manual was being presented to members of a consortium that brings together all these organisations together, called the Parenting Agenda Consortium.

“We produce many documents and they are shelved,” Irene Ayot Chono, who was speaking on behalf of UNICEF said. “We hope that this document will not be one of them,” she emphasized.

Irene Ayot Chono-UNICEF, urging participants to utilize the manual once it is complete.
Irene Ayot Chono-UNICEF, urging participants to utilize the manual once it is complete.

Dr. Godfrey Siu, the Principal Investigator from Mak-CHDC who presented the draft manual to participants, emphasized that if any organization is doing parenting work, there should be a minimum package that they should offer.

Draft Manual Content

The manual which will have several modules. These modules will be delivered face-to-face in 1.5 hour sessions. Some of these include; Module 6 which will focus on “understanding responsible masculinity and fatherhood” and on “understanding the concept of head of family.”The draft manual also proposed that Module 11 focuses on Parenting in the 21st Century. Some of the sessions in this module will include Children and Technology, Contemporary Influence on Children and Modernity, Culture and Morality.Module 9 will focus on Parenting for Adolescents and some of the suggested sessions within this module are Needs for Adolescents and The Art of Communicating with Adolescents. Module 5 will focus on Preventing Violent Parenting and Promoting Alternative Discipline Strategies while Module 10 will be about Parenting to Address the Mental Health for Children and Adults.

Dr. Godfrey Siu, the Principal Investigator from Mak-CHDC presenting the contents of the National Parenting Standards Draft Manual.
Dr. Godfrey Siu, the Principal Investigator from Mak-CHDC presenting the contents of the National Parenting Standards Draft Manual.

Participants’ suggestions

After the presentation, participants raised several suggestions for discussion and consideration. These included whether there should be a module on spirituality since Uganda is a strongly religious nation. There was also the concern of how children in remand homes should be parented. Another concern raised by a participant was as to whether teachers who make an undeniable contribution to parenting, should be taken through the parenting manual.

A participant gives her input at the National Parenting Standards Draft Manual launch.
A participant gives her input at the National Parenting Standards Draft Manual launch.

In her closing remarks, Ms. Juliana Naumo Akoryo, the Director of Cultural Affairs at the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development (MGLSD) said that the manual is for the parenting organisations to utilize and not for MGLSD.

The Director of Culture at the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development, Ms. Juliana Naumo Akoryo making closing remarks at the workshop.
The Director of Culture at the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development, Ms. Juliana Naumo Akoryo making closing remarks at the workshop.

Ms. Chono also adjured the team behind the manual to use picture illustrations in the manual that can be relatable by the Ugandan parents.

Contact: Agnes Namaganda – agnesvioletnamaganda@gmail.com

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Launch of Mak-RIF Round 4 Awards & PhD Call for Proposals

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Mak-RIF 4 Awards and PhD Call For Proposals, 29th September 2022, 9:00 to 10:00 AM EAT.

Makerere University received funding from the Government of the Republic of Uganda, earmarked to support high impact Research and Innovations. This unique initiative arose after engagements between the top University Management and the Government of Uganda. This fund illustrates the increasing importance that the Government attaches to Research and Innovation as a driver of development and transformation. The objective of the fund is to increase the local generation of translatable research and scalable innovations that address key gaps required to drive Uganda’s development agenda. 

In the Financial years 2019/2020, 2020/2021 and 2021/2022 the Government of the Republic of Uganda through Mak-RIF has funded implementation of over 750 multidisciplinary research and innovations within the various Colleges, while engaging multiple stakeholders within and outside Makerere University. The Grants Management Committee (GMC) has finalized the award process for the Mak-RIF round 4 call for funding for this Financial Year 2022/2023.

The Grants Management Committee (GMC) hereby invites you to the Launch of the Mak-RIF Round 4 awards and PhD Call for Proposals scheduled to take place tomorrow Thursday 29th September 2022 from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. EAT. 

Please use the following details to join the launch.

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwpcu-urDIjE9ZgxdsbEmA2IkNMMiJVECt_ 
Meeting ID: 884 5662 9992
Password: 292624

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