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Swedish State Secretary recognizes impact of Sida support



Makerere University had the pleasure of hosting the Swedish State Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Joakim Stymne on Thursday 15th April, 2010.

Makerere University had the pleasure of hosting the Swedish State Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Joakim Stymne on Thursday 15th April, 2010.

L-R DVC(AA) Prof. Tibatemwa, Mr. Joakim Stymne,Swedish State Secretary and H.E. Anders Johnson during the Mak visitMakerere University is one of the major beneficiaries of research grants from the Swedish Government. Mr. Joakim Stymne therefore visited Makerere University to acquaint himself with the impact of the Swedish support to the development of research in the University and Uganda at large.

“Cooperation between Sweden and Uganda is a tangible manifestation of the importance we attach to the relevance of research in development and reduction of poverty,” Joakim Stymne said.

The Deputy Vice Chancellor, Professor Lillian Tibatemwa-Ekirikubinza, together with Deans, Directors and Professors from various faculties such as Technology, Social Sciences and Arts gathered to warmly welcome the State Secretary and his delegation.

L-R. Prof. Katunguka, Dir SGS makes his presentation as Dr. Nawangwe, Dean Faculty of Technology and Gloria Kempaka Mugambe, Economist, Swedish Embassy listenDuring this meeting, the Director School of Graduate Studies, Professor Katunguka-Rwakishaya showcased Makerere University’s achievements made in research and publications in the past 10 years through funding from the Swedish government.

On behalf of the University Management, Professor Lillian Tibatemwa-Ekirikubinza extended the appreciation to the Government and the generous people of Sweden, who through Sida have supported and continue to support groundbreaking research at Makerere University.

“Makerere University has been implementing the bilateral collaborative research program supported by Sida since 2000. This year, Makerere University and Sida signed Phase 111 Specific Agreement in Research Cooperation worth 180million Swedish Kronor to support research for four years (2010-2014),” Professor Tibatemwa-Ekirikubinza highlighted.

Professor Tibatemwa-Ekirikubinza also told the gathering that Makerere is repositioning itself to meet emerging development challenges and with the support from Sweden, we have been able to conduct meaningful research; build capacity and also been able to link this research to the Millennium Development Goals.

In a bid to solve the problem of inadequate dissemination of the research information to the right audiences, Prof. Tibatemwa-Ekirikubinza highlighted that the Makerere University Public Relations and Communications board had been constituted with one its objectives being to devise research dissemination strategies and provide training to the University Management and researchers on how best to package their research findings for the public. Professor Tibatemwa-Ekirikubinza thanked the Swedish government for funding the Gender Mainstreaming programme to ensure that women are supported and mentored into positions of leadership.

On behalf of management, Professor Tibatemwa-Ekirikubinza reassured the Swedish delegation that the phase III worth 180million Swedish Kronor will be put to good constructive use for development of the university and the community at large.


The Secretary poses for a group photo with the team at the Main Building

The Swedish Ambassador to Uganda, H.E. Anders Johnson added that Makerere University was a centre of academic excellence with agents of change. Drawing specific reference to Professor Tibatemwa-Ekirikubinza’s speech, he was glad that Makerere University had started the process of instituting systems to disseminate research to societies.

Prof.  Baryamureeba poses with Mr. Stymne during his visit to MakerereIn his speech, the State Secretary, Joakim Stymne said universities can play significant roles in all areas of research with provision of facts and information, generating new knowledge and innovations, being an open forum for exchange of ideas and debate, acting as “think tanks” for future developments and looking around the corner on how Uganda can position itself in the global economy.

“From the Swedish government we see the forthcoming elections as crucial for views and grading of Uganda also in the international context. We hope to see peaceful. Free and fair elections with credible elections based on trust between the main actors. Freedom of expression and access to information is crucial for democratic development and free and fair elections,” he said.

Amb. Johnson, Dr. Nawangwe and Mr. Stymne (2nd R) watch a demonstration of a Masters student at CREECThe meeting ended with a visit to the Faculty of Technology; one of the Faculties that has greatly benefited from the support of the Swedish Government. The team had the chance to tour a number of cutting edge research projects at the Center for Research in Energy and Energy Conservation, CREEC.


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Dr. Martin Aliker – Celebrating A Life Well Lived



Dr. Martin Aliker (2nd L) shakes hands with the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe (2nd R) at the successful conclusion of the Second Edition of the Makerere University Endowment Fund (MakEF) Run (MakRun) on Sunday 25th March 2018 as Prof. William Bazeyo (L) and Dr. Florence Nakayiwa (R) witness.

The Makerere University Council, Senate, Alumni and the entire students’ community has learnt with great sorrow of the death of your beloved head, Dr. Martin Aliker. Please accept our sincerest condolences during this trying time.

Dr. Aliker joined Makerere College then in 1948 and shortly thereafter received a scholarship to join Northwestern University, Illinois where he earned a Bachelor of Political Science. Being an ardent student, he also earned a Fulbright Fellowship at Northwestern University, and graduated with a Doctor of Dental Surgery, later becoming a Fellow of the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of the United Kingdom.

Dr. Aliker has throughout his long and well-lived life projected an enviable brand, reflective of a professional and hardworking gentleman who has excelled in all walks of life as a distinguished alumnus, scholar, influential business leader, entrepreneurial mentor, and one of Uganda’s and indeed Africa’s and the Commonwealth’s leading senior citizens.

The name Dr. Martin Aliker has stood the test of time as one attributable to dedicated service with impeccable integrity, tested and proven business acumen, making him a distinguished source of inspiration to both the young and old. It was therefore with great pride that Makerere University on 17th July 2014 appointed him as the Chairperson of the pioneer Board of Trustees in charge of the Makerere University Endowment Fund (MakEF).

Under his stewardship, the Inaugural Board had at the end of their term in 2019 grown MakEF’s onshore fund from nothing in 2014 to UGX 1.5 Billion, while the offshore fund was valued at 1.5 Million GBP.

We remain forever thankful to God for the gift of Dr. Martin Aliker’s inspirational life and pray that the good Lord will comfort you his beloved and rest his soul in eternal peace.

Umar Kakumba (PhD)

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Prof. Justin Epelu-Opio, Our Longest Serving DVC Rests



It is with great sorrow, that the Makerere University Council, Senate, Alumni and the entire students’ community has learnt of the death of Prof. Justin Epelu-Opio.

Our heartfelt consideration goes out to the family upon the loss of a loving Father, Grandfather, Mentor, Son and dear friend. Please accept our sincere condolences. We commit you to God our Father, who alone knows the plans He has for each and every one of us.

Prof. Epelu-Opio was our longest-serving Deputy Vice Chancellor (1993 – 2004), and the last to serve in that position before the Universities and Other Tertiary Institutions Act enacted the two positions of Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic Affairs) and Deputy Vice Chancellor (Finance and Administration). He was not only a great administrator, but also a great academic who selflessly contributed to Makerere University’s transformation. He served humanity with a lot of dedication and touched many lives in Uganda and beyond.

On 16th February 1973, Epelu-Opio took up his appointment as Lecturer in the Department of Veterinary Anatomy, in the then Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. He embarked on his PhD in Veterinary Anatomy the same year and completed it in 1976. Prior to that, he had completed his Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Medicine (1967 – 1971) and Master of Science in Veterinary Anatomy (1971 – 1973) both from the University of Nairobi.

Prof. Epelu-Opio was an ardent student who during his undergraduate studies at the University of Nairobi served as Research Assistant to Prof. RR Hofmann and Prof. Frederick Ian Bantubano Kayanja. He carried on this passion into his graduate studies, where he served as Temporary Technician and Demonstrator to undergraduate students in the Department of Veterinary Anatomy at the University of Nairobi.

Shortly after completing his PhD, in 1977 he took up the role of Senior Scientific Officer with the Animal Productivity Research Unit (APRU) of the National Committee for Scientific Research (NCSR) in Lusaka, Zambia, until 1982.

Upon his return, he was appointed Senior Lecturer in the then Department of Veterinary Anatomy, a position he held until 1984 when he was appointed to the rank of Associate Professor in the same Department.

In 1985, he was sponsored by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) for a four-month course in Animal Reproduction at the College of Veterinary Medicine, Uppsala University, Sweden, with emphasis on Radioimmunoassay techniques for assessing reproductive performance. That same year, he was appointed Head, Department of Veterinary Anatomy, a position he held until 1990.

During his time as Head of Department, in 1989 Prof. Epelu-Opio was appointed to the rank of Professor. In 1993, he was appointed Deputy-Vice Chancellor, a position he held until he attained the mandatory retirement age of 60 in 2004. He presided over this office during the delicate time when Makerere transitioned from admitting strictly Government-sponsored students to accepting privately-sponsored students. We are grateful that this worked out well and under his supervision, many deserving Ugandans gained access to quality University education.

Beyond the gates of Makerere, Prof. Epelu-Opio was a respected Statesman and elder, whose work as the pioneer Chairman of the Presidential Commission for Teso contributed to the restoration of peace in the sub-region. We are grateful that as a prolific writer, he documented his efforts in; Teso War 1986-1992: Causes and Consequences, a book published by Fountain Publishers.

We therefore stand with the Epelu-Opio family, friends, the Uganda Veterinary Association and all those whose lives he touched upon the loss of this great man. We are nevertheless comforted by the fact that this gallant alumnus did not hide his candle under the covers but lit so many other candles, which will continue to shine bright and perpetuate his legacy.

We remain forever thankful to God for the gift of Prof. Justin Epelu-Opio’s life and pray that the good Lord will rest his soul in eternal peace.

Umar Kakumba (PhD)

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HERS-EA Seventh Academy



Participants listen to Prof. Maggie Kigozi deliver her keynote address at the HERS-EA Sixth Academy on 3rd July 2023. Photo: Twitter/@HadjahBadr. Grand Global Hotel, Makerere Kikoni, Kampala Uganda. East Africa.


Higher Education Resource Services, East Africa (HERS-EA) Academy provides an intensive leadership and management development curriculum which equips women with skills needed to advance their personal career development and successfully navigate the institutional environment where they operate. The goal of the HERS-EA training is to raise the proportion of women in leadership and management positions in Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in Eastern Africa (Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, and Uganda).

The program is focused on managing and leading change, human resource development and institutional effectiveness. The Academy prepares every participant to strengthen and expand her leadership skills by working closely with HERS-EA resource persons and staff. Participants will find the Academy to be a safe environment to share confidential matters.

Following six previous successful Academies, the Seventh HERS-EA ACADEMY will be offered in a one-week blended (virtual and in-person) format (July 19 – 25, 2024), we hope you can be part of the success story. This Academy will be a special one because we expect to be joined by collaborative researchers from USA, it will be part of the 10th Anniversary and it will be hosted by Gulu University in Northern Uganda. It will also include an excursion to a refugee camp, to generate further collaborative research ideas and another, to Murchison Falls National Park, for our wellbeing and reflection session; you won’t want to miss it!

Theme: “Rethinking Women Leadership for the 21st Century

Please see Downloads below for details and the application form.

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