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World Veterinary Day highlights VETMED’s diversity

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Whereas Rakai district will play host to the main celebrations tomorrow Saturday 24th April 2010, the Veterinary fraternity descended upon their cradle: The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine on 22nd April 2010, to give back to the community that nurtured them.

Whereas Rakai district will play host to the main celebrations tomorrow Saturday 24th April 2010, the Veterinary fraternity descended upon their cradle: The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine on 22nd April 2010, to give back to the community that nurtured them.

This lecture was part of the Vet Week activities that culminated into the World Veterinary Day on 24th April 2010. This public lecture was hosted at The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in recognition of the partnership between the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries, the Uganda Veterinary Association and the private sector. This partnership is aimed at finding solutions to the challenges facing Uganda's Animal Industry through research-driven community development collaborative initiatives.

Keeping in line with the theme of the week “One World, One Health: more cooperation between veterinarians and physicians” panelist after panelist took time off to make their presentation on topical issues.

Dr. Waiswa talking about SOS intervention

 Dr. Waiswa kicked off the proceedings with interventions made by the Stamp out Sleeping Sickness (SOS) campaign: A public private partnership launched in Kampala in October 2006. This partnership was formed in response to an emergency situation arising in a number of districts in Northern Uganda where the two strains of Human African Trypanosomiasis (HAT) – also known as “sleeping sickness”- threaten to converge. This could have a catastrophic effect for the already stretched local health services. He cited erratic cattle movement irregular spraying of animals in these areas as proponents to the spread of this disease.

Offering the Wildlife perspective, Dr. Andrew Seguya, Executive Director Uganda Wildlife Education Dr. Andrew Seguya  ED, UWECCenter (UWEC) made his presentation on how veterinary and medical intervention for a man trapped chimpanzee in Rwensama Forest helped restore its life. Hounded by the diminishing forest cover, the chimpanzees are forced to raid crops in the community gardens, which unfortunately often lead them to be caught, maimed or even killed by the mantraps. Dr. Seguya however shared a success story of how one chimp Amaanyi, whose limb had been caught in mantrap was evacuated to UWEC for an amputation and ensuing rehabilitation. He paid special tribute to partners like the Jane Goodall Institute Uganda for their active support towards chimp conservation.

“Why do you think God would liken himself to an eagle? Or a lion? It means he loves them! So don’t you think God is a Veterinarian?” questioned Dr. Kansiime Michael as enticed and engaged the Dr. Michael  Kansiime gives the Bible viewaudience. Dr. Kansiime a lecturer at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and General Secretary of the Uganda Christian Veterinary Mission chose a spiritual approach as he presented his topic “Animals and Humans. One World, one Health. The Bible View.” Obviously distressed by scenes of cruelty meted out animals in the previous presentation “Those people depicted laying traps and killing animals are sinners and will never enter the kindom of heaven” he charged on. He concluded his presentation by challenging all present to consider animals as they strove for better living conditions “ As Physicians and Veterinarians, we are custodians of health for humans and animals, lets work together for the better of both species because no amount of strength will outdo the plan of God and separate the two.”

Dr. Jeanne Muhindo, National Pharmacovigilance CenterDr. Jeanne Muhindo from the National Pharmacovigilance Center of the National Drug Authority revealed the realization by the Authority to setup a center to monitor safety and quality of medicines on the market. Hence Veterinary pharmacovigilance is the management of the detection and investigation of the clinical effects of the veterinary medicinal products, mainly aimed at the safety and efficacy in animals, the safety in people and the environment exposed to these products. Dr. Muhindo went on to shock the audience when she stated “People are using animal drugs to treat human illnesses like syphilis!” She therefore stressed the need for analysis and dissemination of the information needed to improve the prescription, dispensing, provision and regulation of drugs to help avert Adverse Drug Reactions (ADR) as a result of misuse and abuse of drugs.

Dr. Charles Wamboga, MoH HAT-Collaboration

A Senior Medical Officer in-charge of HAT in the Ministry of Health, Dr Charles Wamboga wound up the lecture by giving his talk on collaboration between the Ministry, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and SOS. Citing the 60million people in sub-saharan Africa who are at risk of acquiring HAT, he justified the need for this collaboration especially in Uganda, which is the only country where both acute and chronic strains of the disease exist. Dr. Wamboga paid special tribute to the Management and Students of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, who helped to bring down the epidemic in 2006; and the University of Edinburgh (UK) for the collaborative training offered. 

Dr. Andrew  Seguya's presentation here

Dr. Kansiime Michael's presentation here

Dr. Jeanne Muhindo's presentation here

 

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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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