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Live from India! Pan-African e-network Project launched

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As a result of the Memorandum of Understanding signed between the Governments of Uganda and India to implement the Pan-African E-network Project, Makerere University students are now able to comfortably receive live lectures from India at the Faculty of Computing and Informatics Technology (FCIT).

As a result of the Memorandum of Understanding signed between the Governments of Uganda and India to implement the Pan-African E-network Project, Makerere University students are now able to comfortably receive live lectures from India at the Faculty of Computing and Informatics Technology (FCIT).

The hot afternoon sunshine of 13th May 2010 contrasts sharply with the cool air-conditioned lab on level two of FCIT Block A, where MBA in International Business students are receiving their lecture on Cross-Cultural Management. Just like in any other class, the lecturer periodically stops to ask if any of her students have any questions pertaining to the subject and the Technical team in India has to switch between simultaneous classes in Uganda, Rwanda and Malawi, lending true credence to the “Pan-Africanism” of the project.

As confirmed by Mr. Joseph M. Ssemwogerere, E-learning Coordinator, FCIT in his address, the video conferencing facility allows for free interaction between Lecturer and students “During these lectures, the students get to see the lecturer on the screen in front of the classroom and the lecturer sees all the students through an overhead camera.” “Every lecture is backed up and students can re-play any lecture at their own pace from any place as long as they have good internet connections” he further added.

“The implementation of this project in Uganda is being coordinated by the Ministry of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) together with Telecommunication Consults of India Limited (TCIL)” informed Mr. Ambrose Ruyooka from ICT. Other current project sites apart from Makerere Learning Center Mr. Mwesigwa(C)   tours the facilities accompanied by Mr. Ruyooka(L) & Dr. Jude   Lubegainclude; The Makerere University Regional Center, where VSAT System Connectivity for the Uganda – Senegal – India Route was tested and commissioned; Mulago Hospital, where telemedicine software has been installed; and the VVIP Site at State House Entebbe, where peer to peer video calls can be made among Pan-African member countries.

Representing the Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Jude Lubega, the Acting Dean, FCIT informed the gathering that so far, two hundred and forty two students regularly attend lectures from Amity University India via this facility. Courses offered include; a two year MBA in International Business; a two year Masters in Financial Control; a one year Postgraduate Diploma in Information Technology; a three year Bachelor of Science in Information Technology; and a 6 months Diploma in Information Technology.

Mr. Patrick Mwesigwa, Acting Executive Director, Uganda Communications Commission, who represented Hon. Aggrey Awori, Minister of ICT, commended Makerere University for submitting a winning proposal to host the regional center. On a guided tour of the facilities Mr. Mwesigwa could not help but be impressed at the strides made since 16th July 2009, when the Governments of Uganda and India signed the MoU. Citing Makerere’s venture to open upcountry campuses he noted “This facility will indeed provide an efficient platform for simultaneous delivery of lectures from Makerere to students all around Uganda.”

Amity University, Uttar Pradesh (AUUP), India is a private University is the largest private university in India and Southern Asia offering a wide range of courses through E-learning.

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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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