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Mak Assures Media of Quality

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The key to laying a strong foundation for the prosperity of any organization lies in free interaction with all stakeholders so as to forge solid partnerships. However, this can only be achieved through an environment that favors this interpersonal communication and dialogue between the organization and its various stakeholders.

The key to laying a strong foundation for the prosperity of any organization lies in free interaction with all stakeholders so as to forge solid partnerships. However, this can only be achieved through an environment that favors this interpersonal communication and dialogue between the organization and its various stakeholders.

Makerere University had the opportunity to interpersonally relate with one of its major stakeholders – The Media, on 13th May, 2010 under the Quality Assurance Media Workshop. This activity comes as one of the many initiatives under the strategic plan that the university is embarking on to bring its stakeholders on board.

The Acting Vice Chancellor Venansius Baryarmureeba graced the occasion as the Guest of Honor. Following the recent celebrations of World Press Freedom day, the Vice Chancellor urged the media to use their freedom efficiently to report the truth, everyday! “As media persons, you should learn to collect news material efficiently and compile and disseminate it accurately. We want the alumni to contribute to Makerere and an interaction like this will help the media to report accurately about Makerere”. Prof. Baryarmureeba said.

The Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs Prof Lillian Tibatemwa-Ekirikubinza, who made a presentation on Quality Assurance at Makerere University, highlighted the quality assurance framework and policy that is guiding the services rendered at Makerere.
Quality Assurance is the process of establishing and implementing mechanisms which ensure that outcomes of institutional activities are of a prescribed standard” she said.

Prof. Lillian helped explain that it is the quality improvement dimension rather than simple confirmation of meeting minimum standards that offer the greatest benefit to stakeholders. “The best programmes can be made better and continuous improvement is a distinguishing feature of renowned institutions of higher education” she further added.

The objective of the workshop was to give information on the quality of training and of the Support Services offered to Makerere students, as a confidence building measure for reassuring stakeholders. This initiative helped showcase Makerere as alive to the need for continuous improvement.

To further introduce the media representatives to the mechanisms which the university is implementing to ensure quality training and services, they also heard from other members of Makerere University Administration such as the Director, Quality Assurance Directorate Dr. Sam Luboga and the Academic Registrar, Mr. Alfred Namoah-Masikye, who talked about the support services that are ensuring quality.

Periodic evaluation/appraisal of teaching staff by students; evaluation/observation of teaching staff by peers; and instruction of academia in knowledge delivery (pedagogical training) were some examples services aimed at promotion of quality shared with the media representatives. These mechanisms have so far been piloted in some faculties such as Veterinary Medicine, Science and Computing and Informatics Technology to improve teaching applicability so as to upscale implementation.

Many challenges have been faced in piloting of the mechanisms especially with the enormity of the data collected. However, with the use of the Lactro Dara Machine, ease of reading of information captured from the evaluation of teaching staff by the students has been achieved.

With Quality Assurance in place, it is without a doubt that the university’s most important stakeholders – the students, will achieve quality education and ultimately experience effective and efficient services.

Downloads from the Workshop 

Opening remarks by the Vice-Chancellor  

Presentation by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic Affairs) on Quality Assurance 

Strategies put in place to ensure improved Management of Academic Processes 

Presentation on Evaluation of Teaching 

Sample assessment form used by students during Evaluation of Teaching 

How to access Students' results online

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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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Notice: Makerere Disability Scheme 2022/23 Medical Review Exercise

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One of the PWD graduands at the 69th Graduation during the Session held on 17th January 2019.

The Academic Registrar, Makerere University invites persons with disability who applied for admission to public universities under the disability entry scheme for 2022/2023 Academic Year to appear for medical/review exercise at Makerere Unive, Senate Building, Level Two (2) in the Telepresence Centre.

NOTE: Only those who have the minimum entry requirements of at least two principal passes at A’ Level or its equivalent and at least five (5) passes at O’ Level or its equivalent will be interviewed.

 Only candidates who sat ‘a’ level in 2020, 2019 and 2018 are eligible for admission.

THE EXERCISE WILL BE CONDUCTED ON 3rd, 4th and 5th October, 2022 respectively from 9.00 A.M – 1.00 P.M each day.

IMPORTANT:

(i) If you fail to appear on any of the given days above, there will be no other chance for you.

(ii) Applicants with Government Scholarship for the previous years are not eligible for admission

ALFRED MASIKYE NAMOAH

Acting. ACADEMIC REGISTRAR

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