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Forestry Launches the BIOTA East Africa Atlas



The BIOTA (Biodiversity Monitoring Transect Analysis) project is a collaboration between the Governments of Uganda and Kenya, with funding from the Germany Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

The BIOTA (Biodiversity Monitoring Transect Analysis) project is a collaboration between the Governments of Uganda and Kenya, with funding from the Germany Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

The project launched the East Africa Atlas on Monday 30th August 2010, at a ceremony hosted at the University Guest House. The launch at Makerere follows a similar event held at the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) headquarters in Nairobi on 24th August 2010.

The Dean, Faculty of Forestry and Nature Conservation-FFNC Dr. Gorettie Nabanoga commended Prof. Gerald Eilu for his contribution towards the compilation of the Atlas. She also thanked the local authorities such as the Uganda Wildlife Authority for supporting the BIOTA project for the last 6 years.
“We would also like to thank the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) for the support, which has funded the project” she added.

In her remarks Prof. Getrude Schaab praised the great work done by the project in documenting plant species in the rain forests of Mabira and Budongo. She appreciated that the Atlas is indeed a tangible product of the research relationship established between Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences and Makerere University under the BIOTA East Africa Project.
“The local communities need information in order to preserve the environment, particularly the forests.” “This Atlas is for educational purposes and enhancement of research in the university” she added before declaring the Atlas launched.

In his address, the Vice-Chancellor Prof. Venansius Baryamureeba once again thanked the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) for providing funding for the atlas, encouraging them to contribute even more in the future. Taking note of the number of atlases to be distributed, "I am informed that over 170 copies of the atlas will be distributed by the Faculty of Forestry and Nature Conservation to various partners," he hoped that the target audience in education, policy and research fields will use the atlas to learn, inform policy and conserve our forests. 

Mr. Paul Buyerah,­ Director Corporate Affairs, National Forest Authority (NFA) thanked FFNC, Makerere and the BIOTA Project for joining hands with the NFA to conserve the environment through initiatives like Mabira and Budongo forests’ plant species mapping. He recognized the need to sensitize not only the communities surrounding the forests but also the population in Kampala, as they are the largest consumers of forest products.

Prof.Schaab (2nd L) makes remarks during the launch flanked by Dr Nabanoga(L), Prof. Baryamureeba(2nd R) & Mr. Buyerah(R)


The Vice-Chancellor's Speech: BIOTA East Africa Atlas Launch

Article by Jafar Ssesanga


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4th Call For Applications: MURBS Departmental Ambassadors



URBRA’s Mrs. Ritah Nansasi Wasswa (2nd L) assisted by Ag. University Secretary-Mr. Yusuf Kiranda (L) hands over a plaque of recognition to Outgoing Trustee-Ms. Dorothy Nannozi Kabanda (2nd R) as Incoming Trustee-Ms. Franco Angida Mugyema (R) applauds during the MURBS Board Handover on 26th March 2021.

In February 2018, the Makerere University Retirement Benefits Scheme (MURBS) launched the Departmental Ambassadors Programme. MURBS hopes to use this Ambassadors Programme to engage more directly with its membership and enhance member education. MURBS further perceives this Programme as a means to mitigate succession planning risks.

MURBS Fund Value continues to grow, and as at 31st March 2021, it stood at Ushs 235.5bn as compared to Ushs 209.6bn as at 30th June 2020. Given this growth, there is increased need for prospective Trustees, who are well equipped with relevant knowledge and skills, and with practical exposure to the management and governance of MURBS.


  1. Must be employed by the University on permanent terms
  2. Must be an Active Member of the Scheme (currently contributing to the Scheme) and appear on the Official Register of the MURBS Active Membership as at 30th April 2021.
  3. Must be willing to commit time to trainings and other ambassadorial activities organised by the Scheme.

Mode of training for 4th Cohort of Ambassadors

Training for this (4th) Cohort of Ambassadors is envisaged to be conducted over the zoom online platform only, due to Covid-19 restrictions. The Scheme does not envisage any face-to-face interactions.

Tenure of Office & Termination or Withdrawal

There is no tenure of office for the Departmental Ambassador. As long as a member is willing to continue serving as an Ambassador, and the Ambassador continues to satisfy the eligibility criteria above, she or he will remain a MURBS Ambassador.

How to Apply

Interested members should complete the MURBS Departmental Ambassador Application Form 01-0218. The completed Form together with the requested attachments should be sent to info[at] and copy to wilber.naigambi[at] no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, 14th June 2021. We discourage hand delivery of applications.

Confirmation/Approval Process

MURBS shall acknowledge receipt of each application received within 12 hours and will respond to the applicants to confirm the status of their application in writing (by e-mail). Upon approval of the application, the name of the approved Ambassador together with the Department and School/Unit will be updated on the list of the MURBS Departmental Ambassadors in the Group 4 category and published on the MURBS website.

NOTE: There is no limit as to the number of ambassadors that MURBS can have in a department.

Please see Downloads for the detailed call and application form.

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Chair Council Communication on Closure of Makerere University



An older photo of the Main Building, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda as seen from across the Freedom Square. Date taken: 22nd October 2012.

7th June 2021

All Members of Staff
All Students and Stakeholders
Makerere University


Following the address to the Nation by H.E. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, President of Uganda, on 6th June 2021, this is to inform you that the University will be closed with effect from today 7th June 2021 for 42days.

During the closure, the University shall observe a 30% physical presence of staff while other faculty and administrative staff shall continue to work online.

Management will inform staff and students on the implementation of teaching, learning, and research activities online. Construction activities shall continue as per the President’s directives and with strict adherence to the COVID-19 SOPs.

Yours sincerely,

Lorna Magara (Mrs.)
Chairperson, Makerere University Council

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RUFORUM: Transforming Higher Education Videos and Links



Delegates brainstorm during the 15th RUFORUM AGM held at the University of Cape Coast (UCC) in Ghana from 2-6 December, 2019. Photo credit: RUFORUM

Video Series developed by Julieta Mazzola, EARTH University.


  1. What is Community Engagement?  Video 1 of 3.
  2. Different Forms of University Engagement with the Community. Video 2 of 3.
  3. Student learning through Community Engagement. Video 3 of 3.

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