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The dawn of a new era of Pharmacy training at Makerere 

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Magnificently perched on Cassia Hill Road, Makerere University, it catches your eye instantly with its 21st century modern architectural look.

Magnificently perched on Cassia Hill Road, Makerere University, it catches your eye instantly with its 21st century modern architectural look.

The Magnificent Pharmacy Building, Makerere UniversityHer Excellency the Ambassador of the Royal Danish Embassy Nathalia Feinberg on Tuesday 23rd November 2010 handed over this new Pharmacy Building to Makerere University. This additional infrastructure will enable Makerere increase the number of pharmacy graduates to 320, a dream come true for the department that has only been able to house 10 students annually.

This state of the art structure is also living evidence of the strong relationship between the Government of Uganda and the Government of Denmark and the great support the Government of Denmark has shared with the Uganda and Makerere University, contributing to the development in the Health Education Sector of this country.
Dr. Isaac Okullo-Dean, School of Health Sciences(L) conducts Mrs. Oteba Neville (2nd L) and Amb Nathalia Feinberg on a tour of the building
In 2005, the Government of Uganda obtained funding from DANIDA – Government of Denmark, under the funding framework of the Ministry of Health and the Government of Uganda Health Sector Programme Support Phase III. Part of the support, valued at DKK 15million (approx. 2.8million USD) was earmarked to support the Pharmaceutical Human Resource Management for the Health Sector. It is this support that has brought the Pharmacy building to life, as a foundation for improvement of the capacity to train pharmacists and pharmacy technicians in the country.

Prof. Richard Adome Odoi, Department of PharmacyAfter a worthwhile tour of the breathtaking building, the founder and father of the Pharmacy Department, Head Prof. Richard Adome Odoi highlighted that this was a great accomplishment of what started as far back as 1988.
“Makerere University started the Pharmacy Department in 1988 after realizing that the Health cadres in pharmacy were very deficient in the country,” said Prof. Odoi.

In this country, there are currently 390 registered pharmacists and the ratio to population is 1: 82000. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends a ratio of 1:2000. Prof. Odoi, in his remarks confidently highlighted that this building will go a long way in training more pharmacists so as to bring the current ratio closer to WHO standards.
Prof. Nelson Sewankambo, Principal College of Health Sciences
Prof. Nelson Sewankambo, the Principal, College of Health Sciences noted with enthusiasm that this was a stepping stone for the department of Pharmacy to grow into a school of its own. He further challenged the department to not only work closely with other academic programmes but also to extend its collaboration to the lower cadres of training so as to reach the farthest places of this country.

Representing the Vice Chancellor, the Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic Affairs Prof. Lillian Tibatemwa-Ekirikubinza not only thanked the Danish Ambassador for the Danish Government’s generous support. She assured Her Excellency that the infrastructure would boost the Department of Pharmacy further in increasing the Prof. Lillian Tibatemwa-Ekirikubinza makes her remarks at the handoversupply of pharmaceutical Human Resource so as to support other universities such as Mbarara University and Kampala International University in Bushenyi, which have set up pharmacy departments, and Gulu University which is yet to set up a pharmacy department.

What is important and significant to note is that the pharmaceutical sector takes up over 45% of the Health Budget annually in Uganda. It is therefore not surprising at all that the Government of Uganda pays significant attention to these health cadres who are necessary to effectively manage the pharmaceutical sector.

Mrs. Oteba Neville, Ministry of Health representativeRepresenting the Minister of Health, Mrs. Oteba Neville confessed that Uganda faces a very low supply of the Human Resource in this sector. “With the establishment of this building, it is my hope that there will be an increase in the number of pharmacists trained in the country, which will play a significant role in increasing the established positions in government pharmaceutical health units by the Government of Uganda.” Mrs. Oteba said.

In a calm and sophisticated manner, the Danish Ambassador Nathalia Feinberg remarked that in as much as Uganda has made a great progress towards fulfilling most of the Millennium Development goals, there is still a challenge in maternal and infant mortality rates and many others.

H.E. Amb Nathalia Feinberg makes her remarks at the handover“Human resource development has been one of the core components of Denmark’s support to the health sector in Uganda for over two decades with the hope that this will go a long way in fulfilling the millennium development goals and the health sector,” highlighted the Ambassador H.E. Feinberg further noted that as long as there was a lack of pharmacists and technicians, the health sector goal of ensuring the availability of adequate essential medicines and health supplies required for delivery of national minimum health care package would not be met.

The Ambassador concluded by confessing that the Danish Government has been working hard to ensure that there are quality and affordable medicines in the Ugandan health sector. This has been done through strengthening the Uganda National Medical Stores’ capacity to procure, store and distribute medicines, alongside initiatives like the construction of the Pharmacy building, to ensure that there is more appropriate manpower to support these efforts.

MDD students entertain guests at the function“I hope we are going to see more pharmacists being trained now that this structure is in place.” Ambassador Feinberg remarked.

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Ambassador Nathalia Feinberg's speech MS Word Version, PDF Version, Postscript Version

Minister of Health Remarks at Handover Ceremony MS Word Version, PDF Version, Postscript Version

VC Remarks at Handover ceremony MS Word Version, PDF Version, Postscript Version

 

 

 

mwamai@admin.mak.ac.ug, Public Relations Office

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Aptitude Test Exam Results for the Mature Age Entry Scheme 2023/2024

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The Office of Academic Registrar, Makerere University has released Aptitude Test Examination results for the Mature Age Entry Scheme Examinations held on Saturday 17th December, 2022.

The Candidates who scored 50% and above in the aptitude test passed the aptitude examination and will have their programme -specific examination paper marked. Those who scored less than 50% failed.

Access the links below for the lists categorised under Science-based and Humanities based programmes respectively:

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Mak Participates in New Vision Education Expo 2023

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Ms Joyce Muhanguzi, Senior Assistant Registrar in the Department of the Academic Registrar (L) interacts with visitors during the New Vision Education Expo 2023.

Makerere University is participating in the New Vision Education Expo 2023 to strengthen its niche as the leading provider of education services.

The three-day New Vision Expo (Friday 27th January 2023 to Sunday 29th January 2023) at the Uganda Institute of Information and Communications Technology (UICT) Nakawa brings on board players in the education and business fields to forge partnerships to improve the quality and outcomes of education in Uganda.

Makerere University seeks to maximally utilize the three days to ensure that the participants at the Education Expo gain a deeper understanding of its 100 year journey of providing excellent services to humanity through academic programmes, services offered and ongoing efforts aimed at producing employable graduates as well as entrepreneurs.

Ms Joyce Muhanguzi, has a one-on-one session with visitors to the Makerere University exhibition space.
Ms Joyce Muhanguzi, has a one-on-one session with visitors to the Makerere University exhibition space.

The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe highlights that Makerere University values stakeholder engagements and partnerships.  “The New Vision Expo 2023 presents Makerere University with an opportunity to enhance stakeholder engagements. It is about consolidating the relationships with schools, prospective students and parents, and partners in the education sector. I applaud the CEO of Vision Group-Mr. Don Wanyama for coming up with the Education Expo.”

To respond to the information needs of stakeholders, Makerere University has lined up a team of experienced staff from the Department of the Academic Registrar, the Admissions Office, Public Relations Office, Career Guidance experts as well as the Institute of Open Distance and e-Learning (IODeL) under the College of Education and External Studies (CEES).

According to the Principal PRO of Makerere University Ms. Ritah Namisango, the Education Expo provides a platform to reach out to the clients that Makerere University exists to serve. “You must be in touch with your prospective parents, students as well as schools and partners that continue to recommend you as the leading university in the region. Makerere University has celebrated 100 years of excellent service to humanity (1922-2022). So, as we continue to promote the academic programmes, innovations and services that we offer, we are ready to listen, interact and learn from respective stakeholders about what they expect from the University as we embark on the next 100 years.”

Ms. Ritah Namisango (L) and Ms. Joyce Muhanguzi interact with members of the public.
Ms. Ritah Namisango (L) and Ms. Joyce Muhanguzi interact with members of the public.

The New Vision Expo 2023 is happening at an opportune (holiday) time, which accords the students, parents and guardians quality time to visit the exhibition and interact with experts in the education sector.

In addition, Makerere University has recently advertised its academic programmes and it is preparing to receive students for the Academic year 2023/2024. Sharing her experience about the interaction with participants who visited the Makerere University exhibition space, Ms Joyce Muhanguzi, Senior Assistant Registrar in the Department of the Academic Registrar noted that most of the prospective students and parents wanted to know about the academic programmes, the subject combinations that students should study to qualify to apply for the respective academic programmes, and the available admission avenues i.e. government sponsorship, private sponsorship, diploma entry, direct entry, national merit, talented sports entry and district quota programme).

Mr. Dennis Kibuuka (L) has a one-on-one session with a visitor to the Makerere University exhibition space.
Mr. Dennis Kibuuka (L) has a one-on-one session with a visitor to the Makerere University exhibition space.

Ms Joyce Muhanguzi and Mr. Dennis Kibuuka’s interaction focused on students who expressed their desire to join Makerere University in the coming years, and needed a case by case approach to their information needs, career guidance and linkages to Professors and Administrative staff in the respective Colleges at Makerere University.

The prospective students and parents also disclosed that in addition to the information on the Makerere University website, they welcome interactive and friendly approaches such as the New Vision Education Expo where they are presented with a golden opportunity to interact with Makerere University officials face-to-face.

At the New Vision Education Expo 2023, Makerere University joins other exhibitors that include; Government agencies, NGOs, Telecom companies, Banks, Insurance companies, Kindergartens/Daycare Centres, Primary and Secondary schools, Ugandan and Kenyan Universities, International schools, Study Abroad Agencies, Vocational institutions, Scholastic materials suppliers and SME service providers.

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73rd Graduation Highlights

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The Chancellor, Prof. Ezra Suruma (R) confers the Doctor of Philosophy upon Dr. John Kalule from CEES (L) during the Second Session of the 72nd Graduation Ceremony of Makerere University held on 24th May 2022 in the Freedom Square.

The 73rd Graduation Ceremony of Makerere University will be held from Monday 13th to Friday 17th February 2023 following the schedule below:

Monday, 13th February, 2023
College of Health Sciences (CHS)
College of Natural Sciences (CoNAS)
School of Law (SoL)

Tuesday, 14th February, 2023
College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES)
College of Education and External Studies (CEES)

Wednesday, 15th February, 2023
College of Business and Management Sciences (CoBAMS)
College of Computing and Information Sciences (CoCIS)
College of Veterinary Medicine, Animal Resources and Bio-security (CoVAB)

Thursday, 16th February, 2023
Makerere University Business School (MUBS)

Friday, 17th February, 2023
College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology (CEDAT)
College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHUSS)

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