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July 2010

30th July 2010: Google launch of the Google Interface into local languages

Translator Google interface was translated into Runyakitara and Luo languages by CIT as part of its public-private sector contribution. Runyakitara is a family of the Bantu language that standardizes four linguistically closely related languages of western Uganda which are Rutooro, Rukiiga, Runyankole and Runyoro.

29th – 30th July 2010: VC and Management visit to Kibale Field Station

The Makerere University Biological Field Station (MUBFS) is located in the tranquil Kibale Forest at the peripherals of Kibale National Park (KNP). Established in 1970 as Kibale Forest Project-KFP by Dr. Thomas Struhsaker, a renown primatologist and scholar from Duke University, USA, the project was handed over to Makerere University for its long-time survival by Dr. Struhsaker, shortly before his departure in 1987.
The high-quality research being conducted at this world renown field station is being conducted by local and international scholars and includes:

  • Ecological & Behavioral Studies of Various Animal Species in KNP.
  • Studies of Forest Regeneration in Logged & Formerly Encroached Areas.
  • Long-term Ecological Monitoring of Kibale National Park Eco-Systems.
  • Socio-Economic & Ecological Studies Including Crop Raiding By Park Wildlife.

27th July 2010: Signing MOU between the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University South Africa (NMMU) and Mak

The MOU is aimed at making it possible exchange 2 students on continuing basis for each academic year.

27th July 2010: Launch of the Africa Institute for Strategic Animal Resource Services and Development (AFRISA)

AFRISA is a Public-Private Academic Partnership Platform, where the two parties have come together through special agreements, to establish problem solving programs. The primary objective of AFRISA is to reposition and align animal sector education, research and services in the diverse Animal Resources Value chains to meet national, regional and International demands. This will be done alongside promoting holistic and superior Skills, Technology, and Innovation for Production, Employment, Health and Development.

27th July 2010: Public lecture by Dr. Thoraya Ahmed Obaid (UN Under-Secretary General)

The public lecture was on “Reproductive Health and Rights- Perspectives for further Development in Africa” Dr. Thoraya is also the Executive Director of UNFPA.

26th July 2010: ACBF Grant Signing Ceremony

The African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) signed a grant with the Economic Policy Research Centre (EPRC) aimed at supporting regional initiatives in the areas of specialized training, policy analysis, applied policy research, negotiation and policy advocacy.

15th July 2010: Handover of book donation from the Swedish Embassy

The Swedish Embassy handed over boxes of books to the Dept. of History, Faculty of Arts. These books were given to the department in 2009.

13th July, 2010: Signing MOU between Mak, University of Southern Carlifornia and IBM East Africa Limited (IBM)

This MOU is meant to establish a collaborative institute (Joint Institute for Mobile Innovations JIMI)

12th July 2010: Signing MOU between Makerere and Orange (U) Ltd.

This collaboration is in areas limited of but not limited to; ICT Application Development, Research and Development, Joint Community Outreach Projects and Knowledge Exchange. It will run for 3years.

9th July 2010: A farewell party for Top Management whose contracts ended this year

This took place at the Makerere Guest House gardens. Some of the top management members included the former Vice Chancellor Prof. Livingstone Luboobi.

8th July 2010: Meeting with Wellcome Trust UK

A delegation from Wellcome Trust, UK led by the Head, Sir. Mark Wallport paid a courtesy call on the VC. Discussions touched on offering Post-Doctoral training in form of academic fellowships to Makerere University staff so as to enhance their research skills, and strengthen health workers’ capacity in Africa, as well as partnering on virus research.

8th July 2010: Meeting with University of Sydney.

The Vice Chancellor met with a team from the University of Sydney and held talks on a partnership aimed at providing scholarships for postgraduate degree programmes in areas of Public Health, Medicine as well as other disciplines in the Australian University.

6th July 2010: Tripartite letter of Agreement for RUFORUM, Fac. of Agric and The National Crops Resources Research Institute

This is aimed at supporting research and training of one student (Dr. Okori). The amount involved is USD 10,000, a laptop and computer.

5th July 2010: 7th Vice Chancellors Media briefing

The 7th monthly media briefing featured the Institute of Statistics and Applied Economics and the Faculty of Technology. The Vice Chancellor made presentations on the successful restructuring and revision of academic programmes by all units by the 30th June 2010 deadline, Capital Investments: Public Private Partnerships (PPP) to develop Makerere land through the Build Operate Transfer (BOT) arrangement, and the issuance of transcripts from August to October 2010 for students meant to graduate in January 2011. He also made presentations on the repair of the road network within the University and halls of residence, redesign/beautification of the Main Gate by the Faculty of Technology & MTSIFA, minor repairs on halls of residence by the Estates and Works Department except for Lumumba hall, which was earmarked for the Renovate Operate Transfer (ROT) arrangement with the private sector, and the setting up of a Technical Committee to handle the issue of academic programmes’ revision at MUBS.

2nd July 2010: Signing MOU between Bergen University College Norway and Mak

The purpose of this MOU is academic and research collaboration. This was under the Dept. of Nursing, Medical School. It will run for 5years

2nd July 2010: Signing MOU between Hawassa University Ethiopia and Mak

The purpose of this MOU is to promote cooperation in teaching and research between the two universities. It will run for 5years

1st – 2nd July 2010: Qualilty Assuarance MURM workshop

Makerere University Management held this all day workshop at L. Victoria Hotel, Entebbe

 

July 2010

30th July 2010: Google launch of the Google Interface into local languages

Translator Google interface was translated into Runyakitara and Luo languages by CIT as part of its public-private sector contribution. Runyakitara is a family of the Bantu language that standardizes four linguistically closely related languages of western Uganda which are Rutooro, Rukiiga, Runyankole and Runyoro.

29th – 30th July 2010: VC and Management visit to Kibale Field Station

The Makerere University Biological Field Station (MUBFS) is located in the tranquil Kibale Forest at the peripherals of Kibale National Park (KNP). Established in 1970 as Kibale Forest Project-KFP by Dr. Thomas Struhsaker, a renown primatologist and scholar from Duke University, USA, the project was handed over to Makerere University for its long-time survival by Dr. Struhsaker, shortly before his departure in 1987.
The high-quality research being conducted at this world renown field station is being conducted by local and international scholars and includes:

  • Ecological & Behavioral Studies of Various Animal Species in KNP.
  • Studies of Forest Regeneration in Logged & Formerly Encroached Areas.
  • Long-term Ecological Monitoring of Kibale National Park Eco-Systems.
  • Socio-Economic & Ecological Studies Including Crop Raiding By Park Wildlife.

27th July 2010: Signing MOU between the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University South Africa (NMMU) and Mak

The MOU is aimed at making it possible exchange 2 students on continuing basis for each academic year.

27th July 2010: Launch of the Africa Institute for Strategic Animal Resource Services and Development (AFRISA)

AFRISA is a Public-Private Academic Partnership Platform, where the two parties have come together through special agreements, to establish problem solving programs. The primary objective of AFRISA is to reposition and align animal sector education, research and services in the diverse Animal Resources Value chains to meet national, regional and International demands. This will be done alongside promoting holistic and superior Skills, Technology, and Innovation for Production, Employment, Health and Development.

27th July 2010: Public lecture by Dr. Thoraya Ahmed Obaid (UN Under-Secretary General)

The public lecture was on “Reproductive Health and Rights- Perspectives for further Development in Africa” Dr. Thoraya is also the Executive Director of UNFPA.

26th July 2010: ACBF Grant Signing Ceremony

The African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) signed a grant with the Economic Policy Research Centre (EPRC) aimed at supporting regional initiatives in the areas of specialized training, policy analysis, applied policy research, negotiation and policy advocacy.

15th July 2010: Handover of book donation from the Swedish Embassy

The Swedish Embassy handed over boxes of books to the Dept. of History, Faculty of Arts. These books were given to the department in 2009.

13th July, 2010: Signing MOU between Mak, University of Southern Carlifornia and IBM East Africa Limited (IBM)

This MOU is meant to establish a collaborative institute (Joint Institute for Mobile Innovations JIMI)

12th July 2010: Signing MOU between Makerere and Orange (U) Ltd.

This collaboration is in areas limited of but not limited to; ICT Application Development, Research and Development, Joint Community Outreach Projects and Knowledge Exchange. It will run for 3years.

9th July 2010: A farewell party for Top Management whose contracts ended this year

This took place at the Makerere Guest House gardens. Some of the top management members included the former Vice Chancellor Prof. Livingstone Luboobi.

8th July 2010: Meeting with Wellcome Trust UK

A delegation from Wellcome Trust, UK led by the Head, Sir. Mark Wallport paid a courtesy call on the VC. Discussions touched on offering Post-Doctoral training in form of academic fellowships to Makerere University staff so as to enhance their research skills, and strengthen health workers’ capacity in Africa, as well as partnering on virus research.

8th July 2010: Meeting with University of Sydney.

The Vice Chancellor met with a team from the University of Sydney and held talks on a partnership aimed at providing scholarships for postgraduate degree programmes in areas of Public Health, Medicine as well as other disciplines in the Australian University.

6th July 2010: Tripartite letter of Agreement for RUFORUM, Fac. of Agric and The National Crops Resources Research Institute

This is aimed at supporting research and training of one student (Dr. Okori). The amount involved is USD 10,000, a laptop and computer.

5th July 2010: 7th Vice Chancellors Media briefing

The 7th monthly media briefing featured the Institute of Statistics and Applied Economics and the Faculty of Technology. The Vice Chancellor made presentations on the successful restructuring and revision of academic programmes by all units by the 30th June 2010 deadline, Capital Investments: Public Private Partnerships (PPP) to develop Makerere land through the Build Operate Transfer (BOT) arrangement, and the issuance of transcripts from August to October 2010 for students meant to graduate in January 2011. He also made presentations on the repair of the road network within the University and halls of residence, redesign/beautification of the Main Gate by the Faculty of Technology & MTSIFA, minor repairs on halls of residence by the Estates and Works Department except for Lumumba hall, which was earmarked for the Renovate Operate Transfer (ROT) arrangement with the private sector, and the setting up of a Technical Committee to handle the issue of academic programmes’ revision at MUBS.

2nd July 2010: Signing MOU between Bergen University College Norway and Mak

The purpose of this MOU is academic and research collaboration. This was under the Dept. of Nursing, Medical School. It will run for 5years

2nd July 2010: Signing MOU between Hawassa University Ethiopia and Mak

The purpose of this MOU is to promote cooperation in teaching and research between the two universities. It will run for 5years

1st – 2nd July 2010: Qualilty Assuarance MURM workshop

Makerere University Management held this all day workshop at L. Victoria Hotel, Entebbe

 

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UNMA Advisory on Agriculture and Food Security Jun-Aug 2021

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A male researcher inspects a maize cob in a demonstration plot on 13th August 2010 at the Makerere University Agricultural Research Institute Kabanyolo (MUARIK), Wakiso Uganda.

The Uganda National Meteorological Authority (UNMA) on 7th June 2021 released the seasonal rainfall outlook for the June-July-August (JJA) 2021 period. Contained in the outlook were advisories to various strategic sectors of the economy.

Particularly, the advisory to the Agriculture and Food Security sector was;

  • JJA season is often part of the normal dry season in the areas of South-western, western, parts of the eastern, and central Uganda. The farming communities in these areas are therefore advised to be vigilant during post-harvest handling by considering proper drying of the harvest on clean surfaces, use of tarpaulins and drying on racks;
  • Preparation of good storage facilities of produce to avoid compromising on quality and safety;
  • Channeling of the run-off water into the gardens in order to maximize on the soil moisture conservation;
  • For those areas where near normal to above normal rainfall is expected (most parts of northern and eastern Uganda), farmers are encouraged to continue with regular weeding, pest and disease surveillance and control;
  • Due to the expected enhanced rainfall in those areas, water logging and proliferation of fungal and bacterial crop diseases are likely to occur.
  • Open drainage channels around household and gardens to reduce risks from stagnant water causing damage to root tuber crops;
  • Flash floods and waterlogging are highly anticipated to occur in low lying areas expected to receive enhanced rainfall such as Katakwi and Kapelebyong. Therefore, communities are encouraged to keep watch over their crops, animals and property;
  • In Karamoja sub-region, where wetter conditions are expected, the pastoral communities are advised to diversify into boosting the production of cereals (sorghum, millet, and maize), beans, and ground nuts and sustain pasture availability for livestock.

Please see Downloads for the detailed outlook.

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4th Call For Applications: MURBS Departmental Ambassadors

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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.

Eligibility

  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]murbs.mak.ac.ug and copy to wilber.naigambi[at]mak.ac.ug 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.

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Chair Council Communication on Closure of Makerere University

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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

RE: CLOSURE OF 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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