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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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Uganda’s policymakers implored to address forest loss, plastic & water pollution

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Left to Right: Prof. Gunnar Köhlin, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, Amb. Maria Håkansson, Commissioner Julius Mafumbo and Prof. Edward Bbaale posing for a group photo before the opening ceremony on 22nd September 2022: Photo by EfD-Mak Centre.

The Vice Chancellor Professor Barnabas Nawangwe on Thursday 22nd September, 2022 participated in the opening of the EfD Annual meeting hosted by Makerere University at Speke Resort Munyonyo where he appealed to government to implement the ban on kaveera and address other environmental issues.

The opening ceremony moderated by the EfD Global Hub Manager Gunnar Köhlin and was graced by Uganda’s Minister for Water and Environment represented by the Commissioner for Water, Mr. Julius Mafumbo and the Swedish Ambassador to Uganda, H.E. Maria Håkansson.

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Prof. Nawangwe urges Makerere University community to support the Mastercard Foundation E-learning Initiative

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By Bernard Buteera

Makerere University has launched a two million dollar E-learning Project, dubbed The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program E-learning initiative.  

The launch was held on Tuesday 20th September 2022 at Makerere University, Yusuf Lule Central Teaching Facility Auditorium. It attracted over 200 participants, who included members of University Management, College Principals, School Deans, Academic and Administrative staff, students and the general university community.

While addressing the gathering, the Chief Guest, Prof. Mary Okwakol, the Executive Director of National Council for Higher Education (NCHE), congratulated Makerere University for winning such a huge grant, which will go a long way in transforming the eLearning infrastructure at Makerere University.

“I am happy to be joining you in launching a project that is at the heart of National Council for Higher Education. Online learning is at the heart of the Council, not only because of the challenges presented by the Covid-19 pandemic, but also the world is now a digital world.” Prof. Okwakol remarked.

Prof. Okwakol thanked Mastercard Foundation and other development partners who have continued to support initiatives that help transform higher institutions of learning in Uganda.

“I sincerely thank the Mastercard Foundation and other partners who have continued to support higher education in Uganda, especially in the area of research and online learning. Globally, the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, greatly disrupted education systems forcing learners and some schools to shift to virtual learning to curb the spread of the pandemic.” Prof. Okwakol pointed out.

On his part, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe urged the university community, especially the academic staff to take advantage of the Mastercard Foundation E-learning initiative to develop e-content across all Colleges of the University, to enhance capacity for eLearning at Makerere University.

[L -R] Chairperson of the Steering Committee of the E-learning Initiative, Prof. Umar Kakumba, Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, Prof. Mary Okwakol, the Executive Director of National Council for Higher Education (NCHE), Prof. Paul Birevu Muyinda, the Coordinator of the Mastercard Foundation E-learning Initiative and Prof. Justine Namaalwa, the Program Coordinator for Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program.

”I appeal to the Colleges to embrace this project and have as many courses adopt this pedagogy development system, even though students will continue with face-to face and phyisical learning, they should be allowed the option of online learning. The platforms that are going to be built, will give our students an opportunity to interact with international students, scholars, teachers and with each other.” Prof. Nawangwe applealed.

The Vice Chancellor, further called upon all other development partners to emulate Mastercard Foundation in supporting Makerere University and other universities on the entire African continent in strengthening digital literacy, so that Africa is not left behind.

”In 2018 I attended a conference on E-learning in Beijing China, where a critical question was asked; Will Africa be left behind again? This was in reference to many advancements that were taking place in the western world, in which Africa had been left behind.” The Vice Chancellor reminded the audience.

Prof. Nawangwe further emphaised the importance of e-learning as one of the critical modes of teaching and learning in the 21st first century.   

”Ladies and Gentlemen, I cannot over emphasise the importance we attach to e-learning the 21st Century, that is why we took a decision to elevate the Department of Open and Distance Learning into an Institute of Open and Distance E-learning with an intention of having e-learning extended to other Colleges of the university.” Prof. Nawangwe pointed out.

The Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic Affairs, and Chairperson of the Steering Committee of the E-learning Initiative, Prof. Umar Kakumba, rallied the University community to support the implementation of the project in the University.

“The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program E-learning initiative could not have come in at a better time than post COVID19 era. A pandemic, which exposed our systems and methods of teaching and learning. You all recall, when were hit by the pandemic, with lockdowns and closures of institutions of learning, we all went into a panicky mode on how were going to cope with online learning. I therefore call upon every member of the university to give this project the support it deserves.

Prof. Kakumba reminded the audience the importance and relevancy of online learning at Makerere University and other universities in Uganda.

“The online method of learning is best suited for everyone. This digital revolution has led to remarkable changes in how the content is accessed, consumed, discussed, and shared. Office goers and stay home mothers can take up online educational courses too, at the time that suits them. Depending on their availability and comfort, many people choose to learn at weekends or evenings.” Prof. Kakumba remarked.

Prof. Paul Birevu Muyinda, the Coordinator of the Mastercard Foundation E-learning Initiative, informed the audience the importance of the project and the expected outcomes for the University.

One of the Champions of e-learning trained by Arizona State University, Prof. Paul Birevu Muyinda receiving a certificate from Chief Guest.

“The Mastercard Foundation e- Learning Initiative is a Project funded by Mastercard Foundation aimed at addressing the negative impact of COVID-19 pandemic that constrained access and continuity of teaching, learning, research and community engagement activities at Makerere University” Prof. Muyinda pointed out.

Prof. Muyinda further thanked the team that he worked with in putting up the proposal in a very short time that yielded such an important grant for the University.

“I thank the team that spent sleepless nights putting together the proposal that resulted into this project. I must report that Makerere University is privileged to be having the most highly qualified persons in online instruction design and online pedagogy at the IODeL and beyond. It is now up to Makerere University in particular and the Country in general to make use of these persons to transform the terrain of online, blended distance and e-learning education.” Prof. Muyinda remarked.

Prof. Justine Namaalwa, the Program Coordinator for Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at Makerere University, informed the audience, that the E-learning initiative was one of the many partnerships between Mastercard Foundation and Makerere University geared at supporting the young people to succeed on the African continent.

Members of University Management, staff and students present.

“The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program continues to recognize that in order to enable young people across Africa to succeed, there is need to; Address systemic barriers in Higher education, Strengthen the capacity of Institutions that serve the Young People, and Support innovative solutions across critical sectors.” Prof. Namaalwa remarked.

The colourful launch ended with a panel discussion in which panelists digested the importance and opportunities for open distance and eLearning in higher institutions of learning.

Bernard Buteera is the Communications Officer of the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at Makerere University.

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Supplementary Admissions to Bachelor of Laws Under Private Sponsorship 2022/23

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The Academic Registrar, Makerere University, informs applicants wishing to be admitted to Bachelor of Laws Private for 2022/2023 Academic year but failed to submit their application online to submit their applications from Friday 23rd to Friday 30th September, 2022 at a non-refundable fee of 50,000/= (Fifty thousand shillings only).

The applicants MUST have passed the Pre-entry Examinations for Bachelor of Laws.

Diploma/Degree holders should submit certified copies of their academic transcript to Room
315 Level 3, Senate Building.

Applicants who have already been admitted need not apply.

For any additional information, contact Undergraduate Admissions Offices 301/303 for A’Level Applicants and Office 315 for Diploma/Degree holders.

ALFRED MASIKYE NAMOAH
AG. ACADEMIC REGISTRAR
Date: 22nd September, 2022

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