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Office of the Director Internal Audit

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Internal Audit authority and mandate is derived from Makerere University Council. Its functions, activities and operations are defined in an audit charter. The University Council by policy establishes and supports Internal Audit as an independent appraisal function to examine and evaluate University activities/operations as a service to management and Council of Makerere University.

Audit reporting

The Director Internal Audit reports functionally to the Audit Committee of Council and administratively to the Vice-Chancellor.

Profile

Mr. Charles Barugahare holds a masters degree from Eastern and Southern Africa Management Institute (ESAMI), Fellow Chartered Certified Accountant (FCCA) and Bachelors Degree from Makerere University. He has auditing and accounting experience as Chief Internal Auditor, Senior Auditor, internal Auditor and Accountant /Administrator.

The Directorate

Staffing of the Directorate can be broken down into four main categories as;

1. AUDIT MANAGERS
Roles: Responsible for assisting in setting Audit plans and strategies, Risks and controls, Audit execution, Audit reporting and Follow ups.

2. SENIOR INTERNAL AUDITORS
Roles: To provide technical support and carry out routine internal Audit management supervision, review of technical aspects and monitoring of day today progress of internal Audit activities.

3. INTERNAL AUDITORS
Roles:To conduct Internal Audit engagements in accordance with laid down regulations and guidelines. Audit engagements covering testing of controls, reviewing risk exposures, evaluation of changes in systems and controls, development of working papers and report writing.

4. AUDIT ASSISTANTS
Role: To support Audit exercises and reviews

The Internal Audit function

Internal auditing is an objective assurance and consulting activity designed to add value and improve university systems, processes and controls. It is independent of any management functions or Officers and has access through the Audit Committee to the Chairperson of the University Council if required.
Vision: To be a leader in the provision of objective assurance and consulting services designed to add value and improve operations to assure the efficiency and success of Makerere University.
Mission: To add value to overall organisational performance by providing quality auditing services that result in reduced costs, gains in operational efficiencies and strengthened internal controls.

Objectives

  1. Review and assess the functioning of systems, processes and controls.
  2. Identify, assess and evaluate risks affecting achieving University objectives.
  3. Appraise the economy and efficiency with which resources are allocated and utilised
  4. Review compliance with applicable policies, plans, procedures, laws and regulations.
  5. Coordinate with External Auditors in the areas above.
  6. To recruit, develop and retain well qualified experienced and motivated audit staff.

The extent and frequency of audits depends upon varying circumstances such as results of previous audits, relative risks associated with activities, requests from Management and Council and resources availability.

Access to information

  • Access at all reasonable times to all books, documents, accounts, property, vouchers, records, correspondence and other data of Makerere University necessary for the proper performance of the Internal Audit function; and
  • The right at reasonable times to enter any premises of the University and to request any officer to furnish all information and such explanations deemed necessary to form an opinion on functioning of systems, controls and procedures.
  • It is incumbent upon all university staff to provide all information and explanations that may be required.

Critical elements for a successful audit function

  1. Auditing personnel must have an in depth knowledge of standard practices in the areas under review.
  2. Auditing personnel must have access to all necessary data to form conclusions about the area under review.
  3. Auditing personnel must be aware of explicit guidelines in the area under review as well as the specific communications to those being audited.
  4. Personnel being audited must be provided a detailed review of the conclusions of any audit and be given an opportunity to appeal any disagreements to a party other than that conducting the audit.
  5. Institutional personnel must have faith in the integrity of the audit and of the officials directing the audit.

Current and future audit priorities

  1. Recruit, develop, and retain well qualified and experienced audit staff
  2. Develop an exit strategy to phase out of pre-auditing
  3. Conduct risk assessment to identify and then prioritize areas for audit emphasis.
  4. Acquire audit software to support review of systems and processes

Contact information

More information from the Directorate of Internal Audit can be obtained from the;

Director Internal Audit: Mr. Charles Barugahare
Makerere University- Main Building, Top floor
P.O Box 7062, Kampala, Uganda
Tel: +256 414 532475
Email: audit[at]ia.mak.ac.ug or cbarugahare[at]ia.mak.ac.ug

 

Internal Audit authority and mandate is derived from Makerere University Council. Its functions, activities and operations are defined in an audit charter. The University Council by policy establishes and supports Internal Audit as an independent appraisal function to examine and evaluate University activities/operations as a service to management and Council of Makerere University.

Audit reporting

The Director Internal Audit reports functionally to the Audit Committee of Council and administratively to the Vice-Chancellor.

Profile

Mr. Charles Barugahare holds a masters degree from Eastern and Southern Africa Management Institute (ESAMI), Fellow Chartered Certified Accountant (FCCA) and Bachelors Degree from Makerere University. He has auditing and accounting experience as Chief Internal Auditor, Senior Auditor, internal Auditor and Accountant /Administrator.

The Directorate

Staffing of the Directorate can be broken down into four main categories as;

1. AUDIT MANAGERS
Roles: Responsible for assisting in setting Audit plans and strategies, Risks and controls, Audit execution, Audit reporting and Follow ups.

2. SENIOR INTERNAL AUDITORS
Roles: To provide technical support and carry out routine internal Audit management supervision, review of technical aspects and monitoring of day today progress of internal Audit activities.

3. INTERNAL AUDITORS
Roles:To conduct Internal Audit engagements in accordance with laid down regulations and guidelines. Audit engagements covering testing of controls, reviewing risk exposures, evaluation of changes in systems and controls, development of working papers and report writing.

4. AUDIT ASSISTANTS
Role: To support Audit exercises and reviews

The Internal Audit function

Internal auditing is an objective assurance and consulting activity designed to add value and improve university systems, processes and controls. It is independent of any management functions or Officers and has access through the Audit Committee to the Chairperson of the University Council if required.
Vision: To be a leader in the provision of objective assurance and consulting services designed to add value and improve operations to assure the efficiency and success of Makerere University.
Mission: To add value to overall organisational performance by providing quality auditing services that result in reduced costs, gains in operational efficiencies and strengthened internal controls.

Objectives

  1. Review and assess the functioning of systems, processes and controls.
  2. Identify, assess and evaluate risks affecting achieving University objectives.
  3. Appraise the economy and efficiency with which resources are allocated and utilised
  4. Review compliance with applicable policies, plans, procedures, laws and regulations.
  5. Coordinate with External Auditors in the areas above.
  6. To recruit, develop and retain well qualified experienced and motivated audit staff.

The extent and frequency of audits depends upon varying circumstances such as results of previous audits, relative risks associated with activities, requests from Management and Council and resources availability.

Access to information

  • Access at all reasonable times to all books, documents, accounts, property, vouchers, records, correspondence and other data of Makerere University necessary for the proper performance of the Internal Audit function; and
  • The right at reasonable times to enter any premises of the University and to request any officer to furnish all information and such explanations deemed necessary to form an opinion on functioning of systems, controls and procedures.
  • It is incumbent upon all university staff to provide all information and explanations that may be required.

Critical elements for a successful audit function

  1. Auditing personnel must have an in depth knowledge of standard practices in the areas under review.
  2. Auditing personnel must have access to all necessary data to form conclusions about the area under review.
  3. Auditing personnel must be aware of explicit guidelines in the area under review as well as the specific communications to those being audited.
  4. Personnel being audited must be provided a detailed review of the conclusions of any audit and be given an opportunity to appeal any disagreements to a party other than that conducting the audit.
  5. Institutional personnel must have faith in the integrity of the audit and of the officials directing the audit.

Current and future audit priorities

  1. Recruit, develop, and retain well qualified and experienced audit staff
  2. Develop an exit strategy to phase out of pre-auditing
  3. Conduct risk assessment to identify and then prioritize areas for audit emphasis.
  4. Acquire audit software to support review of systems and processes

Contact information

More information from the Directorate of Internal Audit can be obtained from the;

Director Internal Audit: Mr. Charles Barugahare
Makerere University- Main Building, Top floor
P.O Box 7062, Kampala, Uganda
Tel: +256 414 532475
Email: audit[at]ia.mak.ac.ug or cbarugahare[at]ia.mak.ac.ug

 

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A Successful Ph.D. Defense by Vianney Andrew Yiga

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The CEDAT community is proud to share our congratulations to Vianney Andrew Yiga following his successful Ph.D. defense that happened yesterday Monday 3rd October 2022 at the College of Engineering, Design, Art, and Technology (CEDAT).

His Thesis was titled; Thermal Stability of Fiber- Reinforced Polylactic Acid Composites for Flameretarded Applications.

The candidate was supervised by Eng. Dr. Michael Lubwama and Eng. Dr. Peter W. Olupot both from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, at CEDAT.

Dr. John Wasswa, Department of Chemistry, College of Natural Sciences (CONAS), Makerere University was the opponent that interrogated the candidate to enable a clear understanding of the study.

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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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