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APEDIA: Building Higher Educational Capacities through Euro-Africa Partnerships



Academic Partnership for Environment and Development Innovations in Africa (APEDIA) is an international network launched in 2009 in order to stimulate academic collaboration and research in the field of environmental development and sustainable land use in Africa.

Academic Partnership for Environment and Development Innovations in Africa (APEDIA) is an international network launched in 2009 in order to stimulate academic collaboration and research in the field of environmental development and sustainable land use in Africa.Visions
Many conflicts in Africa break out as a cause of contrary interests related to land use. We are convinced that sustainable land use is an essential precondition for a peaceful living together. Hence, APEDIA focuses on the collaboration between researchers from Africa and Europe. In addition, APEDIA wishes to involve politicians, decision makers, stakeholders, development agencies and the private sector in order to put into practice the developed ideas.

The main focus of the network is placed on multidisciplinary approach to land use and development questions focusing on the innovative solutions to the existing problems.

APEDIA sees its prior mission in building higher educational capacities for sustainable land use, environment and development. The network unites educational partner institutions from Europe and Africa working and researching on different disciplines regarding the question of land use in Africa.

The APEDIA-network is generously funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) which is the largest funding organisation in the world supporting the international exchange of students and scholars.

Researchers and masters students in the fields of law, political science, geography, agriculture, environment and sociology are encouraged to join the network.Activities for APEDIA involves staff and student exchanges between the partner institutions, joint research and professional training programmes, workshops and summer schools.

Click here to visiit the APEDIA website for more information


1. Dr. Johnny Mugisha
    Department of Agricultural Economics
    College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
    Makerere University
    P.O. Box 7062 Kampala, Uganda.
    Email: jomugisha[at]

2. Martha Muwanguzi-Ngobi
    International Office
    Makerere University
    P.O Box 7062 Kampala Uganda
    Tel: +256-414-531925/542803

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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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