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The Counselling and Guidance Centre is here to help you address personal or emotional challenges that may affect you while studying or working in Makerere University. The Counselling and Guidance Centre works closely with all university units to enable students realize their academic and personal potential and to assist staff in addressing psychological issues that may affect them in living worthy and productive lives. The service is offered by professionally trained and experienced counselling psychologists. Counselling is free and confidential.

Location
The Makerere University Counselling and Guidance centre (CGC) is currently located at the University Hospital occupying offices 22,23,24,25 the lower part of the hospital premises. (The location is to change soon to plot 106 Mary Stuart Road opposite Mary Stuart Hall).

Brief History
The Counselling and Guidance services were started on a voluntally basis in the mid 1970’s where some staff decided to come out and offer free services to students. In 1987, the service was officially set up within the university but it was until January 2005, when the centre obtained formal council recognition as an autonomous unit during the 100th meeting of the University Council held on 15th December and 19th January 2005. The centre currently has three staff members and in the process of recruiting more five.

Mandate
The Counselling and Guidance centre is mandated to provide quality counselling and guidance services to the Makerere University community i.e students and staff and their families. The centre is also charged with the responsibility of overseeing the counselling and guidance services within the university. The centre is also mandated to carry out research on issues affecting peoples’ lives particularly those in the university community or prospective students (where need be).

Vision
To have wholesome members of Makerere University community

Mission
To provide professional counselling and guidance services to students and staff so as to achieve personal and educational goal.

Services
The centre provides services to enhance academic success and further educational goals for Makerere University students. The Counselling and Guidance Centre provides several services these include:

  • Individual Counselling
  • Career Guidance and Counselling
  • Academic support services
  • Group Counselling
  • Organising outreaches to halls of residence and hostels
  • Organising seminars and workshops for students and staff
  • Self-help print and online materials
  • Staff services

Staff also need support from the Counselling and Guidance Centre. Their issues and services may be different from those of students but may equally affect their productivity at the University. The centre staff is also available to consult with administrative offices, faculty and staff about issues affecting staff and student welfare and development.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is Counselling?
Counselling has diverse definitions but there are common elements in all definitions. Counselling is concerned with using psychological principles to enhance and promote the positive growth, well-being, mental health of individuals, families, groups and broader community. Counselling is generally done with well adjusted people and therefore it is meant to foster or improve the normal functioning of an individual by helping one solve problems, make decisions and cope with stresses of everyday life. It looks at helping the individual accomplish life tasks, and facilitate personal development. It enhances human potential and quality of life across the lifespan. It uses remedial, preventive and educational/developmental interventions while addressing emotional, cognitive, behavioural and interpersonal difficulties.

How do I know I need counselling?
Questions, choices, concerns and changes are all a normal part of life. Sometimes we can work through them on our own or with the help of friends and family. Sometimes, they can feel too private, overwhelming or complicated to share with someone we know. The people who provide us support can also be part of what’s bothering you. When this is case, talking to a professional can provide a safe, neutral, confidential setting to explore your concerns and move toward making changes to improve your situation.

Is counselling confidential?
University Counseling Center records are confidential and not part of or connected in any way to your academic records. There are, however, some exceptions to confidentiality. Counselors are required by law to release certain information in situations that involve harm to yourself or others, in instances of child or elder abuse, or as a result of a court order.

What are some of the reasons students and staff seek counselling?

  • Concerns about relationships
  • Problems with school or studying
  • Work relations
  • Work/home related stress
  • Questions about your future
  • Adjusting to university life and being away from home
  • Wanting to improve your family relationships
  • Wanting to be more assertive or improve your self-confidence
  • Consuming alcohol or other drugs more than you’d like
  • Difficulty balancing all the demands of student life
  • Thinking about ending your life
  • Grieving over the death of someone close to you
  • Difficulty taking care of your normal ‘day to day’ life
  • Concerned about someone close to you
  • Recovering from unwanted sexual contact or violence
  • Carrying a secret that you’ve never told anyone, but wish you could

etc
It is also okay if you don’t know exactly what you want to address, we can help you figure that out as well.

How do I know I need individual or group counselling?
When you speak with a counselor during your initial assessment, the counselor will discuss with you the different services available and his/her recommendations given your particular situation.

What are the qualifications of the Counselling and Guidance STAFF?

Our staff includes Counselling psychologists and counsellors. We also refer clients for medical and psychiatric services in case it is needed.

Is there charge for services?
There is no charge for these services. All services are entirely free of charge.

Do I need to make an appointment?
No. During the working hours there will always be somebody to offer you service. However, in case you need an appointment with a particular staff you will be free to make

Opening times 8:30am – 5:00pm Monday to Friday.

Counselling and Guidance Centre (CGC) Staff

Currently the centre has 3 full time professional staff and two support staff. We are soon getting more psychologists. Their details may be viewed by clicking the link below

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The Counselling and Guidance Centre is here to help you address personal or emotional challenges that may affect you while studying or working in Makerere University. The Counselling and Guidance Centre works closely with all university units to enable students realize their academic and personal potential and to assist staff in addressing psychological issues that may affect them in living worthy and productive lives. The service is offered by professionally trained and experienced counselling psychologists. Counselling is free and confidential.

Location
The Makerere University Counselling and Guidance centre (CGC) is currently located at the University Hospital occupying offices 22,23,24,25 the lower part of the hospital premises. (The location is to change soon to plot 106 Mary Stuart Road opposite Mary Stuart Hall).

Brief History
The Counselling and Guidance services were started on a voluntally basis in the mid 1970’s where some staff decided to come out and offer free services to students. In 1987, the service was officially set up within the university but it was until January 2005, when the centre obtained formal council recognition as an autonomous unit during the 100th meeting of the University Council held on 15th December and 19th January 2005. The centre currently has three staff members and in the process of recruiting more five.

Mandate
The Counselling and Guidance centre is mandated to provide quality counselling and guidance services to the Makerere University community i.e students and staff and their families. The centre is also charged with the responsibility of overseeing the counselling and guidance services within the university. The centre is also mandated to carry out research on issues affecting peoples’ lives particularly those in the university community or prospective students (where need be).

Vision
To have wholesome members of Makerere University community

Mission
To provide professional counselling and guidance services to students and staff so as to achieve personal and educational goal.

Services
The centre provides services to enhance academic success and further educational goals for Makerere University students. The Counselling and Guidance Centre provides several services these include:

  • Individual Counselling
  • Career Guidance and Counselling
  • Academic support services
  • Group Counselling
  • Organising outreaches to halls of residence and hostels
  • Organising seminars and workshops for students and staff
  • Self-help print and online materials
  • Staff services

Staff also need support from the Counselling and Guidance Centre. Their issues and services may be different from those of students but may equally affect their productivity at the University. The centre staff is also available to consult with administrative offices, faculty and staff about issues affecting staff and student welfare and development.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is Counselling?
Counselling has diverse definitions but there are common elements in all definitions. Counselling is concerned with using psychological principles to enhance and promote the positive growth, well-being, mental health of individuals, families, groups and broader community. Counselling is generally done with well adjusted people and therefore it is meant to foster or improve the normal functioning of an individual by helping one solve problems, make decisions and cope with stresses of everyday life. It looks at helping the individual accomplish life tasks, and facilitate personal development. It enhances human potential and quality of life across the lifespan. It uses remedial, preventive and educational/developmental interventions while addressing emotional, cognitive, behavioural and interpersonal difficulties.

How do I know I need counselling?
Questions, choices, concerns and changes are all a normal part of life. Sometimes we can work through them on our own or with the help of friends and family. Sometimes, they can feel too private, overwhelming or complicated to share with someone we know. The people who provide us support can also be part of what’s bothering you. When this is case, talking to a professional can provide a safe, neutral, confidential setting to explore your concerns and move toward making changes to improve your situation.

Is counselling confidential?
University Counseling Center records are confidential and not part of or connected in any way to your academic records. There are, however, some exceptions to confidentiality. Counselors are required by law to release certain information in situations that involve harm to yourself or others, in instances of child or elder abuse, or as a result of a court order.

What are some of the reasons students and staff seek counselling?

  • Concerns about relationships
  • Problems with school or studying
  • Work relations
  • Work/home related stress
  • Questions about your future
  • Adjusting to university life and being away from home
  • Wanting to improve your family relationships
  • Wanting to be more assertive or improve your self-confidence
  • Consuming alcohol or other drugs more than you’d like
  • Difficulty balancing all the demands of student life
  • Thinking about ending your life
  • Grieving over the death of someone close to you
  • Difficulty taking care of your normal ‘day to day’ life
  • Concerned about someone close to you
  • Recovering from unwanted sexual contact or violence
  • Carrying a secret that you’ve never told anyone, but wish you could

etc
It is also okay if you don’t know exactly what you want to address, we can help you figure that out as well.

How do I know I need individual or group counselling?
When you speak with a counselor during your initial assessment, the counselor will discuss with you the different services available and his/her recommendations given your particular situation.

What are the qualifications of the Counselling and Guidance STAFF?

Our staff includes Counselling psychologists and counsellors. We also refer clients for medical and psychiatric services in case it is needed.

Is there charge for services?
There is no charge for these services. All services are entirely free of charge.

Do I need to make an appointment?
No. During the working hours there will always be somebody to offer you service. However, in case you need an appointment with a particular staff you will be free to make

Opening times 8:30am – 5:00pm Monday to Friday.

Counselling and Guidance Centre (CGC) Staff

Currently the centre has 3 full time professional staff and two support staff. We are soon getting more psychologists. Their details may be viewed by clicking the link below

Back to the Counselling and Guidance Centre  

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Mak Commissions CoVAB@50 Celebrations, Awards Certificates

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The Vice Chancellor-Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe (4th L), DVCAA-Dr. Umar Kakumba (5th L) and Principal CoVAB-Prof. J.D. Kabasa (3rd L) with L-R: Mr. Byakatonda Patrick, Mr. Alfred Masikye Namoah, Mr. Felix Okello, the Mace bearer and Dr. Samuel Majalija at the CoVAB@50 Celebrations Commissioning, 17th June 2021, Nakyesasa-Namulonge.

The College of Veterinary Medicine, Animal Resources and Biosecurity (CoVAB) on Thursday 17th June, 2021 commenced celebrations to mark 50 Years of Veterinary Higher Education, Science, Technology, Innovation and Services (HESTIS) in Uganda. The blended event held at the Industrial Livestock Research, Incubation and Skilling (ILRIS) Center at Nakyesasa, Namulonge as well as online was presided over by the Chancellor, Prof. Ezra Suruma and First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports (MoES), Hon. Janet Museveni both represented by the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe.

The event, held as part of Makerere University Centenary Celebrations (1922-2022) was a moment of celebration for 1,930 skilled livestock agribusiness entrepreneurs who were awarded certificates in recognition of completion of their respective courses. Owing to the strict Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) instituted by the Ministry of Health (MoH) to curb the spread of COVID-19, the students from Incubation Hubs in Atiak, Butaleja, Mubende, Nakyesasa, Sheema and Wakiso were awarded their certificates virtually.

In her remarks read by Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, Hon. Janet Museveni thanked Makerere University for supporting grassroots level development through groundbreaking innovations under the Africa Institute for Strategic Services and Development-Skills for Production Enterprise Development and Accreditation (AFRISA-SPEDA) model.

The Vice Chancellor-Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe (L), Academic Registrar-Mr. Alfred Masikye Namoah (C) and the Principal CoVAB-Prof. John David Kabasa stand for the anthems.
The Vice Chancellor-Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe (L), Academic Registrar-Mr. Alfred Masikye Namoah (C) and the Principal CoVAB-Prof. John David Kabasa stand for the anthems.

“I am extremely pleased that Makerere University, through those innovative approaches, has developed and launched the alternative approach to building human capital and transferring knowledge to enterprises in communities.

“I would like to encourage all those involved in skills development to adopt methodologies that transform those trainees that go through these programs in ways that enable them also transform the societies they live in” read the Minister’s remarks.

She further noted that commissioning of the CoVAB@50 celebrations was both timely and rewarding. “The commissioning of the college innovations indeed has made meaning. This is a true path to growth of an Academic and Development College of the University, and we congratulate you again.”

Addressing the congregation as Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe congratulated CoVAB alumna and incoming Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation (MoSTI) under the Office of the President, Dr. Monica Musenero upon her recent appointment. “We thank His Excellency the President for identifying you. Science is in good hands.”

Awardees from the Mubende Incubation Hub raise their caps after virtually receiving their certificates in the blended ceremony on 17th June 2021. Photo credit: Kabaruli Twekambe/Team BOBOMAK
Awardees from the Mubende Incubation Hub raise their caps after virtually receiving their certificates in the blended ceremony on 17th June 2021. Photo credit: Kabaruli Twekambe/Team BOBOMAK

Prof. Nawangwe urged Dr. Musenero to address the structures of managing research and innovation in Uganda, “including the role of the Uganda National Council for Science and Technology and the apparent need to establish a Research Council for Uganda.”

In the same breath he thanked the outgoing and pioneer Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Hon. Dr. Elioda Tumuwesigye, for his role in ensuring that the ministry is empowered to carry out its mandate.

The Chancellor congratulated CoVAB upon training the bulk of Veterinary Doctors in Uganda over the last 50 years and more recently, Laboratory Technologists at the highest level. He recognised Makerere University‘s obligation to contribute to the economic self-determination of Uganda and thanked CoVAB for conducting research that addresses hindrances to national development, especially in the livestock industry.

“The anti-tick vaccine is one of such innovations which will solve the huge problem of tick-borne diseases that have caused enormous losses to our farmers. There are many other problems on which the college is researching and we thank you for the enthusiasm” he added.

Incoming Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation in the Office of the President, Dr. Monica Musenero addresses the congregation.
Incoming Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation in the Office of the President, Dr. Monica Musenero addresses the congregation.

The Chancellor commended CoVAB for being the vanguard of transformation of the grassroots communities through the SPEDA model. “I urge Government to fund this important initiative so that it can more meaningfully contribute to solving the big problem of youth unemployment.”

In her remarks, Dr. Monica Musenero commended the Principal, CoVAB, Prof. John David Kabasa for fulfilling the College’s dream of enabling the masses who drop out of the education value chain as well as those who complete education but have no skills for livelihood, to attain certification in agribusiness entrepreneurship.

“Many people attain academic success and write papers, publish and they become professors but without demonstrable impact on their nation. You have shown by the thousands that you have touched nationwide that indeed you are a professor of national transformation. Congratulations,” remarked Dr. Musenero.

She therefore congratulated the teams at CoVAB and AFRISA upon successfully conceiving and executing a model that is non-traditional, informal, not easily understood and not documented in any textbooks.

The Vice Chancellor-Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe (R) receives graduation books of the cohorts from Director DIT, MoES-Mr. Byakatonda Patrick (C) and Deputy Commissioner Social Services Development, MoES-Madam Elizabeth Bateme (L).
The Vice Chancellor-Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe (R) receives graduation books of the cohorts from Director DIT, MoES-Mr. Byakatonda Patrick (C) and Deputy Commissioner Social Services Development, MoES-Madam Elizabeth Bateme (L).

As Minister, Dr. Musenero noted that witnessing thousands of individuals from across the country whose skills had been honed through a university programme receiving certificates gave her a lot of hope and material to embark on her tenure with. “I will be looking forward to harnessing these resources as we initiate work on the next leg of Science, Technology and Innovation in the country under the President’s Office.”

The invitation to the Principal, CoVAB to present students for the award of the ordinary diplomas, ordinary certificates and artisan certificates was given by the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic Affairs), Dr. Umar Kakumba. He congratulated the awardees upon successfully completing their respective courses and graduating with evidence on an enterprise.

Prof. Kabasa clarified that the approach used to train the day’s awardees was not simply a vocational skilling. “The combination of action research with knowledge transfer, skilling, plus assessment and accreditation processes done by organs like the DIT (Directorate of Industrial Training, MoES) has given us this result, for the University to provide true leadership and transformation of the community.”

Present at the celebrations were the Director, DIT, MoES-Mr. Byakatonda Patrick and the Deputy Commissioner Social Services Development, MoES Madam Elizabeth Bateme who have worked through the Academic-Community-Public-Private-Partnership model to ensure that students graduate as entrepreneurs with micro enterprises.

The Vice Chancellor-Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe (C), flanked by DVCAA-Dr. Umar Kakumba (R) and the Principal CoVAB-Prof. John David Kabasa (L) commissions the SPEDA Training, Incubation and Research Centre-Nakyesasa on behalf of the First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports-Hon. Janet Museveni on 17th June 2021.
The Vice Chancellor-Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe (C), flanked by DVCAA-Dr. Umar Kakumba (R) and the Principal CoVAB-Prof. John David Kabasa (L) commissions the SPEDA Training, Incubation and Research Centre-Nakyesasa on behalf of the First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports-Hon. Janet Museveni on 17th June 2021.

Prior to presiding over the ceremony, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, on behalf of the First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports officially commissioned the SPEDA Training, Incubation and Research Centre – Nakyesasa.

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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.

Please see Downloads for the detailed call and application form.

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