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The 3rd Annual Research & Innovations Dissemination Conference



Makerere University will hold the Third Annual Research and Innovations Dissemination Conference to showcase research critical to the development needs of Uganda.

Makerere University will hold the Third Annual Research and Innovations Dissemination Conference to showcase research critical to the development needs of Uganda.This two day conference which will take on 11th – 12th April, 2011, at Hotel Africana, Kampala Uganda is expected to attract over 300 participants from Makerere, other public universities in Uganda, policy makers, civil society and researchers from national and international collaborating institutions.

The conference under the theme, “Transforming society through Research and Innovations” therefore provides an opportunity for Makerere to showcase her research outputs and innovations that are advancing knowledge, impacting society and contributing to national development.

In line with the priority research areas of the university, the conference has been organised in both plenary and five parallel scientific sessions, namely;

  • Health and Health Systems Research for National Development
  • Natural Resources Utilization, Conservation and Environmental Sustainability
  • Agricultural Productivity, Food Safety and Security, and Value Addition
  • Governance, Human Rights, Conflict and Disaster Management
  • Technology for Socio-economic Transformation

According to Professor Katunguka-Rwakishaya, the Director, Directorate of Research and Graduate Training , this year’s conference has attracted over 100 prominent researchers who will make oral and poster presentations on research that has contributed to policy change or development, benefited society/improved livelihoods and the environment.

Professor Katunguka-Rwakishaya added that the Directorate of Research and Graduate Training has accrued these successes in research because of the substantial support from Sida, NORAD, NUFU, nuffic, Carnegie Corporation of New York, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation among other development partners.


The Chancellor, Makerere University, Prof. George Mondo Kagonyera will be the Chief Guest at the opening ceremony, where Prof. Mahmood Mamdani, Director, Makerere Institute of Social Research will also present a keynote paper.

A list of some of the papers to be presented during the conference may be found below 

Key paper – Advances in Health Systems Research – Prof. David Serwadda

My partner wants a child: Across sectional study of the determinants of the desire for children among mutually disclosed sero-discordant couples receiving care in Uganda – Dr. Jolly Beyeza Kashesya

Gender, HIV/AIDS Prevention and Development: The Politics of Condom Use – Dr. Consolata Kabonesa

To use or not to use a condom: A prospective cohort study comparing contraceptives practices among HIV infected and HIV negative – Dr. Jolly Beyeza Kashesya

Occupational stress, job satisfaction and job performance among hospital nurses in Kampala – Rose C. Nabirye

Key Paper – Advances in Governance and Conflict Conciliation – Prof George Kanyeihamba

Lessons for the July 11 Bomb attacks in Uganda – Jacob Waisswa

Key Paper – Advances in Natural Resources Utilisation and Conservation – Prof Joseph Obua

Tourism Revenue sharing policy at Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda: A policy Arrangement Approach – Wilber Manyisa Ahebwa

Use of mayflies as total replacement of Rastineobila argentea in diets for catfish in Lake Victoria – Andrew Tamale

Performance of growing pig fed cereals processing by products from Maize bran or wheat bran – R. Mwesigwa

Key Paper – Advances in Agricultural Production and Food Security – Prof Adipala Ekwamu

Nutrition Analysis and Innovative Approaches in the Value Addition of Ruspolia nitidula (Nsenene Grasshoppers) for income Generation in central Uganda, Masaka Districts – Dickson Biryomumaisho

Conception rates of indigenous Ugandan goats cervical/artificial dissemination – G. Nadiope

Effect of feeding sun processed brewer’s yeast on growth and cost/gain of growing pigs – S. Kabugo

Is social poverty more acute near protected areas? An assessment of social capital formation around Queen Elizabeth National park in the Albertine Rift, Western Uganda – Akankwasa Barirega

The effects of urbanization on the Housing conditions of the urban poor in Kampala. Uganda – Stephen Mukiibi

Estimating Area Rainfall of the Lake Victoria and its Basin using Ground-based and Satellite date – Dr. Michael Kizza

Local content in the Oil and Gas Industry: implications for Uganda – Dr. Jackson A. Mwakali

Hybrid E-learning for Rural Secondary Schools in Uganda. Co-evolution in Triple Helix Processers – Dr. Peter Lating

Reducing Plastic Waste in the Urban Environment: A search for sustainable options – Dr. Robert Kabumbuli



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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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