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Education Opportunities for Makerere University Female Students to Increase

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Female students from disadvantaged backgrounds wishing to attain a bachelor’s degree in Makerere University need to worry no more.

In the 18th Vice Chancellor’s Media Briefing held on 6th June, 2011 in the Main building, Council room, Makerere University, Prof. Venansius Baryamureeba affirmed that the university will continue giving scholarships to female students.

“Last academic year 2010/2011, Makerere University awarded 20 scholarships to 1st year female students from disadvantaged background. This academic year 2011/2012 the university will award another 20 scholarships”, said Prof. Baryamureeba. He further added that each of the scholarships shall be named in honor of prominent persons who have contributed to higher education at the university.

Examples of those to be honored include the late Vice-Chancellor, Mr. Francis Kalimuzo (Vice Chancellor from 1st July 1970-9th January 1973) plus other prominent Ugandans and non-Ugandans. This will attract more well wishers to provide additional funds at each category of the scholarships. As per now, the scholarships have attracted several donors like Carnegie Corporation of New York, which is planning to provide matching grants.

In future, awarding of the scholarships to the girl child shall be narrowed down to each College in the University. The colleges will get a chance of awarding two scholarships to the girl child. This will simplify the procedure since the particular colleges are more familiar with the female students within the college and are aware of those that deserve scholarships, based on their backgrounds.

Apart from the scholarship, University of Makerere shall continue implementing the affirmative action policy for female students through the additional 1.5 points. This makes it easier for female students to make it to the university and pursue their dreams.

On the other hand, Makerere University whose function is dissemination of knowledge and giving opportunity of acquiring higher education to all persons including persons with disabilities, intends to continue with the implementation of affirmative action for disabled students and talented sports men and ladies among others to access higher education at the institution. This will help everyone acquire quality higher education at the public university.

It is important to also note that the university has over the past years continued to implement the government programme of providing government scholarships to students from each district in the country through the district quota programme. This will continue for the coming years since the program has been of great help to the districts and the needy students in allocation of scholarships. Last year, 11 students per district were admitted into Makerere University through the district quota programme.

Makerere University shall therefore continue supporting affirmative action for the girl child and persons with disabilities. This will even get better in future since the number of female students receiving the scholarship shall increase and education shall be provided to all persons.

Article by Grace K. Magare, Intern, Public Relations Offfice, Makerere University

Female students from disadvantaged backgrounds wishing to attain a bachelor’s degree in Makerere University need to worry no more.

In the 18th Vice Chancellor’s Media Briefing held on 6th June, 2011 in the Main building, Council room, Makerere University, Prof. Venansius Baryamureeba affirmed that the university will continue giving scholarships to female students.

“Last academic year 2010/2011, Makerere University awarded 20 scholarships to 1st year female students from disadvantaged background. This academic year 2011/2012 the university will award another 20 scholarships”, said Prof. Baryamureeba. He further added that each of the scholarships shall be named in honor of prominent persons who have contributed to higher education at the university.

Examples of those to be honored include the late Vice-Chancellor, Mr. Francis Kalimuzo (Vice Chancellor from 1st July 1970-9th January 1973) plus other prominent Ugandans and non-Ugandans. This will attract more well wishers to provide additional funds at each category of the scholarships. As per now, the scholarships have attracted several donors like Carnegie Corporation of New York, which is planning to provide matching grants.

In future, awarding of the scholarships to the girl child shall be narrowed down to each College in the University. The colleges will get a chance of awarding two scholarships to the girl child. This will simplify the procedure since the particular colleges are more familiar with the female students within the college and are aware of those that deserve scholarships, based on their backgrounds.

Apart from the scholarship, University of Makerere shall continue implementing the affirmative action policy for female students through the additional 1.5 points. This makes it easier for female students to make it to the university and pursue their dreams.

On the other hand, Makerere University whose function is dissemination of knowledge and giving opportunity of acquiring higher education to all persons including persons with disabilities, intends to continue with the implementation of affirmative action for disabled students and talented sports men and ladies among others to access higher education at the institution. This will help everyone acquire quality higher education at the public university.

It is important to also note that the university has over the past years continued to implement the government programme of providing government scholarships to students from each district in the country through the district quota programme. This will continue for the coming years since the program has been of great help to the districts and the needy students in allocation of scholarships. Last year, 11 students per district were admitted into Makerere University through the district quota programme.

Makerere University shall therefore continue supporting affirmative action for the girl child and persons with disabilities. This will even get better in future since the number of female students receiving the scholarship shall increase and education shall be provided to all persons.

Article by Grace K. Magare, Intern, Public Relations Offfice, Makerere University

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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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Chair Council Communication on Closure of Makerere University

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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

RE: CLOSURE OF 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

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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.

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  1. What is Community Engagement?  Video 1 of 3.  https://youtu.be/etv2-W1U3O0
  2. Different Forms of University Engagement with the Community. Video 2 of 3. https://youtu.be/73h2p8P0BLw
  3. Student learning through Community Engagement. Video 3 of 3. https://youtu.be/Ule3P1-tjC4

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