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Weaving Success: Capturing Mak’s Contribution to Africa’s Higher Education Sector over 10yrs



Makerere’s innovative application of technology and ICTs to teaching as well as other systems has been creatively captured by Weaving Success: Voices of Change in African Higher Education, a book published by the Institute for International Education (IIE).

Makerere’s innovative application of technology and ICTs to teaching as well as other systems has been creatively captured by Weaving Success: Voices of Change in African Higher Education, a book published by the Institute for International Education (IIE).

The 239page book released on 2nd November 2011 at the 3rd World Innovation Summit on Education in Doha was written by Megan Lindow, and creatively documents the 10-year history of the Partnership for Higher Education in Africa (PHEA), a $440 million investment and collaboration by seven major U.S. foundations to strengthen and support universities in nine African countries.

The book cites Makerere’s PhD in Plant Breeding and Technology, which harnesses the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences(CAES)’ high concentration of plant breeding experts to help equip scientists from Eastern and Southern Africa with skills in producing better crop varieties, resistant to drought and plant diseases.

The Bandwidth Consortium; a PHEA supported group of 11 universities and two higher education institution is further hailed for subsidizing the cost of expensive satellite bandwidth, a feat that fostered research collaborations and promoted “sandwich” programmes for PhD students, who divided their time between Makerere and Sweden.

Furthermore, the book examines the impact of the iLabs Shared Architecture programme developed by MIT on training engineering students at the College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology(CEDAT), through elimination of equipment constraints by use of online laboratories. The college has since then gone on to introduce the project in other Ugandan universities and High Schools.

“The stories in the book include a profile of a Ugandan inventor whose countless innovations have improved the lives of school girls, farmers, refugees and rural health practitioners,” says Megan Lindow the author, in reference to Dr. Moses Musaazi’s makapads project.

The writer goes ahead to highlight a host of other innovations in her book, available under the Downloads section below


Weaving Success: Voices of Change in African Higher Education: pdf(9,639KB)

Press Release: New Volume on African Higher Education Partnership Tells of Innovation and Change Across Campuses and National Boundaries: pdf(165KB)

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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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