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Using Applied Research to Inspire the Next Generation of Engineers

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“At the University of Navarra (UNAV), all research undertaken has got to be marketable,” said Prof. Roc Berenguer a Professor of Electronic Technology, Department of Electrical Engineering and Automation (TECNUN), UNAV, as presented his lecture.

“At the University of Navarra (UNAV), all research undertaken has got to be marketable,” said Prof. Roc Berenguer a Professor of Electronic Technology, Department of Electrical Engineering and Automation (TECNUN), UNAV, as presented his lecture.

Prof. Roc Berenguer (C-Background) conducts the specialized training with a host of Staff and Masters students“This helps to guarantee funding for all the applied research we conduct,” he added. Prof. Berenguer was speaking at a public lecture, facilitated by a grant from the Millennium Science Initiative (MSI) which enabled the Community Wireless Resource Centre (CWRC) to host him for a week. During weeklong stay, he provided a 3-day specialized training for Masters Students and Staff on the wireless communications test bed equipment. At the conclusion of the training, he held a public lecture to address the topic 'Establishing a Wireless Communication Testbed' on Wednesday 7th December 2011. MSI is managed by the Uganda National Council for Science and Technology (UNCST).

The lecture highlighted various applications of wireless communications including mobile phones, automatic braking of cars using wireless sensors to detect objects upfront, support for the blind via glasses with a wirelessly connected camera to the 'retina', remote monitoring of tire temperatures for electric cars, etc. At UNAV, businesses and other entities can encounter an ideal partner in the development of their research projects and are thus willing to fund such innovations.

The lecture series is one of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering's avenues to inspire undergraduate and postgraduate students to carry out research that seeks to address the specialized needs of the business community, among other initiatives.

Reacting to the public lecture, Dr. Dorothy Okello, Director CWRC and Lecturer, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering challenged the students to become well grounded in the theory so as to be well placed to identify solutions for the various problems in our communities.

L-R Dr. Dorothy Okello-Director CWRC, Dr. Julius Butime-Head, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, CEDAT and Prof. Roc Berenguer at CEDAT after the Public Lecture 7th December 2011“Based on the theory gained in class and results from simulations you conduct, only then can you be able to take your wireless innovations to the next level,” remarked Dr. Okello.

Dr. Okello is also the Principal Investigator of the MSI-funded project "Adaptive Bandwidth Management in Cooperative Wireless Networks: Affordable and equitable access to the Internet". The three year grant worth US$ 250,000 ends this December 2011.

Thanks to the MSI grant, the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering has recently acquired a modern set of key equipment worth US$ 80,000 which includes; a spectrum analyzer, vector network analyzer and signal generators. As a result students will now be able to confirm the specifications and performance of their innovations before attempting to implement them.

The grant has also supported the costs of tuition and stipends for four Masters in Electrical Engineering students, with the first scheduled to graduate in January 2012. Two of the Masters students were also supported to spend 6-8 weeks at advanced research labs at the University of Pretoria and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Meraka Institute, South Africa.

In his remarks, Dr. Julius Butime, Head, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, thanked Prof. Berenguer for conducting the specialized training and public lecture.

“Now that we have this specialized equipment, I encourage you, the students of engineering, to join research groups such as those headed by Prof. Berenguer to help improve your skills and boost your research profiles,” he remarked.

The Department is planning hold the public lecture series more regularly, beginning next semester in January 2012, where speakers from leading national and international engineering departments will be invited. This public lecture was attended by over 130 participants, who included undergraduate and postgraduate students as well as academic staff.

The CWRC aims to enhance the practical skills of engineering students. As such, over the three year grant period, ten undergraduate students have had their industrial training with the CWRC from June to August each year. The training has exposed them to theory and practices of wireless networks with a focus on the telecentre-based community wireless networks.

 

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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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