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MA in Journalism & Communication reinstated, Government cautioned against sidelining Arts

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At the Vice Chancellor’s monthly press briefing held on 5th March, 2012, in the Makerere University Council Room, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences presented a number of developments to the media fraternity.

The Ag. Chair, Department of Journalism and Communication, Dr. Aaron Mushengyezi, informed the media that the Masters of Arts Programme in Journalism and Communication had been reinstated. He noted that the Department will resume teaching the programme next academic year 2012/2013. The programme was put on hold last academic year due to lack of senior staff.

According to Dr. Mushengyezi, the staffing situation continues to improve and by August 2012, the Department will be in a better position to administer the programme. Dr. Mushengyezi pointed out that some of the senior lecturers who are currently on leave are expected to resume duties in August this year while the University Administration authorized appointment of more staff to replace those who left. Associate Professor Goretti Nassanga, who is currently on sabbatical leave and Mr. William Tayeebwa who is on study leave in Canada are expected to resume their duties in the Department in August this year.

He said the University had also appointed new members of staff namely Dr. Patricia Litho, Mr. John Baptist Imokola and Ms Florence Namasiga to address the human resource gap that we have been facing. He further noted that the University had regularized the appointment of Mr. Fred Kakooza and Mr. Wilson Kaija who have been serving on temporary contracts.

Dr. Mushengyezi re-affirmed the commitment of two former members of staff in the Department, Dr. Monica Chibita and Dr. Peter Mwesige, to continue offering part-time services to the Department in form of graduate teaching, supervision and examining dissertations when the M.A. programme is reinstated.

Department of Journalism and Communication wins UNESCO Grants

Dr. Aaron Mushengyezi
Dr. Aaron Mushengyezi

Dr. Mushengyezi also said the Department of Journalism had won two grants funded by UNESCO worth USD 52,000. One is a joint project with Daystar University in Kenya worth USD 27,500 which will enable the two Departments to carry out a training of trainers programme in new media journalism, participate in a curriculum review programme and conduct staff exchange visits in critical areas of need.

The second grant worth USD 25,590 will enable the Department to conduct a study on the media landscape in Uganda using the Media Development Indicators (MDIs).

NGO Forum offers research fellowships, 50 internship places to students

Meanwhile, the Chair, Department of Political Science and Public Administration in the School of Social Sciences, Dr. S.K Simba, informed the media that the Uganda National NGO Forum had offered eight research fellowships to Masters students in the School of Social Sciences, College of Humanities and Social Sciences undertaking research on NGO/Civil Society. He also said the same organization had offered 50 internship places to undergraduate students in the School of Social Sciences starting this year.

The grants are a result of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Uganda National NGO Forum and the School of Social Sciences at Makerere University. The MoU is aimed at setting up a formal collaboration and cooperation mechanism to among other factors increase the level of understanding and appreciation amongst students on the work and contribution of civil society to Uganda’s development.

Dr. Simba said the grants will reduce the burden for students searching for internship placement.

Makerere to recognize UPDF officers

Dr. Simba also announced that Makerere University will soon start offering a Masters of Arts Degree in Defense and Security Studies and a Diploma in Defense and Security Studies to students at the Senior Command and Staff College, Kimaka. The programme will be co-jointly taught by dons in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration in the School of Social Sciences at Makerere University and officers at Kimaka.

The programmes for the award of the MA and Diploma in Defense and Security Studies are still being reviewed by various units at the University to ascertain their relevance.

The affiliation of the Senior Command and Staff College, Kimaka to the School of Social Sciences at Makerere University was approved by the University Council in 2011.

Government warned against neglecting humanities (Arts disciplines)

At the same media briefing, the Ag. Principal, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Prof Oswald Ndoleriire, cautioned the government against promoting the teaching of sciences at the expense of the humanities. He noted that government’s policy of promoting science subjects in schools has created bias among students undertaking or intending to pursue art subjects, yet for the sciences to thrive, the community must appreciate what’s around them.

Prof. Ndoleriire said that while government’s emphasis on the sciences is a good strategy and should avail human resource and laboratories for the same cause, no society can develop without humanties. He explained that people must be taught to appreciate their culture which can be done through teaching arts to bring up leaders and thinkers for a developed society.

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A Successful Ph.D. Defense by Vianney Andrew Yiga

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The CEDAT community is proud to share our congratulations to Vianney Andrew Yiga following his successful Ph.D. defense that happened yesterday Monday 3rd October 2022 at the College of Engineering, Design, Art, and Technology (CEDAT).

His Thesis was titled; Thermal Stability of Fiber- Reinforced Polylactic Acid Composites for Flameretarded Applications.

The candidate was supervised by Eng. Dr. Michael Lubwama and Eng. Dr. Peter W. Olupot both from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, at CEDAT.

Dr. John Wasswa, Department of Chemistry, College of Natural Sciences (CONAS), Makerere University was the opponent that interrogated the candidate to enable a clear understanding of the study.

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Makerere University Launches National Parenting Draft Manual

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The Director of Culture at the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development, Ms. Juliana Naumo Akoryo (Centre) and Dr. Godfrey Siu, the Principal Investigator from Mak-CHDC (Right) interact with a participant at the workshop on 22nd July 2022, Kampala.

By Agnes Namaganda

On July 22nd 2022, Makerere UniversityChild Health and Development Centre (MakCHDC) launched a draft manual for the National Parenting Standards. The Centre has been working together with the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development (MGLSD) with funding from UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund), to develop standards that are agreeable to all organisations in the country that are involved in parenting work. The draft manual was being presented to members of a consortium that brings together all these organisations together, called the Parenting Agenda Consortium.

“We produce many documents and they are shelved,” Irene Ayot Chono, who was speaking on behalf of UNICEF said. “We hope that this document will not be one of them,” she emphasized.

Irene Ayot Chono-UNICEF, urging participants to utilize the manual once it is complete.
Irene Ayot Chono-UNICEF, urging participants to utilize the manual once it is complete.

Dr. Godfrey Siu, the Principal Investigator from Mak-CHDC who presented the draft manual to participants, emphasized that if any organization is doing parenting work, there should be a minimum package that they should offer.

Draft Manual Content

The manual which will have several modules. These modules will be delivered face-to-face in 1.5 hour sessions. Some of these include; Module 6 which will focus on “understanding responsible masculinity and fatherhood” and on “understanding the concept of head of family.”The draft manual also proposed that Module 11 focuses on Parenting in the 21st Century. Some of the sessions in this module will include Children and Technology, Contemporary Influence on Children and Modernity, Culture and Morality.Module 9 will focus on Parenting for Adolescents and some of the suggested sessions within this module are Needs for Adolescents and The Art of Communicating with Adolescents. Module 5 will focus on Preventing Violent Parenting and Promoting Alternative Discipline Strategies while Module 10 will be about Parenting to Address the Mental Health for Children and Adults.

Dr. Godfrey Siu, the Principal Investigator from Mak-CHDC presenting the contents of the National Parenting Standards Draft Manual.
Dr. Godfrey Siu, the Principal Investigator from Mak-CHDC presenting the contents of the National Parenting Standards Draft Manual.

Participants’ suggestions

After the presentation, participants raised several suggestions for discussion and consideration. These included whether there should be a module on spirituality since Uganda is a strongly religious nation. There was also the concern of how children in remand homes should be parented. Another concern raised by a participant was as to whether teachers who make an undeniable contribution to parenting, should be taken through the parenting manual.

A participant gives her input at the National Parenting Standards Draft Manual launch.
A participant gives her input at the National Parenting Standards Draft Manual launch.

In her closing remarks, Ms. Juliana Naumo Akoryo, the Director of Cultural Affairs at the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development (MGLSD) said that the manual is for the parenting organisations to utilize and not for MGLSD.

The Director of Culture at the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development, Ms. Juliana Naumo Akoryo making closing remarks at the workshop.
The Director of Culture at the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development, Ms. Juliana Naumo Akoryo making closing remarks at the workshop.

Ms. Chono also adjured the team behind the manual to use picture illustrations in the manual that can be relatable by the Ugandan parents.

Contact: Agnes Namaganda – agnesvioletnamaganda@gmail.com

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Launch of Mak-RIF Round 4 Awards & PhD Call for Proposals

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Mak-RIF 4 Awards and PhD Call For Proposals, 29th September 2022, 9:00 to 10:00 AM EAT.

Makerere University received funding from the Government of the Republic of Uganda, earmarked to support high impact Research and Innovations. This unique initiative arose after engagements between the top University Management and the Government of Uganda. This fund illustrates the increasing importance that the Government attaches to Research and Innovation as a driver of development and transformation. The objective of the fund is to increase the local generation of translatable research and scalable innovations that address key gaps required to drive Uganda’s development agenda. 

In the Financial years 2019/2020, 2020/2021 and 2021/2022 the Government of the Republic of Uganda through Mak-RIF has funded implementation of over 750 multidisciplinary research and innovations within the various Colleges, while engaging multiple stakeholders within and outside Makerere University. The Grants Management Committee (GMC) has finalized the award process for the Mak-RIF round 4 call for funding for this Financial Year 2022/2023.

The Grants Management Committee (GMC) hereby invites you to the Launch of the Mak-RIF Round 4 awards and PhD Call for Proposals scheduled to take place tomorrow Thursday 29th September 2022 from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. EAT. 

Please use the following details to join the launch.

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwpcu-urDIjE9ZgxdsbEmA2IkNMMiJVECt_ 
Meeting ID: 884 5662 9992
Password: 292624

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