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Vice President Commissions Makerere Library Extension



The Vice President of Uganda, H.E Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi, commissioned the new library extension at Makerere University on the 29th October 2012, amidst jubilations from the Makerere University staff and well-wishers. The library extension will provide an additional 8,000 sq metres of space and was constructed with internally generated funds. It is fitted with state-of-the-art facilities like research commons and ICT infrastructure. After commissioning the library, the Vice President took a tour around the facility and was quite impressed by what he saw.

“First of all I congratulate the ‘Mugole’ (groom), Prof. John Ddumba-Ssentamu for having been appointed Vice Chancellor of Makerere University,” said the Vice President amidst shouts and cheers of ‘Ddumba abeewo. Ddumba oyeee’ from the crowd, as the Vice Chancellor smiled.

H.E. Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi (R) assisted by Dr. Sylvia Nannyonga-Tamusuza (L) signs the Visitors' Book in the Music Archive.
H.E. Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi (R) assisted by Dr. Sylvia Nannyonga-Tamusuza (L) signs the Visitors’ Book in the Music Archive.

“Documentation and information retrieval are important elements in academic institutions. I believe Makerere University has gained fame and good rankings partly because of having good repositories like this library, and embracing ICT. I urge you to put emphasis on research, since education is a priority area for government,” added Hon. Ssekandi.

The Vice Chancellor, Prof. John Ddumba-Ssentamu said, “I congratulate the Makerere University Library team headed by the University Librarian, Professor Maria G. N. Musoke for competing with several University Libraries in East and West Africa for this grant and emerging the best. We thank you and encourage you to write and win more proposals that will benefit this University. I also take this opportunity to thank the Government of Uganda for the conducive environment that has enabled us to carry out academic activities and also set up this facility.”

The Director for Higher Education Elizabeth Gabona who spoke on behalf of the State Minister for Higher Education, Hon. John Chrysostom Muyingo, emphasized the need to instill a reading culture amongst the country’s young generation so that they grow up to appreciate and utilize high standard libraries like the one at Makerere University.

H.E. Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi (4th R) accompanied by Justice Steven Kavuma (3rd R) and other officials visit the IDA Section of the Main Library to view the books donated by the Carnegie Corporation of New York.
H.E. Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi (4th R), Justice Steven Kavuma (3rd R) and other officials visit the IDA Section of the Main Library to view the books donated by the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

The Chairperson of Makerere University Council, Eng. Charles Wana Etyem, who was represented by Justice Stephen Kavuma (a member of Makerere University Council) had this to say, “I take this opportunity to thank parents and guardians who have faithfully paid both tuition and functional fees to enable their sons and daughters receive quality education at Makerere University. They deserve the credit for facilitating the development of such infrastructure as we see today. I also thank the Ministry of Education & Sports, the Government of Uganda, and the Parliament of Uganda who have supported Makerere University in our continuing struggle for increased funding through Internally Generated Funds, and other sources, towards Infrastructural Developments.”

In her slide presentation, the University Librarian, Prof. Maria G. N. Musoke chronicled the journey of the Main library, explaining that it this 1959 building has been extended thrice, to accommodate the growing academic transformations and increasing student population. She was grateful to the Carnegie Corporation of New York for the US $ 2.5m grant for the ICT infrastructure, new books and capacity building of library staff. She was also grateful to the Norwegian government, Swedish government and other development partners, whose contribution to the Main Library has been crucial.

Carnegie Corporation of New York thanked Makerere University, especially the Library Staff members for adequately utilizing the grant, and looked forward to future collaborations. 

Article by Ms Marion Alina
Public Relations Office, Makerere University.


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



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: 
Meeting ID: 884 5662 9992
Password: 292624

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Notice: Makerere Disability Scheme 2022/23 Medical Review Exercise



One of the PWD graduands at the 69th Graduation during the Session held on 17th January 2019.

The Academic Registrar, Makerere University invites persons with disability who applied for admission to public universities under the disability entry scheme for 2022/2023 Academic Year to appear for medical/review exercise at Makerere Unive, Senate Building, Level Two (2) in the Telepresence Centre.

NOTE: Only those who have the minimum entry requirements of at least two principal passes at A’ Level or its equivalent and at least five (5) passes at O’ Level or its equivalent will be interviewed.

 Only candidates who sat ‘a’ level in 2020, 2019 and 2018 are eligible for admission.

THE EXERCISE WILL BE CONDUCTED ON 3rd, 4th and 5th October, 2022 respectively from 9.00 A.M – 1.00 P.M each day.


(i) If you fail to appear on any of the given days above, there will be no other chance for you.

(ii) Applicants with Government Scholarship for the previous years are not eligible for admission



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Uganda’s policymakers implored to address forest loss, plastic & water pollution



Left to Right: Prof. Gunnar Köhlin, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, Amb. Maria Håkansson, Commissioner Julius Mafumbo and Prof. Edward Bbaale posing for a group photo before the opening ceremony on 22nd September 2022: Photo by EfD-Mak Centre.

The Vice Chancellor Professor Barnabas Nawangwe on Thursday 22nd September, 2022 participated in the opening of the EfD Annual meeting hosted by Makerere University at Speke Resort Munyonyo where he appealed to government to implement the ban on kaveera and address other environmental issues.

The opening ceremony moderated by the EfD Global Hub Manager Gunnar Köhlin and was graced by Uganda’s Minister for Water and Environment represented by the Commissioner for Water, Mr. Julius Mafumbo and the Swedish Ambassador to Uganda, H.E. Maria Håkansson.

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