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Makerere University increases water supply by 30%



The University Management has funded renovation works to the tune of UGX.100million to ensure sustained supply of water to the Makerere University community.

The renovation of the two Main Water Reservoirs with each having a capacity of 170,000litres provides a total of 340,000litres thus increasing the supply of water at the Main Campus by 30%.

The Contractor, Civicon Ltd, started the renovation works on 24th September 2012 and completed the works on 16th November 2012. The University’s Estates and Works Department supervised the work.

“Prior to this renovation, the available water from the tanks to Makerere University was 900,000litres leading to unstable water supply in different units. With the renovation, we have an additional 340,000litres thus providing a total of  1,240,000litres of water to the Main Campus,” explained, the Director Estates and Works Department, at the handover of the completed water tanks held on Wednesday 28th November 2012 at the Observatory Hill.

The renovation works involved dismantling of the existing pressed steel tanks to select reusable materials; replacement of defective plates; supply and fix bolts, mild steel angle bars, brackets, new strip jointing material and doing the necessary jointing to erect the tanks; replacement of internal bracings and ladders and connection of the water supply system; disinfection of the tank and calibration of the level marker; and painting of the internal and external surfaces with approved paint.

Handing-over the completed water tanks, Mr. Patil representing the  Contractor, Civicon Ltd said:  “I am happy to inform the Makerere University Management that the outputs are two complete Braithwaite tanks each of 180 cubic metres capacity with new internal steel bracings, brackets, ladders and calibrated level marker well painted both internally and externally. As Civicon Ltd, total quality management is our policy and therefore we have delivered high quality works and we thank the University Management for the cooperation and good supervision during the entire project.”

Mr. Patil from Civicon Ltd then handed over the site at the Observatory Hill and the completed water tanks to  the University Management represented by the Acting Deputy Vice Chancellor (Finance and Administration),Professor Robert Ikoja-Odong.

On behalf of the University Management, the Acting Deputy Vice Chancellor (Finance and Administration), Professor Robert Ikoja-Odong said, “I thank the Contractor for completing the renovation works in the specified contract time.  With this handover of two renovated water tanks, the University community is now assured of more reliable water supply. We have used money internally generated by the University to fund the renovation works and increase water supply.  This facility which is to benefit each and every one of us is testimony that the University Management is putting the money to worthwhile causes.”

“With this renovation of the Main Water Reservoirs at the Observatory Hill, the student’s slogan-we want water will be history.  With more water, we shall be able to scale up the level of cleanliness and hygiene at the Main Campus,” said Ms Ritah Namisango, Senior Public Relations Officer, Makerere University.

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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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