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CAES takes lead in NORHED Projects Launch

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The College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, CAES, took lead in launching its NORHED project at Makerere University in a highly interactive ceremony at the School of Food Technology, Nutrition and Bio-Engineering on Wednesday 15th January 2014.  

The event was attended by representatives from the collaborating universities including the University of Juba, University of Addis Ababa and the Norwegian University of Life Sciences. The project entitled, ‘Regional Capacity Building for Sustainable Natural Resource Management and Agricultural Productivity under Climate Change,’ competitively won a NORAD grant of approximately 8 billion shillings to implement an array of capacity development activities for period of five years.

The project was launched by the Minister of State for Higher Education, Hon. Dr. John C. Muyingo, who was represented by the Vice Chancellor of Makerere University, Prof. John Ddumba-Ssentamu. The Vice Chancellor was grateful for the support from the Norwegian Government, which he said will be put to proper use.

Vice Chancellor Prof. J. Ddumba-Ssentamu welcomes H.E. Thorbjørn Gaustadsæther to the NORHED Projects Launch 15th January 2014 Makerere, University, Kampala UgandaMakerere based on her technical capacity and competencies will train academic staff at master’s level from partner institutions particularly for the University of Juba staff in desired fields. It will also lead in the training of academic staff at PhD level who will largely be registered at Makerere University but co-supervised through a modified sandwich model with Norwegian University of Life Sciences. Makerere will also coordinate sites for joint research for all the four partner institutions. We therefore look forward to conducting joint research with Masters, PhD and post-doctoral students from the four partnering institutions in the areas of climate change adaptation and mitigation; sustainable natural resource use and management; agricultural productivity and food security,” he emphasized.

The representative of the Vice Chancellor of Juba, Mr. Bojoi Moses Tomor pointed out that there is need to improve the completion rates of Masters students at Makerere University to lessen the current clogging, while the President of the Addis Ababa pledged to support the project to ensure that maximum benefits are realized. Also in attendance were the Ambassadors of Norway and Ethiopia as well as a representative of the Embassy of South Sudan. The Norwegian Ambassador to Uganda, H.E. Thorbjørn Gaustadsæther emphasized that, “The overarching goal of the NORHED program is sustainable economic, social and environmental development in low and middle income countries.” He urged the NORHED funded projects to undertake research and innovations that that impact the communitie.

Prof. Samuel Kyamanywa (R) with representatives from the Universities of Juba and South Sudan at the NORHED Projects Launch 15th January 2014, Makerere University, Kampala UgandaThe Project Principal Investigator at CAES, Prof. Samuel Kyamanywa (Pictured Right), revealed that the funds had already been secured. “NORHED has sent us the first disbursement of funds and we are ready to start carrying out the project activities. Makerere University will lead other institutions on aspects of natural resource management, agriculture and climate change to deliver a range of outputs crucial to the development of Uganda, Ethiopia and South Sudan.”

The Principal of CAES, Prof. Bernard Bashaasha represented by the Deputy Principal, Dr. Goretti Nabanoga, emphasized that CAES will ensure that the project runs efficiently to deliver expected outcomes.

The inception meeting also had an interactive session, during which participants discussed key issues that might affect the smooth running of the programme including; lengthy procurement procedures, low completion rates of students, differences in exchange rates, choice of research sites in light of the insecurity in Southern Sudan, difficulty in recruitment of students, and imbalances in per diem. In the discussions that followed, Dr. Yazidhi Bamutaze of CAES proposed that the partner universities will continue sharing best practices and devising workable solutions without compromising the NORHED offer.

Professor Hannington Oryem-Origa, NIDIC and College of Natural Sciences (CoNAS) at the NORHED Projects Launch 15th January 2014, Makerere University, Kampala UgandaThe Norwegain Government has historically supported projects at Makerere University through various programs over the years including NORAD, NOMA, NUFU and now NORHED. In 2013, Makerere University scoped 12 of the 46 available funded projects on the continent – the largest number won by any University that competed in the call. Of the 12, Makerere University will provide leadership to nine projects. Prof. Hannington Oryem Origa of NIDIC (Right) explained that the project will also focus on improved linkages amongst partners on a non-discriminatory basis. The Principal Investigators of other NORHED funded projects at Makerere shared highlights of planned outcomes and outputs in their projects including:

  • Strengthening Media in Post-Conflict Societies through Education and Research: Bridging Gaps, Building Futures in Uganda, South Sudan, Nepal and Norway. Principal Investigator – Dr. William Tayeebwa.
  • Improving Weather Information Management in East Africa for effective service provision through the application of suitable ICTs. Principal Investigator – Dr. Julianne Sansa Otim.
  • Building capacity for REDD+ in East Africa for improved ecosystem health and for sustainable livelihoods in Eastern Africa (UGA-13/0019). Principal Investigator – Prof. John R.S Tabuti.
  • Building and Reflecting on Interdisciplinary PhD Studies for Higher Education Transformation – Makerere Institute of Social Research (MISR). Principal Investigator –  Prof. Mamdam represented by Adam Branch
  • Leapfrogging 1st Generation Distance Education into 4th and 5th Generation Distance Education: A Strategy for Enhancing ICT Pedagogical Integration and Increasing Access to Education in Africa. Principal Investigator – Dr. Paul Muyinda Birevu.
  • Borderland Dynamics in East Africa :  A network program for capacity building within Departments of Social Anthropology in East African Universities. Principal Investigator –Dr. Eria Olowo
  • Capacity building in Zoonotic diseases Management using Integrated Ecosystems health and gender-focused approach (CAPAZOMANITECO) at the human-livestock –wildlife interface in the Eastern and Southern Africa. Principal Investigator –Dr. Kanche

By Marion Alina, Public Relations Office

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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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Notice: Makerere Disability Scheme 2022/23 Medical Review Exercise

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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.

IMPORTANT:

(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

ALFRED MASIKYE NAMOAH

Acting. ACADEMIC REGISTRAR

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

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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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