The report, the first of its kind, appreciates and also highlights areas that call for improvement across Makerere University’s three core functions of Teaching & Learning; Research & Knowledge Transfer Partnerships and Networking. “The exercise was hinged on the Quality of Inputs, Processes and Outputs and data utilized was for the period 2010-2012 except in a few circumstances where trend data were available,” explained Dr. Vincent Ssembatya, Director Quality Assurance Directorate.
A quick synopsis of the report shows disproportionate male: female student numbers in some disciplines, inadequate government funding and limited infrastructure at Makerere University – all of which hamper the full realization of the core functions. The mechanisms of Self Assessment were devised by the Inter-University Council for East Africa (IUCEA) and based on national, regional and international benchmark metrics. “The Self Assessment Report may not be comprehensive to include all metrics but the key elements were identified and analysed. The aim of this workshop therefore is to interface with you; our key stakeholders as we seek to find solutions to the issues raised,” emphasized Dr. Ssembatya.
The workshop was attended by College Principals and their Deputies, Deans, Department Chairs, Members of University Management, Registrars, Senior Academicians and Communication Staff from the respective colleges, among others. Dr. Ssembatya was grateful to the participants for honouring the invitations and acknowledged all their respective contributions to the successful compilation of the report. The interactive workshop made recommendations to the report, which will be incorporated in a second draft to be published at a later date. The participants decried the intended move to increase student numbers as a way of generating more income for the University, irrespective of the strained resources. They urged government to critically weigh in on this matter by increasing University funding.
In June 2009, The University Research, Administrative and Financial Reforms Committee (URAFRC) was set up to identify the core and support processes in the University, critically examine them and make recommendations to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the University. On 10th November 2011, a Change Management Committee (CMC) was appointed to assess the level of preparation for the Reform, complete any outstanding work from the URAFRC and to implement the continuous change management process.
As the Unit in charge of the University’s Quality Assurance function, QAD is the owner of the Change Management process. One of the factors identified during this process was the need to set up Data Centres at College level, to help monitor and track key factors affecting Graduate Students, especially as Makerere strives to entrench her stance as a research-led university. At the workshop, the Directorate handed over computers and printers to Registrars in the Colleges and School of Law, to facilitate the setting up of Data Centers and implement the Quality Assurance function for Research and Graduate Training at a devolved level.
Officiating at the handover of the computers and equipment, Prof. Mukadasi Buyinza, the Director – Directorate of Research and Graduate Training (DRGT), Makerere University commended QAD for facilitating the Data Centre setup process. “DRGT believes that the setting up of these Data Centres will enable Units to better perform the Research and Graduate Training function at College level. College Registrars need to be equipped with basic tools to help track and give up-to-date records on Graduate Students and today’s handover is a meaningful step to improve,” remarked Prof. Buyinza. He however tasked the Units to put the equipment to use according to Data Centre objectives, warning that a monitoring and evaluation exercise shall be carried out in this regard.
Prof. Charles Opolot-Okurut, College of Education and External Studies (CEES), then took participants through an intricate discussion on coming up with a way forward. He however asked participants to take note of the fact that the scope of the report did not cover a few factors like the quality of processes feeding into the three core functions of Teaching & Learning; Research & Knowledge Transfer Partnerships and Networking. At the close of the workshop, Prof. David J. Bakibinga, School of Law, in moving a vote of thanks commended QAD for organizing the workshop and Sida for supporting the Reforms initiative. He thanked Makerere University for agreeing to subject itself to a Self Evaluation exercise, noting that change is a continuous process and this kind of activity was critical for the institution’s survival. “Thank you all for honouring QAD’s invitation and may we all utilize these findings to improve Quality Assurance for the core activities of Makerere University,” he concluded.
The Self Assessment Exercise was carried out with support from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), under activities of the Bilateral Support extended to the Government of Uganda.
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Ambassador of Sweden to Uganda calls for full involvement of men and boys in achieving Gender Equality
The Ambassador of Sweden to Uganda Her Excellence Maria Håkansson has emphasized the need to fully engage men and boys in all the initiatives geared towards achieving Gender Equality in Uganda and other parts of the world. She said this on 28th November 2023 at a press conference organized by the Embassy of Sweden in close collaboration with Makerere University Gender Mainstreaming Directorate, UN Women and United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) to unveil the National Orange Pledge campaign and officially launch the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence.
The press conference was headlined by a Ugandan rapper and record producer Daniel Lubwama Kigozi, popularly known by his stage name Navio and his fellow from Sweden Jason Michael Bosak Diakité popularly known as Timbuktu. Over 200 students both male and female from Makerere University and other institutions of higher learning attended the press conference at Makerere University Rugby Grounds.
According to Her Excellence Maria Håkansson, Gender Equality cannot be achieved without involving men and boys to take their responsibilities and be the drivers of change. “For real change to happen, we need to change attitudes and norms that might cause Gender Based Violence, one of the social ills in Uganda and an extreme of gender inequality that occurs at all levels of society,” she said.
Referring to the national survey conducted in 2020, the Ambassador was concerned about the escalating burden of gender based violence in Uganda when she said, “the Survey highlighted that 95% of women and girls experience physical or sexual violence since the age of 15.”
She therefore emphasized the Global 16 Days of Activism as key international movement to increase awareness and advocate for an end to Gender Based Violence. The Ambassador also mentioned that preventing and responding to Gender Based Violence is a cornerstone for Sweden’s commitment to promote democracy, human rights and gender equality and this is done as an investment in a society that upholds the principles of equality, dignity and justice.
She acknowledged the full participation of university students in all campaigns and activities geared towards achieving gender equality as well as ending Gender Based Violence when she said, “You are the leaders of tomorrow and you have an opportunity to build a future where everyone can thrive. So please use today to take an active stand against Gender Based Violence.”
Every year Uganda joins the rest of the world to enhance the global campaigns on 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence and also add a voice to the call for an end to violence against women and girls. These campaigns run from 25th November (the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women) until 10th December of the Human Rights Day.
The United Nations Secretary-General’s UNiTE by 2030 initiative calls for global action to increase awareness, galvanize advocacy efforts and share knowledge and innovations to help end all types of violence against women and girls. This year 2023, the UNiTE campaign theme is; Invest to Prevent Violence against Women & Girls.
Over the years, Makerere University through its Gender Mainstreaming Directorate and School of Women and Gender in partnership with UN Women and many other partners have been at the fore front to support the campaign on 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence in Uganda. This has been done through debates, theatre forums, student dialogues, thematic artistic presentations, media exposures, drama and music skits presentation, and student peer led discussions and quarterly competitions.
This year 2023, the University in partnership with the Embassy of Sweden, UN Women and United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) unveiled the Orange Pledge. According to Eric Tumwesigye the Senior Gender Specialist at Makerere University Gender Mainstreaming Directorate, this campaign calls upon government, policymakers, activists, civil societies, academicians, students and all members of community from all parts of the country to make their heartfelt pledges towards ending Gender Based Violence in Uganda and the rest of the world.
The UN Women Country Representative Paulina Chiwangu recognized the investment Makerere University, the Embassy of Sweden and UNFPA have made to end violence against women and girls. “Thanks to our collective efforts, the silence that used to shroud violence against women has now been broken” said.
In the same spirit, she acknowledged the progress Makerere University has made in establishing and implementation of the University’s Policy and Regulations against Sexual Harassment to protect students and staff from potential abuses of power and conflict of interest. She also applauded the increased support and training for students and the strengthened mechanisms for investigations that allow students and staff to anonymously report sexual misconduct.
“We are however, aware that despite this, sexual harassment is still happening in the university and that not many students report to the authorities when they experience it. It is therefore, our humble appeal to the university leadership to continue monitoring the implementation of the Policy and Regulations Against Sexual Harassment, take all allegations of sexual harassment and violence seriously, ensure that all personnel have information on available support services and take action to ensure that perpetrators are held accountable.”