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.
Article by Marion Alina Public Relations Office
4th Call For Applications: MURBS Departmental Ambassadors
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.
- Must be employed by the University on permanent terms
- 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.
- 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]murbs.mak.ac.ug and copy to wilber.naigambi[at]mak.ac.ug no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, 14th June 2021. We discourage hand delivery of applications.
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.
Chair Council Communication on Closure of Makerere University
7th June 2021
All Members of Staff
All Students and Stakeholders
RE: CLOSURE OF 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.
Lorna Magara (Mrs.)
Chairperson, Makerere University Council
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- Student learning through Community Engagement. Video 3 of 3. https://youtu.be/Ule3P1-tjC4
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