Technology Consults (TECO) presented the proposed Makerere University 30 year Master Plan, covering the Main campus, the College of Health Sciences and Makerere University Agricultural Research Institute, Kabanyolo (MUARIK). This was at a Stakeholders meeting in the Senate Conference Hall on 28th April 2014. The meeting was intended to get input from Makerere University’s constituents including the Colleges, Directorates, Management and also from technocrats based at the Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA). The Master Plan synthesis process has been on-going since 2012.
“With the Master Plan, we hope to improve our service delivery and improve the image of Makerere University. I would like to thank the University Council and Management for approving and supporting this venture. I thank Technology Consultants, for developing the Master Plan. I also thank the Departments of Estates & Works and Planning & Development that have worked with Technology Consultants up to this point. I am aware that the task ahead may not be easy, but each one of us has a role to play and together, we will work to the success of this process,” said the Vice Chancellor, Prof. John Ddumba- Ssentamu.
According to the Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Finance and Administration, Dr. Barnabas Nawangwe, Makerere University’s last Master Plan was drafted in 1993. “The conditions at that time compared to now were so different. At the moment, we have bigger student numbers, increased academic programmes, a Collegiate system and more campuses. We need a Master Plan that facilitates our agenda to be a research-led university. This Plan is comprehensive and it should ride tandem with the current University Strategic Plan 2008/09–2018/19,” he asserted.
For the Main campus, the Master Plan proposes construction of commercial facilities, hotels, a students’ centre and a perimeter wall. It demarcates green areas and parking slots too. To make room for these facilities, some of the existing structures like the dilapidated buildings behind Lumumba hall and behind the Estates and Works Department, will be demolished. The Guest House will also be replaced with a state-of-the-art hotel. According to the Director Planning, Dr. Florence Nakayiwa, “The starting point for the implementation of the Master Plan will be the construction of two centralized lecture facilities; one at the UCB slab (CoBAMS) and the other at the foundation next to CHUSS. We are also looking at putting up a multi-disciplinary complex at CoNAS. Funding for these facilities has already been secured from the African Development Bank (ADB).” These facilities target the big enrolment Colleges including CoBAMS, CHUSS, CEES and CoCIS. Each of these structures will have an overall capacity of 10,000 students in one sitting, and will have lecture theaters that can accommodate 1,000 students.
Looking at Kabanyolo, an area of 650 acres of land, the Master Plan proposes that the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) be relocated to this vast land, to allow for demarcation of areas for agricultural production, agricultural research and a main administration block with lecture rooms. Part of the funding to kick start works at Kabanyolo has also been secured from ADB. “I am glad that the University Management has finally given priority to CAES. We are optimistic that when we shift to Kabanyole, we shall be allowed to be semi-autonomous in the real sense. We would like to grow our centers of excellence,” commented Prof. Elly Sabiti of CAES.
For the College of Health Sciences, CHS, a teaching hospital is proposed at Katalemwa, which currently has 35 acres of bare land. This is expected to broaden the scope of teaching medicine and consequently increase enrolment, according to Dr. Nakayiwa. “The Bwaise quarters is another potential place for CHS to expand,” she added and called on Staff Members to embrace the Master Plan.
In the discussions that followed, participants proposed that the Master Plan be revised to reflect all traffic including pedestrian traffic, usage of space more on the un-leased versus leased land, making provisions for record keeping of students’ submitted dissertations/theses for three years as is required by law, provision for College libraries, bio-gas management, benchmarking from leading universities in the world, and utilization of the unlimited vertical space.
A representative from KCCA, Jacqueline Mali, observed that the Master Plan ought to follow guidelines from Ministry of Lands so avoid conflicting at a later date. In her vote of thanks, Amanda Ngabirano from CEDAT requested the Consultant to “Carry out more consultations with the stakeholders and eliminate generalizations in the Master Plan, on top of streamlining the Vision of the Plan.
The Master Plan will be revised to incorporate some of the proposed amendments before it is approved by Council. More funding for the Master Plan is hoped to be secured through Public Private Partnerships, Government and internally generated funds.
By Marion Alina, Public Relations Office
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HERS-EA Fourth Leadership Academy
The Higher Education Resource Services-East Africa (HERS-EA) provides an intensive residential one-week leadership and management development curriculum focused on women, mainly in higher education institutions and administration.
In response to the current Covid-19 pandemic, HERS-EA Fourth Academy will be a totally virtual one. As such, the Academy previously scheduled to take place between June 28th – July 3rd has been postponed by one week to July 5th-9th.
Theme: “Positioning Women for Leadership in Higher Education”
A. Institutional Development
1. Managing and Leading Change
2. Reframing Organizations for effective work
3. Developing Effective Partnerships in Higher Education for Women and gender focused advancement
B. Personal Development
4. Career Mapping/building dossier/personal development
5. Professional Women’s economic empowerment through Enterprise development and management for profit maximization
6. Research and Publishing; Leadership and Fundraising for projects including research and publication.
7. The Power of Mentoring; Networking
Who Should Attend?
HERS-EA expects many diverse and dynamic women leaders to attend the ACADEMY, to share and learn from multiple institutional perspectives with guidance from women with a wealth of experience in higher education, national academic organizations, government and non- governmental organizations. Participants are expected hold mid to senior-level positions and bring expertise from all parts of a college or university. They also represent a range of national groups, ages and years of experience in higher education and other fields.
Applying to the ACADEMY:
The deadline for registration has also been extended to June 30th. For more information regarding registration, please visit the website: www.hersea.org Completed registration forms should be emailed, with a scanned payment slip to: firstname.lastname@example.org, by 5.00 p.m. on Wednesday 30th June.
A complete application includes:
b) A self-descriptive letter (not > 500 words) to include:
- Current Title (e.g. Associate Professor of Economics; Deputy Dean, e. t. c.)
- Name and Contact Information for 2 Recommenders (e.g. Vice Chancellor, Head of Department, Chief Officer in your area, and/or direct supervisor)
- Short- and long-term career goals
- Your expectations for the HERS-EA ACADEMY.
c) Passport size photograph
d) A developmental project you have been assigned or you would like to initiate at your campus (maximum 500 words)
e) Registration fee of $100, please attach a copy of the deposit slip to your application (Bank A/C details below):
If you have any further questions, please email:
info[at]hersea.org or call the HERS-EA Administrator on: +256 (0)772082011 Please,also, visit the HERS-EA website for further updates: www.hersea.org.
Payment Bank Account Details:
Account Name: Higher Education Resource Service East Africa
HERS-EA US $ ACCOUNT
Name of Bank: DFCU Bank
Makerere University Branch
A/C No: 02083553153181
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Mak Commissions CoVAB@50 Celebrations, Awards Certificates
The College of Veterinary Medicine, Animal Resources and Biosecurity (CoVAB) on Thursday 17th June, 2021 commenced celebrations to mark 50 Years of Veterinary Higher Education, Science, Technology, Innovation and Services (HESTIS) in Uganda. The blended event held at the Industrial Livestock Research, Incubation and Skilling (ILRIS) Center at Nakyesasa, Namulonge as well as online was presided over by the Chancellor, Prof. Ezra Suruma and First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports (MoES), Hon. Janet Museveni both represented by the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe.
The event, held as part of Makerere University Centenary Celebrations (1922-2022) was a moment of celebration for 1,930 skilled livestock agribusiness entrepreneurs who were awarded certificates in recognition of completion of their respective courses. Owing to the strict Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) instituted by the Ministry of Health (MoH) to curb the spread of COVID-19, the students from Incubation Hubs in Atiak, Butaleja, Mubende, Nakyesasa, Sheema and Wakiso were awarded their certificates virtually.
In her remarks read by Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, Hon. Janet Museveni thanked Makerere University for supporting grassroots level development through groundbreaking innovations under the Africa Institute for Strategic Services and Development-Skills for Production Enterprise Development and Accreditation (AFRISA-SPEDA) model.
“I am extremely pleased that Makerere University, through those innovative approaches, has developed and launched the alternative approach to building human capital and transferring knowledge to enterprises in communities.
“I would like to encourage all those involved in skills development to adopt methodologies that transform those trainees that go through these programs in ways that enable them also transform the societies they live in” read the Minister’s remarks.
She further noted that commissioning of the CoVAB@50 celebrations was both timely and rewarding. “The commissioning of the college innovations indeed has made meaning. This is a true path to growth of an Academic and Development College of the University, and we congratulate you again.”
Addressing the congregation as Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe congratulated CoVAB alumna and incoming Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation (MoSTI) under the Office of the President, Dr. Monica Musenero upon her recent appointment. “We thank His Excellency the President for identifying you. Science is in good hands.”
Prof. Nawangwe urged Dr. Musenero to address the structures of managing research and innovation in Uganda, “including the role of the Uganda National Council for Science and Technology and the apparent need to establish a Research Council for Uganda.”
In the same breath he thanked the outgoing and pioneer Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Hon. Dr. Elioda Tumuwesigye, for his role in ensuring that the ministry is empowered to carry out its mandate.
The Chancellor congratulated CoVAB upon training the bulk of Veterinary Doctors in Uganda over the last 50 years and more recently, Laboratory Technologists at the highest level. He recognised Makerere University‘s obligation to contribute to the economic self-determination of Uganda and thanked CoVAB for conducting research that addresses hindrances to national development, especially in the livestock industry.
“The anti-tick vaccine is one of such innovations which will solve the huge problem of tick-borne diseases that have caused enormous losses to our farmers. There are many other problems on which the college is researching and we thank you for the enthusiasm” he added.
The Chancellor commended CoVAB for being the vanguard of transformation of the grassroots communities through the SPEDA model. “I urge Government to fund this important initiative so that it can more meaningfully contribute to solving the big problem of youth unemployment.”
In her remarks, Dr. Monica Musenero commended the Principal, CoVAB, Prof. John David Kabasa for fulfilling the College’s dream of enabling the masses who drop out of the education value chain as well as those who complete education but have no skills for livelihood, to attain certification in agribusiness entrepreneurship.
“Many people attain academic success and write papers, publish and they become professors but without demonstrable impact on their nation. You have shown by the thousands that you have touched nationwide that indeed you are a professor of national transformation. Congratulations,” remarked Dr. Musenero.
She therefore congratulated the teams at CoVAB and AFRISA upon successfully conceiving and executing a model that is non-traditional, informal, not easily understood and not documented in any textbooks.
As Minister, Dr. Musenero noted that witnessing thousands of individuals from across the country whose skills had been honed through a university programme receiving certificates gave her a lot of hope and material to embark on her tenure with. “I will be looking forward to harnessing these resources as we initiate work on the next leg of Science, Technology and Innovation in the country under the President’s Office.”
The invitation to the Principal, CoVAB to present students for the award of the ordinary diplomas, ordinary certificates and artisan certificates was given by the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic Affairs), Dr. Umar Kakumba. He congratulated the awardees upon successfully completing their respective courses and graduating with evidence on an enterprise.
Prof. Kabasa clarified that the approach used to train the day’s awardees was not simply a vocational skilling. “The combination of action research with knowledge transfer, skilling, plus assessment and accreditation processes done by organs like the DIT (Directorate of Industrial Training, MoES) has given us this result, for the University to provide true leadership and transformation of the community.”
Present at the celebrations were the Director, DIT, MoES-Mr. Byakatonda Patrick and the Deputy Commissioner Social Services Development, MoES Madam Elizabeth Bateme who have worked through the Academic-Community-Public-Private-Partnership model to ensure that students graduate as entrepreneurs with micro enterprises.
Prior to presiding over the ceremony, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, on behalf of the First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports officially commissioned the SPEDA Training, Incubation and Research Centre – Nakyesasa.
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