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Makerere Infrastructure Master Plan rolls out

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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.Makerere University Master plan

“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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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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