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Mak Annual Cultural Boma closes with International Conference

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This year’s Annual International Summer School and Cultural Boma has successfully closed with an International Conference at the Imperial Royale, Kampala. The Annual program is hosted by the College of Veterinary Medicine, Animal Resources and Biosecurity (CoVAB), Makerere University and is organized in collaboration with partners from America.

The 2 day event was held under the theme, “Showcasing one health research output of North-South collaborative initiatives” on 3rd and 4th of July 2014.
The international conference is one of the components of the Summer School program that is characterized by a Summer School Course, an International ’Boma’ and an International Conference whose aim is to disseminate research output arising from the CIMTRAZ project.

Capacity Building in Integrated Management of Trans-boundary Animal Diseases and Zoonoses (CIMTRADZ) project was started in 2011. The project’s main partnering universities were Makerere University and North Dakota State University, until early this year when Mississippi State University took over from North Dakota State University.

Speaking at the Conference, Prof. Margaret Khaitsa, the American partnership director from Mississippi State University explained that the CIMTRADZ project has accomplished a lot since its inception in terms of capacity building, curriculum development, knowledge transfer, community engagement and outreach.

The Masters’ program in Infectious Diseases and Management offered at CoVAB is one of the fruits of this project. Since its inception, 21 students have successfully gone through the project; acquiring skills in handling infectious diseases using the One-Health approach. Prof. John David Kabasa, Principal CoVAB is the African Partnership Director of the CIMTRADZ project.

In addition to Makerere University and Mississippi State University, there are other partnering universities from North America and Africa under the AFRUS-IDM (Africa United States-Integrated Diseases Management) network. The universities work together to handle infectious diseases with support from Higher Education for Development (HED), which is USAID funded.

Speaking on behalf of HED, Dr. Alemneh Teshome said that HED supports American Universities that are in partnership with universities from developing countries.

“I am pleased to note that the CIMTRADZ project is one of the best run and most effective among all the 11 projects that HED supports”, he said.

While opening the conference on behalf of Makerere University’s Vice Chancellor, Prof. John David Kabasa, said that the discussions and decisions arrived at during the conference should be followed through.

“We should integrate our regional and international efforts so as to attract more funding.” He also noted that the Boma and conference were very enriching platforms that should be promoted to benefit more people. “What we need is a framework in which we can harmonize everything that we are doing at our respective institutions”, Prof. Kabasa added, arguing that this will help strengthen global citizenship and attract more funding.

“The fruits of our labor are beginning to be recognized”, noted Dr. Thomas Easley from USAID with regard to what has been achieved so far in the CIMTRADZ project which will run until June 2015. He was particularly impressed with the success of the Summer School program that equipped participants with practical skills through their interaction with local Ugandan communities.

Dr. Moses Olum, one of the Summer School participants from Kenya was grateful for the exposure he got through the program.

“The exposure I got especially through the field component of the summer course has broadened by perspective in the veterinary field,” he said.  He was also happy about the interaction he got with peers from different countries as it gave them an opportunity to learn from each other. All 21 summer school participants received certificates of completion after the conference.

Dr. David Owiny, Dean School of Biosecurity, Biotechnical and Laboratory Sciences at CoVAB expressed optimism that next year’s summer school would be bigger than this year’s, owing to the networks successfully established. Prof. Khaitsa made an appeal to national governments to come to the aid of the CIMTRADZ project so as to further the goals of the project.

National University of Rwanda, Mikelle University, Nairobi University, Sokoine University of Agriculture, Columbus State University. University of Missouri, Washington State University, Michigan State University and University of Saskatchewan were all represented at the Conference.

The next Summer School will run next June to July 2015.

By Jovia Musubika-Kavulu, CoVAB

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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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