Over 100 participants from Universities/institutions in Africa are being trained and equipped with knowledge and skills in research management and governance, supervision and mentoring of graduate students, librarianship and use of information technology tools.
According to Professor Mukadasi Buyinza, the Director Research and Graduate Training (RGT), Makerere University, the three-day Capacity Development Training Workshop for University Faculty and Administrators, which kicked off on 21st July 2014, is aimed at supporting research and postgraduate programmes in African universities.
The Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa (CARTA) is a South-South partnership with South-North collaboration. CARTA is jointly-led by the African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC), Kenya and the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), South Africa. It consists of nine African universities, four African research institutes and seven northern academic institutions.
The participating universities include: Makerere University– Uganda, Moi University and University of Nairobi-Kenya, National University of Rwanda-Rwanda, Obafemi Awolowo University-Nigeria, University of Dar-es-Salaam-Tanzania, University of Ibadan-Nigeria, and University of Witwatersrand-South Africa.
In a speech read by the Deputy Director-Research, RGT, Dr. George William Nasinyama, the Vice Chancellor of Makerere University, Professor John Ddumba-Ssentamu welcomed the delegates and thanked the Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa (CARTA) for choosing Makerere University to host the 5th Faculty and Administrators Workshop.
The Vice Chancellor applauded CARTA for undertaking several strategies to promote research in Africa. “I am happy to note that through the CARTA initiative of strengthening doctoral training and supervision and support to the institutional research infrastructure, universities will build high-quality research capacity that will ably address the myriad issues facing Africa,” he remarked.
The Vice Chancellor urged the participants to live true to the ideals of the CARTA Programme by transferring the same principles to their respective universities and research institutions so as to build a critical mass of researchers.
The CARTA Board Chairperson, Professor Akinyinka Omigbodun added that CARTA was committed to building the capacity of existing staff in research management and governance, strengthening the research infrastructure at African universities, and to supporting doctoral training through a model collaborative PhD program in population and public health.
“CARTA’s ultimate goal is to build local research capacity to understand the determinants of health in Africa and develop effective interventions to improve health systems and outcomes. We have supported over 100 post graduate students in research training. We have also trained over 400 academic and administrative staff in member institutions. This year we are going to award 25 full scholarships in research, covering full tuition and a free computer well updated with the necessary software,” said Professor Akinyinka Omigbodun.
Dr. Nasinyama , the Deputy Director Research, RGT reiterated the need to build an enabling environment for research. “If we are to realize the strategic focus of being research driven universities, I encourage every participant to always emphasize the dire need for universities and development partners to invest in research support infrastructures in universities,” he emphasized.
During the Monday 21st July 2014 group discussion, participants were tasked to come up with strategies that would position their respective universities among the top 100 public health institutions in the world. This brainstorming session delivered the ten (10) most critical interventions for raising university research rating/ranking as listed here below:
- Conducting research relevant to the country and world
- Providing incentives within a research structure;
- Training for researchers;
- Undertaking Inter-disciplinary collaboration;
- Global networking with more successful institutions;
- Collaboration with industry;
- Encourage Government to promote research;
- Transitional research;
- Increasing intake of postgraduate students; and
- Dissemination of research findings and outputs
Facilitating the plenary session, Dr. Joseph Gichuru, Director of Operations, APHRC commended the participants for generating ideas that would enable their respective institutions to be recognised among the top 100 in the world. During his presentation on research management and governance, which focused on the quality of research, funding and power relations, emerging research management structures, Dr. Gichuru emphasized the need to consider the challenges faced by researchers in trying to execute their work globally.
“It is after we have known the challenges we face as researchers that we can be able to figure out the best ways on how we can take our countries to the global standard in research,” he said.
Dr. Gichuru pointed out that the issue of plagiarism was the key challenge affecting researchers, in addition to, inadequate resources, failure to accredit our fellow researchers, and inaccurate policies to regulate research structures.
Makerere University Launches National Parenting Draft Manual
By Agnes Namaganda
On July 22nd 2022, Makerere University–Child Health and Development Centre (Mak–CHDC) launched a draft manual for the National Parenting Standards. The Centre has been working together with the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development (MGLSD) with funding from UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund), to develop standards that are agreeable to all organisations in the country that are involved in parenting work. The draft manual was being presented to members of a consortium that brings together all these organisations together, called the Parenting Agenda Consortium.
“We produce many documents and they are shelved,” Irene Ayot Chono, who was speaking on behalf of UNICEF said. “We hope that this document will not be one of them,” she emphasized.
Dr. Godfrey Siu, the Principal Investigator from Mak-CHDC who presented the draft manual to participants, emphasized that if any organization is doing parenting work, there should be a minimum package that they should offer.
Draft Manual Content
The manual which will have several modules. These modules will be delivered face-to-face in 1.5 hour sessions. Some of these include; Module 6 which will focus on “understanding responsible masculinity and fatherhood” and on “understanding the concept of head of family.”The draft manual also proposed that Module 11 focuses on Parenting in the 21st Century. Some of the sessions in this module will include Children and Technology, Contemporary Influence on Children and Modernity, Culture and Morality.Module 9 will focus on Parenting for Adolescents and some of the suggested sessions within this module are Needs for Adolescents and The Art of Communicating with Adolescents. Module 5 will focus on Preventing Violent Parenting and Promoting Alternative Discipline Strategies while Module 10 will be about Parenting to Address the Mental Health for Children and Adults.
After the presentation, participants raised several suggestions for discussion and consideration. These included whether there should be a module on spirituality since Uganda is a strongly religious nation. There was also the concern of how children in remand homes should be parented. Another concern raised by a participant was as to whether teachers who make an undeniable contribution to parenting, should be taken through the parenting manual.
In her closing remarks, Ms. Juliana Naumo Akoryo, the Director of Cultural Affairs at the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development (MGLSD) said that the manual is for the parenting organisations to utilize and not for MGLSD.
Ms. Chono also adjured the team behind the manual to use picture illustrations in the manual that can be relatable by the Ugandan parents.
Contact: Agnes Namaganda – firstname.lastname@example.org
Launch of Mak-RIF Round 4 Awards & PhD Call for Proposals
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:
Meeting ID: 884 5662 9992
Notice: Makerere Disability Scheme 2022/23 Medical Review Exercise
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.
(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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