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Mak-SHARP launch So-Lite Solar Street Lighting Project

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The Assistant Commissioner of Police, who also doubles as the Police Spokesperson, Fred Enanga, launched a solar street lighting project at a highly colorful ceremony in Makerere University on 27th June, 2014. The over 3 billion shillings project, code named So-Lite, Eco-Friendly Lighting is a result of a partnership between Makerere University and SHARP- Electronics.  The project was launched at Makerere University Main Building amidst hundreds of witnesses.

Police Spokesperson ACP Fred Enanga (L) accompanied by CSO Makerere C/ASP Jackson Mucunguzi pays a courtesy call on the Vice Chancellor during the So-Lite Launch 27th June 2014, Makerere University, Kampala UgandaThe Police Spokesperson appreciated the partnership and described it as a much needed step towards addressing security and beauty needs on the Main Campus. “Makerere is one of the vulnerable institutions that we monitor every day due to the increased threats from terrorists. We are happy with this initiative because it is going to help us in monitoring dark spots,” he said.

The Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Academic Affairs at Makerere University, Dr. Ernest Okello Ogwang, emphasized that the project was timely in addressing incidences of insecurity. “The project aims at providing reliable and environmentally friendly street lighting to the main campus so as to reduce on energy expenses and incidents of insecurity at night,” he said.

DVCAA Dr. Ernest Okello Ogwang (R) makes his remarks as L-R ACP Fred Enanga, Mr. Patrick Katto, Mrs. Rosette Katto and Mr. Alan Hurst listen during the So-Lite Launch 27th June 2014, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda“We applaud for your patience throughout the period of our deliberations and we look forward to embracing renewable energy to help us light up the Main campus as 120 solar powered street lights go live as per the contract,” he added.

Looking at the increased demand and use of solar technology which has led to global attention to invest in the renewable energy projects, Mr. Katto, the Managing Director of SHARP Electronics Technology Limited, explained that the solar lights were procured from one of the best companies in the business- Solar Outdoor Lighting (SOL), based in the United States of America.

“The willingness of Makerere University to embrace Public-Private Partnerships is what prompted us to suggest this collaboration. The University administration willingly permitted us to put up a sample light about two years ago. This was the birth of the So-Lite project we are launching today,” he said amidst applause.

According to the manufacturer and founder of SOL, Alan Hurst, the solar lights are durable and have a 20 year life span. “These lights do not need wiring in between lamp posts, secondly lighting will change people’s lives and reduce energy costs,” he said. Mr. Hurst assured the audience that the project’s launch at Makerere University marked the beginning of solar street lighting extension to other institutions and Uganda at large.

Mr. Bruce Kabaasa, the Chairperson of Makerere University Convocation, represented the Chairperson of Council– Eng. Dr. Charles Wana Etyem, and gave the assurance of Council’s support for similar projects.

L-R: MUASA Chair-Dr. Kiggundu Musoke, MASA Chair-Hajati Fatumah Nakatudde, Makerere Imam-Iddi Kasozi, CoCIS Principal-Dr. C. Okello-Obura, RPC Kampala North-ACP Steven Tanui and Guild President-H.E. Ivan Bwowe during the So-Lite Project Launch, 27th June 2014, Makerere University, Kampala UgandaThe Guild President, H.E. Ivan Bwowe called upon the fellow students to protect the solar lights because they are intended to benefit all. “As students we endorse this initiative because it is not only going to benefit us, but many generations to come as We build for the Future,” he asserted.

This project will see 120 solar street lights installed across the University, with 10 outdoor LED screens to ease communication between Makerere University Administration and the wider community.

The function was attended by a number of people including the Deputy Vice Chancellor in Charge of Finance and Administration, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, the University Secretary Mr. David Kahundha-Muhwezi, the Senior Legal Officer and Head Legal Unit Mr. Goddy Muhumuza, the Chairperson of Makerere University Academic Staff Association, Dr. Kiggundu Musoke, the Chairperson of Makerere University Administrative Staff Association, Hajati Fatumah Nakatudde, Members of Staff Associations and Students.

 

By Prossy Nabatte, Public Relations Office

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Free Online Course: Fundamentals of Pharmacometrics

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Free Online Course: Fundamentals of Pharmacometrics, Sept-Nov 2021, IDI, Makerere University.

The Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI), Makerere University invites graduate students, professionals and researchers in Health Sciences, Biomedical Sciences, Applied Mathematics or Computer Science to register for the 12 week introductory course: Fundamentals of Pharmacometrics, scheduled to run from September to November 2021.

Participants will learn the fundamental principles of pharmacology, biostatistics and mathematical modelling.

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Submit a motivation letter emphasizing any preexisting numerical skills and how the course will benefit you to cwaitt[at]idi.co.ug copying jkaboggoza[at]idi.co.ug.

Please state the email subject as pmxu21

Deadline for applications: 31st July 2021

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PhD scholarships in Social Sciences for 2021/2022

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The Academic Registrar, Makerere University invites applications from suitable candidates from Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania for a fully funded PhD scholarship in Social Sciences for the 2021/2022 Academic Year.
The Scholarship is part of a 6- year project on ‘Building Resilient Communities through Inclusive Education in Eastern Africa’, funded by the Norwegian Development Agency through the Norwegian Programme for Capacity Development in Higher Education and Research for Development (NORHED) and implemented by the Department of Social Work, College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHUSS) in partnership with University of Agder in Norway, University of Rwanda and Institute of Social Work in Tanzania. The objective of the scholarship is to enable academically qualified individuals from vulnerable and marginalised groups and communities that would not afford postgraduate education without support, to attain such an education.
It is expected that upon graduation the students can proactively contribute towards socio-economic transformation of their communities.

Please follow this link for more details about the call.

The closing date for receiving applications is Tuesday August 31st, 2021.

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Masters scholarships in Social Work for the 2021/2022 Academic Year

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The Academic Registrar, Makerere University invites applications from suitable candidates from Uganda and Rwanda for a fully-funded Masters scholarship in Social Work for the 2021/2022 Academic Year.

The Scholarship is part of a 6- year project on ‘Building Resilient Communities through Inclusive Education in Eastern Africa’, implemented by the Department of Social Work, College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHUSS) in partnership with University of Agder in Norway, University of Rwanda and Institute of Social Work in Tanzania. The objective of the scholarship is to enable academically qualified individuals from vulnerable and marginalised groups and communities that would not afford postgraduate education without support, to attain such an education. It is expected that upon graduation scholars hip beneficiaries can proactively contribute towards socio-economic transformation of their communities.

Details can be found by following this link

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