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Mak-SHARP launch So-Lite Solar Street Lighting Project



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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Launch of Mak-RIF Round 4 Awards & PhD Call for Proposals



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: 
Meeting ID: 884 5662 9992
Password: 292624

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Notice: Makerere Disability Scheme 2022/23 Medical Review Exercise



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.


(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



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Uganda’s policymakers implored to address forest loss, plastic & water pollution



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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