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Makerere Marshall Plan attracts Top Investors



A number of local and international firms from China, Korea and Uganda have expressed interest in developing Makerere University’s land following a call put out by the University through the media in January 2014. The land, found in different parts of the University estate namely: Main Campus, Katalemwa, Makindye, Bwaise and Kololo, will be developed under the Public Private Partnerships (PPP) arrangement, in what has been code named the Makerere University Infrastructure Development Marshall Plan’ covering 11 projects which include;

1. Makerere University Teaching Hospital
2. Makerere University Student Resource Centre
3. Student Hostels at the Main Campus and Kabanyolo
4. Makerere University Hotel and Convention Centre
5. Makerere University Centre for Innovation and Technology Incubation
6. Makerere University perimeter fence and Commercial Buildings
7. Transport Hub
8. Middle Income Apartments
9. Upper Market Apartments
10. Makerere University Centre for Gender and Development Studies
11: Makerere University School of Law

Top Management speaks out
An artistic impression of the proposed Hotel and Convention Centre as part of the Infrastructure Marshall Plan 2014, Makerere University, Kampala UgandaCommenting about the developments, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. John Ddumba-Ssentamu said, “We are very serious about Public Private Partnerships because they are the best way to advance these projects. One of our major resources is land and we shall fully utilize it for all the projects. We would like to start with the perimeter wall, Students’ Centre, and the Hotel as a priority but this will also depend on the interests of the investors.”

“When completed, these projects will save money. We spend a lot on conferences and residences for external examiners, which money can be saved if we have facilities for such activities. About 1billion shillings goes to external examiners annually and another 600m to conferences.  We intend to have shopping malls around the perimeter wall to generate more income too,” added the Vice Chancellor.

A Committee, headed by the Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Finance and Administration (DVCFA), Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, has been set up to see to the successful implementation of the projects. Other members on the Committee include the University Secretary, David Kahundha Muhwezi; the Director, Planning and Development Department (PDD), Dr. Florence Nakayiwa; Assoc. Prof. Anthony Keraali of the College of Engineering Design Art and Technology (CEDAT); the Director Estates and Works Department , Eng. Fred Nuwagaba and a Legal Advisor. Overall guidance for the project will be given by the University Council.

“These developments will protect the land and diversify the University’s income base. The projects will also avail more lecture space for students,” explained DVCFA Prof. Nawangwe.  

According to the Director PDD, Dr. Florence Nakayiwa, “Twelve firms have so far responded to the call. These firms are comprised of both building companies and transaction advisors. We are glad that the market is receptive to this call. We have now asked them to undertake feasibility studies of the different projects and report back by September 2014. We are optimistic that ground works will begin as soon as we have all the appropriate processes in place.”

An artistic impression of the proposed Students' Resource Centre as part of the Infrastructure Marshall Plan 2014, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda

The place of the Master Plan
In April 2014, Makerere University rolled out a University Infrastructure Master plan and sought input from stakeholders. This plan covers the Main campus, the College of Health Sciences (CHS) and the Makerere University Agricultural Research Institute Kabanyolo (MUARIK). “The Marshall Plan is a smaller component of the Master plan. In the Master plan, aspects like zoning, age of buildings, utility distribution, traffic flow and future use of available space are considered; whereas the Marshall plan is only focusing on key building projects as derived from the Master Plan,” clarified Dr. Nakayiwa.

Please see Downloads for a brief of each proposed project.

By Marion Alina, Public Relations Office

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4th Call For Applications: MURBS Departmental Ambassadors



URBRA’s Mrs. Ritah Nansasi Wasswa (2nd L) assisted by Ag. University Secretary-Mr. Yusuf Kiranda (L) hands over a plaque of recognition to Outgoing Trustee-Ms. Dorothy Nannozi Kabanda (2nd R) as Incoming Trustee-Ms. Franco Angida Mugyema (R) applauds during the MURBS Board Handover on 26th March 2021.

In February 2018, the Makerere University Retirement Benefits Scheme (MURBS) launched the Departmental Ambassadors Programme. MURBS hopes to use this Ambassadors Programme to engage more directly with its membership and enhance member education. MURBS further perceives this Programme as a means to mitigate succession planning risks.

MURBS Fund Value continues to grow, and as at 31st March 2021, it stood at Ushs 235.5bn as compared to Ushs 209.6bn as at 30th June 2020. Given this growth, there is increased need for prospective Trustees, who are well equipped with relevant knowledge and skills, and with practical exposure to the management and governance of MURBS.


  1. Must be employed by the University on permanent terms
  2. Must be an Active Member of the Scheme (currently contributing to the Scheme) and appear on the Official Register of the MURBS Active Membership as at 30th April 2021.
  3. Must be willing to commit time to trainings and other ambassadorial activities organised by the Scheme.

Mode of training for 4th Cohort of Ambassadors

Training for this (4th) Cohort of Ambassadors is envisaged to be conducted over the zoom online platform only, due to Covid-19 restrictions. The Scheme does not envisage any face-to-face interactions.

Tenure of Office & Termination or Withdrawal

There is no tenure of office for the Departmental Ambassador. As long as a member is willing to continue serving as an Ambassador, and the Ambassador continues to satisfy the eligibility criteria above, she or he will remain a MURBS Ambassador.

How to Apply

Interested members should complete the MURBS Departmental Ambassador Application Form 01-0218. The completed Form together with the requested attachments should be sent to info[at] and copy to wilber.naigambi[at] no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, 14th June 2021. We discourage hand delivery of applications.

Confirmation/Approval Process

MURBS shall acknowledge receipt of each application received within 12 hours and will respond to the applicants to confirm the status of their application in writing (by e-mail). Upon approval of the application, the name of the approved Ambassador together with the Department and School/Unit will be updated on the list of the MURBS Departmental Ambassadors in the Group 4 category and published on the MURBS website.

NOTE: There is no limit as to the number of ambassadors that MURBS can have in a department.

Please see Downloads for the detailed call and application form.

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Chair Council Communication on Closure of Makerere University



An older photo of the Main Building, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda as seen from across the Freedom Square. Date taken: 22nd October 2012.

7th June 2021

All Members of Staff
All Students and Stakeholders
Makerere University


Following the address to the Nation by H.E. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, President of Uganda, on 6th June 2021, this is to inform you that the University will be closed with effect from today 7th June 2021 for 42days.

During the closure, the University shall observe a 30% physical presence of staff while other faculty and administrative staff shall continue to work online.

Management will inform staff and students on the implementation of teaching, learning, and research activities online. Construction activities shall continue as per the President’s directives and with strict adherence to the COVID-19 SOPs.

Yours sincerely,

Lorna Magara (Mrs.)
Chairperson, Makerere University Council

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RUFORUM: Transforming Higher Education Videos and Links



Delegates brainstorm during the 15th RUFORUM AGM held at the University of Cape Coast (UCC) in Ghana from 2-6 December, 2019. Photo credit: RUFORUM

Video Series developed by Julieta Mazzola, EARTH University.


  1. What is Community Engagement?  Video 1 of 3.
  2. Different Forms of University Engagement with the Community. Video 2 of 3.
  3. Student learning through Community Engagement. Video 3 of 3.

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