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Mak-Senior UPDF Officers Agric Induction Training Kicks Off

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Over 300 Senior Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF) officers have turned up for a two-week Agriculture Induction Training programme at Makerere University. According to the Minister of State for Luwero Triangle, Honorable Sarah Kataike, the training is aimed at equipping the officers with knowledge and skills, so as to help monitor the National Agricultural Advisory Services (NAADS) program across the country.

The Minister said that the idea to involve the Officers in this agricultural programme was endorsed by the President of Uganda, H.E, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni after an initial selection of UPDF officers proved very effective in Luwero District last year.

VC-Prof. John Ddumba-Ssentamu makes his welcome remarks at the Agric Induction Training, 6th Aug 2014, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda“In that one year the army displayed a high level of efficiency, commitment and education which enabled distribution of inputs in a timely manner. The officers were indiscriminative and ensured effective supervision up to the last person,” said Hon. Kataike. “Secondly, we need to really mobilize our people into commercial agriculture. The challenge has been the lack of inputs, we have been trying to give inputs through the NAADS but it did not work,” the Minister added.

Upon welcoming the guests at the inauguration ceremony, the Makerere University Vice Chancellor Prof. John Ddumba-Ssentamu appreciated the great honor bestowed upon the University by the Government of Uganda, by selecting the institution to host and offer the Agricultural Induction Training.

Makerere is happy to collaborate with the UPDF, as we together work toward transformation of our nation. We assure you General Katumba Wamala that we shall give you nothing but the best.” The Vice Chancellor assured.

Principal CAES-Prof. Bernard Bashaasha gives an overview of the Agric Induction Training, 6th Aug 2014, Makerere University, Kampala UgandaThe Principal College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) Prof. Bernard Bashaasha, said that Makerere University through CAES, was tasked with the responsibility of training the Officers in agriculture before they can be entrusted with the program that seeks to alleviate poverty through the promotion of commercial agriculture.

According to Prof. Bashaasha the training which started Wednesday 6th August, will entail both theory and practical sessions and that by 20th August the officers will be equipped to help

“In the two weeks we are going to host the Officers, we have set up a customized training program, which will give them the necessary skills, in a bid to eradicate poverty with agriculture as the main focus,” said the Principal.

While addressing the Senior Officers, the Chief of Defence Forces (CDF) General Edward Katumba Wamala asked the Officers to treat the programme like a mission. The CDF appealed to the officers to practice teamwork for the two weeks they are going to spend while training.

The CDF-General Katumba Wamala talks to the Press after the Agric Induction Training Launch, 6th Aug 2014, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda“Take this as a military mission where you have to define the enemy which is poverty and fight it. For the two weeks you are going to spend here; learn to define your mission, come up with your execution plan, to ensure that the mission is achieved, work out your time lines such that whatever is done is being done in time and work out your coordinating instructions to ensure that there are no gaps left.” General Katumba Wamala clarified.

“If the Al-shabab who have tried to frustrate our efforts have not succeeded, how can we fail to deliver what is required to the farmer at the right time, in the right place, in the right quantities and then supervise what is being done?” he further quipped.

The Minister of State for Agriculture, Honourable Zerubabel Mijumbi Nyiira, observed that the training of UPDF Officers is not an invasion into the work of civilians as has been perceived by some members of the public but rather more about maximizing the utilization of human resources in socioeconomic development.

Hon. Zerubabel Nyiira (L) and Hon. Sarah Kataike (R) make their way to the launch of the Agric Induction Training for Senior UPDF Officers Launch, 6th Aug 2014, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda“The training is meant to give them the basics of agriculture so that when they go to the field, they will be able to integrate and lend their services to the distribution of seeds, monitoring of ongoing programs as well as give support to the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries and the Local Governments,” clarified Hon. Nyiira.

The officers will reside in both Nsibirwa and Nkrumah Halls during the course of their two-week training.

By Nabatte Prossy, Intern, Public Relations Office

 

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Advert: Mature Age Entry Scheme – Private Sponsorship 2024/2025

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Students sit for an exam in the pre-COVID era, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda.

The Academic Registrar, Makerere University invites applications for the Undergraduate
Programmes under the Mature Age Entry Scheme only for Private Sponsorship for
2024/2025 Academic Year.
Non-Refundable Application fee of Shs. 50,000/= for Ugandans OR $75 Equivalent for
Internationals, plus bank charge should be paid in any of the banks used by Uganda
Revenye Authority after generating a Payment Reference Number (PRN).

  • Apply using the Institution’s Applications Portal URL:https: //apply.mak.ac.ug
  • Application is for candidates who passed the Mature Age Entry Examinations of December 17, 2022 and February 24, 2024 only.
  • Any candidate who passed the examinations in mentioned above and was not admitted on Government/ Private sponsorship for December 17, 2022 sitting, and for Government sponsorship for February 24, 2024 sitting, is eligible to apply for admission on Private Sponsorship for 2024 /2025 Academic Year.

The closing date for applying will be Friday 26th July, 2024.

Further details can be accessed by following this link.

Prof. Mukadasi Buyinza
ACADEMIC REGISTRAR

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Diploma/Degree Holders Admission Lists 2024/25

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The Office of Academic Registrar, Makerere University has released lists of Diploma/Degree Holder applicants admitted under Private/Self Sponsorship for the academic year 2024/25. Please note that admission is subject to verification of academic documents by the awarding institutions.

The admission list is displayed here below:

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African Futures Research Leadership Program: Cohort 5 – Call for Scholars

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Participants at the initial AAP convening participate in design-thinking exercises to help imagine the future of partnerships between MSU and Africa. Photo: AAP

The Alliance for African Partnership (AAP) is seeking applicants for the fifth cohort of the AAP African Futures Research Leadership Program. This competitive visiting scholar program supports early career researchers from the AAP consortium to work for one year under the mentorship of faculty members from MSU and their home institution, focusing on building skills in research for impact, writing scholarly and/or policy publications, disseminating of research results, and developing grant proposals for external support. Scholars will also participate in a structured professional development program while building bridges and lasting connections with MSU contacts and across their cohort. 

The main objective of the African Futures program is to strengthen the capacity of a cadre of African researchers to return to their home institutions and become scientific leaders in their community, establish long-term partnerships with MSU faculty, co-create innovative solutions to Africa’s challenges, and in turn become trainers of the next generation of researchers. This program aims to address the gender gap in Africa, where only 30% of researchers are women, so scholars selected for the program will be women, or men who can demonstrate they are committed to support efforts towards gender equity in higher education institutions in Africa. The research areas that the scholars will engage in during the program should be aligned to AAP’s research priority areas

The AAP Management Team requests applications from early career researchers to participate in the next cohort, with work to begin virtually in February 2025. Scholars will spend September – December 2025 at MSU for the in-person portion of the program, followed by another period of virtual collaboration, ending in early 2026. The scholar and mentor team will receive a small grant for research and professional development activities including conference attendance and publication. Scholars will also receive a stipend during their time at MSU, visa application support, and round-trip travel from their home institution.

Eligibility

  • Citizen of an African country 
  • Completion of a PhD degree within the last 10 years 
  • Employed as an Academic Staff member at one of the AAP African consortium universities including Egerton University, Makerere University, University of Dar es Salaam, Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Botswana, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, University Cheikh Anta Diop, University of Arts and Humanities, Bamako, United States International University-Africa, and University of Pretoria 
  • Have documented approval of leave or sabbatical to participate in the program for the in-person period 
  • Have a mentor at their home institution that will serve as a collaborator and mentor
  • Research must be in one of the AAP priority areas
  • Applicants may only submit one proposal to AAP in this round of funding. Prior scholars are not eligible to apply. 

To learn more about the program, including how to apply, click below

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Applications to be an African Futures scholar are due August 18, 2024

Additional program dates:

  • Program start date (virtual): February 2025
  • In-person program: Sept – Dec 2025
  • Program end date: February 2026

Please contact Jose Jackson-Malete at jacks184@msu.edu or +1 517-353-6989 with any questions.

Source: AAP

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