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Celebrating Prof Ali Mazrui a distinguished Alumnus



On behalf of the Makerere University Council, Senate, Management, Staff and Students, I join the rest of the world in celebrating the life of a renowned educationist, scholar and mentor, Prof. Ali Mazrui.

Prof. Ali Mazrui joined Makerere University College as a political science Lecturer in 1963. His name quickly became synonymous with academic excellence and a deep rooted desire for socio-economic growth on the African continent. For the ten years he spent at Makerere University, 1963 – 1973, Prof. Mazrui is dearly remembered for his distinguished service. He laid a firm foundation for the Department of Political Science where he served as Head of Department and Professor. He also became the first African Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at Makerere University. Colleagues remember that during his tenure, Prof. Mazrui introduced courses in international relations and law, which have since gone a long way in making the Department more relevant to both local and international issues. He was also passionate about setting up an Institute of Diplomatic Studies to further give leverage to this Department, although this did not come to pass.

Makerere University made a mark the world over, at a critical time of shaping the post-colonial direction of many countries on the continent; through holding highly memorable public debates. Prof. Ali Mazrui was one of the outstanding key note speakers whose addresses the audience always looked forward to, thanks to his well-researched and vibrant discussions in the historic Main Hall. His lectures in the Main Hall were always parked to maximum capacity, right from his inaugural one on ‘Ancient Greece in African Political Thought.’ Makerere University will also remember him for the highly coveted role he played at the University’s graduation ceremonies; where he was the officially appointed University Orator — entrusted with drafting citations for honorary degrees awarded by the university. Prof. Mazrui consistently acknowledged Makerere University as the academic institution that made him who he was. He always paid tribute to his alma mater wherever he went.

In 2009 Makerere University honoured Prof. Mazrui by initiating the Mazrui Endowment Chair and the East African Ali Mazrui Centre for Global Studies. These two constituted the Mazruiana projects at Makerere University. In so doing, Prof. Ali Mazrui gave permission for his name to be utilized in perpetuity. For this Makerere University is sincerely grateful.

Through his works, Prof. Ali Mazrui impacted the continent in many ways including focusing research on key areas for Africa’s transformation. He was a selfless scholar, who indeed served in many of the leading universities in the world. He inspired many young scholars to pursue further studies and engage in research. Ali Mazrui was widely consulted on many issues including constitutional change, educational reform and leadership. It is little wonder that Prof. Mazrui received many recognitions including being recognized among the top 100 public intellectuals the world over by the American journal of Foreign Policy of Washington, DC, in 2005.

Prof. Ali Mazrui indeed lived a fulfilling life. We at Makerere University compare him to a continuous stream of knowledge, never wavering in refreshing all along its path.  He was a great tutor and we thank the Lord for blessing us with one of his finest creations.

  • A condolence book has been opened at the Office of the Vice Chancellor, Main Administration Building, Makerere University for all who wish to pass on their condolence messages.
  • Memorial prayers will be held at the Makerere University Mosque to coincide with the burial of Prof. Ali Mazrui in Mombasa. The date will be communicated as soon as it is confirmed with the family of the deceased.
  • A delegation from Makerere University will attend the burial in Mombasa.

May his soul rest in eternal peace.

Professor John Ddumba-Ssentamu

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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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