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Mak holds Dua for Prof. Ali Mazrui



The Makerere University Community held a Dua in commemoration of renown Scholar, Prof. Ali Mazrui at the main campus. The event, which took place at the University Mosque on 17th October 2014, was a collection of powerful and moving tributes from all who stood to speak about the Prof. Mazrui.

Former Executive Director of the National Council for Higher Education (NCHE), Prof. Abdu Kasozi, commended Prof. Mazrui for his humility and commitment to the search for knowledge. “He was interested in the search for knowledge and was not compromised by the search for money throughout his academia life. He pursued his life as a debater and refined ideas through debate. His integrity is comparable to that of Socrates,” said Prof. Kasozi. He further appealed to the Makerere University community to honour and push forward Prof. Mazrui’s legacy.

The Vice Chancellor of Makerere University, Prof. John Ddumba-Ssentamu was represented by the Principal of(L - R) The Imam, Sheik Ahmed Ssentongo, the CHUSS Principal Prof. Edward Kirumira, Deputy Principal Prof. Abasi Kiyimba and Prof. Abdu Kasozi during the Dua prayers. the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHUSS), Prof. Edward Kirumira, who described Prof. Mazrui as a person of great humility.  “Prof. Mazrui demonstrated to the academia that one can be scholarly acclaimed but still lead a simple life on the streets. Greatness lies in simplicity,” he advised. Prof. Kirumira further challenged Makerere University staff to be judged by their contributions to community, as opposed to their numerous  publications. He confessed that his “little” contribution to Makerere University and to the community was because he looked up to a great person like Prof. Mazrui. He pledged that Makerere University would carry on Prof. Mazrui’s legacy through the Mazruiana projects comprised of the Ali Mazrui Chair and Endowment Fund.  A memorial lecture will be held in the Main Hall to eulogize Prof. Mazrui.

Dr. Suzie Nansozi (standing) speaking at the DuaThis Dua attracted a number of dignitaries, Makerere University community and the general public. Former Nkumba University Vice Chancellor, Prof. Paul Mugambi, pointed out that Prof. Mazrui championed the movement against discrimination of the African race. Former Makerere University Guild President, currently JEEMA Party President Asuman Basalirwa referred to the deceased as an exceptional academic. “He was not intellectually dishonest and that distinguished him from many other scholars. He was not an academic entrepreneur,” he said. Basalirwa praised him for being a true Pan-Africanist who was proud of his origin. “Prof. Mazrui is the only Muslim who came up to say Islam was not about terrorism and the West believed. He lived his life with dignity and distinction.”

The Head of the Department of Political Science and Public Administration, Dr. Suzie Nansozi Muwanga, said Prof. Mazrui was an Afrocentric Pan-Africanist who promoted African scholarship internationally. “He travelled across Africa to intensify the idea of intellectualism. His works are still informative to a new generation of African scholars and our students in Political Science. He put Makerere University and the Department of Political Science and Public Administration on the international scene. We pledge to carry on his legacy.”

The Imam of the Makerere University mosque, Sheikh Ahmed Ssentongo, spoke of Prof. Mazrui as a person who fulfilled one of the fundamental duties of Islam; of seeking knowledge. “In Islam seeking, applying and spreading knowledge is a duty upon everyone and it is a lifetime obligation. It is a sign of mischief to hide knowledge. Knowledge generated should be applied in practical life and this is what Prof. Mazrui did.” He praised him for his social and moral integrity and condemned those who sell knowledge for cheap gains; noting that it is punishable to do so.

Makerere University Muslim Students Association Patron Hajji Abdu Katende said the Muslim community lookedProf. Abasi Kiyimba (2nd left) chats with some of the female members of staff after the Dua. (L-R) Hasifah Kabejja, Marion Alina and Ritah Namisango. up to Prof. Mazrui as their role model because he lived a perfect life as a Muslim and academician. The Deputy Principal of CHUSS, Prof. Abasi Kiyimba, who was in charge of the day’s proceedings, observed that Prof. Mazrui put Islam at a coveted pedestal. “He used all the accumulated political and academic capital to promote Islam and for this, the Muslim community will continue to benefit from his legacy.”

Prof. Mazrui was pronounced dead on Monday 13th October, 2014 in Binghamton, New York, in the United States. He will be laid to rest at his ancestral home in Mombasa, Kenya on Sunday, 19th October, 2014.

Prof. Mazrui was a leading Pan-Africanist whose academic research focused on African politics, North-South relations and political Islam. He authored numerous books, including The Africans: A Triple Heritage and Christianity and Islam in Africa’s Political Experience: Piety, Passion and Power.

Article by Hasifah Kabejja (CHUSS) and Marion Alina, Public Relations Office

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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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Prof. Nawangwe urges Makerere University community to support the Mastercard Foundation E-learning Initiative



By Bernard Buteera

Makerere University has launched a two million dollar E-learning Project, dubbed The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program E-learning initiative.  

The launch was held on Tuesday 20th September 2022 at Makerere University, Yusuf Lule Central Teaching Facility Auditorium. It attracted over 200 participants, who included members of University Management, College Principals, School Deans, Academic and Administrative staff, students and the general university community.

While addressing the gathering, the Chief Guest, Prof. Mary Okwakol, the Executive Director of National Council for Higher Education (NCHE), congratulated Makerere University for winning such a huge grant, which will go a long way in transforming the eLearning infrastructure at Makerere University.

“I am happy to be joining you in launching a project that is at the heart of National Council for Higher Education. Online learning is at the heart of the Council, not only because of the challenges presented by the Covid-19 pandemic, but also the world is now a digital world.” Prof. Okwakol remarked.

Prof. Okwakol thanked Mastercard Foundation and other development partners who have continued to support initiatives that help transform higher institutions of learning in Uganda.

“I sincerely thank the Mastercard Foundation and other partners who have continued to support higher education in Uganda, especially in the area of research and online learning. Globally, the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, greatly disrupted education systems forcing learners and some schools to shift to virtual learning to curb the spread of the pandemic.” Prof. Okwakol pointed out.

On his part, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe urged the university community, especially the academic staff to take advantage of the Mastercard Foundation E-learning initiative to develop e-content across all Colleges of the University, to enhance capacity for eLearning at Makerere University.

[L -R] Chairperson of the Steering Committee of the E-learning Initiative, Prof. Umar Kakumba, Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, Prof. Mary Okwakol, the Executive Director of National Council for Higher Education (NCHE), Prof. Paul Birevu Muyinda, the Coordinator of the Mastercard Foundation E-learning Initiative and Prof. Justine Namaalwa, the Program Coordinator for Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program.

”I appeal to the Colleges to embrace this project and have as many courses adopt this pedagogy development system, even though students will continue with face-to face and phyisical learning, they should be allowed the option of online learning. The platforms that are going to be built, will give our students an opportunity to interact with international students, scholars, teachers and with each other.” Prof. Nawangwe applealed.

The Vice Chancellor, further called upon all other development partners to emulate Mastercard Foundation in supporting Makerere University and other universities on the entire African continent in strengthening digital literacy, so that Africa is not left behind.

”In 2018 I attended a conference on E-learning in Beijing China, where a critical question was asked; Will Africa be left behind again? This was in reference to many advancements that were taking place in the western world, in which Africa had been left behind.” The Vice Chancellor reminded the audience.

Prof. Nawangwe further emphaised the importance of e-learning as one of the critical modes of teaching and learning in the 21st first century.   

”Ladies and Gentlemen, I cannot over emphasise the importance we attach to e-learning the 21st Century, that is why we took a decision to elevate the Department of Open and Distance Learning into an Institute of Open and Distance E-learning with an intention of having e-learning extended to other Colleges of the university.” Prof. Nawangwe pointed out.

The Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic Affairs, and Chairperson of the Steering Committee of the E-learning Initiative, Prof. Umar Kakumba, rallied the University community to support the implementation of the project in the University.

“The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program E-learning initiative could not have come in at a better time than post COVID19 era. A pandemic, which exposed our systems and methods of teaching and learning. You all recall, when were hit by the pandemic, with lockdowns and closures of institutions of learning, we all went into a panicky mode on how were going to cope with online learning. I therefore call upon every member of the university to give this project the support it deserves.

Prof. Kakumba reminded the audience the importance and relevancy of online learning at Makerere University and other universities in Uganda.

“The online method of learning is best suited for everyone. This digital revolution has led to remarkable changes in how the content is accessed, consumed, discussed, and shared. Office goers and stay home mothers can take up online educational courses too, at the time that suits them. Depending on their availability and comfort, many people choose to learn at weekends or evenings.” Prof. Kakumba remarked.

Prof. Paul Birevu Muyinda, the Coordinator of the Mastercard Foundation E-learning Initiative, informed the audience the importance of the project and the expected outcomes for the University.

One of the Champions of e-learning trained by Arizona State University, Prof. Paul Birevu Muyinda receiving a certificate from Chief Guest.

“The Mastercard Foundation e- Learning Initiative is a Project funded by Mastercard Foundation aimed at addressing the negative impact of COVID-19 pandemic that constrained access and continuity of teaching, learning, research and community engagement activities at Makerere University” Prof. Muyinda pointed out.

Prof. Muyinda further thanked the team that he worked with in putting up the proposal in a very short time that yielded such an important grant for the University.

“I thank the team that spent sleepless nights putting together the proposal that resulted into this project. I must report that Makerere University is privileged to be having the most highly qualified persons in online instruction design and online pedagogy at the IODeL and beyond. It is now up to Makerere University in particular and the Country in general to make use of these persons to transform the terrain of online, blended distance and e-learning education.” Prof. Muyinda remarked.

Prof. Justine Namaalwa, the Program Coordinator for Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at Makerere University, informed the audience, that the E-learning initiative was one of the many partnerships between Mastercard Foundation and Makerere University geared at supporting the young people to succeed on the African continent.

Members of University Management, staff and students present.

“The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program continues to recognize that in order to enable young people across Africa to succeed, there is need to; Address systemic barriers in Higher education, Strengthen the capacity of Institutions that serve the Young People, and Support innovative solutions across critical sectors.” Prof. Namaalwa remarked.

The colourful launch ended with a panel discussion in which panelists digested the importance and opportunities for open distance and eLearning in higher institutions of learning.

Bernard Buteera is the Communications Officer of the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at Makerere University.

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Supplementary Admissions to Bachelor of Laws Under Private Sponsorship 2022/23




The Academic Registrar, Makerere University, informs applicants wishing to be admitted to Bachelor of Laws Private for 2022/2023 Academic year but failed to submit their application online to submit their applications from Friday 23rd to Friday 30th September, 2022 at a non-refundable fee of 50,000/= (Fifty thousand shillings only).

The applicants MUST have passed the Pre-entry Examinations for Bachelor of Laws.

Diploma/Degree holders should submit certified copies of their academic transcript to Room
315 Level 3, Senate Building.

Applicants who have already been admitted need not apply.

For any additional information, contact Undergraduate Admissions Offices 301/303 for A’Level Applicants and Office 315 for Diploma/Degree holders.

Date: 22nd September, 2022

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