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Manuals to Streamline Mak Processes Launched

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As part of the activities of the Change Management Committee, the Quality Assurance Directorate has released three manuals to further streamline processes at Makerere University. The Financial Procedures Manual; the Procurement and Disposal Manual; and the Internal Audit Manual were launched by the Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Finance and Administration, DVCFA, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, at a ceremony in the CEDAT conference hall on 3rd Dec 2014 .

The manuals are to be used by the respective offices of Makerere University and soft copies of the same will be availed online by the Quality Assurance Directorate.

The Internal Audit Manual is an amalgamation of all key separate policies including the Internal Audit Charter, Audit Committee charter, Code of Ethics and Audit Standards. This manual makes reference to best internal audit practices the world over like of integrity, confidentiality, objectivity and competence in guiding users. It is applicable to all staff, students and agents of the University who conduct, manage or oversee university resources.

The Financial Procedures Manual is strong on financial discipline across the university. The section on responsibilities stipulates that Principals, Directors and Heads of Units conduct their activities in a manner consistent with good internal control. They shall ensure compliance with Government of Uganda, University and donor requirements in the use of resources. This includes assessing the risks of achieving set objectives and explaining budget variances from expected budget conditions. In the guidelines provided, this manual is to be used as the main reference on financial accounting policies and procedures. Consultation is to be made with the University Bursar on any areas outside the scope of this manual.

The Procurement and Disposal Manual points to the principles of non-discrimination, transparency, fairness, and conflict of interest in handling public procurement and disposal activities.

The Procurement and Disposal, Internal Audit & Finance Procedural Manuals as lauched on 3rd December 2014, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda

At the launch of these manuals, the Commissioner Financial Management Services in the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic planning, Godfrey Ssemugooma shared that the ministry is introducing a Computerised Education Management & Accounting System (CEMAS). The system, which aims at automating all university processes, is being implemented through a collaboration of the Ministries of Education, Finance & Works; the eight public institutions of higher learning; as well as regulators and operators including NITA-U, and the National Council for Higher Education among others.

CEMAS is expected to introduce new business features & modify processes; provide system training and skills (L-R) Peter Mubiru, the University Cashier and Dr. Florence Nakayiwa the Mak Director Planning and Development Department, listen to the proceedingsdevelopment for financial management cadres; and redefine the common consumables procured by the University, e.g., stationery. In some of its benefits, CEMAS will see to the timely access to accurate financial information: including online tracking of revenue performance; quick generation of reports; quality data for planning; timely reconciliations and financial reporting. It will also ensure flexibility of the university, through extended business hours: 24/7 availability of selected services; reduced operational costs, less customer queues, and less human resource hours.

In response to the proposed system, Prof. Nawangwe noted that, “we do not want you to bring a system that will add to our already many problems. We will embrace CEMAS for as long as it is indeed a solution to help us in the timely delivery of services.

The Director Quality Assurance, Dr. Vincent Ssembatya, observed that Makerere University has to provide services with the knowledge that modern students access information online.

Larry Ribbeklint a consultant with KPMG observed that Makerere University has in place the necessary laws but emphasized the need for the different constituents to come together to form ideas about an overall internal control system. He gave an example of the absence of a clear paper on anti-corruption at Makerere University.

Article by Marion Alina, Public Relations Office

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A Successful Ph.D. Defense by Vianney Andrew Yiga

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The CEDAT community is proud to share our congratulations to Vianney Andrew Yiga following his successful Ph.D. defense that happened yesterday Monday 3rd October 2022 at the College of Engineering, Design, Art, and Technology (CEDAT).

His Thesis was titled; Thermal Stability of Fiber- Reinforced Polylactic Acid Composites for Flameretarded Applications.

The candidate was supervised by Eng. Dr. Michael Lubwama and Eng. Dr. Peter W. Olupot both from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, at CEDAT.

Dr. John Wasswa, Department of Chemistry, College of Natural Sciences (CONAS), Makerere University was the opponent that interrogated the candidate to enable a clear understanding of the study.

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Makerere University Launches National Parenting Draft Manual

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The Director of Culture at the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development, Ms. Juliana Naumo Akoryo (Centre) and Dr. Godfrey Siu, the Principal Investigator from Mak-CHDC (Right) interact with a participant at the workshop on 22nd July 2022, Kampala.

By Agnes Namaganda

On July 22nd 2022, Makerere UniversityChild Health and Development Centre (MakCHDC) launched a draft manual for the National Parenting Standards. The Centre has been working together with the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development (MGLSD) with funding from UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund), to develop standards that are agreeable to all organisations in the country that are involved in parenting work. The draft manual was being presented to members of a consortium that brings together all these organisations together, called the Parenting Agenda Consortium.

“We produce many documents and they are shelved,” Irene Ayot Chono, who was speaking on behalf of UNICEF said. “We hope that this document will not be one of them,” she emphasized.

Irene Ayot Chono-UNICEF, urging participants to utilize the manual once it is complete.
Irene Ayot Chono-UNICEF, urging participants to utilize the manual once it is complete.

Dr. Godfrey Siu, the Principal Investigator from Mak-CHDC who presented the draft manual to participants, emphasized that if any organization is doing parenting work, there should be a minimum package that they should offer.

Draft Manual Content

The manual which will have several modules. These modules will be delivered face-to-face in 1.5 hour sessions. Some of these include; Module 6 which will focus on “understanding responsible masculinity and fatherhood” and on “understanding the concept of head of family.”The draft manual also proposed that Module 11 focuses on Parenting in the 21st Century. Some of the sessions in this module will include Children and Technology, Contemporary Influence on Children and Modernity, Culture and Morality.Module 9 will focus on Parenting for Adolescents and some of the suggested sessions within this module are Needs for Adolescents and The Art of Communicating with Adolescents. Module 5 will focus on Preventing Violent Parenting and Promoting Alternative Discipline Strategies while Module 10 will be about Parenting to Address the Mental Health for Children and Adults.

Dr. Godfrey Siu, the Principal Investigator from Mak-CHDC presenting the contents of the National Parenting Standards Draft Manual.
Dr. Godfrey Siu, the Principal Investigator from Mak-CHDC presenting the contents of the National Parenting Standards Draft Manual.

Participants’ suggestions

After the presentation, participants raised several suggestions for discussion and consideration. These included whether there should be a module on spirituality since Uganda is a strongly religious nation. There was also the concern of how children in remand homes should be parented. Another concern raised by a participant was as to whether teachers who make an undeniable contribution to parenting, should be taken through the parenting manual.

A participant gives her input at the National Parenting Standards Draft Manual launch.
A participant gives her input at the National Parenting Standards Draft Manual launch.

In her closing remarks, Ms. Juliana Naumo Akoryo, the Director of Cultural Affairs at the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development (MGLSD) said that the manual is for the parenting organisations to utilize and not for MGLSD.

The Director of Culture at the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development, Ms. Juliana Naumo Akoryo making closing remarks at the workshop.
The Director of Culture at the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development, Ms. Juliana Naumo Akoryo making closing remarks at the workshop.

Ms. Chono also adjured the team behind the manual to use picture illustrations in the manual that can be relatable by the Ugandan parents.

Contact: Agnes Namaganda – agnesvioletnamaganda@gmail.com

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

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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:
https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwpcu-urDIjE9ZgxdsbEmA2IkNMMiJVECt_ 
Meeting ID: 884 5662 9992
Password: 292624

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