“After ten years of MakLib leadership, I am leaving on a happy note that l am greatly inspired by what I have been able to accomplish, the people I have met, the support I got from some University Administrators, Library Staff, Members of Senate, Council and the entire University.”
These were the inspirational and heartfelt words from Prof. Maria G. N. Musoke at her handover ceremony on 20th January 2015 in the Makerere University Main Library, presided over by the Manager and Head Pre Audit Section-Directorate of Internal Audit, Mr. Patrick Akonyet. Prof. Maria Musoke handed over office to the Deputy University Librarian, Dr. Helen Byamugisha who will act as the University Librarian until a substantive head is appointed.
Prof. Maria Musoke expressed her gratitude to the Makerere University community for all the support and advice given to her during the ten years of service as University Librarian. She therefore promised to support her successor in any way possible for the betterment of the library and the university at large.
“I am really happy to say that the two terms I have been in office have played witness to great achievements in my life and the entire Makerere community. I am honored to announce that my contract for the second term in office ended on 13th December 2014 and today I am handing over office to Dr. Byamugisha with all the confidence that she will be able to run the library to the best of her ability. I wish her luck and I am looking forward to seeing more developments and achievements in this great institution,” she said.
Prof. Maria Musoke started off her career as an acting Librarian at Albert Cook Medical library. She then rose to the rank of Senior Librarian in charge of Acquisitions and processing of Medical literature, and then Deputy Librarian in-charge of the Medical Library. She was thereafter appointed Senior Librarian in charge of Albert Cook Medical Library, and later Documentalist /Senior Librarian Makerere University Library.
She was appointed to her first term of office; 2004-2009 and re-appointed in 2010 for her second successive term; 2010-2014. Prof. Maria Musoke will always be heralded the first Ugandan woman to head the Makerere University Library, her predecessors being five men and a British lady. These included; Mr. James Mugasha (1977-2004), Mr. Tucker Lwanga (1968-1977), Mr. Glenn L. Sitzman (1966-1967), Mr. Eric J. Belton (1961-1966), Mr. H. Holdswoth (1956-1061) and Ms. J.E Later (1948-1955).
Prof Musoke a lady of many achievements.
Prof. Maria Musoke will always be remembered as a lady of many achievements for the two terms she served as Makerere University Librarian. Some of these include;
- In 2005 the library extension project was embarked on in a phased manner, the first half of the extension was completed in 2007 with fundraising from Makerere University’s internally generated funds and officially opened on 4th August 2012 by The President H.E. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.
- The new library building extension and various fundraising services improved the quality of library services through increased space for discussions and research. More ICT facilities for different categories of users are now provided by Makerere University Main Library.
- Development of modern toilet facilities to match the large student population and for the first time the library users with disabilities got toilet facilities built according to international standards.
- An extension of a fully stocked IDA section with a digital music archive of Ugandan music was set up for the first time in 2006. The archive includes audio files photographs, over 1500 digital songs of 1940s and 1950s, digitalized cassettes of ethnomusicology and other digital recordings preserved in the music archive.
- Construction of a mothers’ space on level three for the expectant library staff and users to take a break with comfortable sofas and with cool air to provide a favorable relaxing environment.
Dr. Helen Byamugisha acknowledged her predecessor, Prof. Maria Musoke who blazed a trail of achievements over her ten years of service, “I commend the outgoing librarian for the tremendous work she has done for Makerere University, Your achievement and developments will forever be remembered in Makerere’s history. I am really grateful for the support and efforts that have seen improved relations between library staff and management.”
Story by: Prossy Nabatte, Intern-Public Relations Office.
Photo by: Elias Tuhereze- Web Administrator, Public Relations Office.
Edited by: Ritah Namisango-Senior PRO, Public Relations Office
Additional sources of information
Makerere University Library booklet; The ten years of increased visibility through innovations (2004-2014)
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HERS-EA Fourth Leadership Academy
The Higher Education Resource Services-East Africa (HERS-EA) provides an intensive residential one-week leadership and management development curriculum focused on women, mainly in higher education institutions and administration.
In response to the current Covid-19 pandemic, HERS-EA Fourth Academy will be a totally virtual one. As such, the Academy previously scheduled to take place between June 28th – July 3rd has been postponed by one week to July 5th-9th.
Theme: “Positioning Women for Leadership in Higher Education”
A. Institutional Development
1. Managing and Leading Change
2. Reframing Organizations for effective work
3. Developing Effective Partnerships in Higher Education for Women and gender focused advancement
B. Personal Development
4. Career Mapping/building dossier/personal development
5. Professional Women’s economic empowerment through Enterprise development and management for profit maximization
6. Research and Publishing; Leadership and Fundraising for projects including research and publication.
7. The Power of Mentoring; Networking
Who Should Attend?
HERS-EA expects many diverse and dynamic women leaders to attend the ACADEMY, to share and learn from multiple institutional perspectives with guidance from women with a wealth of experience in higher education, national academic organizations, government and non- governmental organizations. Participants are expected hold mid to senior-level positions and bring expertise from all parts of a college or university. They also represent a range of national groups, ages and years of experience in higher education and other fields.
Applying to the ACADEMY:
The deadline for registration has also been extended to June 30th. For more information regarding registration, please visit the website: www.hersea.org Completed registration forms should be emailed, with a scanned payment slip to: email@example.com, by 5.00 p.m. on Wednesday 30th June.
A complete application includes:
b) A self-descriptive letter (not > 500 words) to include:
- Current Title (e.g. Associate Professor of Economics; Deputy Dean, e. t. c.)
- Name and Contact Information for 2 Recommenders (e.g. Vice Chancellor, Head of Department, Chief Officer in your area, and/or direct supervisor)
- Short- and long-term career goals
- Your expectations for the HERS-EA ACADEMY.
c) Passport size photograph
d) A developmental project you have been assigned or you would like to initiate at your campus (maximum 500 words)
e) Registration fee of $100, please attach a copy of the deposit slip to your application (Bank A/C details below):
If you have any further questions, please email:
info[at]hersea.org or call the HERS-EA Administrator on: +256 (0)772082011 Please,also, visit the HERS-EA website for further updates: www.hersea.org.
Payment Bank Account Details:
Account Name: Higher Education Resource Service East Africa
HERS-EA US $ ACCOUNT
Name of Bank: DFCU Bank
Makerere University Branch
A/C No: 02083553153181
Swift Code: DFCUUGKA
HERS-EA UGX ACCOUNT
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Mak Commissions CoVAB@50 Celebrations, Awards Certificates
The College of Veterinary Medicine, Animal Resources and Biosecurity (CoVAB) on Thursday 17th June, 2021 commenced celebrations to mark 50 Years of Veterinary Higher Education, Science, Technology, Innovation and Services (HESTIS) in Uganda. The blended event held at the Industrial Livestock Research, Incubation and Skilling (ILRIS) Center at Nakyesasa, Namulonge as well as online was presided over by the Chancellor, Prof. Ezra Suruma and First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports (MoES), Hon. Janet Museveni both represented by the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe.
The event, held as part of Makerere University Centenary Celebrations (1922-2022) was a moment of celebration for 1,930 skilled livestock agribusiness entrepreneurs who were awarded certificates in recognition of completion of their respective courses. Owing to the strict Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) instituted by the Ministry of Health (MoH) to curb the spread of COVID-19, the students from Incubation Hubs in Atiak, Butaleja, Mubende, Nakyesasa, Sheema and Wakiso were awarded their certificates virtually.
In her remarks read by Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, Hon. Janet Museveni thanked Makerere University for supporting grassroots level development through groundbreaking innovations under the Africa Institute for Strategic Services and Development-Skills for Production Enterprise Development and Accreditation (AFRISA-SPEDA) model.
“I am extremely pleased that Makerere University, through those innovative approaches, has developed and launched the alternative approach to building human capital and transferring knowledge to enterprises in communities.
“I would like to encourage all those involved in skills development to adopt methodologies that transform those trainees that go through these programs in ways that enable them also transform the societies they live in” read the Minister’s remarks.
She further noted that commissioning of the CoVAB@50 celebrations was both timely and rewarding. “The commissioning of the college innovations indeed has made meaning. This is a true path to growth of an Academic and Development College of the University, and we congratulate you again.”
Addressing the congregation as Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe congratulated CoVAB alumna and incoming Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation (MoSTI) under the Office of the President, Dr. Monica Musenero upon her recent appointment. “We thank His Excellency the President for identifying you. Science is in good hands.”
Prof. Nawangwe urged Dr. Musenero to address the structures of managing research and innovation in Uganda, “including the role of the Uganda National Council for Science and Technology and the apparent need to establish a Research Council for Uganda.”
In the same breath he thanked the outgoing and pioneer Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Hon. Dr. Elioda Tumuwesigye, for his role in ensuring that the ministry is empowered to carry out its mandate.
The Chancellor congratulated CoVAB upon training the bulk of Veterinary Doctors in Uganda over the last 50 years and more recently, Laboratory Technologists at the highest level. He recognised Makerere University‘s obligation to contribute to the economic self-determination of Uganda and thanked CoVAB for conducting research that addresses hindrances to national development, especially in the livestock industry.
“The anti-tick vaccine is one of such innovations which will solve the huge problem of tick-borne diseases that have caused enormous losses to our farmers. There are many other problems on which the college is researching and we thank you for the enthusiasm” he added.
The Chancellor commended CoVAB for being the vanguard of transformation of the grassroots communities through the SPEDA model. “I urge Government to fund this important initiative so that it can more meaningfully contribute to solving the big problem of youth unemployment.”
In her remarks, Dr. Monica Musenero commended the Principal, CoVAB, Prof. John David Kabasa for fulfilling the College’s dream of enabling the masses who drop out of the education value chain as well as those who complete education but have no skills for livelihood, to attain certification in agribusiness entrepreneurship.
“Many people attain academic success and write papers, publish and they become professors but without demonstrable impact on their nation. You have shown by the thousands that you have touched nationwide that indeed you are a professor of national transformation. Congratulations,” remarked Dr. Musenero.
She therefore congratulated the teams at CoVAB and AFRISA upon successfully conceiving and executing a model that is non-traditional, informal, not easily understood and not documented in any textbooks.
As Minister, Dr. Musenero noted that witnessing thousands of individuals from across the country whose skills had been honed through a university programme receiving certificates gave her a lot of hope and material to embark on her tenure with. “I will be looking forward to harnessing these resources as we initiate work on the next leg of Science, Technology and Innovation in the country under the President’s Office.”
The invitation to the Principal, CoVAB to present students for the award of the ordinary diplomas, ordinary certificates and artisan certificates was given by the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic Affairs), Dr. Umar Kakumba. He congratulated the awardees upon successfully completing their respective courses and graduating with evidence on an enterprise.
Prof. Kabasa clarified that the approach used to train the day’s awardees was not simply a vocational skilling. “The combination of action research with knowledge transfer, skilling, plus assessment and accreditation processes done by organs like the DIT (Directorate of Industrial Training, MoES) has given us this result, for the University to provide true leadership and transformation of the community.”
Present at the celebrations were the Director, DIT, MoES-Mr. Byakatonda Patrick and the Deputy Commissioner Social Services Development, MoES Madam Elizabeth Bateme who have worked through the Academic-Community-Public-Private-Partnership model to ensure that students graduate as entrepreneurs with micro enterprises.
Prior to presiding over the ceremony, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, on behalf of the First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports officially commissioned the SPEDA Training, Incubation and Research Centre – Nakyesasa.
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