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Gov’t contributes $5m to Kibaki Presidential Library at Mak

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The Government of Uganda will contribute US $5m towards the construction of the H.E Mwai Kibaki Presidential Library at Makerere University. This pledge was made public by H.E Hon. Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi, the Vice President of Uganda, who was representing His Excellency President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, at a high profile launch of the aforementioned library on 13th February 2015.

The Vice President commended H.E Kibaki as a true Pan- Africanist who has made tremendous contributions not only in the East African Community but across the continent. Among his achievements, H.E Kibaki has a track record of streamlining Kenya’s finance Ministry and laying a firm foundation for skyrocketing her economy to a middle income country.H.E Mwai Kibaki unveiling The H.E Mwai Kibaki School of Economics.

Makerere University chose to immortalise H.E Kibaki with a modern state-of-the art twin-tower library estimated to cost US $50m. One of the towers of this library will have 20 storeys and the other 15. In addition, the School of Economics has been renamed ‘H.E Mwai Kibaki School of Economics,’ in recognition of his achievements as the first African student to score a first class degree. At undergraduate level (1951-53), H.E Kibaki studies a Bachelor’s degree in Economics, History and Political Science of Makerere University, before proceeding to the London School of Economics (LSE), where he graduated with a BSc Public Finance with Distinction. He later returned to serve his alma mata as an Assistant lecturer in the Department of Economics between 1958-60.

The Presidential Library will host the Mwai Kibaki Endowed Chair in Economics, and the East African Mwai Kibaki Centre for Leadership, Public Finance and Policy. As part of the day’s proceedings, H.E Kibaki was installed on the symbolic Endowed Chair in Economics by the Makerere University Chancellor, Prof. George Mondo Kagonyera. This was at a colourful ceremony in the historic University Main Hall, where H.E Kibaki clad in his doctoral gown, walked in to a thunderous applause from the congregation. He smiled in acknowledgement of the warm welcome.L-R Mr. George Piwang Jolobo, Dr Eria Hisali, H.E Mwai Kibaki, Prof George Kagonyera, Major (Rtd) Jessica Alupo and H.E Hon. Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi unveiling of the foundation stone for the H.E Mwai Kibaki Presidential Library.

According to the Chancellor, the H.E Mwai Kibaki Endowed Chair in Economics will fund and support an internationally credentialed Professor of Economics to teach, research and mentor undergraduate, graduate and post-doctorate students in this field. “The Centre for Leadership, Public Finance and Policy will provide unique opportunities for African Ministers of Finance, Permanent Secretaries and Secretaries to the Treasury to become Scholars-in-residence, research and meet to discourse on Africa’s development agenda,” he said. The Centre will also be a repository of H.E. Mwai Kibaki’s personal papers, authored policy monographs, books, memorabilia of H.E Mwai Kibaki’s 50+ years of public service.

Chancellor Kagonyera was grateful to the School of Economics under the leadership of Dr. Edward Bbaale (Dean) and the College of Business and Management Sciences led by Dr. Eria Hisali (Principal) for embracing the Presidential project.

Earlier in the day, H.E Kibaki unveiled a plate renaming the School of Economics to H.E Mwai Kibaki School of Economics, before proceeding to lay a foundation stone for the construction of the much anticipated Presidential Library at the current Department of Performing Arts and Film grounds.

Prof Kagonyera prsenting a  plaque to HE Mwai Kibaki (seated in the symbolic Endowed Chair in Economics) as HE Edward Kiwanuka, Hon Jessica Alupo and Prof John Ddumba-Ssentamu look on. In his inaugural speech titled ‘Unlocking East Africa’s Intellectual Capital,’ H.E Kibaki challenged the elite to use their intellectual capital to transform the East African Community by inspiring and offering practical guidance to society.  He asserted that in this age of advanced communication technologies, intellectuals should aspire to be more practical and not wait for politicians to invite them to make their contribution. “It is important to acknowledge that intellectualism for its own sake is a luxury Africa cannot afford any longer. It is our business to determine our destiny as a bloc. Indeed, our shared circumstances and our common challenges call for a common approach that only a properly integrated East African Community can withstand.  It is in this context that the proposed library and policy centre will become relevant to East Africa, Africa and the world,” he added. “That is why my appeal to our intellectuals is to help the society overcome numerous artificial barriers that slot individual East African states into stuffy pigeonholes. East Africa deserves fresh air!” he emphasised.

The Vice Chancellor, Prof. John Ddumba-Ssentamu expressed gratitude to H.E Kibaki for honouring the proposal to construct a Presidential Library in his name at Makerere University. “The Presidential Library will be an outstanding achievement not only for Makerere University but also the entire region and beyond. I thank the Government of Uganda and especially the President Gen. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni for supporting this initiative.” Prof. Ddumba-Ssentamu also appreciated Her Excellency, Angellina Waphakabulo and Kenya’s High Commissioner to Uganda, Maj. Geoffrey Okanga for their support towards the project.Part of the audience at the Main Hall

The Chairperson of the Makerere University Council, Eng. Dr. Wana Etyem pledged Council’s support to the successful completion of the project. “I would like to appreciate the contribution of the Vice Chancellor, the Deputy Vice Chancellor in Charge of Finance and Administration Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, Mr. George Jalobo Piwang for ensuring that this day comes to pass. The proposed establishment of this project could not have come at a more opportune moment to inspire and energise the first tracking of similar endowed Chairs across Makerere University.”

According to Dr. Edward Bbaale, “the London School of Economics has now moved to Makerere University. The Presidential Library project will go a long way in promoting research in economics.”

This function was graced by the Hon. Minister of Education and Sports Maj. (Rtd) Jessica Alupo, who challenged all Makerere University alumni and well wishers to support this initiative. Other dignitaries who graced the occasion include a high power delegation from Kenya, former Vice Chancellors of Mak, Representatives from the President’s Office, High Commissioners, Members of Staff and Students of Mak, and many other high ranking officials.

Article by Hasifah Kabejja and Marion Alina.

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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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