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Mak-KI Partnership – 28 PhDs and Counting



On Thursday, February 12th, students, alumni, teachers, professors, and officials from Makerere University and Karolinska Institutet (KI) gathered in Kampala, Uganda, to celebrate the long and successful partnership between the two universities.

”The Karolinska Institutet – Makerere University Alumni & Friends Reunion; Open Lecture and Reception” was organized at the College of Health Sciences (CHS) on Thursday, February the 12th. A well-attended celebration for alumni and friends of the collaboration followed an open lecture with speakers from both universities. Katri Pohjolainen Yap, the Senior Research Advisor First Secretary at the Swedish Embassy participated and the Swedish Ambassador, Urban Andersson highlighted the event on L-R: Monika Berge-International Coordinator, KI, Dr. John Mango-Deputy Principal, CoNAS. Mr. Robert Ngobi, Manager,QAD, Professor Mukadasi Buyinza-Director, RGT, Dr. Vincent Ssembatya, Director, QAD and Leif Abrahamsson-International Science Programme (ISP).

A delegation from Makerere University visited Karolinska Institutet and collaborating universities in Sweden from 2nd to 6th March, 2015 to discuss the next Sida bilateral phase, starting 1 July 2015. Part of the delegation was Professor Buyinza Mukadasi, Director of Research and Graduate Training; Dr. Vincent Ssembatya, Director Quality Assurance Directorate; Robert Ngobi, Manager Quality Assurance Directorate and Dr. John Mango, Deputy Principal, College of Natural Sciences-CoNAS.

A delegation from Karolinska Institutet, chaired by Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Kerstin Tham, visited Makerere University from 11-13 of February, 2015 to celebrate the many years of partnership and to discuss the future of the collaboration. On Wednesday, February 11th, the Implementation Agreement regarding the joint doctoral training leading to the double degree of doctor of philosophy (PhD), was signed by Professor John Ddumba-Ssentamu, Vice Chancellor, Makerere University and Professor Kerstin Tham, Pro-Vice Chancellor at Karolinska Institutet.

As of 2014, Twenty Eight Double Degree PhD Theses had been defended thanks to the Makerere-Karolinska Institute Partnership.

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Event Celebrating KI Partnership with Makerere University


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4th Call For Applications: MURBS Departmental Ambassadors



URBRA’s Mrs. Ritah Nansasi Wasswa (2nd L) assisted by Ag. University Secretary-Mr. Yusuf Kiranda (L) hands over a plaque of recognition to Outgoing Trustee-Ms. Dorothy Nannozi Kabanda (2nd R) as Incoming Trustee-Ms. Franco Angida Mugyema (R) applauds during the MURBS Board Handover on 26th March 2021.

In February 2018, the Makerere University Retirement Benefits Scheme (MURBS) launched the Departmental Ambassadors Programme. MURBS hopes to use this Ambassadors Programme to engage more directly with its membership and enhance member education. MURBS further perceives this Programme as a means to mitigate succession planning risks.

MURBS Fund Value continues to grow, and as at 31st March 2021, it stood at Ushs 235.5bn as compared to Ushs 209.6bn as at 30th June 2020. Given this growth, there is increased need for prospective Trustees, who are well equipped with relevant knowledge and skills, and with practical exposure to the management and governance of MURBS.


  1. Must be employed by the University on permanent terms
  2. Must be an Active Member of the Scheme (currently contributing to the Scheme) and appear on the Official Register of the MURBS Active Membership as at 30th April 2021.
  3. Must be willing to commit time to trainings and other ambassadorial activities organised by the Scheme.

Mode of training for 4th Cohort of Ambassadors

Training for this (4th) Cohort of Ambassadors is envisaged to be conducted over the zoom online platform only, due to Covid-19 restrictions. The Scheme does not envisage any face-to-face interactions.

Tenure of Office & Termination or Withdrawal

There is no tenure of office for the Departmental Ambassador. As long as a member is willing to continue serving as an Ambassador, and the Ambassador continues to satisfy the eligibility criteria above, she or he will remain a MURBS Ambassador.

How to Apply

Interested members should complete the MURBS Departmental Ambassador Application Form 01-0218. The completed Form together with the requested attachments should be sent to info[at] and copy to wilber.naigambi[at] no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, 14th June 2021. We discourage hand delivery of applications.

Confirmation/Approval Process

MURBS shall acknowledge receipt of each application received within 12 hours and will respond to the applicants to confirm the status of their application in writing (by e-mail). Upon approval of the application, the name of the approved Ambassador together with the Department and School/Unit will be updated on the list of the MURBS Departmental Ambassadors in the Group 4 category and published on the MURBS website.

NOTE: There is no limit as to the number of ambassadors that MURBS can have in a department.

Please see Downloads for the detailed call and application form.

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Chair Council Communication on Closure of Makerere University



An older photo of the Main Building, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda as seen from across the Freedom Square. Date taken: 22nd October 2012.

7th June 2021

All Members of Staff
All Students and Stakeholders
Makerere University


Following the address to the Nation by H.E. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, President of Uganda, on 6th June 2021, this is to inform you that the University will be closed with effect from today 7th June 2021 for 42days.

During the closure, the University shall observe a 30% physical presence of staff while other faculty and administrative staff shall continue to work online.

Management will inform staff and students on the implementation of teaching, learning, and research activities online. Construction activities shall continue as per the President’s directives and with strict adherence to the COVID-19 SOPs.

Yours sincerely,

Lorna Magara (Mrs.)
Chairperson, Makerere University Council

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RUFORUM: Transforming Higher Education Videos and Links



Delegates brainstorm during the 15th RUFORUM AGM held at the University of Cape Coast (UCC) in Ghana from 2-6 December, 2019. Photo credit: RUFORUM

Video Series developed by Julieta Mazzola, EARTH University.


  1. What is Community Engagement?  Video 1 of 3.
  2. Different Forms of University Engagement with the Community. Video 2 of 3.
  3. Student learning through Community Engagement. Video 3 of 3.

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