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Mak Launches RUMPELHA To Enhance Livelihoods and Health in Africa



The Deputy Vice Chancellor, Finance and Administration, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, has launched the Regional Universities Mediated Partnerships for Enhancing Livelihoods and Health in Africa (RUMPELHA). This was during the 4th International Scientific Meeting on sustainable Livelihoods and Health in Africa held on the 18th and 19th of June 2015 at Imperial Royale Hotel, Kampala.

The scientific meeting was organized by the College of Veterinary Medicine, Animal Resources and Biosecurity (CoVAB) and her partners in the Africa-US Integrated Disease Management (AFRUS-IDM) Network.

AFRUS-IDM is a network of higher educational institutions from East and Central Africa and North America that was established to advance higher education led development in Africa. It is under the CIMTRADZ project that has been running since 2011 with support from USAID’S Higher Education for Development (HED).
Held under the theme, “Sparking Innovations for Sustainable Livelihoods and Health Security in Africa”, the international scientific meeting marked the end of Capacity Building in Integrated Management of Trans-boundary Animal Diseases and Zoonoses (CIMTRADZ) project, and the beginning of RUMPELHA one of the several novel initiatives that emerged from CIMTRADZ. The AFRUS-IDM network is however expected to continue growing by leveraging additional resources to sustain activities initiated under CIMTRADZ.

Speaking at the launch, Prof. John David Kabasa, CoVAB Principal called for action to engage in the RUMPELHA mechanism whose emphasis is on food Security, Global Health Security and Transformative Higher Education for Development. Prof. Kabasa said that one of the areas that RUMPELHA will address is increased production and safety of animals and their products in the next 20 to 30 years to cope with the ever increasing populations in Africa.

L-R: DVCFA-Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, Principal CoVAB-Prof. J. D. Kabasa with representatives from partner universities at the RUMPELHA launch, 19th June 2015, Imprial Royale, Kampala Uganda

RUMPELHA comprises University-led partnerships structured at regional levels (with member Universities) and the summit housed at The African Union (AU). The proposal for RUMPELHA has already been endorsed by the AU and if implemented will be one of the self-sustaining University-led partnerships in Africa. Makerere University will therefore partner with other universities from East, Central and Southern Africa as well as the United States and Canada within the RUMPELHA mechanism.

Present at the meeting were among others, academicians, researchers, practitioners, Makerere University staff and Students from regional universities and North America. Among the students were 12 who participated in the Annual Summer school program that has been running under CIMTRADZ. The students were from the partnering Universities of Sokoine University of Agriculture (Tanzania), Mekelle University (Ethiopia), National University of Rwanda, University of Nairobi (Kenya), Mississippi State University and Makerere University (COVAB). Each of these students received a certificate of completion of the one-month summer school that started on 24th May 2015.

The meeting was also attended by the Vice Chancellor Makerere University represented by Prof. Bernard Bashasha, Principal of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES). In a speech read by Prof. Bashasha, the Vice Chancellor said that Makerere University recognized the importance of the scientific meeting in bringing togetherresearchers from the region and America to forge ways of achieving sustainable health and livelihoods among populations in Africa.

DVCFA-Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe (L) hands over a plaque to Columbus State University's Prof. Florence Wakoko in recognition of her contribution to the CIMTRADZ project, 19th June 2015, Imperial Royale, Kampala UgandaThe scientific meeting was characterized by both oral and poster presentations which focused on five key areas of Capacity building, Community Service Learning, Zoonotic and Trans-boundary Animal diseases,  Ecosystem Health and Biodiversity Managementplus  Food Security and Food safety.

Prof. Nawangwe thanked CoVAB under the leadership of Prof. Kabasa for its hard work and resilience in liberating Africa through the various innovations taking place within the College. One such innovation was the development of a multi-stakeholder platform-AFRISA, an academic-community-public-private partnership on basis of value chain approach in animal source food to address food security and unemployment.

All the different focal persons from the partnering Universities were recognized for their efforts in the CIMTRADZ project. They each received a plaque in appreciation for their services. Prof Nawangwe particularly thanked Prof. Margaret Khaitsa from Mississippi State University and Prof. Florence Wakoko from Columbus State University for not forgetting Uganda, even though they are working from abroad.

“Go to the world and deliver knowledge. Be the torch for Africa”, Prof. Nawange told participants as he declared RUMPELHA launched.

Prior to this scientific meeting, CoVAB had hosted the annual international cultural boma, which attracted over 200 participants. The boma was characterized by presentations based on experiences of various professionals on several topics ranging from research, training and outreach opportunities in regional and American Universitiesfrom to communication and financial sustainability, among others.

Article by Jovia Musubika Kavulu, CoVAB

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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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