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Mak Launches RUMPELHA To Enhance Livelihoods and Health in Africa

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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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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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Notice: Makerere Disability Scheme 2022/23 Medical Review Exercise

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One of the PWD graduands at the 69th Graduation during the Session held on 17th January 2019.

The Academic Registrar, Makerere University invites persons with disability who applied for admission to public universities under the disability entry scheme for 2022/2023 Academic Year to appear for medical/review exercise at Makerere Unive, Senate Building, Level Two (2) in the Telepresence Centre.

NOTE: Only those who have the minimum entry requirements of at least two principal passes at A’ Level or its equivalent and at least five (5) passes at O’ Level or its equivalent will be interviewed.

 Only candidates who sat ‘a’ level in 2020, 2019 and 2018 are eligible for admission.

THE EXERCISE WILL BE CONDUCTED ON 3rd, 4th and 5th October, 2022 respectively from 9.00 A.M – 1.00 P.M each day.

IMPORTANT:

(i) If you fail to appear on any of the given days above, there will be no other chance for you.

(ii) Applicants with Government Scholarship for the previous years are not eligible for admission

ALFRED MASIKYE NAMOAH

Acting. ACADEMIC REGISTRAR

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Uganda’s policymakers implored to address forest loss, plastic & water pollution

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Left to Right: Prof. Gunnar Köhlin, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, Amb. Maria Håkansson, Commissioner Julius Mafumbo and Prof. Edward Bbaale posing for a group photo before the opening ceremony on 22nd September 2022: Photo by EfD-Mak Centre.

The Vice Chancellor Professor Barnabas Nawangwe on Thursday 22nd September, 2022 participated in the opening of the EfD Annual meeting hosted by Makerere University at Speke Resort Munyonyo where he appealed to government to implement the ban on kaveera and address other environmental issues.

The opening ceremony moderated by the EfD Global Hub Manager Gunnar Köhlin and was graced by Uganda’s Minister for Water and Environment represented by the Commissioner for Water, Mr. Julius Mafumbo and the Swedish Ambassador to Uganda, H.E. Maria Håkansson.

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