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Msc. Scholarship Opportunity-Camel Study at the Department of Environmental Management

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The Potential of Camel Production in Resilience Building to Climate Variations in Karamoja, Uganda (CAPREC)

1.0 Background

Camels are able to survive well in the semi-arid areas due to their biological and physiological adaptations which help them cope with harsh environmental conditions. However, little is known why the Karamojong are slowly and increasingly adopting camels, and how wide spread the camels are in Karamoja, as well as their contribution to the pastoral livelihoods resilience against climate variability. Further, there is a dearth of information on the camel product value chain in Uganda.The project therefore intends to investigate the potential contribution of camel production in resilience building for the pastoral households in Karamoja, with specific reference to (i) Mapping their spatio-temporal distribution; (ii) Determining the factors influencing pastoralist’s choice of camel production; (iii) Determining the contribution of camel production to household well-being; (iv) Identify and articulate the performance of camel products value chain; and (v) Determining the influence of camel production on pastoralist household resilience in Karamoja.

2.0 Research Institution

Two Master’s students will be enrolled to study and carry out their research at Makerere University under the supervision of the Project’s Technical team members.

3.0 Duration

24 months with no possibility for Extension

4.0 Roles and Responsibilities
  • Draw up a research wok plan  in consultation with the supervisor(s)
  • Complete and Submit a research proposal by the end of the first 6 months of recruitment
  • Carry out research required to achieve the intended research objectives
  • Keep relevant records of all aspects of the research work
  • Meet regularly with the supervisor and give weight to any guidance or corrective action proposed, keeping a written record of discussions where appropriate
  • Reflect and report on the progress of work at the end of each month
  • Write a complete research report (MSc. Thesis) within the stipulated time as per the demands of Makerere University
  • Write publishable manuscripts from the research
  • Take ultimate responsibility of his/her academic programme as stipulated by Makerere University
  • Attend all meetings organised by the CAPREC project as and when required
  • Inform the supervisor(s) in case of absence from research activities for example in the case of illness
  • Perform any other research task as may be required by the supervisor (s)
5.0 Reporting

The student shall report to the immediate supervisor and when necessary, to the PI of the CAPREC project

6.0 Qualifications and Skills
  • Should have a first class or second upper bachelor’s degree in either Forestry, Environment, agricultural economics
  •  Should:-

a.       Meet the requirements of admission to Makerere University for a Masters in Science program

b.      Have basic analytical skills using econometrics and other statistical packages

c.       Have good communication and writing skills

d.      Have a positive attitude and a strong commitment to conduct research in the Karamoja region

  • Shall successfully undergo an oral interview convened by the Principal Investigator at a date to be communicated upon being shortlisted

NB:Having successfully completed the first year at MSc. Level in any of the specified areas is an added advantage.

7.0 Entitlements and Remuneration
  • Tuition and functional fees
  • Research costs
  • Material support for research requirements
  • A performance-based monthly stipend
8.0 Application procedure
  •  Interested applicants with the above requirements (section 6.0) should submit one soft copy (PDF format) and one hard copy of their applications enclosed with:-

a.   A CV with three references and their contact details

b.   Photocopies of the relevant academic documents

c.   A Motivation letter/statement (Maximum of 2 pages)

d.  Two recommendation letters

  • Applications should be addressed to:
Dr. Justine J. Namaalwa
Department of Environmental Management
School of Forestry, Environmental and Geographical Sciences
Forestry Building, Room 213
Makerere University,
P.O. Box 7062,
Kampala Uganda.
  • Applications in both soft and hard copy should be E-mailed (namaalwa@caes.mak.ac.ug) and delivered in person, not later than 31st July 2015 at 5:00PM, to;

NB: FEMALE students are strongly encouraged to apply

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Prof. Buyinza Mukadasi Appointed Acting DVC Academic Affairs

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Prof. Buyinza Mukadasi, The Academic Registrar, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda, East Africa.

The Academic Registrar, Professor Buyinza Mukadasi has been appointed Acting Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic Affairs) of Makerere University, for a period of six (6) months effective 11th July 2024 to 10th January 2025 or until a substantive First Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic Affairs) is appointed whichever comes earlier.

He is a Professor of Forestry Resource Economics and served as the Director, Directorate of Research and Graduate Training (DRGT), Makerere University from 2014 to October 2022. Buyinza holds a PhD in Forest Economics from Gadjah Mada University (UGM), Yogyakarta Indonesia. He holds a number of professional enhancement certificates and Diplomas.

As Director DRGT he was charged with the oversight responsibility of all institutional research grants and graduate training in the university. Prof Buyinza served as the Deputy Director in Charge of Administration and Graduate Training (2010 – 2013); Head, Department of Community Forestry and Extension, Faculty of Forestry and Natural Resources (2003 – 2005, 2008-2010) at Makerere University.  Buyinza grew though the University ranks from a Tutorial Assistant (1993 – 1998) at Gajah Mada University, Indonesia to becoming a Lecturer (1999); Senior Lecturer (2004); Assoc. Professor (2007) and Full Professor (2010) at Makerere University.  He has over 20 years experience of University research and teaching in the field of Forestry and Natural Resource Economics.  He has successfully supervised over 50 MSc. and 10 PhD students in the fields of forestry, environment and natural resources. He has also acted as an external examiner in many regional and international universities. He is a member of many professional bodies and served as the Chairperson, Board of Directors of the National Forestry Authority (2007 – 2013). He was the Institutional Focal person (2010-2022) and Chair of the Board of Management of the Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa (CARTA), 2014 – 2018.

Buyinza has published widely in the field of forest resource economics, environmental incomes, economics of biodiversity conservation, and Environmental Incomes for Rural Income and livelihoods. He has authored more than 150 papers in International peer-reviewed referred journals, 4 book Chapters, attended more than 70 conference proceedings and has presented in more than 140 conferences/seminars/workshops.

Buyinza has built a very strong international network of collaborations in research administration and has tremendous capacity for resource mobilization. He has been Principal investigator (PI) of 15 research projects and as Co-Principal Investigator in many other institutional research grants. He is the Coordinator of various externally funded research capacity building initiatives at Makerere University. He has a wealth of research management experience with special focus on in the field of natural resources economics, and environmental governance.

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Advert: Mature Age Entry Scheme – Private Sponsorship 2024/2025

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Students sit for an exam in the pre-COVID era, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda.

The Academic Registrar, Makerere University invites applications for the Undergraduate
Programmes under the Mature Age Entry Scheme only for Private Sponsorship for
2024/2025 Academic Year.
Non-Refundable Application fee of Shs. 50,000/= for Ugandans OR $75 Equivalent for
Internationals, plus bank charge should be paid in any of the banks used by Uganda
Revenye Authority after generating a Payment Reference Number (PRN).

  • Apply using the Institution’s Applications Portal URL:https: //apply.mak.ac.ug
  • Application is for candidates who passed the Mature Age Entry Examinations of December 17, 2022 and February 24, 2024 only.
  • Any candidate who passed the examinations in mentioned above and was not admitted on Government/ Private sponsorship for December 17, 2022 sitting, and for Government sponsorship for February 24, 2024 sitting, is eligible to apply for admission on Private Sponsorship for 2024 /2025 Academic Year.

The closing date for applying will be Friday 26th July, 2024.

Further details can be accessed by following this link.

Prof. Mukadasi Buyinza
ACADEMIC REGISTRAR

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Diploma/Degree Holders Admission Lists 2024/25

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Main Library, Makerere University. Photo taken on 29th February 2016.

The Office of Academic Registrar, Makerere University has released lists of Diploma/Degree Holder applicants admitted under Private/Self Sponsorship for the academic year 2024/25. Please note that admission is subject to verification of academic documents by the awarding institutions.

The admission list is displayed here below:

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