Makerere University has unveiled the first ever “Mak Varsity Awards” in which the institution will recognize public personalities, organizations, staff and students with exceptional achievements. Set to be officially launched on 2nd October 2015, the Mak Varsity Awards will be held annually with this year’s event slated for Thursday, 15th October 2015 in the Makerere University Main Hall under the theme: ‘Motivate To Inspire’.
In light of this, the Awards Organising Committee made up of the Makerere University 81st Guild Cabinet, their partners and sponsors, held a meeting on 23rd September 2015 in Makerere University Council Room. Speaking at the meeting, the Dean of Students Mr. Cyriaco Kabagambe noted that the University is privileged to host the awards as a way of recognising the persons behind the institution’s success as well as increasing the university’s visibility to its stakeholders and the public.
Mr. Kabagambe called upon the public to start nominating their preferred candidates based on the most appropriate category. “Any outstanding organisation, personality, current member of staff and current student with exceptional achievement in any arena is fit for the nomination,” he added.
According to the Mak Guild Information Minister David Ndyabahika, for a candidate to be eligible for nomination he/she must:
- Possess an exceptional achievement in any arena.
- Have a notable Endeavour which has made a difference to the University.
- Have engaged in a substantive contribution which has enhanced the reputation of the University.
- Have engaged in an activity which has had a noticeably positive impact for students, staff or the local community.
- Have registered an individual achievement or sustained achievement over a period of time.
“Examples of exceptional achievements by staff include; sporting success, leadership of a community project, exceptional service, innovation in service delivery, notable curricular innovation or significant research impact of some kind. Student exceptional achievements could include; contributions to Hall or SCR, sporting club, student society, other Students' Union activities or representation, volunteering in the community, as a student ambassador, and fundraising activities through College Level,” he said.
The Mak Varsity Award Project Coordinator John Paul Mugwanya, said that, the nomination process is open until 30th September 2015, and voting will take place from 2nd to 12th October 2015.
“We therefore call upon every student, staff, alumni and the entire public to join us as we rebrand our institution. We ought to be the institution our predecessors are proud to associate with wherever they are. Let us therefore nominate and reward our own,” he said.
In his remarks the Makerere University Guild President H.E Bala David said organising the Mak Varsity Awards as the students’ fraternity is a sign of improved relations at the university. He therefore emphasized that the next generation had an obligation to preserve the brand of the mighty Ivory Tower on the African continent and beyond.
“As the 81st Guild Cabinet, our mission is really to re-brand Makerere University and improve on our relationship with the public. We want to showcase our academic, research and innovative abilities and capabilities to the public. We want to tell the world out there that Makerere still holds its originality as the best university in East Africa, one of the top ten universities in Africa and one of the best universities in research and innovation globally. This is what we are as Makerere, so we need to increase our visibility and this underlines the importance of the Mak University Awards,” he explained.
The Mak Varsity Awards have attracted many big and successful organisations in Uganda to support the event. Unveiling their packages and support to the media at the gathering, Mrs. Belinda Sebunya–Sales/Reservations and Marketing Manager, Brussels Airlines announced that her company is willing to provide a return ticket to the project of the year winner to travel to Europe.
“In support of this event, Enterprise Uganda is willing to provide business and mentorship services to Makerere University students and staff,” said Mr. Allan Ssembajjwe from Enterprise Uganda.
In the same meeting, Centenary Bank announced their support by handing over a UGX5million cheque to the Dean of Students Mr. Cyriaco Kabagambe. Mr. Leo Henghes from University Together Empowering Development (UNITED) said that the winner of the Social Impact category will be rewarded with a fully paid trip to Oxford University to present his/her project at the OXFID Conference.
Other key sponsors include; MTN Uganda, Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA), National Social Security Fund (NSSF), Century Bottling Company, SMS one, Capital FM, Events Warehouse, Vision Group, Enterprise Uganda, HRN Media and the Uganda Police Force.
Please see the Downloads for the award categories.
By Nabatte Proscovia, Mak Public Relations Office
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HERS-EA Fourth Leadership Academy
The Higher Education Resource Services-East Africa (HERS-EA) provides an intensive residential one-week leadership and management development curriculum focused on women, mainly in higher education institutions and administration.
In response to the current Covid-19 pandemic, HERS-EA Fourth Academy will be a totally virtual one. As such, the Academy previously scheduled to take place between June 28th – July 3rd has been postponed by one week to July 5th-9th.
Theme: “Positioning Women for Leadership in Higher Education”
A. Institutional Development
1. Managing and Leading Change
2. Reframing Organizations for effective work
3. Developing Effective Partnerships in Higher Education for Women and gender focused advancement
B. Personal Development
4. Career Mapping/building dossier/personal development
5. Professional Women’s economic empowerment through Enterprise development and management for profit maximization
6. Research and Publishing; Leadership and Fundraising for projects including research and publication.
7. The Power of Mentoring; Networking
Who Should Attend?
HERS-EA expects many diverse and dynamic women leaders to attend the ACADEMY, to share and learn from multiple institutional perspectives with guidance from women with a wealth of experience in higher education, national academic organizations, government and non- governmental organizations. Participants are expected hold mid to senior-level positions and bring expertise from all parts of a college or university. They also represent a range of national groups, ages and years of experience in higher education and other fields.
Applying to the ACADEMY:
The deadline for registration has also been extended to June 30th. For more information regarding registration, please visit the website: www.hersea.org Completed registration forms should be emailed, with a scanned payment slip to: firstname.lastname@example.org, by 5.00 p.m. on Wednesday 30th June.
A complete application includes:
b) A self-descriptive letter (not > 500 words) to include:
- Current Title (e.g. Associate Professor of Economics; Deputy Dean, e. t. c.)
- Name and Contact Information for 2 Recommenders (e.g. Vice Chancellor, Head of Department, Chief Officer in your area, and/or direct supervisor)
- Short- and long-term career goals
- Your expectations for the HERS-EA ACADEMY.
c) Passport size photograph
d) A developmental project you have been assigned or you would like to initiate at your campus (maximum 500 words)
e) Registration fee of $100, please attach a copy of the deposit slip to your application (Bank A/C details below):
If you have any further questions, please email:
info[at]hersea.org or call the HERS-EA Administrator on: +256 (0)772082011 Please,also, visit the HERS-EA website for further updates: www.hersea.org.
Payment Bank Account Details:
Account Name: Higher Education Resource Service East Africa
HERS-EA US $ ACCOUNT
Name of Bank: DFCU Bank
Makerere University Branch
A/C No: 02083553153181
Swift Code: DFCUUGKA
HERS-EA UGX ACCOUNT
Name of Bank: DFCU Bank
Makerere University Branch
A/C No: 01083553153172
Mak Commissions CoVAB@50 Celebrations, Awards Certificates
The College of Veterinary Medicine, Animal Resources and Biosecurity (CoVAB) on Thursday 17th June, 2021 commenced celebrations to mark 50 Years of Veterinary Higher Education, Science, Technology, Innovation and Services (HESTIS) in Uganda. The blended event held at the Industrial Livestock Research, Incubation and Skilling (ILRIS) Center at Nakyesasa, Namulonge as well as online was presided over by the Chancellor, Prof. Ezra Suruma and First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports (MoES), Hon. Janet Museveni both represented by the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe.
The event, held as part of Makerere University Centenary Celebrations (1922-2022) was a moment of celebration for 1,930 skilled livestock agribusiness entrepreneurs who were awarded certificates in recognition of completion of their respective courses. Owing to the strict Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) instituted by the Ministry of Health (MoH) to curb the spread of COVID-19, the students from Incubation Hubs in Atiak, Butaleja, Mubende, Nakyesasa, Sheema and Wakiso were awarded their certificates virtually.
In her remarks read by Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, Hon. Janet Museveni thanked Makerere University for supporting grassroots level development through groundbreaking innovations under the Africa Institute for Strategic Services and Development-Skills for Production Enterprise Development and Accreditation (AFRISA-SPEDA) model.
“I am extremely pleased that Makerere University, through those innovative approaches, has developed and launched the alternative approach to building human capital and transferring knowledge to enterprises in communities.
“I would like to encourage all those involved in skills development to adopt methodologies that transform those trainees that go through these programs in ways that enable them also transform the societies they live in” read the Minister’s remarks.
She further noted that commissioning of the CoVAB@50 celebrations was both timely and rewarding. “The commissioning of the college innovations indeed has made meaning. This is a true path to growth of an Academic and Development College of the University, and we congratulate you again.”
Addressing the congregation as Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe congratulated CoVAB alumna and incoming Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation (MoSTI) under the Office of the President, Dr. Monica Musenero upon her recent appointment. “We thank His Excellency the President for identifying you. Science is in good hands.”
Prof. Nawangwe urged Dr. Musenero to address the structures of managing research and innovation in Uganda, “including the role of the Uganda National Council for Science and Technology and the apparent need to establish a Research Council for Uganda.”
In the same breath he thanked the outgoing and pioneer Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Hon. Dr. Elioda Tumuwesigye, for his role in ensuring that the ministry is empowered to carry out its mandate.
The Chancellor congratulated CoVAB upon training the bulk of Veterinary Doctors in Uganda over the last 50 years and more recently, Laboratory Technologists at the highest level. He recognised Makerere University‘s obligation to contribute to the economic self-determination of Uganda and thanked CoVAB for conducting research that addresses hindrances to national development, especially in the livestock industry.
“The anti-tick vaccine is one of such innovations which will solve the huge problem of tick-borne diseases that have caused enormous losses to our farmers. There are many other problems on which the college is researching and we thank you for the enthusiasm” he added.
The Chancellor commended CoVAB for being the vanguard of transformation of the grassroots communities through the SPEDA model. “I urge Government to fund this important initiative so that it can more meaningfully contribute to solving the big problem of youth unemployment.”
In her remarks, Dr. Monica Musenero commended the Principal, CoVAB, Prof. John David Kabasa for fulfilling the College’s dream of enabling the masses who drop out of the education value chain as well as those who complete education but have no skills for livelihood, to attain certification in agribusiness entrepreneurship.
“Many people attain academic success and write papers, publish and they become professors but without demonstrable impact on their nation. You have shown by the thousands that you have touched nationwide that indeed you are a professor of national transformation. Congratulations,” remarked Dr. Musenero.
She therefore congratulated the teams at CoVAB and AFRISA upon successfully conceiving and executing a model that is non-traditional, informal, not easily understood and not documented in any textbooks.
As Minister, Dr. Musenero noted that witnessing thousands of individuals from across the country whose skills had been honed through a university programme receiving certificates gave her a lot of hope and material to embark on her tenure with. “I will be looking forward to harnessing these resources as we initiate work on the next leg of Science, Technology and Innovation in the country under the President’s Office.”
The invitation to the Principal, CoVAB to present students for the award of the ordinary diplomas, ordinary certificates and artisan certificates was given by the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic Affairs), Dr. Umar Kakumba. He congratulated the awardees upon successfully completing their respective courses and graduating with evidence on an enterprise.
Prof. Kabasa clarified that the approach used to train the day’s awardees was not simply a vocational skilling. “The combination of action research with knowledge transfer, skilling, plus assessment and accreditation processes done by organs like the DIT (Directorate of Industrial Training, MoES) has given us this result, for the University to provide true leadership and transformation of the community.”
Present at the celebrations were the Director, DIT, MoES-Mr. Byakatonda Patrick and the Deputy Commissioner Social Services Development, MoES Madam Elizabeth Bateme who have worked through the Academic-Community-Public-Private-Partnership model to ensure that students graduate as entrepreneurs with micro enterprises.
Prior to presiding over the ceremony, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, on behalf of the First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports officially commissioned the SPEDA Training, Incubation and Research Centre – Nakyesasa.
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