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81st Guild Champions First Ever Mak Varsity Awards

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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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A Successful Ph.D. Defense by Vianney Andrew Yiga

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The CEDAT community is proud to share our congratulations to Vianney Andrew Yiga following his successful Ph.D. defense that happened yesterday Monday 3rd October 2022 at the College of Engineering, Design, Art, and Technology (CEDAT).

His Thesis was titled; Thermal Stability of Fiber- Reinforced Polylactic Acid Composites for Flameretarded Applications.

The candidate was supervised by Eng. Dr. Michael Lubwama and Eng. Dr. Peter W. Olupot both from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, at CEDAT.

Dr. John Wasswa, Department of Chemistry, College of Natural Sciences (CONAS), Makerere University was the opponent that interrogated the candidate to enable a clear understanding of the study.

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Makerere University Launches National Parenting Draft Manual

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The Director of Culture at the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development, Ms. Juliana Naumo Akoryo (Centre) and Dr. Godfrey Siu, the Principal Investigator from Mak-CHDC (Right) interact with a participant at the workshop on 22nd July 2022, Kampala.

By Agnes Namaganda

On July 22nd 2022, Makerere UniversityChild Health and Development Centre (MakCHDC) launched a draft manual for the National Parenting Standards. The Centre has been working together with the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development (MGLSD) with funding from UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund), to develop standards that are agreeable to all organisations in the country that are involved in parenting work. The draft manual was being presented to members of a consortium that brings together all these organisations together, called the Parenting Agenda Consortium.

“We produce many documents and they are shelved,” Irene Ayot Chono, who was speaking on behalf of UNICEF said. “We hope that this document will not be one of them,” she emphasized.

Irene Ayot Chono-UNICEF, urging participants to utilize the manual once it is complete.
Irene Ayot Chono-UNICEF, urging participants to utilize the manual once it is complete.

Dr. Godfrey Siu, the Principal Investigator from Mak-CHDC who presented the draft manual to participants, emphasized that if any organization is doing parenting work, there should be a minimum package that they should offer.

Draft Manual Content

The manual which will have several modules. These modules will be delivered face-to-face in 1.5 hour sessions. Some of these include; Module 6 which will focus on “understanding responsible masculinity and fatherhood” and on “understanding the concept of head of family.”The draft manual also proposed that Module 11 focuses on Parenting in the 21st Century. Some of the sessions in this module will include Children and Technology, Contemporary Influence on Children and Modernity, Culture and Morality.Module 9 will focus on Parenting for Adolescents and some of the suggested sessions within this module are Needs for Adolescents and The Art of Communicating with Adolescents. Module 5 will focus on Preventing Violent Parenting and Promoting Alternative Discipline Strategies while Module 10 will be about Parenting to Address the Mental Health for Children and Adults.

Dr. Godfrey Siu, the Principal Investigator from Mak-CHDC presenting the contents of the National Parenting Standards Draft Manual.
Dr. Godfrey Siu, the Principal Investigator from Mak-CHDC presenting the contents of the National Parenting Standards Draft Manual.

Participants’ suggestions

After the presentation, participants raised several suggestions for discussion and consideration. These included whether there should be a module on spirituality since Uganda is a strongly religious nation. There was also the concern of how children in remand homes should be parented. Another concern raised by a participant was as to whether teachers who make an undeniable contribution to parenting, should be taken through the parenting manual.

A participant gives her input at the National Parenting Standards Draft Manual launch.
A participant gives her input at the National Parenting Standards Draft Manual launch.

In her closing remarks, Ms. Juliana Naumo Akoryo, the Director of Cultural Affairs at the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development (MGLSD) said that the manual is for the parenting organisations to utilize and not for MGLSD.

The Director of Culture at the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development, Ms. Juliana Naumo Akoryo making closing remarks at the workshop.
The Director of Culture at the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development, Ms. Juliana Naumo Akoryo making closing remarks at the workshop.

Ms. Chono also adjured the team behind the manual to use picture illustrations in the manual that can be relatable by the Ugandan parents.

Contact: Agnes Namaganda – agnesvioletnamaganda@gmail.com

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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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