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Mak-MasterCard Scholars Guided on Academic Discipline

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Makerere University Academic Registrar Mr. Alfred Namoah Masikye has advised students to respect and adhere to the university rules and regulations if they are to excel in their academics.  Addressing the second cohort of the Makerere University MasterCard Foundation (MCF) Scholarship Program recipients on 12th September 2015 in the Makerere University Senate Conference Hall, Mr. Masikye said that following the University rules, guarantees a favorable learning environment and guidelines to help students achieve their academic goals and objectives. He therefore urged Scholars to always fulfill their academic responsibilities and obligations to enable the smooth running of the university activities.

“You are purposely here for academics. Looking thoroughly at your admission letters, they clearly state that you are admitted on the academic program not anything else. Therefore as students of Makerere University, you have some responsibilities and obligations to follow.  It is your responsibility to fulfill all the registration procedures so as to ensure that you are part and parcel of the university community. And to register, you should have paid the tuition and functional fees. I am glad that MCF will take care of all the dues. On your part, ensure that you attend all lectures, do all coursework, tests and the final exam,” he explained.

Mr. Masikye congratulated students upon their admission to Makerere University and assured the freshers that they made the right choice to join the best university in Africa.  He nevertheless cautioned students on bad behavior and hooliganism saying that such acts can result into expulsion from the university as well as the termination of their scholarship awards.

Reiterating the essence of rules and regulations, Makerere University Dean of Students Mr. Cyriaco Kabagambe encouraged students to consider academics as one of the duties they have to perform as respectable citizens of Uganda.“I advise you to utilize the rights and privileges you, have to study. You have been enrolled on a scholarship program to facilitate your right to education. Therefore treasure that has been given to you and do what is expected of you,” he said.

Mr. Henry Nsubuga- Manager Counselling and Guidance Centre (CGC) tipped students on how to overcome University Challenges, have a balanced social life and excel in academics. Speaking to over 49 students, Mr. Nsubuga said that students face many challenges; peer pressure being the major one. He confirmed that such challenges have led the growing rate of school dropouts among university students.

“Guard yourself against these vices if you want to attain your goal of studying. Be the master of your past, present and the future. Let’s not criticize ourselves because this is the beginning. Always remember these words: I can still move on, I am not the only person. Lastly mind a lot about the positive things you have achieved,” Mr. Nsubuga advised.

Emphasizing the need to participate in leadership and students social affairs, Makerere University Guild President H.E Bala David encouraged students not to ignore other university activities. “Although the cardinal reason is academics, you should also join other curriculums and social networks. This will help you add value to yourself. I advise you to discover your talent and area of interest. Leadership is one of the great opportunities you have at Campus and when God has called you to be a leader you must exercise your talent,” he remarked.

The students also received an inspirational talk from Dr. Anthony Muggaga, Deputy Principal, College of Education and External Studies (CEES). In his address entitled ‘What it means to be a successful recipient of a MasterCard Scholarship’, Mr. Mugaaga reminded students of the great oppoutunity they attained to study at Makerere University and being funded under MasterCard Foundation. He therefore advised students to defend, protect and fully utilize the chance in order to achieve their goals and objectives. 

“Always learn to go beyond academics, seek for more opportunities and discover your talent. Opportunities come once but they are never brought to your face. Look for them and utilize them,” Dr. Muggaga urged the students.

 The MCF Coordinator Dr. Florence Nakayiwa, thanked all the facilitators for the wonderful message they passed on to the students. Dr. Nakayiwa said that the information given will create a smooth and favorable environment for the students to have an enjoyable stay at campus and understand their responsibilities and rights as Makerere students as well as MCF Scholars. She therefore encouraged students to fully utilize the opportunity they had been availed to study hard and achieve their goals and objectives.

“Your responsibility here is to study. You have come to Makerere University to get a degree, so make sure you leave this place with a degree. We want 100% pass rate and this should be put deep in your mind since you are entirely responsible for sitting the exams. Our role is to provide you with the conducive environment and total support so that you can attain that. In this case I urge you to read hard and achieve your personal, the University’s as well as the Foundation’s expectations. I will be proud to stand here and announce that all of you have graduated with the upper second degree and above,” Dr. Florence told the students.

The orientation climaxed with the awarding ceremony during which the Makerere University Vice Chancellor Prof. John Ddumba-Ssentamu, awarded letters to the 49 first year Scholars. These letters are the confirmation that the recipients are Makerere University students under the MasterCard Foundation Program. Students will use the letters to introduce themselves to their Colleges as well as gain access to university facilities.

Article by Nabatte Proscovia; Mak Public Relations Office

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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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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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