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Mak Honours Governor Tumusiime Mutebile with Multibillion Complex

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(L-R) Mrs. Elizabeth Gabona, Prof. John Ddumba-Ssentamu, Hon. Ruhakana-Rugunda, Prof. Emmanuel Mutebile and wife Mrs. Betty Mutebile arrive at the Main Hall.The Prime Minister of Uganda, Rt. Hon. Ruhakana Rugunda on 27th October 2015, laid the foundation stone for the construction of a multi-billion complex in honour of the Governor of Bank of Uganda, Prof. Emmanuel Tumusiime-Mutebile at Makerere University Private Sector Forum grounds. Hon. Ruhakana Rugunda represented the President of Uganda, His Excellency Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.

Prof. Emmanuel Tumusiime-Mutebile also unveiled the artistic impression for the Mutebile Centre of Excellence at the same grounds. The Centre of Excellence, estimated at USD 20 million is a tribute to Prof. Mutebile’s commitment to national and international development. The Mutebile Centre of Excellence for Private Sector Development will be a hub of information, research, innovation and knowledge transfer. To be developed with the aim of promoting projects meant to enhance community development and job creation, the centre will also house Prof. Mutebile’s biography including profiles and documentaries of his life achievements as well as his writings and publication among others.

The distinguished Prof. Emmanuel Tumusiime Mutebile Chair in Monetary Policy, Banking and Finance will be hosted by Makerere University School of Economics under the College of Business and Management Science (COBAMS). The Chair estimated at USD 5 million will be occupied by a distinguished Professor with a task of building Programmes and mobilising resources to sustain and uphold it. According to the Vice Chancellor, Prof. John Ddumba-Ssentamu, the first Chair holder will be identified and accredited by Professor Tumusiime Mutebile.Former Vice Chancellors of Makerere University-Prof. George Kirya(Left) and Prof. Livingstone Luboobi (Right), Centre is the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Finance and Administration) Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe.

The Vice Chancellor described the Mutebile Chair and Centre of Excellence at Makerere University as a golden opportunity for the institution to associate with a person of broadly valued expertise and rich ideas in monetary Policy reforms, banking and finance. He added that Prof. Tumusiime-Mutebile’s rich Knowledge shall widely be shared in academia to create a positive impact on socio-economic transformation of Uganda. Ag. Principal, College of Business and Management Sciences (CoBAMS), Dr. Eria Hisali reading the Citation of Excellence .

“His knowledge and expertise can be harnessed to further inform policy formulation not only in Uganda but the region at large, as we strive to increase socio-economic development towards attaining the national Vision 2040. Makerere University therefore takes the pride in celebrating Prof. Tumusiime-Mutebile’s prominence and reputation at both the national and international levels,” he said.

In his speech read by the Prime Minister, Rt. Hon. Ruhakana Rugunda, H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, applauded Prof. Tumusiime-Mutebile as a brave man who embodies the true spirit of Nationalism with a rich history of providing exceptional service and being true to his word. He commended Makerere University for immortalizing Professor Mutebile through the Endowed Chair and Centre of Excellence.

“This is a landmark occasion as we count down to the centenary celebrations of Makerere University in 2022. For it is Makerere University that has produced many pan-Africanist Presidents and Prime Ministers in addition to Professor Tumusiime-Mutebile. I am proud of the breakthroughs the University has made in Science and Technology and I encourage you to stay on course to advance your vision in illuminating Makerere University’s capabilities on the global scene,” he said.The Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic Affairs), Dr. Okello Ogwang reading the Oratory of Excellence.

“I also commend all the development partners who have invested in the development of the education at Makerere University since its inception. Makerere has seen a series of developments, innovations andreforms. I salute the partnerships that have been very vital in building capacity,” he added.

As part of the day’s proceedings, the Ag. Principal, College of Business and Management Sciences (CoBAMS), Dr. Eria Hisali read the Citation of Excellence detailing Prof. Tumusiime-Mutebile’s academic excellence at all levels, illustrious career as well as his tremendous contribution to national development.

The Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic Affairs), Dr. Okello Ogwang highlighted Prof. Tumusiime-Mutebile academic and life achievements in the Oratory of Excellence. “In spite of his heavy commitments in the fiscal industry, Prof. Tumusiime-Mutebile has demonstrated his love for promoting education by participating in actual teaching and supporting various educational institutions within and outside Uganda,” Dr. Okello Ogwang remarked. He also applauded Prof. Tumusiime Mutebile for winning numerous honours, awards and tributes both locally and internationally. Prof. Emmanuel Tumusiime Mutebile seated in the symbolic Chair of Monetary Policy, Banking and Finance

Prof. Emmanuel Tumusiime Mutebile was installed on a symbolic Chair by the Makerere University Acting Chancellor Prof. John Ddumba-Ssentamu amidst applause from Makerere University staff, Bank of Uganda team, family, friends and well-wishers. In his acceptance speech, Prof. Tumusiime Mutebile said holding the Chair of Monetary Policy, Banking and Finance, has opened another window of opportunity for him to serve Makerere University and the people of Uganda.

“Uganda has made impressive strides in both the economic and political areas during the last 30 years. We have overcome those painful days of our history and moved on. I am proud to have been associated with the policies that have brought about the restoration of the economy,” he said.

Commenting on the historic moment and installation, Prof. Tumusiime-Mutebile who was also a Guild President in 1972 commended Makerere University-his alma mater-for the achievements over the years  when he said, “Today and particularly this occasion, presents one of the happiest moments in my life. This is not because distinguished honors are being bestowed on me. It is an occasion to recognize and celebrate the many things that Makerere University, the Government of Uganda and the Makerere University Private Sector Forum have achieved over the last 45 years since I was a student at Makerere University. It is also an occasion to thank all those at Makerere University and in the Private Sector Forum for conceiving this new initiative of the Mutebile Chair and Mutebile Center of Excellence.”The Chairperson Makerere University Council, Eng. Dr. Charles Wana-Etyem

According to the Chairperson Makerere University Council, Eng. Dr. Charles Wana-Etyem, plans for the establishment of Prof. Emmanuel Tumusiime-Mutebile’s Chair in Monetary Policy, Banking and Finance and the Mutebile Chair of Excellence started way back in 2007 when it was first conceived by Makerere University Private Sector- Forum (MUPSF). The idea was approved by the University Council with the aim of bridging the University-Industry divide in socio-economic development.

Several high ranking officials attended the colourful ceremony in the Makerere University Main Hall including Director for Higher Technical, Vocational, Education and Training Mrs. Elizabeth Gabona, who represented the Minister of Education, Science, Technology and Sports, Hon. Jessica Alupo; former Minister of Finance, Planning and Economic Development, Hon. Maria Kiwanuka and her husband- Honan Kiwanuka; a delegation from Bank of Uganda led by the Deputy Governor- Dr. Louis Kasekende; former Chairperson of Makerere University Council Hon. Mathew Rukikaire, Former Chairperson of Makerere University Council, Hon. Mathew Rukikaireformer Vice Chancellors of Makerere University-Prof. George Kirya and Prof. Livingstone Luboobi, Makerere University Management and staff, family members of Prof. Emmanuel Tumusiime Mutebile, and students.

About Prof. Tumusiime-Mutebile

Born on 27th January 1949 in Kabale District– South Western Uganda, Professor Emmanuel Tumusiime Mutebile Kirenga Baryabota joined Makerere University in July 1970 for a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics and Political Science. He was later elected Students’ Guild President which eventually brought him in conflict with the then hostile political environment under President Idi Amin Dada. He faced persecution and had to flee the country to complete his Bachelor’s degree course at Durham University, UK where he graduated with a Second Class Honors Upper Division in June 1974.

The Prime Minister Hon. Ruhakana Rugunda,  Prof. Mutebile and other officials after unveiling the foundation stone for Mutebile Centre of Excellence.

His undergraduate dissertation was outstanding that it won the first prize in Economics at Durham University. Subsequently, he successfully completed the first year of his postgraduate studies in Economics in June 1975 and embarked on Doctoral studies by research at Oxford University. As part of his PhD studies, Mutebile conducted field work in Tanzania while at the same time teaching at the University of Dar-es-Salaam. However, the outbreak of Uganda`s Liberation War of 1979 interrupted his studies after which, he returned to Uganda and started on the process of rebuilding the then shattered economy. On 14th December 2006, he was appointed Honorary Professor by Makerere University.

His academic excellence is attested by:

  • A Tutorial Fellow at Balliol and St. Peter`s College, Oxford University, 1974 – 1977.
  • A Visiting Lecturer at Furnham Centre for International Briefing – 1977.
  • A lecturer of Industrial Economics at the University of Dar-es-Salaam 1977 – 1979.
  • Several books authored in the fields of economic reforms, monetary policy and banking.
  • Published pamphlets and booklets in the fields of banking and fiscal reforms.
  • Contributed numerous articles in periodicals, magazines and newspapers.
  • Countless Radio and TV interviews

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The Chairperson of Council, Mrs Lorna Magara (L) presents a plaque to Rotary International President Shekhar Mehta in appreciation of his visit and invaluable service, 15th September 2021, CTF1, Makerere University.

By Hasifa Kabejja

Rotary International President Shekhar Mehta has appreciated Makerere University for supporting and carrying forward the newly introduced programme aimed at advancing peace on the African Continent. Launched in January 2020, the Rotary Peace Centre at Makerere University runs a postgraduate diploma programme in Peace-building and Conflict Transformation. The hands-on program entails coursework that addresses topics including human rights, governance, and the role of the media in conflict. Other studies focus on refugees and migration, as well as resource and identity-based conflicts.

At a high level meeting held with the University leadership on 15th September 2021 at CTF1, President Shekhar Mehta said Rotary International was proud to be partnering with Makerere to promote peace on the African Continent. “The mere absence of war does not translate into total peace. Besides war, there are many other factors undermining peaceful co-existence. It is our duty to address these issues so as to create harmony in our communities. Through the Rotary Peace Centres across the globe, we are undertaking a number of initiatives aimed at promoting peace. Since 2002, the Rotary Peace Centres have trained more than 1,300 fellows who are working to advance peace in more than 115 countries. We are happy to work with Makerere University to foster peace and development on the African Continent,” he noted.   President Shekhar Mehta, who was on a three-day tour of Rotary projects in Uganda, was visiting Makerere for the first time since the University won the bid to host the International Rotary Peace Centre, the first of its kind on the African Continent.

President Shekhar Mehta, who was in company of past and current Governors of Districts 9213 and 9214, said peace was a necessary catalyst for the progress of humanity and general development of nation states across the globe. Elected for the 2021-22 term, President Shekhar Mehta, through his year theme Serve to Change Lives, asks Rotarians to participate in service projects where they can make a difference in their communities and the people who live in them. Since he joined Rotary in 1984 as a member of the Rotary Club of Calcutta-Mahanagar, West Bengal, India, President Shekhar Mehta has led many major service initiatives in India and South Asia, including among others, constructing 500 homes for Tsunami survivors at Andaman and Nicobar Islands, and starting the Shelter Kit programme in India which has served about 20 disasters and benefited about 75,000 disaster victims. 

Delivering her remarks, the Chairperson Council, Mrs. Lorna Magara appreciated Rotary International for entrusting Makerere University with the mandate to host the first rotary peace centre on the African Continent. “Choosing to house the Centre at Makerere University shows Rotary International’s trust and confidence in Makerere and her vision for building for the future. We are grateful for the opportunity to contribute to the advancement of Rotary International’s agenda. We also sincerely appreciate Rotarians all over the world who have committed funds to support the Rotary Peace Centre at Makerere University,” she noted. Similarly, she appreciated The Rotary Foundation (TRF) of Canada for setting up an endowment fund for the Peace Centre. “This will go a long way in ensuring the sustainability of the Peace Centre at Makerere University. The fund will help in the Capstone week where Fellows will present their social initiatives. These initiatives will showcase how the Rotary Peace Centre contributes to positive peace initiatives all over the world.”

In his remarks, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe informed the President that the decision to establish the first Rotary Peace Centre in Africa at Makerere University was welcomed with ‘excitement and gratefulness’. “We consider this to be a vote of confidence in our efforts in the peace and conflict resolution agenda. We extend our appreciation to Rotarians in Uganda and beyond for selflessly supporting this noble cause.” The Vice Chancellor appreciated the leadership of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Makerere, and the Director of the Centre, Dr Helen Nambalirwa Nkabala for their tireless efforts in ensuring the centre achieves the intended objective.

By the end of this year, the Centre will have hosted two cohorts of peace fellows. The first cohort was at Makerere University between February and May, 2021. Currently, these Peace fellows are carrying out their peace initiatives in their communities. The second cohort will report on September 27, 2021. In both cohorts, Peace Fellows were chosen from 20 countries and by the end of the year, the Centre will have had a total of 36 Fellows.

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Intentionality Key to Nurturing More Women Leaders

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The "Enhancing Women’s Participation and Visibility in Leadership and Decision-Making Organs of Public Universities in Uganda through Action Research" Phase One Study dissemination poster for the event held on 14th September 2021, CTF1, Makerere University and Online.

The Gender Mainstreaming Directorate (GMD), Makerere University on 14th September 2021 presented findings from phase one of the study on Enhancing Women’s Participation and Visibility in Leadership and Decision-Making Organs of Public Universities in Uganda through Action Research. The study team led by the Director GMD and Principal Investigator (PI), Dr. Euzobia Mugisha Baine also consists of Assoc. Prof. Consolata Kabonesa, Dr. Anna Ninsiima, Ms. Frances Nyachwo, Ms. Susan Mbabazi and Mr. Eric Tumwesigye.  

The team is also made of coordinators from participating Universities such as Busitema University-Ms. Elizabeth Birabwa, Kabale University-Sr. Dr. Eva Tumusiime, Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST)-Dr. Specioza Twinamasiko, Muni University-Ms. Amandru Stella Wawa, and Gulu Univeristy-Sr. Rosalba Aciro.

Funded by the Government of Uganda through the Makerere University Research and Innovations Fund (Mak-RIF), the study was inspired by the fact that women are persistently few in numbers as staff, more so in leadership and decision-making organs of Ugandan Public Universities. “This is despite all the various efforts at national and international levels; the numbers are not growing as fast as needed to meet development goals of the country” explained Dr. Euzobia.

Based on this background, the study team therefore sought to conduct a situational analysis of the gender terrain of the six public universities to obtain baseline information encompassing the composition of governance and leadership organs and senior staff by sex, as well as a needs assessment and profiles of potential mentors and mentees.

Furthermore, the team sought to explore the capacity to conduct gender-responsive research as well as the role of male staff engagement in gender equity interventions within the universities as the drivers of development.

Dr. Mugisha-Baine shared that results of the baseline would then be used to design participatory training manuals or guides on gender and leadership. The manuals would cover; Institutionalized mentorship, How to conduct gender-responsive research, gender and equity budgeting, among others.

The Director GMD, Dr. Euzobia Mugisha Baine
The Director GMD, Dr. Euzobia Mugisha Baine

 “Within these manuals, we shall have a male staff engagement strategy in gender equity interventions in universities” she explained.

The development of the aforementioned materials would then be followed by their adoption and use to build capacity for women not only in leadership of participating and other public university but also beyond. “We shall periodically evaluate whether the capacity we have built has influenced women’s participation in leadership and decision-making organs of the university” supplemented the PI.

The capacity building trainings for women, it is envisaged, will lay the foundation for the formation of a functional Uganda University Women’s Think Tank, starting with the six participating universities. Dr. Mugisha Baine added that through this Think Tank, a monitoring and tracking system for gender representation in recruitment, promotion, retention/turnover and leadership of public universities shall be established and maintained.  

At the conclusion of phase one, the study team had drafted participatory training manuals in gender and leadership with content on; gender specific critical analysis of the leadership spectrum of public universities, positioning of individual women within the institutional framework and strategies for their advancement, gender equity advocacy in the university setting, institutional mentorship, building capacity in conducting gender-responsive research, among others.

“This content will be validated by the participating universities before the actual research training is conducted” added the PI.

On behalf of the research team, Dr. Mugisha Baine thanked the Government of Uganda for providing the resources that facilitated phase one of the study and prayed that the Mak-RIF Grants Management Committee (GMC) would support the next phase of capacity building.

Speaking on behalf of the Mak-RIF GMC Chairperson, Prof. William Bazeyo, Dr. Helen Nambalirwa Nkabala thanked and congratulated the team led by the Director GMD upon the milestones registered in the critical research.

“We are very proud of that work that is being done by all researchers in Mak-RIF and we would like to most sincerely thank Management for all the support throughout this process” she remarked.

Dr. Nkabala encouraged the research team to continue disseminating and using the findings for the furtherance of gender mainstreaming, particularly through the aspect of male staff engagement in gender equity interventions.  

The Executive Director, NCHE, Prof. Mary Okwakol. Courtesy Photo.
The Executive Director, NCHE, Prof. Mary Okwakol. Courtesy Photo.

Prior to delivering the keynote address of the day, the Executive Director National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) Prof. Mary Okwakol thanked the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe for inviting her to the important forum, noting that women’s participation in decision making and governance is a priority area of the Uganda Gender Policy 2007.  

She commended Makerere University for being at the forefront of gender mainstreaming in Uganda, noting that this prominence was one of the reasons why the Gender in Education Policy 2007 provides for replicating the institution’s strategy in all other Higher Education Institutions.   

Prof. Okwakol whose keynote address was punctuated incisive personal examples reaffirmed the statistics that women are generally not visible in leadership of Universities. That notwithstanding, in instances where they rise to leadership and decision-making positions, they are regularly subject to roles traditionally deemed as women’s inconsiderate of their managerial seniority and experience.

She nevertheless rallied the women to play their respective roles in enhancing participation and visibility at a personal level. The following were some of the strategies she proposed; work hard to acquire academic credentials so as to compete favourably with men, acquire necessary administrative training and experience, network among women, join professional networks as well as do research and publish.  

On joining professional networks, she shared her personal experience as a young zoologist who joined UNESCO’s Tropical Biology and Fertility Programme. “Within a short time I was appointed Coordinator for Africa and after two years, I was elected as a Member of the International Board of Management. After serving for two years, I became Vice Chairperson of that Board and finally I became Chairperson of that International Board.”

At the institutional level, Prof. Okwakol appealed to the Chairperson Council and Vice Chancellor to proactively recruit women who meet the requirements for leadership positions even if it means actively seeking out the reluctant ones. In this regard, she shared that it would be useful for the university to develop a database of women and their qualifications to ease this process.

She shared that NCHE has in recognition of female underrepresentation at every level in Higher Education approved the establishment of a Gender and Equity Unit with the aim of promoting inclusive gender participation in the sub-sector.

“This unit has been placed under the Directorate of Quality Assurance and Accreditation which implies that as we look out for and regulate quality, gender will be a very important aspect of that regulation” she reassured.

Prof. Okwakol concluded by urging participants to read the; Third National Development Plan (NDPIII), Uganda Vision 2040, and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) noting that there is no way all three can be achieved while women are left behind because they each make a case for inclusion of the female gender.  

The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe follows proceedings during the dissemination.
The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe follows proceedings during the dissemination.

“What we are addressing here are historical injustices” said Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe as he commenced his remarks, “And in the case of Makerere University, it is well known that the institution started as a male-only institution and we all know the original motto was ‘Let us be men’” he added.

Citing examples from history such as; Marie Curie – one of the smartest physicists, Hatshepsut, Nefertiti and Cleopatra – prominent Pharaohs of Egypt, George Eliot, Rosa Luxemburg and Hypatia – all great philosophers as well as Chancellor Angela Merkel – first female Chancellor of Germany, the Vice Chancellor said there is no plausible argument that there are things women cannot do as well as their male counterparts.

He said it was against this knowledge and in a bid to correct historical injustices that Makerere University pioneered initiatives such as putting in place affirmative action for girls, establishing a Gender Mainstreaming Directorate as well as a School of Women and Gender Studies. The Vice Chancellor nevertheless stressed the need to go beyond pioneering to protecting these gains through legislation. “Historically we have seen that discrimination can only be addressed by laws and policies.”

Prof. Nawangwe thanked the Government for providing funds to support Mak-RIF as well as the Funds GMC and Secretariat for ensuring that these funds are put to good use. He equally thanked the Chairperson of Council, Mrs. Lorna Magara for her not only her support but also sparing time to attend a good number of the research dissemination events.

A screenshot of the Chairperson of Council, Mrs. Lorna Magara delivering the concluding remarks.
A screenshot of the Chairperson of Council, Mrs. Lorna Magara delivering the concluding remarks.

Delivering the concluding remarks, Mrs. Magara acknowledged that the study was timely and relevant the contemporary University, as one of the critical drivers of the national and international development agenda. She therefore reechoed the Vice Chancellor’s thanks to the Government of Uganda for generously supporting the University’s research through Mak-RIF.

Turning to the keynote speaker she said, “I thank Prof. Okwakol for ardently discussing the critical issues affecting the female gender, the strategies to overcome the challenges, including sharing her inspiring personal experiences.”

Mrs. Magara equally thanked Prof. Okwakol for her very instructional analysis, providing mentorship guidance with the resultant impact of enhancing the female gender in decision-making positions. In the same breath she congratulated the PI and her team upon successfully concluding phase one of the project.

“Phase one has generated insights in understanding the status of women in leadership in public universities, the legal and policy framework and its implications on women’s visibility, the institutional mentoring systems and the gaps therein” she observed.

The Chairperson of Council acknowledged that the challenge of underrepresentation of women in leadership roles cannot be resolved at an individual level. She therefore advocated for broad based strategies that can address deep-seated structural and cultural biases facing women. “These include developing mentorship networks, enacting laws and policies that address the imbalances and providing training programmes to address the leadership gaps.”

She therefore pledged the University Council’s unwavering support to the Gender Mainstreaming Programme by ensuring an enabling policy environment that facilitates gender-responsive teaching, learning, research innovation and community service.   

The research dissemination was moderated by the Principal Public Relations Officer (PRO), Ms. Ritah Namisango and the Director Communications, Learning and Knowledge Management, ResilientAfrica Network (RAN) and PRO Mak-RIF, Ms. Harriet Adong.

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Section Editors & Associate Editors Wanted-CABI Agriculture & Biosciences Journal

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The CABI Agriculture and Biosciences Journal (CABI A&B) is still in search of both Associate Editors to join the CABI A&B Editorial Board, as well as a Regional Editor-in-Chief to lead for Africa in addition to serving as a Section Editor in the area of either Environmental and SOIL SCIENCE, AGROECOLOGY, OR AQUACULTURE AND FISHERIES. Ideally CABI wants Section Editors (SE) who are prominent members of their research communities, with high-level established positions at a research institution, with a strong, current record of international collaborations and publication, with an H-index of at least 25.  For Associate Editors (AE) we hope for researchers who have with established positions at a research institution (e.g., not post-docs or Ph.D. candidates), with a strong growing record of international collaborations and publication (e.g., around 8 publications in the past two years), and have an H-index of at least 15.

Very importantly, CABI hopes for SEs and AEs who are good communicators and are passionate about serving and building the journal to be an outlet for both large and small steps of sound science that will improve the lives and livelihoods of people worldwide.

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Interested applicants should email PHILIPPA J. BENSON, PH.D. MANAGING EDITOR | _CABI A&B | P.BENSON[at]CABI.ORG

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