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First Mak Varsity Awards held in style



On 5th, November 2015, Makerere University held its first Awards Night, organized by the 81st Students’ Guild under H.E David Bala Bwiruka. The awards, dubbed Mak Varsity awards, were premised on the need to reward outstanding performance at the leading academic institution in the region.  By 5:30pm, the main hall was filled to capacity as invited guests and students patiently awaited the stat hour of 6:00pm. Entertainment from a live band played to warm up the guests as the day’s Master of Ceremony- Spirit FM’s King Wisely worked the guests. The crowd was treated to a classic catwalk from pencil-thin blonde models, who took to the stage and showcased their modeling skills. The crowd cheered uncontrollably as these students did ‘their thing.’Capt. Mike Mukula, the Chief Guest and Bank of Uganda Governor Prof.  Emmanuel Tumusiime Mutebile

“It is incumbent upon us as student leaders to ensure that we lift the banner of Makerere University higher and higher. Students are known for endless strikes at campus, we need to change this for it is not positive for our image,” Bala said. He reiterated that the awards were part of the many strategies to showcase Makerere University as a unique brand, an effort that called for the intervention of all stakeholders. The Dean of Students, Mr Cyriaco Kabagambe thanked all the guests for their much needed participation and commended the guild council for successfully following all the steps towards the awards night. He challenged the organizing team to ensure sustainability of the project, adding that the university administration will continue supporting students’ innovations.

The Makerere University Deputy Vice Chancellor in Charge of Academic Affairs, Assoc. Prof. Ernest Okello Ogwang who represented the Vice Chancellor Prof. John Ddumba-Ssentamu was pleased with the efforts towards the awards. “I am pleased to note that our students continue to participate in research challenges both at local and international levels, and have kept our flag high by attracting outstanding recognitions and winning awards. I take this opportunity to urge our students to delve even deeper in the search for ground-breaking research and innovations. Today’s event is one such effort, to keep on the course of motivating to inspire greatness amongst our community,” he said. He was further grateful to the award sponsors who included Coca cola, Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA), Rwenzori Premium Water, Brussels Airlines, United, Enterprise Uganda, 91.3 Capital FM, Urban TV, Kampala Sun, SMS One, Centenary Bank, MTN Uganda, NSSF, Events Warehouse and UAP Insurance, for considering the event worth sponsoring.

The awards were organized under the theme, ‘Motivate to Inspire’ and some of the categories included Sports, Creativity, Social Achievement and Inspirational awards. Bank of Uganda Governor Prof.  Emmanuel Tumusiime Mutebile and NSSF’s Managing Director Richard Byarugaba received Appreciation Awards. The duo, in their acceptance speeches said; they were delighted by such honors adding that they least expected it. Uganda National Roads Executive Director, Allen Kagina, scooped the Inspirational leadership award, while Business Magnate Patrick Bitature took the Business Impact award. Local Artist Bebe Cool of the Gagamel crew scooped the Interactive Entertainment award.Students pose for a photo with Media Print/Publication Personality Award winner  Mr. Kiiza Venenscias (Centre).

Capt. Mike Mukula, who represented the First Lady Hon. Janet Kataha Museveni as Chief Guest, thanked Governor Mutebile for his excellent stewardship in managing government funds and equally commended Richard Byarugaba for a job well done at National Social Security Fund. The award for best print media personality was bestowed upon a 4th year student of Journalism, Venenscias Kiiza. “I am humbled by this acknowledgement in the baby steps I am making in this dynamic craft of journalism. This is just another indicator that good work however modest will always be appreciated, thanks to the Pepper Publications and the Department of Journalism for grooming me,” he said.


1. Media Print/Publication Personality –  Mr. Kiiza Venenscias (Red Pepper)
2.Broadcast Personality – Mr. Ssenyonga Derrick
3.Business Impact Personality – Mr. Patrick Bitature (Chairman Simba group of Companies)
4.Inspirational Leadership – Ms.Allen Catherine Kagina Executive Director UNRA
5.Interactive Entertainment Personality- Bebe Cool.
6. Leadership Award-  Ms. Aseru Sarah.
7. Male Sports Personality- Mr. Lubwama Joshua
8.Female Sports Personality – Ms.Chemtai Joy
9.Students Inspirational Award – Mr. Ayeru Jacob
10.Young achiever – Ms Ruyondo Ann
11.Out Standing Sport – Swimming
12.Project of the year – (Hopi Track) by Mr. Mugaga Julius
13.Outstanding Sports Team – Rugby Team
14.Social Event Award – Lumbox Carnival
15.Interactive Online Website – Campus Vibe
16. Community Impact Project – (Mak Pads) by Mr. Isaac Muhofa.
17. Entrepreneurship Award – (Agriculture on line) by Mr. Nyabongo Edgar Timothy
18. Appreciation Awards 

• Mr. Tumusiime Mutebile (Governor Bank of Uganda)
• Prof. Mondo Kagonyera ( Former Chancellor Makerere University)
• Mr. Richard Byarugaba ( Managing Director NSSF)
• Dr. Eng. William Tsimwa Muhairwe( Former NWSC Managing Director)
• ISO Chief Brigadier Ronnie Balya

Story by Hudson Ssemyano
Students’ Guild

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Engineering, Art & Tech

A Successful Ph.D. Defense by Vianney Andrew Yiga



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



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.

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Launch of Mak-RIF Round 4 Awards & PhD Call for Proposals



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: 
Meeting ID: 884 5662 9992
Password: 292624

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