Makerere University is set to establish partnerships with universities in Malaysia to extend each other’s areas of interest.
This follows a benchmarking mission to the University of Kuala Lumpur, the University of Putra Malaysia Holdings and the University of Putra Malaysia, by a delegation of four members of Staff from Makerere University led by the Deputy Vice Chancellor Finance and Administration, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe. The other members of the delegation were Prof. David Owiny Okello, Deputy Director, Directorate of Research and Graduate Training; Dr. Hussein Nsamba Kisiki, Lecturer, Department of Chemistry, CONAS; and Mr. Moses Nadiope, Ag. CEO, Makerere University Holdings Company Ltd.
The objectives of the bench-marking visit were to:
a. Strengthen capacity of University Management in management of innovations and commercialization of research;
b. Benchmark best practices in the area of research commercialization and innovation at universities in countries with identical socio-economic conditions to Uganda, which have recorded success in that area;
c. Explore opportunities for collaboration between Makerere University and the leading Malaysian universities, and between Makerere University Holdings Company Ltd. and similar entrepreneurial ventures at the Malaysian universities.
At Putra Malaysia Holdings (UPMHOLDINGS) the delegation was received by the Managing Director, Prof. Dr. Husaini Omar and the Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Mohd Kamil Yusoff. According to Prof. Nawangwe, “After this visit, the Mak delegation reaffirmed that a university holding company is a viable way of implementing university investments. Its success greatly depends on the initial support from the university in ensuring maximum independence of the Board in taking business decisions.” UPMHOLDINGS handles student accommodation, catering, events management, space rentals and laboratory services.
At the University of Putra Malaysia (UPM), the delegation was received by and held discussions with the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research and Innovation), Prof. Dato Dr. Mohd Azmi Mohd Lila, who was joined by Prof. Dato Mohd Yazid Manap, Director of Halal Products Research Institute, Prof. Dr. Taufiq Yap Yun Hin, Head of Laboratory for Sustainable Bioenergy and Chemicals Catalysis Science and Technology Research Centre, Ms Shahriah member, Head of Marketing and Branding section among others.
The discussions concentrated on the UPM experience in research and innovations, technology transfer between university and industry and commercialization of research. UPM, originally established as an agricultural institute, was later transformed into a multi-disciplinary university, mainly funded by Government. “From this visit, we appreciated that recognition of Research Productivity is a major incentive to researchers and a dedicated IP and research commercialization office is key to success,” explains Prof. Nawangwe. At the end of the meetings at UPM, the two factions agreed to sign a Memorandum of Understanding to enhance further collaboration between the two universities. This process has started.
The delegation then proceeded to the main campus/Chancellory and the Malaysian Institute of Chemical and Bioengineering Technology (MICET) of the University of Kuala Lumpur on 9th and 11th November respectively. At the main campus located in central Kuala Lumpur, the Mak delegation held discussions with the UniKL delegation led by Prof. Prof. Dato. HJ. Ahmad Zahir HJ. Mokhtar, Deputy President (International, Industrial and Institutional Partnership). “Here we learnt that Malaysia’s heavy investment in the education sector since independence is paying dividends. It was also evident that the collaboration between Government, private sector and universities is key to industrialization and development of the service industry,” said the Deputy Vice Chancellor.
Prof. Nawangwe further explains that these Universities were delighted to hear about the developments at Makerere University and the possible areas of collaboration especially in research/innovations and Staff/student exchanges. “We intend to move aggressively in ensuring that we sign an MoU and cement relationships with these universities. We shall be approaching the different colleges to see how to map out the route,” he asserted.
The benchmarking trip to Malaysian universities provided useful lessons for Makerere University’s current programme of diversification of revenue sources, especially the way in which commercialization is handled in conditions of a developing economy. The trip was sponsored by the Centre for Research in Transport and Transportation Technologies (CRTT).
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Article by Mak Public Relations Office
UNMA Advisory on Agriculture and Food Security Jun-Aug 2021
The Uganda National Meteorological Authority (UNMA) on 7th June 2021 released the seasonal rainfall outlook for the June-July-August (JJA) 2021 period. Contained in the outlook were advisories to various strategic sectors of the economy.
Particularly, the advisory to the Agriculture and Food Security sector was;
- JJA season is often part of the normal dry season in the areas of South-western, western, parts of the eastern, and central Uganda. The farming communities in these areas are therefore advised to be vigilant during post-harvest handling by considering proper drying of the harvest on clean surfaces, use of tarpaulins and drying on racks;
- Preparation of good storage facilities of produce to avoid compromising on quality and safety;
- Channeling of the run-off water into the gardens in order to maximize on the soil moisture conservation;
- For those areas where near normal to above normal rainfall is expected (most parts of northern and eastern Uganda), farmers are encouraged to continue with regular weeding, pest and disease surveillance and control;
- Due to the expected enhanced rainfall in those areas, water logging and proliferation of fungal and bacterial crop diseases are likely to occur.
- Open drainage channels around household and gardens to reduce risks from stagnant water causing damage to root tuber crops;
- Flash floods and waterlogging are highly anticipated to occur in low lying areas expected to receive enhanced rainfall such as Katakwi and Kapelebyong. Therefore, communities are encouraged to keep watch over their crops, animals and property;
- In Karamoja sub-region, where wetter conditions are expected, the pastoral communities are advised to diversify into boosting the production of cereals (sorghum, millet, and maize), beans, and ground nuts and sustain pasture availability for livestock.
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4th Call For Applications: MURBS Departmental Ambassadors
In February 2018, the Makerere University Retirement Benefits Scheme (MURBS) launched the Departmental Ambassadors Programme. MURBS hopes to use this Ambassadors Programme to engage more directly with its membership and enhance member education. MURBS further perceives this Programme as a means to mitigate succession planning risks.
MURBS Fund Value continues to grow, and as at 31st March 2021, it stood at Ushs 235.5bn as compared to Ushs 209.6bn as at 30th June 2020. Given this growth, there is increased need for prospective Trustees, who are well equipped with relevant knowledge and skills, and with practical exposure to the management and governance of MURBS.
- Must be employed by the University on permanent terms
- Must be an Active Member of the Scheme (currently contributing to the Scheme) and appear on the Official Register of the MURBS Active Membership as at 30th April 2021.
- Must be willing to commit time to trainings and other ambassadorial activities organised by the Scheme.
Mode of training for 4th Cohort of Ambassadors
Training for this (4th) Cohort of Ambassadors is envisaged to be conducted over the zoom online platform only, due to Covid-19 restrictions. The Scheme does not envisage any face-to-face interactions.
Tenure of Office & Termination or Withdrawal
There is no tenure of office for the Departmental Ambassador. As long as a member is willing to continue serving as an Ambassador, and the Ambassador continues to satisfy the eligibility criteria above, she or he will remain a MURBS Ambassador.
How to Apply
Interested members should complete the MURBS Departmental Ambassador Application Form 01-0218. The completed Form together with the requested attachments should be sent to info[at]murbs.mak.ac.ug and copy to wilber.naigambi[at]mak.ac.ug no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, 14th June 2021. We discourage hand delivery of applications.
MURBS shall acknowledge receipt of each application received within 12 hours and will respond to the applicants to confirm the status of their application in writing (by e-mail). Upon approval of the application, the name of the approved Ambassador together with the Department and School/Unit will be updated on the list of the MURBS Departmental Ambassadors in the Group 4 category and published on the MURBS website.
NOTE: There is no limit as to the number of ambassadors that MURBS can have in a department.
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Chair Council Communication on Closure of Makerere University
7th June 2021
All Members of Staff
All Students and Stakeholders
RE: CLOSURE OF MAKERERE UNIVERSITY
Following the address to the Nation by H.E. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, President of Uganda, on 6th June 2021, this is to inform you that the University will be closed with effect from today 7th June 2021 for 42days.
During the closure, the University shall observe a 30% physical presence of staff while other faculty and administrative staff shall continue to work online.
Management will inform staff and students on the implementation of teaching, learning, and research activities online. Construction activities shall continue as per the President’s directives and with strict adherence to the COVID-19 SOPs.
Lorna Magara (Mrs.)
Chairperson, Makerere University Council
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