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Mak Delegation to Malaysia lays firm Foundation for Collaborations

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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.

Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe chats with Prof. Prof. Dato. HJ. Ahmad Zahir HJ. Mokhtar, Deputy President (International, Industrial and Institutional Partnership), University of Kuala Lumpur (UniKL)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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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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