“University education is a two way process. Lecturers provide information to guide you and on your part, there is a lot of initiative required using the available resources including the University Library, which is one of the best libraries on the African continent. It is a joint responsibility for students, staff and University Management to ensure that we maintain the reputation of Makerere University as a community of excellence that builds for generations,” said the Vice Chancellor, Prof. John Ddumba-Ssentamu at the Ceremony of Admissions held on 29th October 2015 in the Freedom Square.
As per the University tradition, the drums sounded as the Vice Chancellor’s procession comprising the Academic Registrar, Dean of Students, Director of Research and Graduate Training and College Principals fully in their academic regalia walked majestically from the Main Building to the Freedom Square.
Building on to the Orientation day held on 27th August 2015 where the Academic Registrar and other University officials shared with students information vital to their academic and social well being, the Admissions Ceremony held on 29th October 2015 provided an opportunity to the students to receive a special message from the Vice Chancellor.
Welcoming the Vice Chancellor’s procession, the students who had assembled in the Freedom Square stood up, waved to the University Management and College Principals, and used their smart phones to capture the memorable moments.
The Head of Department, Dr. Sylvia Nannyonga-Tamusuza together with the students of Performing Arts and Film led the Anthems. Leading the prayer, the Dean of Students, Mr. Cyriaco Kabagambe asked the Almighty God to bless the Admissions Ceremony for the Academic Year 2015/2016, the students and University leadership.
The Academic Registrar, Mr. Namoah-Masikye introduced the Vice Chancellor, Prof. John Ddumba-Ssentamu to the First Year students. “Dear students, you will recall that when I addressed you on the Orientation day held on 27th August 2015 here in the Freedom Square, I informed you that you will have a special day to receive a message from the Vice Chancellor. Today, 29th October 2015, I am pleased to introduce the Vice Chancellor who is presiding over the Admissions Ceremony,” he said amidst applause from the First Year students.
The following colleges/units presented students: College of Health Sciences; Makerere University Business School (MUBS); College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences; College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology; College of Natural Sciences; College of Veterinary Medicine, Animal Resources and Bio-Security; School of Law; College of Education and External Studies; College of Computing and Information Sciences; College of Humanities and Social Sciences; and the College of Business and Management Sciences.
As per the University procedure, the Academic Registrar called upon the respective College Principals/representatives to present the students to the Vice Chancellor. The students from the College/Unit being presented stood up and listened to the Academic Registrar reading a statement:
“Do you solemnly promise to seek the truth, to study diligently, to obey the Chancellor, Vice Chancellor, and those in authority, to observe the regulations of the University, to exercise discipline and to promote its good as far as in you lies.”
As expected, the First Year students from the respective Colleges/Units replied:
“ALL THIS I DO SOLEMNLY UNDERTAKE.”
Presenting the students to the Vice Chancellor, the College Principal or a Representative, read the statement: “Mr. Vice Chancellor, Sir, I present to you for admission to the University these new students of the College of …who have duly subscribed their names to the declaration they have made.”
Still standing, the students looked on with a lot of admiration as the Vice Chancellor (dressed in his academic regalia) faced them, smiled and nodded his head in an official way, confirming their admission into the University.
Enjoying the special moment, most of the students responded with laughter and would resume their seats full of energy and charisma.
Addressing the First Year students, the Vice Chancellor Prof. John Ddumba-Ssentamu congratulated the students on being admitted to various academic programmes of Makerere University. He emphasized to the students that they had responsibilities and obligations that are stipulated in their admission letters and the Makerere University Students Regulations 2015. In the same spirit, the Vice Chancellor encouraged the students to concentrate on their studies, be mindful of the choices they make, associate with the right people, and above all remain disciplined.
“Your success depends on your attitude and the choices you make now. I strongly urge you to use your time productively while you are here. Try to use your time here at Makerere University as a platform for achieving a better tomorrow. I urge you to make genuine friendships, those that will add value to your life. You need to make wise choices. As we strive to provide you the best services possible, you too need to take responsibility as students. Each one of us has a role to play,” said the Vice Chancellor.
At the climax of the Admissions Ceremony, all the students stood up, and listened to the proclamation from the Vice Chancellor:
“From today onwards, you are now students of Makerere University. You are formally admitted. I congratulate you and wish you a fruitful stay.”
Reiterating the Vice Chancellor’s message focusing on a bright and disciplined student, the Dean of Students Mr. Cyriaco Kabagambe appealed to the First Year students to read the Gazetted Makerere University Rules and Regulations 2015, which are binding.
As the Vice Chancellor’s procession prepared to leave the Freedom Square, the Senior Public Relations Officer Ms Ritah Namisango together with the students applauded the staff in Department of the Academic Registrar, the Ceremonies and Certificates Division and the respective College Registrars for organizing the Admissions Ceremony for the Academic Year 2015/2016.
Story by: Ritah Namisango, Mak Public Relations Office
Scholars & Alumni of Mastercard Foundation light up Achukudu Community, Napak District
By Bernard Buteera
On Saturday 2nd December 2023, all roads led to Achukudu Community Primary School in Napak District, Karamoja sub-region, as the Scholars and Alumni of Mastercard Foundation at Makerere University commemorated their Scholars’ Annual Day of Community Service (Giveback). The 2023 Scholars Annual Day of Community Service was held at Achukudu Community Primary School, Napak District in the Karamoja sub-region. Established in 2013, Achukudu Community School serves two ethnic communities—The Iteso and Karamojong.
With a total population of 1,907 pupils only three government-paid teachers, and nine community-paid teachers, the School faces a plethora of challenges. Key among the challenges is the lack of Classrooms, decent Ventilated Pit Latrines, and Desks. Therefore when the Scholars identified the School as one that deserved to be given a gift of a classroom block, it was a befitting choice!
The Scholars with support from the alumni, the Program Team, Members of the Steering Committee, and partners of the Scholars Program at Makerere University intervened by constructing a two-classroom block, which was supervised by one of the alumni who is an Engineer. Alongside the classroom block, the Scholars also provided 40 desks, helping the school meet UNEB Center eligibility criteria.
While presiding over the event, the area member of Parliament, Hon. John Bosco Ngoya, thanked the Scholars and alumni community at Makerere University for supporting the young pupils of Achukudu Primary School and the entire community by gifting them with a two-classroom block.
“Thank you Scholars and alumni of Mastercard Foundation at Makerere University for the Christmas gift of a classroom block to the young people and the entire community of Achukudu. This classroom block will go a long way in improving the learning environment of the young children of Achukudu primary school.” Hon. Ngoya pointed out.
Hon. Ngoya called upon other people to emulate the Scholars and alumni of the Mastercard Foundation in embracing the spirit of giving back to the vulnerable people in the community. On his part, he donated One Million Five hundred shillings (1,500,000/=) to help the School purchase more desks, and he had earlier contributed One million shillings (1,000,000/=) towards the construction of the classroom block.
The District Education Officer (DEO) for Napak District, Ms. Joyce Nakoya, praised the Scholars Community for embracing and practicing the spirit of giving back to other people at an early age.
“Thank you Scholars and alumni of the Mastercard Foundation at Makerere for embracing the spirit of giving back to other people at such an early age. If all people gave back to the less privileged in our communities, we would have a better world for everyone.” Ms. Nakoya pointed out.
Ms. Nakoya further pointed out every child deserves to study in a decent environment, therefore it was a befitting cause for the Scholars to construct a classroom block for the young pupils of Achukudu community primary school, who were studying in open grass thatched classrooms.
The Program Manager of, the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at Makerere University, Ms. Jolly Okumu who led the team of Scholars, alumni, and staff to Karamoja thanked the community of Achukudu for supporting the Scholars to deliver the class block by contributing to the construction sand.
“We come here today to join with you as a community driven by a shared commitment to education, empowerment, and ethos of giving back. Today is a historic occasion as we celebrate the completion and commissioning of the classroom block, which is a remarkable testament to the transformative power of education and our unwavering spirit of community service.” Ms. Jolly remarked.
The President of the Scholars Association, Mr. Godfrey Okello, thanked all the Scholars and alumni, and all stakeholders who contributed to the construction of the classroom block, which was a dream that became a reality.
“I would like to thank my colleagues and people of goodwill who supported us to realize our dream of constructing this classroom for our young brothers and sisters of Achukudu Primary School. Together we can make a difference in the lives of our fellow young people in Uganda and Africa as a whole.” Mr. Okello remarked.
The Headteacher of the School, Mr. Eryebu Raymond, who was visibly very excited was full of praises for Scholars and alumni of the Mastercard Foundation, for what he termed as an iconic classroom block they had gifted to his School.
“This day is very special to us, we will not see this day again. We are delighted to receive the Scholars and alumni of Mastercard Foundation from Makerere University, thank you for considering supporting our School” Mr. Eryebu excitedly remarked.
The Headteacher revealed that one of the major challenges the school was facing was an acute shortage of classrooms for his 1,097 pupils. He was therefore grateful to Mastercard Foundation Scholars for choosing to construct a two-class block for the School.
“This donation of a classroom block and Desks is a testament to your commitment to education and empowering the lives of the vulnerable people in the community. This classroom block and desks will go a long way in improving the quality of teaching and learning at our school.” Mr. Eryebu further remarked.
The 2023 Scholars Annual Day of Community Service (Giveback) was punctuated with a lot of joy, pomp, and fanfare, as the pupils and the entire community of Achukudu danced and ululated at the commissioning of the classroom block. The construction of the classroom block and purchase of desks for Achukudu Community Primary School was made possible by generous contributions by the Scholars, alumni, the Program Team, and members of the Steering Committee.
Among the Partners who made financial contributions towards the class block construction included; DFCU Bank, Post Bank, URA, Katumba Estates, Footsteps Furniture Ltd, and Sion Travels Ltd.
The Scholars and Alumni Day of Community Service (Give back) is an annual event, where Scholars and alumni of the Mastercard Foundation go out into the community to give back by providing solutions to challenges that a particular community is facing. Over the years Scholars have given back to the communities in numerous ways that range from offering professional services and erecting major projects like classroom blocks.
Bernard Buteera is the Communications and Public Relations Officer of the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at Makerere University.
Innovations using low cost locally available materials for point of use water treatment system unveiled
The College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology (CEDAT) conducted a Research Dissemination of two studies aimed at the Development of Materials for point of use water treatment systems.
The investigations were conducted by a team of researchers comprised of P. W. Olupot, H. M. Kalibbala, E. Menya, G.M. Wangi, J. Jjagwe, J. Wakatuntu, M. Turyasingura, R. Walozi, C. Kanyesigye and R. N. Kulabako.
The dissemination event held on Wednesday 29th November 2023 follows the successful completion of two MakRIF supported Research projects namely; Development of rice husk based granular activated carbon for point-of-use water treatment systems and Development of zeolite-based nanocomposite filters for drinking water treatment.
Apac District gains from CEDAT’s Research on Piloting a Rural Broadband Connectivity Model and Efficacious patient management system
The School of Engineering at the College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology (CEDAT) shared findings of research that was conducted in Apac Districts through two projects namely Piloting a Rural Broadband Connectivity Model (RCBM) and Efficacious patient management system (EPMS).
The findings of the research sponsored by the Government of Uganda through the Makerere University research and Innovation Fund(MakRIF) were disseminated during a dissemination seminar held in the College on Friday 24th November 2023, where it was revealed that Apac the host District greatly benefited from the services that not only led to the increased uptake of internet services but also gained through other socio economic areas.
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