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Mak Vice Chancellor addresses First Year Students



“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.Students of Department of Performing Arts and Film, Makerere University led the Academic Procession to 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.Some of the First Year Students at the ceremony in the Freedom Square.

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:


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.Students of Makerere University Business School pose with the Deputy Principal, Dr Moses Muhwezi (with cap).

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.Principals from the various colleges and other officials from the Academic Registrar's Department and Public Relations Office pose for a photo with the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Ddumba-Ssentamu (9th left) and Deputy Vice Chancellor, Dr. Ernest Okello Ogwang on his left.

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

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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.

Contact: Agnes Namaganda –

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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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Notice: Makerere Disability Scheme 2022/23 Medical Review Exercise



One of the PWD graduands at the 69th Graduation during the Session held on 17th January 2019.

The Academic Registrar, Makerere University invites persons with disability who applied for admission to public universities under the disability entry scheme for 2022/2023 Academic Year to appear for medical/review exercise at Makerere Unive, Senate Building, Level Two (2) in the Telepresence Centre.

NOTE: Only those who have the minimum entry requirements of at least two principal passes at A’ Level or its equivalent and at least five (5) passes at O’ Level or its equivalent will be interviewed.

 Only candidates who sat ‘a’ level in 2020, 2019 and 2018 are eligible for admission.

THE EXERCISE WILL BE CONDUCTED ON 3rd, 4th and 5th October, 2022 respectively from 9.00 A.M – 1.00 P.M each day.


(i) If you fail to appear on any of the given days above, there will be no other chance for you.

(ii) Applicants with Government Scholarship for the previous years are not eligible for admission



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