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Royalty and Loyalty at Mak as King Oyo makes Inaugural Visit

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Royalty and Loyalty combined in big volumes on Friday 20th November 2015 as the King of Tooro Kingdom, Omukama Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru Rukidi IV made his maiden entry into the gates of Makerere University. The King’s subjects who had patiently waited for his procession at the Main gate, prostrated before him, as a sign of their loyalty. They followed his procession, welcoming him with the tunes of Amakondere and other traditional songs from Tooro Kingdom, in praise of his leadership.

The King, who was in the company of other Royals including his paternal aunt, Princess Elizabeth Bagaya, proceeded to first pay a courtesy call on the Makerere University Vice Chancellor, Prof. John Ddumba-Ssentamu who received him outside the Main building. As this delegation made its way to VC’s Office, the King’s subjects who were patiently waiting in the Main Hall rose to their feet to celebrate the fact that King Oyo was now in the Main building. He later descended to the Main hall and was received with ululations and uncontrollable praises of ‘Hangiriza agutamba. Hangiriza Rukirabashaija. Hangiriza omwebingwa. Hangiriza Entare ya Tooro’ as the audience in the Main hall exploded in euphoria.  

King Oyo (Left) receives a plaque commemorating his maiden visit to Makerere from Vice Chancellor Prof. John Ddumba-SsentamuIn his remarks, Omukama Oyo expressed gratitude at the warm reception and thanked Makerere University for opening up to Tooro Kingdom. He was particularly grateful for the Fort Portal campus. “It gives me great pleasure to visit Makerere University, an institution which has existed since 1922. Makerere has remained one of the most prestigious Universities not only in Uganda but the whole of Africa. On behalf of Tooro Kingdom and myself, I wish to appreciate the wonderful reception you have accorded me and my entourage since I set foot at this mighty institution,” he said to a thunderous applause.

“I hope this visitation will go a long way to benefit our respective institutions. I thank the Makerere University Administration for creating a western campus in Tooro Kingdom, opened five years ago. This campus has helped our people in Tooro region to access quality education,” he added. “Through my time in school and the various walks in life, I have learnt a few lessons I wish to share some with you especially the young people in this room with the hope it will be helpful. The first one, believe in yourself. Even if you don’t, pretend you do and at some point you will,” he advised as students applauded in agreement.

The King further advised the congregation especially the young people to hold onto their dreams, be disciplined, focus on their destiny, and respect cultural values. He cautioned the youth against engaging in inappropriate activities like drug abuse. King Oyo reached out to the Central Government, calling for support to the University capital fund tailored to support student innovations and business start-ups for fresh graduates.

Princess Elizabeth Bagaya (2nd R) flanked by Ministers of the Tooro Kingdom accompanied King Oyo on his maiden visit to Makerere, 12th November 2015

Tooro Kingdom and Makerere University signed a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, to cement the relationship. The Vice Chancellor welcomed Tooro Kingdom’s initiative to work with Makerere University in skilling Ugandans, adding that the MoU will first be implemented in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES).

“The main objective of the MoU is to partner with your Kingdom to enhance each other’s areas of interest and development in order to stimulate growth of each party and contribute to societal transformation and national development. Makerere University shall execute this partnership through the School of Food Technology, Nutrition and Bio-Engineering to start with. Your Majesty, I have been informed that you would like to come back at a later date and visit more Colleges within Makerere University in order to establish further areas of collaboration. Your Majesty, you are most welcome,” he said.

King Oyo's subjects, MUTOSA leadership and Makerere Students shared the spotlight with the OmukamaThe Vice Chancellor also presented a plaque to Omukama Oyo in recognition of his inspirational and noble leadership of Tooro Kingdom and socio-cultural transformation of society through inculcation of cultural ideals and principles.
 
The Guild President, H.E. David Bala who spoke on behalf of the Student body sincerely appreciated Omukama Oyo for prioritizing the visit to Makerere University. His visit was partly coordinated by the Makerere University Tooro Students Association (MUTOSA).

After signing the MoU, Omukama Oyo then proceeded to the School of Food Technology, Nutrition and Bio-Engineering where he planted a tree to commemorate his visit and toured both the new and old wings of the Food Technology and Business Incubation Centres. He then held a meeting the College Management to chart the way forward in implementation of the MoU.

Article by Marion Alina, Public Relations Office
 

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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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Notice: Makerere Disability Scheme 2022/23 Medical Review Exercise

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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.

IMPORTANT:

(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

ALFRED MASIKYE NAMOAH

Acting. ACADEMIC REGISTRAR

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Uganda’s policymakers implored to address forest loss, plastic & water pollution

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Left to Right: Prof. Gunnar Köhlin, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, Amb. Maria Håkansson, Commissioner Julius Mafumbo and Prof. Edward Bbaale posing for a group photo before the opening ceremony on 22nd September 2022: Photo by EfD-Mak Centre.

The Vice Chancellor Professor Barnabas Nawangwe on Thursday 22nd September, 2022 participated in the opening of the EfD Annual meeting hosted by Makerere University at Speke Resort Munyonyo where he appealed to government to implement the ban on kaveera and address other environmental issues.

The opening ceremony moderated by the EfD Global Hub Manager Gunnar Köhlin and was graced by Uganda’s Minister for Water and Environment represented by the Commissioner for Water, Mr. Julius Mafumbo and the Swedish Ambassador to Uganda, H.E. Maria Håkansson.

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