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DFCU boosts Mak Revenue Unit with 10 computers



DFCU Bank donated 10 computers to Makerere University Revenue Services Unit (MURSU), Finance Department to help in streamlining student processes. The computers were handed over to the Makerere University Vice Chancellor, Prof. John Ddumba-Ssentamu on 12th October, 2015. The Vice Chancellor expressed gratitude for the support from DFCU as a key strategic partner, during the handover ceremony in the University Council room.

According to Mr. William Sekabembe, the Head of Corporate banking at DFCU, the bank is keen on supporting Makerere University in achieving her objectives. “We have supported Makerere University in various ways including the recent pledge to contribute 100m towards the students centre by the close of this year. We hope to continue our partnerships and help each other achieve on set objectives,” he said.

According to Mrs. Jackie Ayorekire who Heads the Makerere University Revenue Services Unit, these computers will be used by the Unit to manage student data. “I am humbled that the Revenue Unit has received additional support from DFCU. I appreciate all the inteThernal and external support we get. We hope to reach other stakeholders to support us in building a new model of revenue monitoring that is purely IT based,” she said.

The Revenue Unit intends to build a database to ease communication with parents, who will be getting regular updates on the tuition payment status of students. The Unit has a target of acquiring 100 computers. “We are convinced that by regularly communicating to parents, we will eliminate any intentions to defraud them by anyone. This process will be decentralized and managed at College level,” she added.

At the hand over, the Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Finance and Administration Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, noted that the future of fees collection is in the successful implementation of IT systems. The Revenue Unit is hoping to achieve this through the Ministry of Finance. He appreciated DFCU bank for committing to support the students’ centre too.

MURSU has the mandate to ensure that all University Revenues are collected on a timely basis. It has the advisory role to the University Management through the University Bursar on matters of Revenue Collections including preparing proposals on revenue streams and the necessary improvements required in the Unit.

Article by Marion Alina

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4th Call For Applications: MURBS Departmental Ambassadors



URBRA’s Mrs. Ritah Nansasi Wasswa (2nd L) assisted by Ag. University Secretary-Mr. Yusuf Kiranda (L) hands over a plaque of recognition to Outgoing Trustee-Ms. Dorothy Nannozi Kabanda (2nd R) as Incoming Trustee-Ms. Franco Angida Mugyema (R) applauds during the MURBS Board Handover on 26th March 2021.

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.


  1. Must be employed by the University on permanent terms
  2. 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.
  3. 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] and copy to wilber.naigambi[at] no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, 14th June 2021. We discourage hand delivery of applications.

Confirmation/Approval Process

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.

Please see Downloads for the detailed call and application form.

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Chair Council Communication on Closure of Makerere University



An older photo of the Main Building, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda as seen from across the Freedom Square. Date taken: 22nd October 2012.

7th June 2021

All Members of Staff
All Students and Stakeholders
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.

Yours sincerely,

Lorna Magara (Mrs.)
Chairperson, Makerere University Council

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RUFORUM: Transforming Higher Education Videos and Links



Delegates brainstorm during the 15th RUFORUM AGM held at the University of Cape Coast (UCC) in Ghana from 2-6 December, 2019. Photo credit: RUFORUM

Video Series developed by Julieta Mazzola, EARTH University.


  1. What is Community Engagement?  Video 1 of 3.
  2. Different Forms of University Engagement with the Community. Video 2 of 3.
  3. Student learning through Community Engagement. Video 3 of 3.

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