On Sunday 20th December 2015, the Makerere University St. Augustine Catholic Community presented to Monsignor (Msgr.) Dr. Lawrence Kanyike a beautiful Christmas Gift-a Brand New Ford Ranger. The sleek off-roader worth UGX.180 million was handed over to Msgr. Dr. Kanyike by the Chaplain, Rev. Josephat Ddungu together with the Chairperson of the St. Augustine Catholic Community Prof. Edward K. Kirumira at the climax of mass led by Rev. Fr. Michael Kamulegeya.
Msgr. Dr. Lawrence Kanyike served Makerere University for 30 years as the Chaplain of St. Augustine Chapel. Msgr. Kanyike has been cruising a manual transmission Toyota Corolla car which he bought 33 years ago.The splendid Christmas gift was a fulfilment of the promise made to Msgr. Dr. Kanyike by the Makerere University St. Augustine Catholic Community at his remarkable farewell ceremony. According to Prof. Edward Kirumira on 23rd February 2014, the Makerere University Catholic Community promised to buy a new car for their beloved Msgr. Dr. Kanyike for the selfless service and tremendous developments accomplished during his tenure at Makerere University St. Augustine Chapel.
“From February 2014, the Chaplaincy embarked on a fundraising campaign to raise the money for the Ford Ranger double cabin. I would like to mention that the fundraising campaign was a success and today we witness our fruitful efforts, as we hand over the special gift to our one and only Msgr. Kanyike,” he remarked with a beaming smile.
The Chaplain Rev. Fr. Josephat Ddungu sent waves of excitement through the congregation when he said: "Today, I must tell you that I am a very happy man. You know why, KIGGWA LEERO! On 23rd February 2014, we promised Msgr. Kanyike that we would give him a car. On that day, we presented the desired car to him on an art piece. Today, Sunday 20th December 2015, we are presenting Msgr. Kanyike with the keys to the car that is now parked at the Entrance leading to this Chapel."
Addressing the congregation that he loves dearly, Msgr. Dr. Kanyike thanked the Makerere University Community for the wonderful Christmas gift.
"I promise you that I will drive the Ford Ranger. I do appreciate your generosity. This is a very beautiful gift. It is the biggest Christmas Gift ever given to me. Thank you for loving me. The vehicle will be very useful in the execution of my pastoral work," assured the obviously jovial and humbled Msgr. Dr. Lawrence Kanyike.
Msgr. Dr. Kanyike used the same opportunity to reiterate the special message he shared with the Makerere University community at his farewell ceremony held 23rd February 2014 when he said, “All I ask of you is to always remember that I loved you. Every time I stand here, it comes to my head eventually, I feel like this is my community. I am pleased to say, I am glad to be here. Thank you very much for loving me. I wish you the very best of time. Merry Christmas.”
The Chairperson of Makerere University St. Augustine Catholic Community, Prof. Edward K. Kirumira, an instrumental figure in the fundraising drive thanked the Makerere University community and well wishers for generously contributing to the initiative.
“Every coin counted. Every coin counts. May God continue to bless you for the generous contributions that have made it possible for us to present a befitting Christmas gift to Msgr. Kanyike,” he said.
“We are also very grateful to members who are still making contributions towards its maintenance. In the first mass, one of our community members pledged to provide a monthly fuel allowance of UGX 300,000. In the same spirit Eng. Max Kigobe has given us UGX 200,000 to service the car at the appropriate time,” he added.
In an exclusive interview with Makerere University Public Relations Office team, Eng. Max Kigobe from the College of Engineering, Design Art and Technology (CEDAT) and a member of the St. Augustine Community said that Msgr. Kanyike will always be remembered for his noble contributions and selflessness that endeared so many to him and to St. Augustine chapel.
“He has been so close to us. He has inspired us spiritually, socially and academically and I can personally testify of the love of Msgr. Kanyike. He has been acting as my father academic wise and he always interceded in my social life. He uplifted my spiritual belief and made me realise the importance of prayer,” stated Eng. Kigobe.
Msgr. Dr. Lawrence Kanyike was appointed in May 1984 by His Eminence Emmanuel Cardinal Nsubuga as Chaplain of the Catholic Community at Makerere University. Since 1984, Msgr. Kanyike diligently served the Makerere University community and is credited for soliciting resources for the expansion of St. Augustine Chapel, construction of a Chaplain's house as well as initiating a number of activities that attracted students to participate in the affairs of the Church and the community at large. After 30 years of service at Makerere University, Msgr. Kanyike was transferred to Kyengera Parish.
Sunday 20th December 2015 will forever be a memorable day on the St. Augustine Catholic Community Calendar. Apart from the highlight Ford Ranger handover ceremony, the day comprised a series of activities including; the Sickle Cell Fundraising Music Concert 2015, organised by St. Augustine Catholic Community, St. Augustine Choir and Ivuga Band.
In the evening hours, the Chaplaincy of the Makerere University St. Augustine Catholic Community treated over 300 Members and well wishers to a sumptuous dinner. The hosts, Prof. Edward K. Kirumira and his wife, Dr. Rose Kirumira thanked the Chaplaincy for not only funding the evening of socialisation but also choosing their residence as the venue. The merrymaking then went on in earnest thanks to the great selection of music; the happy hours climaxing with the serving of the tasty specially-baked St. Augustine Community Christmas cake.
Article by: Ritah Namisango and Proscovia Nabatte, Mak Public Relations Office
Photos by: Charles Iga, Mak Public Relations Office
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HERS-EA Fourth Leadership Academy
The Higher Education Resource Services-East Africa (HERS-EA) provides an intensive residential one-week leadership and management development curriculum focused on women, mainly in higher education institutions and administration.
In response to the current Covid-19 pandemic, HERS-EA Fourth Academy will be a totally virtual one. As such, the Academy previously scheduled to take place between June 28th – July 3rd has been postponed by one week to July 5th-9th.
Theme: “Positioning Women for Leadership in Higher Education”
A. Institutional Development
1. Managing and Leading Change
2. Reframing Organizations for effective work
3. Developing Effective Partnerships in Higher Education for Women and gender focused advancement
B. Personal Development
4. Career Mapping/building dossier/personal development
5. Professional Women’s economic empowerment through Enterprise development and management for profit maximization
6. Research and Publishing; Leadership and Fundraising for projects including research and publication.
7. The Power of Mentoring; Networking
Who Should Attend?
HERS-EA expects many diverse and dynamic women leaders to attend the ACADEMY, to share and learn from multiple institutional perspectives with guidance from women with a wealth of experience in higher education, national academic organizations, government and non- governmental organizations. Participants are expected hold mid to senior-level positions and bring expertise from all parts of a college or university. They also represent a range of national groups, ages and years of experience in higher education and other fields.
Applying to the ACADEMY:
The deadline for registration has also been extended to June 30th. For more information regarding registration, please visit the website: www.hersea.org Completed registration forms should be emailed, with a scanned payment slip to: firstname.lastname@example.org, by 5.00 p.m. on Wednesday 30th June.
A complete application includes:
b) A self-descriptive letter (not > 500 words) to include:
- Current Title (e.g. Associate Professor of Economics; Deputy Dean, e. t. c.)
- Name and Contact Information for 2 Recommenders (e.g. Vice Chancellor, Head of Department, Chief Officer in your area, and/or direct supervisor)
- Short- and long-term career goals
- Your expectations for the HERS-EA ACADEMY.
c) Passport size photograph
d) A developmental project you have been assigned or you would like to initiate at your campus (maximum 500 words)
e) Registration fee of $100, please attach a copy of the deposit slip to your application (Bank A/C details below):
If you have any further questions, please email:
info[at]hersea.org or call the HERS-EA Administrator on: +256 (0)772082011 Please,also, visit the HERS-EA website for further updates: www.hersea.org.
Payment Bank Account Details:
Account Name: Higher Education Resource Service East Africa
HERS-EA US $ ACCOUNT
Name of Bank: DFCU Bank
Makerere University Branch
A/C No: 02083553153181
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Mak Commissions CoVAB@50 Celebrations, Awards Certificates
The College of Veterinary Medicine, Animal Resources and Biosecurity (CoVAB) on Thursday 17th June, 2021 commenced celebrations to mark 50 Years of Veterinary Higher Education, Science, Technology, Innovation and Services (HESTIS) in Uganda. The blended event held at the Industrial Livestock Research, Incubation and Skilling (ILRIS) Center at Nakyesasa, Namulonge as well as online was presided over by the Chancellor, Prof. Ezra Suruma and First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports (MoES), Hon. Janet Museveni both represented by the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe.
The event, held as part of Makerere University Centenary Celebrations (1922-2022) was a moment of celebration for 1,930 skilled livestock agribusiness entrepreneurs who were awarded certificates in recognition of completion of their respective courses. Owing to the strict Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) instituted by the Ministry of Health (MoH) to curb the spread of COVID-19, the students from Incubation Hubs in Atiak, Butaleja, Mubende, Nakyesasa, Sheema and Wakiso were awarded their certificates virtually.
In her remarks read by Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, Hon. Janet Museveni thanked Makerere University for supporting grassroots level development through groundbreaking innovations under the Africa Institute for Strategic Services and Development-Skills for Production Enterprise Development and Accreditation (AFRISA-SPEDA) model.
“I am extremely pleased that Makerere University, through those innovative approaches, has developed and launched the alternative approach to building human capital and transferring knowledge to enterprises in communities.
“I would like to encourage all those involved in skills development to adopt methodologies that transform those trainees that go through these programs in ways that enable them also transform the societies they live in” read the Minister’s remarks.
She further noted that commissioning of the CoVAB@50 celebrations was both timely and rewarding. “The commissioning of the college innovations indeed has made meaning. This is a true path to growth of an Academic and Development College of the University, and we congratulate you again.”
Addressing the congregation as Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe congratulated CoVAB alumna and incoming Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation (MoSTI) under the Office of the President, Dr. Monica Musenero upon her recent appointment. “We thank His Excellency the President for identifying you. Science is in good hands.”
Prof. Nawangwe urged Dr. Musenero to address the structures of managing research and innovation in Uganda, “including the role of the Uganda National Council for Science and Technology and the apparent need to establish a Research Council for Uganda.”
In the same breath he thanked the outgoing and pioneer Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Hon. Dr. Elioda Tumuwesigye, for his role in ensuring that the ministry is empowered to carry out its mandate.
The Chancellor congratulated CoVAB upon training the bulk of Veterinary Doctors in Uganda over the last 50 years and more recently, Laboratory Technologists at the highest level. He recognised Makerere University‘s obligation to contribute to the economic self-determination of Uganda and thanked CoVAB for conducting research that addresses hindrances to national development, especially in the livestock industry.
“The anti-tick vaccine is one of such innovations which will solve the huge problem of tick-borne diseases that have caused enormous losses to our farmers. There are many other problems on which the college is researching and we thank you for the enthusiasm” he added.
The Chancellor commended CoVAB for being the vanguard of transformation of the grassroots communities through the SPEDA model. “I urge Government to fund this important initiative so that it can more meaningfully contribute to solving the big problem of youth unemployment.”
In her remarks, Dr. Monica Musenero commended the Principal, CoVAB, Prof. John David Kabasa for fulfilling the College’s dream of enabling the masses who drop out of the education value chain as well as those who complete education but have no skills for livelihood, to attain certification in agribusiness entrepreneurship.
“Many people attain academic success and write papers, publish and they become professors but without demonstrable impact on their nation. You have shown by the thousands that you have touched nationwide that indeed you are a professor of national transformation. Congratulations,” remarked Dr. Musenero.
She therefore congratulated the teams at CoVAB and AFRISA upon successfully conceiving and executing a model that is non-traditional, informal, not easily understood and not documented in any textbooks.
As Minister, Dr. Musenero noted that witnessing thousands of individuals from across the country whose skills had been honed through a university programme receiving certificates gave her a lot of hope and material to embark on her tenure with. “I will be looking forward to harnessing these resources as we initiate work on the next leg of Science, Technology and Innovation in the country under the President’s Office.”
The invitation to the Principal, CoVAB to present students for the award of the ordinary diplomas, ordinary certificates and artisan certificates was given by the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic Affairs), Dr. Umar Kakumba. He congratulated the awardees upon successfully completing their respective courses and graduating with evidence on an enterprise.
Prof. Kabasa clarified that the approach used to train the day’s awardees was not simply a vocational skilling. “The combination of action research with knowledge transfer, skilling, plus assessment and accreditation processes done by organs like the DIT (Directorate of Industrial Training, MoES) has given us this result, for the University to provide true leadership and transformation of the community.”
Present at the celebrations were the Director, DIT, MoES-Mr. Byakatonda Patrick and the Deputy Commissioner Social Services Development, MoES Madam Elizabeth Bateme who have worked through the Academic-Community-Public-Private-Partnership model to ensure that students graduate as entrepreneurs with micro enterprises.
Prior to presiding over the ceremony, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, on behalf of the First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports officially commissioned the SPEDA Training, Incubation and Research Centre – Nakyesasa.
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