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Mak ADB V HEST Infrastructure Development Project Kicks Off

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The energy and passion that had built up over the past three years was fully evident on the morning of 18th December 2015 as officials from the Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Sports led by Mr. Robert Odok Oceng-Commissioner for Higher Education and Training officially handed over the sites to the contractor; Excel Construction Limited delegation led by the Director-Satvinder Saini and Senior Contracts Manager-Eng. P. Murali Krishna. The beneficiary of this project; Makerere University led by none other than the Vice Chancellor, Professor John Ddumba-Ssentamu was on hand to witness the handover.

The site handover was preceded by signing of a contract between the Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Sports (MoESTS) and Excel Construction Limited in the presence of Makerere University Officials at the Ministry head offices.

This US$29.2m allocation to Makerere University is meant to fund the five year project that was approved as a loan from the African Development Bank to the Government of Uganda in 2013 to improve science and technology in Higher Education Institutions.

The US$12.8m infrastructure development project handed over to Excel Construction Ltd is anticipated to last eighteen months with effect from December 2015. It will comprise of two four-floor buildings; one located at the former UCB slab next to the College of Business and Management Sciences (CoBAMS) and another at the slab next to the School of Social Sciences. The facilities will Artistic Impression of the proposed building for the UCB slab (Pool road), Makerere University, Kampala Ugandahave centralized teaching spaces, a 1,000 seater auditorium and an E-learning Centre. The construction of the two structures is meant to address the problem of limited teaching spaces especially in the Colleges with big student numbers (College of Humanities and Social Sciences-CHUSS, College of Education and External Studies-CEES and CoBAMS). Excel Construction Limited will also renovate the: Physiology Lab in the College of Health Sciences (CHS), Chemistry Lab and centralized Diagnostics Lab based in the College of Natural Sciences-CoNAS, centralized Biotechnology Lab based in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences-CAES, Science Labs in CEES, Materials and Hydraulics Lab in the College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology-CEDAT and Diary Value Chain at the Makerere University Agricultural Research Institute (MUARIK).

The institutional allocation will also cover the setting up of the initial facility at MUARIK as well as commencing the movement of CAES to the MUARIK Campus. However, the construction of this initial facility at MUARIK is slated to commence at a later time due to delays experienced with one of the contractors resulting into bidding for works separately.

The Director Estates and Works Department (EWD), Eng. Fred Nuwagaba pointed out that due diligence carried out on the two sites had determined that while the Social Sciences Slab was more than capable of taking on the weight of a four floor building, the former UCB slab at CoBAMS would have to be fully demolished and works started from scratch. He also noted that a proper traffic flow design was going to be availed to inform the campus users on areas that will have to be hoarded off for safety reasons.

Eng. Murali informed the assembly that Excel Construction Limited was pleased to take on yet another project in Makerere University as this was a vote of confidence. He pointed out that the sites were located in busy areas but stringent measures would be taken to ensure that safety is guaranteed. He hoped that the community would bear with the construction works as the contractor would try to ensure that disruption was kept to a minimum.

Artistic Impression of the proposed building along the University Road, Makerere University, Kampala UgandaThe Vice Chancellor Professor John Ddumba-Ssentamu called for fast but dependable works as time had already been lost and yet there was urgent need for teaching space on campus. He expressed gratitude to the African Development Bank as well as the Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Sports (MoESTS) for their efforts to strengthen higher education.

The Ministry’s representative, Mr. Oceng congratulated the contractor and pointed out that there was a steady increase of student numbers in universities hence the need for MoESTS to set up more public universities. This massification in higher education was likely to result in the number public universities rising to nine by February 2016. He therefore hoped that Excel Construction Limited would do credible work that would attract future interest from these growing institutions.

These buildings are expected to not only beautify Makerere University but also expansively address the longstanding problem of limited teaching facilities for the growing number of students. While students are currently utilizing former dining areas that were turned into lecture spaces in various halls of residence, the laboratories on the other hand can hardly accommodate the growing numbers of students.

Others distinguished members present at the site handover ceremony were Dr. Florence Nakayiwa (Director Planning and Development) and Laker Irene Kitara (TA and Quantity Surveyor of the ADB V-HEST). The implementation of this project at Makerere University is coordinated by the Planning and Development Department (PDD).

Article by Nancy Karunganwa, Planning and Development Department (PDD)

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A Successful Ph.D. Defense by Vianney Andrew Yiga

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The CEDAT community is proud to share our congratulations to Vianney Andrew Yiga following his successful Ph.D. defense that happened yesterday Monday 3rd October 2022 at the College of Engineering, Design, Art, and Technology (CEDAT).

His Thesis was titled; Thermal Stability of Fiber- Reinforced Polylactic Acid Composites for Flameretarded Applications.

The candidate was supervised by Eng. Dr. Michael Lubwama and Eng. Dr. Peter W. Olupot both from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, at CEDAT.

Dr. John Wasswa, Department of Chemistry, College of Natural Sciences (CONAS), Makerere University was the opponent that interrogated the candidate to enable a clear understanding of the study.

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Makerere University Launches National Parenting Draft Manual

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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 – agnesvioletnamaganda@gmail.com

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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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