Thanks to the new Swedish Government-Makerere University Agreement, 337 Ugandan university staff will receive PhD, Masters and Postdoctoral Scholarships through the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) Phase 2015-2020. 167 awardees who were selected for the first intake could not hide their excitement as H.E Urban Andersson, Swedish Ambassador to Uganda officially handed over the Awards on Wednesday 10th February 2016.
Funding to the tune of SEK 275 million has been approved to support capacity building for four other public universities i.e. Gulu, Busitema, Kyambogo and Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST) as well as research collaboration between Makerere University and Swedish partner universities. Present at the award ceremony were Prof. Celestino Obua-Vice Chancellor MUST, Mr. Johnson Oluga-Representing Prof. Eli Katunguka-Rwakishaya, Vice Chancellor Kyambogo University, and Dr. Samuel Baker Kucel-Representing Prof. Mary Okwakol, Vice Chancellor Busitema University among other Sida officials and Public Universities’ staff.
In his opening remarks, the Director of Research and Graduate Training (RGT) and Overall Coordinator of the Sida Program, Prof. Mukadasi Buyinza thanked H.E. Amb. Urban Andersson and the Royal Government of Sweden for support that has led to tremendous growth of the research and innovations function at Makerere University.
“The new agreement will entail academic graduate training of 125 PhD students, 147 MA students, and 65 Postdoctoral fellows, divided between the five public universities. Our deliberate strategy to invest in graduate training is based on the common knowledge that about half the research in the world is carried out by graduate students,” Prof. Buyinza said.
In his remarks the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Finance and Administration), Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe who represented the Vice Chancellor, Prof. John Ddumba-Ssentamu acknowledged that Sida support had greatly improved the research culture of Makerere University.
“A number of staff members are writing proposals and competing for funding from various sources. Proposals are now being funded especially in the areas of health, engineering, veterinary science, agriculture and social sciences,” said Prof. Nawangwe, further adding “Publications have greatly increased and as you may be aware, a recent study placed Makerere University in the 3rd position in Africa in terms of Research output. This achievement is partly due to the support from Sida.”
Prof. Nawangwe further thanked the Swedish Government for supporting not only research but also library services, whose impact is felt beyond the physical walls, thanks to digitization of content and 24hour access to electronic materials. Sida support has also greatly improved access by both staff and students to internet services throughout the university
Ambassador Andersson could not hide his own excitement as he began his remarks at the award ceremony. He noted that whereas 325 academic staff had been trained since the Sida program’s inception at Makerere in the year 2000, the quest to train 337 staff within the next 5years was news worth celebrating.
“The US$ 65million that the Swedish State has supported Ugandan research collaboration with in the past 15 years have led to many exciting results. Your predecessors have worked hard… Now you will carry the torch forward,” encouraged His Excellency the Ambassador.
Ambassador Andersson further took note of; training most of the PhD students at Makerere and the multidisciplinary approach as two major shifts in the new agreement period that will set the precedent for future collaboration. 105 out of the 125 PhD students will undertake their training at Makerere University with the remaining 20 students set to receive their training via the sandwich program between Makerere University and her Swedish counterparts. He commended Makerere University upon building sufficient capacity to train the majority of the PhDs locally, noting that this is a remarkable improvement from when the program started in the year 2000.
A total of eleven projects and their respective principal investigators were awarded scholarships under multidisciplinary research teams. These include: Strengthening Social Science Research for National Development-Dr. Andrew Ellias State; Capacity Building in Mathematics and Its Applications-Dr. John Mango; Building Research Capacity in Innovative ICT for Development for Socio-economic Growth in Uganda-Dr. Engineer Bainomugisha; Training for sustainable spatially enabled e-services delivery in Uganda-Dr. Gilbert Maiga; Partnership for Building Resilient Ecosystems and Livelihoods to Climate Change and Disaster-Dr. Yazidhi Bamutaze; and Empowerment for Research Capacity in Knowledge and Information Production and Sharing for Socio- economic Development in Uganda-Dr. George William Kiyingi.
Others are: Innovating health systems and healthcare delivery in rural Uganda: towards building critical capacity to tackle the rising Type 2 Diabetes challenge-Dr. David Guwatudde; Innovations for accelerating reduction in maternal, newborn and child mortality in post conflict Uganda-Prof. James Tumwine; Towards better treatment of infectious diseases in children in rural Uganda. Better diagnostics and algorithms for increased quality of care, rational use of medicines and minimized antimicrobial resistance-Prof. Celestino Obua; Information Support for Quality Higher Education and Research in Uganda-Dr. Hellen Byamugisha and Building Research and Training capacities to develop innovations in sustainable intensification of maize–based cropping systems for improving productivity, food security and resilience to climate change in Uganda-Dr. Herbert Talwana.
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A Successful Ph.D. Defense by Vianney Andrew Yiga
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.
Makerere University Launches National Parenting Draft Manual
By Agnes Namaganda
On July 22nd 2022, Makerere University–Child Health and Development Centre (Mak–CHDC) 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 – email@example.com
Launch of Mak-RIF Round 4 Awards & PhD Call for Proposals
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
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