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Mak and ACCA enhance partnership to provide professional courses

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On Monday 29th February 2016, Makerere University together with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) Uganda signed an auxiliary Memorandum of Understanding to provide professional courses and standards to Makerere University students studying Bachelor of Commerce at a subsidized fee.

The auxiliary Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) will equally support the students to enhance their professional development and careers in accounting, business and finance.

In October 2014, ACCA Uganda and Makerere University developed a collaborative relationship when both institutions signed a Memorandum of Understanding to promote sustainable development of the Accountancy profession in Uganda. The parties equally agreed to share best practices in accounting, business and finance required by global standards.

According to the Dean School of Business-Makerere University College of Business and Management Sciences (CoBAMS) Dr. Umar Kakumba, the auxiliary Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) would strengthen the students’ enrollment for ACCA and also support the School of Business and the College at large to offer business and management services in a broader spectrum.

From left, Dr. Godfrey Akileng, Ms. Beatrice Isagayite and  Dr. Umar Kakumba discussing the MoU.Emphasizing the need for professional standards, Dr. Kakumba encouraged students to utilize the available opportunity and enroll for the ACCA programme.

“This is a stepping stone in fulfilling the demands and trends of a contemporary accountancy world.  For the world to recognize you as a fully-fledged Accountant, you have to possess high quality professionalism with certain aspects of ethics, skills accompanied by an international achievement,” he said.

On behalf of ACCA Uganda, Ms. Beatrice Isagayite said that the auxiliary Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) will provide students with an opportunity to access the ACCA Unique Discount Programme.

“Every student who will have registered before the completion of his or her undergraduate/postgraduate studies will be entitled to a heavily subsidized initial registration fee, free subscription for 2016 and they will be exempted from the GBP 309 examination fee for a period of 12 months,” she said.

“At ACCA, we believe that accountants bring value to economies in all stages of development. We aim at developing capacity in the profession and encourage the adoption of consistent global standards. Our value is aligned to the needs of employers in all sectors and we ensure that, through qualifications, we prepare accountants for business,” she added.

 She recognized Makerere’s efforts in providing highest quality and international skills to accounting students when she said, “Makerere University is one of the top 50 universities globally contributing the largest number of graduates pursuing ACCA.   We are happy to work with you. ACCA is confident that we shall build on the strength that both our institutions are known for the positive deliverance outcome to all our stakeholders,” said Ms. Isagayite.Some of the members who were present during the signing of the MoU

The Head of Department, Accounting and Finance in the College of Business and Management Sciences, Dr. Godfrey Akileng highlighted some of the benefits realized since October 2014 when Makerere University and ACCA Uganda signed the MoU.

“During the Makerere University 66th Graduation Ceremony held in January 2016, ACCA awarded the best student in Bachelor of Commerce [Accounting Option] Mr. Mugyema Edmond with a grant of £1000. The Association has also rendered generous academic support towards our students. It has awarded the best Accounting and Finance student every year with a profound prize of 1000pounds in terms of scholarship and a chance to study ACCA,” he explained.

The Acting Principal-College of Business and Management Sciences (CoBAMS), Dr. Eria Hisali congratulated the team from School of Business for yet another important milestone.

“I am happy to learn that this relationship is growing and developing tremendously. What we are seeing today is a testimony to what has been taking place over the past two years. Thank you so much and we appreciate your commitment,” he said.

On behalf of students, Mr. Muriisa Isaac said that Makerere University’s efforts to enhance her long term collaboration with ACCA have laid a strong foundation for more students to enroll for ACCA Professional course.

 “ACCA is a professional course and a key accountancy requirement which provides students with professional skills. This means that a student who has undergone this training is exposed to more job opportunities,” said Muriisa.

By Nabatte Proscovia and Charles Iga, Mak Public Relations Office

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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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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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