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Mak-Sida Annual Planning Meeting on Research Commences

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“It is my pleasure to address this first Annual Planning Meeting of the Research collaboration between Sweden and Uganda, 2015-2020. In the five upcoming years, this programme shall fund 337 academics. For the postgraduate education, research and institutional support, the Swedish Government has committed USD 32 million. This Annual Planning Meeting marks formally the start of your academic and organizational efforts,” said the Swedish Ambassador, H.E Urban Andersson.

The Makerere University-Swedish International Development Agency (Sida) Bilateral Research Cooperation (2015-2020) is an initiative to strengthen and enhance the capacity of public universities in Uganda to generate knowledge and promote research uptake for national and regional development.  

The public universities in Uganda supported under this programme include: Makerere University, Kyambogo University, Mbarara University of Science and Technology, Gulu University and Busitema University. The programme also has Eleven (11) Swedish Universities in partnership.

Prof. Buyinza Mukadasi, Director, Research and Graduate Training and Overall Sida Programme Coordinator, thanked the Government and People of Sweden for supporting Makerere University’s research, capacity and institutional development programmes.

“To date, we have received a total support of USD 116 million from the Swedish Government and tremendous achievements have been made. These include; creation of an environment conducive for high quality research through investment in human resource development, Information and Communication Technology (ICT), library resources, laboratory and field site infrastructure,” he said.Prof. Mukadasi Buyinza  the overall Coordinator of the Bilateral Programme presenting at the meeting.

During the five days Annual Planning Meeting which kicked off on Monday 25th April 2016, partners and participants will focus on cross cutting areas  including Science and Technology, Human Resource Capacity building, research, library science, Information Technology and Infrastructural development.

“The Annual Planning Meeting has been organized to plan for research, share information and learn about developments in the fields of research, technology and innovations,” said Prof. Buyinza Mukadasi.

Ms. Katri Pohjolainen Yap, the First Secretary and Senior Research Advisor, Swedish Embassy highlighted that the Mak-Sida Bilateral Research programme (2015-2020) is unique for it takes on a multi-disciplinary approach to research.

Addressing the participants, the Vice Chancellor of Makerere University, Prof. John Ddumba-Ssentamu thanked the Government and People of Sweden for supporting the core functions of Makerere University namely; teaching and learning; research and innovations; and knowledge transfer partnerships.

“I wish to thank the Royal Swedish Embassy in Uganda for supporting the on-going institutional reforms in research. Sida support has contributed to the enhancement of centres of excellence and the research culture in the University. This support has been monumental and critical to the realization of our core functions,” remarked Prof. Ddumba-Ssentamu.

Prof. Ddumba-Ssentamu welcomed his colleague, Prof. Celestino Obua-the Vice Chancellor of Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST).

The Vice Chancellor of Makerere University was happy to note that through Sida support, Makerere University has been able to establish strong collaborations with leading universities including those from Sweden. He also mentioned that they have learnt best practices from partnering universities and also benefitted from the joint supervision, which has ensured high quality of Makerere University graduates.

Prof. Buyinza Mukadasi further explained that in the current cooperation agreement, a grant about SEK 275 million has been approved to support 17 research teams from five public universities, training 125 staff for PhD, 147 for master degrees, 104 local postdoctoral research scholarships and 21 doctoral programmes at the Sandwich University.
He stated that the scholarships are aligned to fields such as Mathematics, ICT and Social Science programmes where supervision capacity is still limited.The Annual Review Meeting held at the School of Food Technology, Nutrition and Bioengineering had exhibitors from Sida supported projects.

On behalf of the researchers, the Principal-College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHUSS), Prof. Edward K. Kirumira applauded the Swedish Government for the support towards human resource development.

“No nation can develop unless it develops its human resource. As researchers, we commit to use the funds provided by Sida to undertake research that will transform communities”  

The first day of the Annual Planning Meeting climaxed with the “Science Day” where researchers/scholars made presentations focusing on the following areas:

  • Overview of the Makerere University Centre for Health and Population Research-Iganga-Mayuge as well as the Geographical Information Systems (GIS) Centre
  • Quality of care by community Drug distributors in management of under-five fevers
  • Enhancing water quality monitoring efforts in Lake Victoria using satellite imagery
  • Geographical Information Systems (GIS) education in Makerere University
  • Prevalence and risk factors of diabetes in adult males
  • Using low cost Geo-Information for registration of customary tenure in Uganda

Collaborators from Swedish Universities , the Vice Chancellor and Members of Makerere University Management, Vice Chancellor of Mbarara University of Science and Technology, Management and staff from Mak Directorate of Research and Graduate Training, College Principals, Researchers and Students funded under the Makerere-Sida Bilateral Research (2015-2020) attended the Annual Planning Meeting.

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Advert: Mature Age Entry Scheme – Private Sponsorship 2024/2025

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Students sit for an exam in the pre-COVID era, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda.

The Academic Registrar, Makerere University invites applications for the Undergraduate
Programmes under the Mature Age Entry Scheme only for Private Sponsorship for
2024/2025 Academic Year.
Non-Refundable Application fee of Shs. 50,000/= for Ugandans OR $75 Equivalent for
Internationals, plus bank charge should be paid in any of the banks used by Uganda
Revenye Authority after generating a Payment Reference Number (PRN).

  • Apply using the Institution’s Applications Portal URL:https: //apply.mak.ac.ug
  • Application is for candidates who passed the Mature Age Entry Examinations of December 17, 2022 and February 24, 2024 only.
  • Any candidate who passed the examinations in mentioned above and was not admitted on Government/ Private sponsorship for December 17, 2022 sitting, and for Government sponsorship for February 24, 2024 sitting, is eligible to apply for admission on Private Sponsorship for 2024 /2025 Academic Year.

The closing date for applying will be Friday 26th July, 2024.

Further details can be accessed by following this link.

Prof. Mukadasi Buyinza
ACADEMIC REGISTRAR

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Diploma/Degree Holders Admission Lists 2024/25

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Main Library, Makerere University. Photo taken on 29th February 2016.

The Office of Academic Registrar, Makerere University has released lists of Diploma/Degree Holder applicants admitted under Private/Self Sponsorship for the academic year 2024/25. Please note that admission is subject to verification of academic documents by the awarding institutions.

The admission list is displayed here below:

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African Futures Research Leadership Program: Cohort 5 – Call for Scholars

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Participants at the initial AAP convening participate in design-thinking exercises to help imagine the future of partnerships between MSU and Africa. Photo: AAP

The Alliance for African Partnership (AAP) is seeking applicants for the fifth cohort of the AAP African Futures Research Leadership Program. This competitive visiting scholar program supports early career researchers from the AAP consortium to work for one year under the mentorship of faculty members from MSU and their home institution, focusing on building skills in research for impact, writing scholarly and/or policy publications, disseminating of research results, and developing grant proposals for external support. Scholars will also participate in a structured professional development program while building bridges and lasting connections with MSU contacts and across their cohort. 

The main objective of the African Futures program is to strengthen the capacity of a cadre of African researchers to return to their home institutions and become scientific leaders in their community, establish long-term partnerships with MSU faculty, co-create innovative solutions to Africa’s challenges, and in turn become trainers of the next generation of researchers. This program aims to address the gender gap in Africa, where only 30% of researchers are women, so scholars selected for the program will be women, or men who can demonstrate they are committed to support efforts towards gender equity in higher education institutions in Africa. The research areas that the scholars will engage in during the program should be aligned to AAP’s research priority areas

The AAP Management Team requests applications from early career researchers to participate in the next cohort, with work to begin virtually in February 2025. Scholars will spend September – December 2025 at MSU for the in-person portion of the program, followed by another period of virtual collaboration, ending in early 2026. The scholar and mentor team will receive a small grant for research and professional development activities including conference attendance and publication. Scholars will also receive a stipend during their time at MSU, visa application support, and round-trip travel from their home institution.

Eligibility

  • Citizen of an African country 
  • Completion of a PhD degree within the last 10 years 
  • Employed as an Academic Staff member at one of the AAP African consortium universities including Egerton University, Makerere University, University of Dar es Salaam, Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Botswana, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, University Cheikh Anta Diop, University of Arts and Humanities, Bamako, United States International University-Africa, and University of Pretoria 
  • Have documented approval of leave or sabbatical to participate in the program for the in-person period 
  • Have a mentor at their home institution that will serve as a collaborator and mentor
  • Research must be in one of the AAP priority areas
  • Applicants may only submit one proposal to AAP in this round of funding. Prior scholars are not eligible to apply. 

To learn more about the program, including how to apply, click below

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Applications to be an African Futures scholar are due August 18, 2024

Additional program dates:

  • Program start date (virtual): February 2025
  • In-person program: Sept – Dec 2025
  • Program end date: February 2026

Please contact Jose Jackson-Malete at jacks184@msu.edu or +1 517-353-6989 with any questions.

Source: AAP

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