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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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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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