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South Korean Ambassador Pays Courtesy Call-Donates Books to Mak

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The Republic of South Korea on 31st March 2016 donated an assortment of books to Makerere University in the interest of promoting the Korean language and culture in the Institution. The books were handed over to the Chancellor of Makerere University, Prof. Ezra Suruma by the South Korean Ambassador to Uganda, H.E Park Jong Dae, during his courtesy call. The books will be freely accessible to all staff and students interested in learning Korean Language and culture.

The donated books are to be housed in the Korea Corner, which was established on 6th August 2014 in the Makerere University Main Library.  The Korea Corner was as a result of long term relationship between Makerere University and the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Uganda. H.E Park Jong Dae, hailed Makerere University for spearheading the promotion of Korean language and culture in Uganda. “I would like to thank you for this opportunity to spread Korean language and culture. We are happy that we have started to fulfill this interest here and soon we shall be able to sign a Memorandum of Understanding between Makerere University and prominent Universities in South Korea,” said the Ambassador.

Amb. Park Jong Dae (R) receives a gift from the Chancellor, Prof. Ezra Suruma in appreciation of his visit“We want Korean culture to be shared in Uganda and of course Makerere University as the most prominent University in the country and is the best option. We would like to use this vicinity to introduce our language and culture in Uganda. We have started with the donation of books which are mostly to be used to teach the Korean language.” H.E Park Jong Dae explained.

He further shared that Uganda as the Perl of Africa has all that it takes to become the agricultural and possibly economic hub of Africa. Commenting on the friendly people and diverse cultures of Uganda, the Ambassador noted that Ugandans have what it takes to turn the challenges they have faced in the past into opportunities for the future.

The Makerere University Chancellor, Prof. Ezra Suruma appreciated the donation of books, the good relationship South Korea has with the Institution and the interest expressed to further cementing this close relationship.

“We welcome you Your Excellency and appreciate your interest in Makerere University as well as advancing the relationship between Uganda and South Korea. I believe that there exists a close mutually beneficial relationship between Uganda and South Korea. There is no doubt that we can greatly benefit from South Korea’s development, especially as we consider exchange of human and other resources” Prof. Ezra Suruma said.

DVCAA-Assoc. Prof. Ernest Okello Ogwang (R) explains to Amb. Park Jong Dae (C) and Prof. Ezra Suruma the history behind some of the photos on display in the Vice Chancellor's OfficeThe Chancellor appreciated the warm hospitality accorded to delegations from Makerere University whenever they visit the South Korean Embassy in Uganda and looked forward to receiving the Ambassador whenever he visited Makerere.

The Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Academic Affairs, Dr. Ernest Okello-Ogwang thanked the South Korean Government for the donation of books and the great collaboration with Makerere University. He encouraged scholars from Korea to come and join Makerere University for courses at various levels of qualification “Prof. Bernard Bashaasha, the Principal, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) holds a Master of Agricultural Economics from the Seoul National University,” he said. He noted that such exchanges would further promote interrelations between Ugandan and South Korean people.

In her remarks, the Acting University Librarian Dr. Hellen Byamugisha, expressed her appreciation to the Ambassador for facilitating continued cordial relations between Makerere University and South Korea. “As the Makerere University Library, we are blessed to collaborate with South Korea. I have seen a number of people including Library staff taking keen interest in learning the Korean Language and today’s book donation shall give more people access to these learning resources,” she said.

Article by Charles Iga, Intern, Public Relations Office

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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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