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.
“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.
The 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
4th Call For Applications: MURBS Departmental Ambassadors
In February 2018, the Makerere University Retirement Benefits Scheme (MURBS) launched the Departmental Ambassadors Programme. MURBS hopes to use this Ambassadors Programme to engage more directly with its membership and enhance member education. MURBS further perceives this Programme as a means to mitigate succession planning risks.
MURBS Fund Value continues to grow, and as at 31st March 2021, it stood at Ushs 235.5bn as compared to Ushs 209.6bn as at 30th June 2020. Given this growth, there is increased need for prospective Trustees, who are well equipped with relevant knowledge and skills, and with practical exposure to the management and governance of MURBS.
- Must be employed by the University on permanent terms
- Must be an Active Member of the Scheme (currently contributing to the Scheme) and appear on the Official Register of the MURBS Active Membership as at 30th April 2021.
- Must be willing to commit time to trainings and other ambassadorial activities organised by the Scheme.
Mode of training for 4th Cohort of Ambassadors
Training for this (4th) Cohort of Ambassadors is envisaged to be conducted over the zoom online platform only, due to Covid-19 restrictions. The Scheme does not envisage any face-to-face interactions.
Tenure of Office & Termination or Withdrawal
There is no tenure of office for the Departmental Ambassador. As long as a member is willing to continue serving as an Ambassador, and the Ambassador continues to satisfy the eligibility criteria above, she or he will remain a MURBS Ambassador.
How to Apply
Interested members should complete the MURBS Departmental Ambassador Application Form 01-0218. The completed Form together with the requested attachments should be sent to info[at]murbs.mak.ac.ug and copy to wilber.naigambi[at]mak.ac.ug no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, 14th June 2021. We discourage hand delivery of applications.
MURBS shall acknowledge receipt of each application received within 12 hours and will respond to the applicants to confirm the status of their application in writing (by e-mail). Upon approval of the application, the name of the approved Ambassador together with the Department and School/Unit will be updated on the list of the MURBS Departmental Ambassadors in the Group 4 category and published on the MURBS website.
NOTE: There is no limit as to the number of ambassadors that MURBS can have in a department.
Please see Downloads for the detailed call and application form.
Chair Council Communication on Closure of Makerere University
7th June 2021
All Members of Staff
All Students and Stakeholders
RE: CLOSURE OF MAKERERE UNIVERSITY
Following the address to the Nation by H.E. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, President of Uganda, on 6th June 2021, this is to inform you that the University will be closed with effect from today 7th June 2021 for 42days.
During the closure, the University shall observe a 30% physical presence of staff while other faculty and administrative staff shall continue to work online.
Management will inform staff and students on the implementation of teaching, learning, and research activities online. Construction activities shall continue as per the President’s directives and with strict adherence to the COVID-19 SOPs.
Lorna Magara (Mrs.)
Chairperson, Makerere University Council
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