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The Prime Minister, Rt. Hon. Ruhakana Rugunda established a committee to review the Makerere University's Fees Policy. In the view of involving all stakeholders in the new fees policy fomulation, the comittee would like to receive comments/contributions from the general public.

Please leave a comment by filling in the form at the bottom of the draft policy.

The draft fees policy is as follows:
 

A. Policy Statement

Makerere University is committed to providing the best service to her students to ensure that they get the best higher education experience from the University. In order to achieve this, the University raises financial resources from different sources, including tuition and functional fees, charges for use of University facilities, endowments and donations. Tuition and functional fees payable by students form an important component of the University’s financial resources.

B. Legal Framework

Fees payable by students shall be fixed by the University Council in accordance with article 41(c) of the Universities and Other Institutions Act (UOTIA) of 2001 as amended and may be reviewed from time to time.

C. Objectives of the Fees Policy

The objective of this policy is to:

  1. Ensure the setting fees is compliant with government regulations while supporting strategic and financial imperatives
  2. Ensure that additional charges levied are compliant with the legal requirements while ensuring coverage of legitimate costs
  3. Provide clarity regarding the requirements for administration, invoicing, collection and refund of fees.

D. Scope

This policy applies to all categories of fees chargeable for services to students of Makerere University for programmes of study.

E. Guiding Principles

  1. The University will set tuition fees according to economic and strategic considerations.
  2. The University will levy fees and charges on students in accordance with legal requirements and University regulations.
  3. Fees for tuition are set and charged at different rates for different cohorts based citizenship status, level of study and other criteria in accordance with the UOTIA 2001 as ammended.
  4. The University will publish comprehensive and accessible information on fees and charges for students and will ensure that the administration of these fees and charges is consistent with the published information and in accordance with the legal requirements and University regulations, policies and procedures.
  5. The University will refund tuition fees or remit HELB debt in accordance with legal requirements and University regulations.
  6. The University recognises that students may face financial hardship during the course of their studies and provides fees payment options to enable eligible students to continue their studies.

F. Categories of Fees

University fees are categorized as tuition, functional and other fees as detailed below:

i. Tuition Fees (payable each ordinary and recess semester)
ii. Undergraduate Students Functional Fees (payable in the first semester of each semester)

(a) Registration
(b) Examination
(c) Book Bank
(d) Library
(e) Information and Communication Technology
(f) Guild
(g) Sports
(h) Identity Card
(i) Medical Capitation
(j) Field attachment supervision
(k) Development
(l) Caution
(m) Endowment
(n) Research Fee

iii. Graduate Students Functional fees (payable in the first semester of each semester)

(a) Registration
(b) Examination
(c) Book Bank
(d) Library
(e) Information and Communication Technology
(f) Guild
(g) Sports
(h) Identity Card
(i) Medical Capitation
(j) Development
(k) Caution
(l) Endowment
(m) Research Fee

iv. Other Undergraduate Fees (payable as and when required)

(a) Graduation
(b) Transcript
(c) Certificate
(d) Convocation
(e) Certification
(f) Academic Gowns
(g) Recess Term fee
(h) Late Registration
(i) Re-mark Fee
(j) Re-take Fee
(k) Late Fees Payment Fee
(l) Verification Fee
(m) Affiliated Institutions Fee
(n) Application Fee
(o) Any other fees as may be fixed by Council from time to time

v. Other Graduate Fees (payable as and when required)

(a) Graduation
(b) Transcript
(c) Certificate
(d) Convocation
(e) Certification
(f) Academic Gowns
(g) PhD Cylinder
(h) Recess Term fee
(i) Late Registration
(j) Re-mark Fee
(k) Re-take fee
(l) Late fees Payment fee
(m) Verification Fee
(n) Thesis Examination Fee
(o) Affiliated Institutions Fee
(p) Application Fee
(q) Any other fees as may be fixed by Council from time to time

G. Fees Regulations

1. General Provisions

  1. Payment of University fees is the responsibility of students. An account shall be opened for each student in the computerized information system of the University. Students who default on the payment of fees are subject to sanctions, including de-registration, payment of a fine and legal action.
  2. Fees are due on the first day of each semester.
  3. All students admitted for programmes at the University are personally responsible for the payment of fees. This includes arrangements where students obtain sponsorship for fees and the sponsor defaults.
  4. The specific fee applicable is confirmed at the point of admission.
  5. When there is a review between admission and registration, the applicable fee will be that given to the students at the time of registration.
  6. Students repeating a course unit or programme of study will be charged the appropriate fee for the unit or programme for continuing students and those who will have overstayed on the programme.
  7. Students repeating course units or programmes where the fee structure has been revised upwards will be charged the revised rates.
  8. Every student admitted to a programme of study of Makerere University shall be required to sign and undertaking regarding fees payment.

2 Specific Requirements

a) New Students
  1. Every student admitted to a programme of study of Makerere University will be issued a provisional admission letter with an invoice for payment of the requisite fees.

  2. All functional fees and 60% of tuition fees for new joining students must be paid before the admission letter is issued.#

b) Continuing Students

Every continuing student shall pay a commitment fee as may be fixed by the University Council, provided that at the time of approval of this policy the commitment fee shall be UGX 200,000/= (Uganda Shillings Two Hundred Thousand only), before the student is provisionally registered for the subsequent semester. Provisional registration must be completed within the first two weeks of a semester.

The commitment fee shall form part of fees due for the semester. A student who is not provisionally registered by the end of the second week of a semester shall be de-registered. However, a student who fails to provisionally register by the end of the second week of a semester for genuine reasons may apply to the Vice Chancellor for special consideration for late registration.

Students permitted to complete Late Registration must do so by the sixth week of a semester upon payment of a Late Registration Fee as may be determined by the University Council, provided that at the time of approval of this policy the Late Registration Fee shall be UGX 100,000/- (Uganda Shillings One Hundred Thousand only), this in addition to the commitment fee.

All fees should preferably be paid at the start of each semester. However, within the first week of a semester students may choose any of three fees payment windows outlined below for payment of the fees due.

i) Window 1

Students opting to pay fees through window 1 shall pay all the approved functional and tuition fees by the end of the sixth week of a semester. Upon completion of payment of the approved fees, a student shall be given full registration for that semester.

ii) Window 2

Students opting to pay fees through window 2 shall pay all the approved functional and tuition fees as well as a Late Fees Payment charge equivalent to 5% of all fees due for that semester by the end of the 12th week of a semester. Upon completion of payment of the requisite fees, a student shall be given full registration for that semester.
Upon choosing any of two fees payment windows, the student shall be invoiced accordingly.

iii) Window 3

In order to provide quality service to her students, the University must collect all the requisite fees. The University nevertheless appreciates that a few students, particularly those who raise their tuition fees through employment, might genuinely be unable to pay their fees using any of the two windows.

Students who have difficulty paying their tuition fees due to financial hardship may apply to pay their tuition fee under a monthly payment plan. Students must apply in writing to the Vice Chancellor, and provide documentation as evidence of their financial hardship. Applications are reviewed on an individual basis and arranged on a per-semester basis only. Payment plans cannot be applied retrospectively and are not available to new students.

Please note: an administrative fee as may be fixed by Council will be charged for the establishment of a fees payment plan. Students who wish to apply for a payment plan arrangement must submit a written request/application no later than the fee payment due date for the semester in which they are requesting a payment plan.

Applications received after the fee payment due date will not be considered. Students permitted to pay by plan will be required to pay the commitment fee before the payment plan will be approved. The application fee will be billed to the student and included in his/her schedule of payments. The remaining balance will be paid under a monthly payment. All fees must be finalised in accordance with the agreed terms and conditions of the individual payment plan and in any case not later than the 12th week of the semester. Payment plans will be limited to the semester in which the request is made and no further extensions will be granted.

The Monthly Payment Plan is available to all undergraduates and graduates. Students desiring to use the Monthly Payment Plan are encouraged to sign up as soon as possible to realize the maximum number of months over which to pay the balance due. There is no interest charge or finance charge (zero percent annual percentage rate) imposed for use of the Monthly Payment Plan.

Application forms for this plan may be obtained from the College accountant. Continued participation in the Monthly Payment Plan is contingent upon a satisfactory payment history. Makerere University reserves the right to deny continued participation to anyone who has previously not complied with the terms of the monthly payment plan billing schedule.

c) Prepaid Tuition Plan

The University’s Prepaid Tuition Plan allows new students to prepay all the semesters in their study plan thereby locking in the rate of tuition in effect at the time of the plan’s initiation. Payment must be received before the first semester of the student’s study programme. For a copy of the Prepaid Tuition Plan agreement that governs this plan, please contact the Bursar’s Office.

d) Financial Support and Advice

Students who are experiencing unforeseen financial difficulties in paying their tuition fees should seek help at the earliest opportunity. The University will assist by providing information about possible scholarships where possible. It must be noted, however, that payment of fees remains the responsibility of the student.

e) Students Who Have Overstayed on a Programme

Continuing students who have overstayed on a programme and are repeating a course unit or programme of study shall be charged the appropriate fee for the unit or programme of study

f) Students at Affiliated Institutions

Fees for students studying for Makerere University awards at affiliated institutions will be determined by the affiliated institution, provided that functional fees payable directly to Makerere University will be the same fees payable by Makerere University students.

g) Students With Sponsors

Students who have an approved sponsor shall be liable for any unpaid tuition fee costs if the sponsor defaults on payment in any given semester.

h) Accommodation Fees

Residence fees must be paid before allocation of a room.

i) Other fees
  1. On completion of their programmes of study, students shall pay stipulated fees, e.g. certificate, convocation, graduation and academic transcript fees.

  2. Students shall be required to pay for certification of their documents at rates determined by the University Council.

j) Fees Upon Withdrawal and Discontinuation From Studies
  1. Students who withdraw from a programme of study are still liable for the fees which they owe to the University.

  2. A student who is dismissed for academic or disciplinary reasons, prior to the end of semester, shall forfeit all tuition and other fees paid for that semester.

3 Defaulting Students:

  1. Students who default payment of fees, or who are in debt to the University for any reason, shall not be allowed to write their examinations or proceed further with their studies or receive a University Transcript, degree or any award.

  2. A student who fails to pay fees within the stipulated period may apply for withdraw from the programme and on resumption shall be required to pay all the requisite fees.

  3. If, with notice, a student's enrolment is cancelled for abscondment from the programme of study and that student is subsequently permitted to have his/her enrolment reinstated, a UGX 500,000/=. re-instatement fee will be levied in addition to the requisite functional and tution fees not paid by the student at the time of abscondment.

  4. Non-payment of fees within the prescribed period shall lead to cancellation of registration.

  5. A student whose enrolment is cancelled will retain her/his fee liability, and re-admission in a subsequent year or semester will only be permitted when the debt is paid in.

  6. A student who is in debt to the University at the time of graduation shall not be issued with Academic Transcript, Degree or Diploma certificate and will not be permitted to graduate.

  7. The University reserves the right to take legal action, where appropriate, to effect recovery of monies from students who leave the University with outstanding debts.

  8. Transfer of fees from one student’s account to another student’s account is not permissible.

H. Procedure for Paying Fees

The following is the procedure for paying University fees:

  1. Students are invoiced for the fees before the start of the semester.
  2. Payments are made to an approved Makerere University Bank collection account.
  3. Upon confirmation of payment, receipts are issued by the Finance Department to students after which the student may register on the computerized system of the University.
  4. Upon registration an account is opened and maintained in the computerized system of the University for each student.

I. Methods of Payment

Methods of payment of University fees include the following:

  1. Cash deposit in a University bank account
  2. Bank drafts
  3. Direct Transfer
  4. Other electronic transfer methods as may be approved by University Management

4 Fees Subsidy Schemes:

i. Biological children of members of staff who are less than 21 years on entry into the University may be permitted to pay ½ tuition fees and full functional fees in accordancewith the existing policy on fees subsidy for biological children of members of staff. Members of staff who are on the Staff Development programme on programmes offered at Makerere University will have a waiver of the tuition and functional fees.

5 Refund of Fees

  1. Students’ Withdrawal

Students who choose to withdraw from a programme may be refunded some tuition fees as detailed below.

5.1.1 Tuition fees

A student who has been permitted to withdraw from studies shall be refunded the Tuition Fees already paid prorata to the equivalent fees due for the time spent on the programme of studies.
In case an Academic Programme to which a student has been admitted is not conducted in a particular academic year, the University will refund the full tuition fees paid by the student.

5.1.2 All Functional fees are non-refundable

5.1.3 Residence fee – NIL

5.1.4 A refund may be granted to a student unable to notify the Registrar in writing by the dates required, provided evidence is supplied that the student had ceased attendance by the 6th week of a semester, and was unable to notify the Registrar for reasons beyond her/his control.

5.1.5 These applications will only be approved where the University is satisfied that:

  1. The circumstances were beyond the student’s control (and those circumstances were unusual, uncommon or abnormal) and
  2. The circumstances did not make their full impact on the student until after the census date for the course(s) they wish to withdraw from and
  3. The circumstances make it impracticable for the student to complete the requirements for the course.

2. Payment in excess of statutory fees

Students, who pay more than the University’s tuition and other fees requirement, shall be refunded the sum paid beyond the University statutory fee requirements to

  1. The student or sponsor upon completion of programme of study
  2. By special permission of the Vice Chancellor upon proof of excess payment
  3. Or rolled forward depending on the circumstances.

Any credit resulting from an overpayment or an adjustment/amendment to a student’s fee liability will be credited towards her/his fee liability for the following semester.

3. Application for Refund

In every case a refund will be made on production of University receipt. Students’ written application seeking for the refund shall be verified by the Academic Registrar and Bursar before a refund is paid.

4. Forgeries

i. Students who are registered on the basis of forged academic documents will not get fees refund.
ii. Students who present forged fees payment documents will be dismissed from the University and prosecuted.

J. Responsibility for Implementation of the Fees Policy

The overall responsibility for implementation of this policy is the Vice Chancellor, assisted by the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic Affairs) and the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Finance and Administration).

The operational responsibility for implementation of this policy lies with the University Secretary, the Academic Registrar, the Bursar, the College Principals, Directors of External Campuses, Deans and Heads of Department.

Every member of staff has the general responsibility of ensuring that this policy is implemented effectively.

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The Chairperson of Council, Mrs Lorna Magara (L) presents a plaque to Rotary International President Shekhar Mehta in appreciation of his visit and invaluable service, 15th September 2021, CTF1, Makerere University.

By Hasifa Kabejja

Rotary International President Shekhar Mehta has appreciated Makerere University for supporting and carrying forward the newly introduced programme aimed at advancing peace on the African Continent. Launched in January 2020, the Rotary Peace Centre at Makerere University runs a postgraduate diploma programme in Peace-building and Conflict Transformation. The hands-on program entails coursework that addresses topics including human rights, governance, and the role of the media in conflict. Other studies focus on refugees and migration, as well as resource and identity-based conflicts.

At a high level meeting held with the University leadership on 15th September 2021 at CTF1, President Shekhar Mehta said Rotary International was proud to be partnering with Makerere to promote peace on the African Continent. “The mere absence of war does not translate into total peace. Besides war, there are many other factors undermining peaceful co-existence. It is our duty to address these issues so as to create harmony in our communities. Through the Rotary Peace Centres across the globe, we are undertaking a number of initiatives aimed at promoting peace. Since 2002, the Rotary Peace Centres have trained more than 1,300 fellows who are working to advance peace in more than 115 countries. We are happy to work with Makerere University to foster peace and development on the African Continent,” he noted.   President Shekhar Mehta, who was on a three-day tour of Rotary projects in Uganda, was visiting Makerere for the first time since the University won the bid to host the International Rotary Peace Centre, the first of its kind on the African Continent.

President Shekhar Mehta, who was in company of past and current Governors of Districts 9213 and 9214, said peace was a necessary catalyst for the progress of humanity and general development of nation states across the globe. Elected for the 2021-22 term, President Shekhar Mehta, through his year theme Serve to Change Lives, asks Rotarians to participate in service projects where they can make a difference in their communities and the people who live in them. Since he joined Rotary in 1984 as a member of the Rotary Club of Calcutta-Mahanagar, West Bengal, India, President Shekhar Mehta has led many major service initiatives in India and South Asia, including among others, constructing 500 homes for Tsunami survivors at Andaman and Nicobar Islands, and starting the Shelter Kit programme in India which has served about 20 disasters and benefited about 75,000 disaster victims. 

Delivering her remarks, the Chairperson Council, Mrs. Lorna Magara appreciated Rotary International for entrusting Makerere University with the mandate to host the first rotary peace centre on the African Continent. “Choosing to house the Centre at Makerere University shows Rotary International’s trust and confidence in Makerere and her vision for building for the future. We are grateful for the opportunity to contribute to the advancement of Rotary International’s agenda. We also sincerely appreciate Rotarians all over the world who have committed funds to support the Rotary Peace Centre at Makerere University,” she noted. Similarly, she appreciated The Rotary Foundation (TRF) of Canada for setting up an endowment fund for the Peace Centre. “This will go a long way in ensuring the sustainability of the Peace Centre at Makerere University. The fund will help in the Capstone week where Fellows will present their social initiatives. These initiatives will showcase how the Rotary Peace Centre contributes to positive peace initiatives all over the world.”

In his remarks, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe informed the President that the decision to establish the first Rotary Peace Centre in Africa at Makerere University was welcomed with ‘excitement and gratefulness’. “We consider this to be a vote of confidence in our efforts in the peace and conflict resolution agenda. We extend our appreciation to Rotarians in Uganda and beyond for selflessly supporting this noble cause.” The Vice Chancellor appreciated the leadership of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Makerere, and the Director of the Centre, Dr Helen Nambalirwa Nkabala for their tireless efforts in ensuring the centre achieves the intended objective.

By the end of this year, the Centre will have hosted two cohorts of peace fellows. The first cohort was at Makerere University between February and May, 2021. Currently, these Peace fellows are carrying out their peace initiatives in their communities. The second cohort will report on September 27, 2021. In both cohorts, Peace Fellows were chosen from 20 countries and by the end of the year, the Centre will have had a total of 36 Fellows.

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Intentionality Key to Nurturing More Women Leaders

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The "Enhancing Women’s Participation and Visibility in Leadership and Decision-Making Organs of Public Universities in Uganda through Action Research" Phase One Study dissemination poster for the event held on 14th September 2021, CTF1, Makerere University and Online.

The Gender Mainstreaming Directorate (GMD), Makerere University on 14th September 2021 presented findings from phase one of the study on Enhancing Women’s Participation and Visibility in Leadership and Decision-Making Organs of Public Universities in Uganda through Action Research. The study team led by the Director GMD and Principal Investigator (PI), Dr. Euzobia Mugisha Baine also consists of Assoc. Prof. Consolata Kabonesa, Dr. Anna Ninsiima, Ms. Frances Nyachwo, Ms. Susan Mbabazi and Mr. Eric Tumwesigye.  

The team is also made of coordinators from participating Universities such as Busitema University-Ms. Elizabeth Birabwa, Kabale University-Sr. Dr. Eva Tumusiime, Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST)-Dr. Specioza Twinamasiko, Muni University-Ms. Amandru Stella Wawa, and Gulu Univeristy-Sr. Rosalba Aciro.

Funded by the Government of Uganda through the Makerere University Research and Innovations Fund (Mak-RIF), the study was inspired by the fact that women are persistently few in numbers as staff, more so in leadership and decision-making organs of Ugandan Public Universities. “This is despite all the various efforts at national and international levels; the numbers are not growing as fast as needed to meet development goals of the country” explained Dr. Euzobia.

Based on this background, the study team therefore sought to conduct a situational analysis of the gender terrain of the six public universities to obtain baseline information encompassing the composition of governance and leadership organs and senior staff by sex, as well as a needs assessment and profiles of potential mentors and mentees.

Furthermore, the team sought to explore the capacity to conduct gender-responsive research as well as the role of male staff engagement in gender equity interventions within the universities as the drivers of development.

Dr. Mugisha-Baine shared that results of the baseline would then be used to design participatory training manuals or guides on gender and leadership. The manuals would cover; Institutionalized mentorship, How to conduct gender-responsive research, gender and equity budgeting, among others.

The Director GMD, Dr. Euzobia Mugisha Baine
The Director GMD, Dr. Euzobia Mugisha Baine

 “Within these manuals, we shall have a male staff engagement strategy in gender equity interventions in universities” she explained.

The development of the aforementioned materials would then be followed by their adoption and use to build capacity for women not only in leadership of participating and other public university but also beyond. “We shall periodically evaluate whether the capacity we have built has influenced women’s participation in leadership and decision-making organs of the university” supplemented the PI.

The capacity building trainings for women, it is envisaged, will lay the foundation for the formation of a functional Uganda University Women’s Think Tank, starting with the six participating universities. Dr. Mugisha Baine added that through this Think Tank, a monitoring and tracking system for gender representation in recruitment, promotion, retention/turnover and leadership of public universities shall be established and maintained.  

At the conclusion of phase one, the study team had drafted participatory training manuals in gender and leadership with content on; gender specific critical analysis of the leadership spectrum of public universities, positioning of individual women within the institutional framework and strategies for their advancement, gender equity advocacy in the university setting, institutional mentorship, building capacity in conducting gender-responsive research, among others.

“This content will be validated by the participating universities before the actual research training is conducted” added the PI.

On behalf of the research team, Dr. Mugisha Baine thanked the Government of Uganda for providing the resources that facilitated phase one of the study and prayed that the Mak-RIF Grants Management Committee (GMC) would support the next phase of capacity building.

Speaking on behalf of the Mak-RIF GMC Chairperson, Prof. William Bazeyo, Dr. Helen Nambalirwa Nkabala thanked and congratulated the team led by the Director GMD upon the milestones registered in the critical research.

“We are very proud of that work that is being done by all researchers in Mak-RIF and we would like to most sincerely thank Management for all the support throughout this process” she remarked.

Dr. Nkabala encouraged the research team to continue disseminating and using the findings for the furtherance of gender mainstreaming, particularly through the aspect of male staff engagement in gender equity interventions.  

The Executive Director, NCHE, Prof. Mary Okwakol. Courtesy Photo.
The Executive Director, NCHE, Prof. Mary Okwakol. Courtesy Photo.

Prior to delivering the keynote address of the day, the Executive Director National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) Prof. Mary Okwakol thanked the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe for inviting her to the important forum, noting that women’s participation in decision making and governance is a priority area of the Uganda Gender Policy 2007.  

She commended Makerere University for being at the forefront of gender mainstreaming in Uganda, noting that this prominence was one of the reasons why the Gender in Education Policy 2007 provides for replicating the institution’s strategy in all other Higher Education Institutions.   

Prof. Okwakol whose keynote address was punctuated incisive personal examples reaffirmed the statistics that women are generally not visible in leadership of Universities. That notwithstanding, in instances where they rise to leadership and decision-making positions, they are regularly subject to roles traditionally deemed as women’s inconsiderate of their managerial seniority and experience.

She nevertheless rallied the women to play their respective roles in enhancing participation and visibility at a personal level. The following were some of the strategies she proposed; work hard to acquire academic credentials so as to compete favourably with men, acquire necessary administrative training and experience, network among women, join professional networks as well as do research and publish.  

On joining professional networks, she shared her personal experience as a young zoologist who joined UNESCO’s Tropical Biology and Fertility Programme. “Within a short time I was appointed Coordinator for Africa and after two years, I was elected as a Member of the International Board of Management. After serving for two years, I became Vice Chairperson of that Board and finally I became Chairperson of that International Board.”

At the institutional level, Prof. Okwakol appealed to the Chairperson Council and Vice Chancellor to proactively recruit women who meet the requirements for leadership positions even if it means actively seeking out the reluctant ones. In this regard, she shared that it would be useful for the university to develop a database of women and their qualifications to ease this process.

She shared that NCHE has in recognition of female underrepresentation at every level in Higher Education approved the establishment of a Gender and Equity Unit with the aim of promoting inclusive gender participation in the sub-sector.

“This unit has been placed under the Directorate of Quality Assurance and Accreditation which implies that as we look out for and regulate quality, gender will be a very important aspect of that regulation” she reassured.

Prof. Okwakol concluded by urging participants to read the; Third National Development Plan (NDPIII), Uganda Vision 2040, and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) noting that there is no way all three can be achieved while women are left behind because they each make a case for inclusion of the female gender.  

The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe follows proceedings during the dissemination.
The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe follows proceedings during the dissemination.

“What we are addressing here are historical injustices” said Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe as he commenced his remarks, “And in the case of Makerere University, it is well known that the institution started as a male-only institution and we all know the original motto was ‘Let us be men’” he added.

Citing examples from history such as; Marie Curie – one of the smartest physicists, Hatshepsut, Nefertiti and Cleopatra – prominent Pharaohs of Egypt, George Eliot, Rosa Luxemburg and Hypatia – all great philosophers as well as Chancellor Angela Merkel – first female Chancellor of Germany, the Vice Chancellor said there is no plausible argument that there are things women cannot do as well as their male counterparts.

He said it was against this knowledge and in a bid to correct historical injustices that Makerere University pioneered initiatives such as putting in place affirmative action for girls, establishing a Gender Mainstreaming Directorate as well as a School of Women and Gender Studies. The Vice Chancellor nevertheless stressed the need to go beyond pioneering to protecting these gains through legislation. “Historically we have seen that discrimination can only be addressed by laws and policies.”

Prof. Nawangwe thanked the Government for providing funds to support Mak-RIF as well as the Funds GMC and Secretariat for ensuring that these funds are put to good use. He equally thanked the Chairperson of Council, Mrs. Lorna Magara for her not only her support but also sparing time to attend a good number of the research dissemination events.

A screenshot of the Chairperson of Council, Mrs. Lorna Magara delivering the concluding remarks.
A screenshot of the Chairperson of Council, Mrs. Lorna Magara delivering the concluding remarks.

Delivering the concluding remarks, Mrs. Magara acknowledged that the study was timely and relevant the contemporary University, as one of the critical drivers of the national and international development agenda. She therefore reechoed the Vice Chancellor’s thanks to the Government of Uganda for generously supporting the University’s research through Mak-RIF.

Turning to the keynote speaker she said, “I thank Prof. Okwakol for ardently discussing the critical issues affecting the female gender, the strategies to overcome the challenges, including sharing her inspiring personal experiences.”

Mrs. Magara equally thanked Prof. Okwakol for her very instructional analysis, providing mentorship guidance with the resultant impact of enhancing the female gender in decision-making positions. In the same breath she congratulated the PI and her team upon successfully concluding phase one of the project.

“Phase one has generated insights in understanding the status of women in leadership in public universities, the legal and policy framework and its implications on women’s visibility, the institutional mentoring systems and the gaps therein” she observed.

The Chairperson of Council acknowledged that the challenge of underrepresentation of women in leadership roles cannot be resolved at an individual level. She therefore advocated for broad based strategies that can address deep-seated structural and cultural biases facing women. “These include developing mentorship networks, enacting laws and policies that address the imbalances and providing training programmes to address the leadership gaps.”

She therefore pledged the University Council’s unwavering support to the Gender Mainstreaming Programme by ensuring an enabling policy environment that facilitates gender-responsive teaching, learning, research innovation and community service.   

The research dissemination was moderated by the Principal Public Relations Officer (PRO), Ms. Ritah Namisango and the Director Communications, Learning and Knowledge Management, ResilientAfrica Network (RAN) and PRO Mak-RIF, Ms. Harriet Adong.

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Section Editors & Associate Editors Wanted-CABI Agriculture & Biosciences Journal

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The CABI Agriculture and Biosciences Journal (CABI A&B) is still in search of both Associate Editors to join the CABI A&B Editorial Board, as well as a Regional Editor-in-Chief to lead for Africa in addition to serving as a Section Editor in the area of either Environmental and SOIL SCIENCE, AGROECOLOGY, OR AQUACULTURE AND FISHERIES. Ideally CABI wants Section Editors (SE) who are prominent members of their research communities, with high-level established positions at a research institution, with a strong, current record of international collaborations and publication, with an H-index of at least 25.  For Associate Editors (AE) we hope for researchers who have with established positions at a research institution (e.g., not post-docs or Ph.D. candidates), with a strong growing record of international collaborations and publication (e.g., around 8 publications in the past two years), and have an H-index of at least 15.

Very importantly, CABI hopes for SEs and AEs who are good communicators and are passionate about serving and building the journal to be an outlet for both large and small steps of sound science that will improve the lives and livelihoods of people worldwide.

Please see Downloads for the CABI EDITORIAL DIRECTORY

Interested applicants should email PHILIPPA J. BENSON, PH.D. MANAGING EDITOR | _CABI A&B | P.BENSON[at]CABI.ORG

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