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Mak staff recommend training on intellectual property and its benefits

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Ignited by the knowledge and information tips received during the training workshop, participants advised Makerere University Directorate of Research and Graduate Training and the Uganda Registration Services Bureau to undertake a University wide sensitization programme on intellectual property and its benefits.

“The training workshop has been very useful. It has demystified the idea that intellectual property is complex. We can now testify that intellectual property is very simple. With the knowledge, research and innovations that we generate and/or undertake, the University, researchers and innovators will mutually benefit. We thank the Makerere University Directorate of Research and Graduate Training and the Uganda Registration Services Bureau for the training on intellectual property and its benefits. We recommend that the sensitization programme is extended to staff and students at College level.”

The participants comprising Makerere University Senior Management, Senior Researchers, Principals, Deputy Principals, Deans, Directors, Heads of Units and Staff from the Directorate of Research and Graduate Training emphasized that when staff and students are sensitized on intellectual property and its benefits, the University will be in position to build capacity in intellectual property management, establish intellectual management committees at Unit levels, and explore possibilities of teaching intellectual property management as a cross cutting course.

Addressing the participants on Thursday 7th July 2016, the Director of Research and Graduate Training at Makerere University, Prof. Buyinza Mukadasi thanked Uganda Registration Services Bureau for choosing to partner with Makerere University to create awareness on intellectual Property and its benefits; and identification of areas of collaboration aimed at promoting intellectual property in Makerere University and Uganda at large.

The Director of Research and Graduate Training - Makerere University, Prof. Buyinza Mukadasi together with the Director of Intellectual Property Rights Uganda Registration Services Bureau, Ms. Fiona Bayiga at the awareness training.

Professor Buyinza Mukadasi said the sensitization programmes on intellectual property and its benefits that will be rolled out to different colleges will provide an opportunity for staff and students to understand and appreciate the sections contained in the Makerere University Intellectual Property Management Policy approved by the University Council in March 2008.

“When staff fully understands the Makerere University Intellectual Property Management Policy, they will be able to appreciate the relevance and value of their work. The Makerere University Intellectual Property Management Policy is intended to promote innovative ideas and nurture them for full potential of development and commercialization,” he said.

Prof. Buyinza Mukasasi commended the partnership with Uganda Registration Services Bureau. He emphasized that it is only through formal registration that the University shall transform the science into technologies that can be beneficial to the society and the wider public.

The Director of  Intellectual Property Right at the Uganda Registration Services Bureau, Ms. Fiona Bayiga reiterated their commitment to supporting Makerere University in intellectual property management.  

“We are really humbled to be here for this training and we promise to continue offering all possible support to Makerere University when we are called upon. We are aware that Makerere has a policy on Intellectual Property Management. We are therefore prepared to support Makerere University in realizing the implementation of this policy,” she said.

Intellectual property rights are the rights given to persons over the creation of their minds. They usually give the creator an exclusive right over the use of his/her creation for a certain period of time.

In a presentation, the Senior Registration Officer-Intellectual Property at the Uganda Registration Services Bureau, Mr. Kalibbala Nyanja Philip highlighted that Intellectual Property ensures that creativity from the human mind is recognised and rewarded.

The Senior Registration Officer-Intellectual Property at the Uganda Registration Services Bureau, Mr. Kalibbala Nyanja Philip making a presentation.

“The concept of Intellectual Property also requires that those who create benefit. Let the minds that have gone into creativity and innovation get rewarded for it. There should be a commercial benefit. So Intellectual Property encourages societies to CREATE, RECOGNIZE AND BENEFIT,” he said.

Speaking on patent right, the Senior Examiner- Patent at Uganda Registration Services Bureau, Mr. Kaggwa John Marius encouraged Makerere University staff to patent/register their innovations and creative ideas. This would protect individuals from commercially exploiting their work for at least a certain period of time. According to Mr. Kaggwa, by granting the inventor a temporary monopoly in exchange for a full description of how to perform the invention, patents play a key role in developing industry in the world.

“A patent is an exclusive right given by law to inventors to make use of and exploit their inventions for a limited period of time usually not more than 20 years. Once the owner of an invention has been granted a patent in any particular country, they have the legal authority to exclude others from making, using, or selling the claimed invention in that country without their consent, for a fixed period of time. In this way, inventors can prevent others from benefiting from their ingenuity and ultimately sharing profits from the invention, without their permission for a certain period of time. When this period expires, the public has the liberty to exploit the invention without authorization,” he explained.

Mr. Kaggwa also advised Makerere University staff on the role of the Technological and Innovations Support Centers (TISC). “Technological and Innovations Support Centers were designed to provide to innovators and researchers in developing countries with access to higher education, quality technological information and other related services in order to stimulate economic growth.”

The training workshop was held on Thursday 7th July 2016 at Makerere University.

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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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Notice: Makerere Disability Scheme 2022/23 Medical Review Exercise

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One of the PWD graduands at the 69th Graduation during the Session held on 17th January 2019.

The Academic Registrar, Makerere University invites persons with disability who applied for admission to public universities under the disability entry scheme for 2022/2023 Academic Year to appear for medical/review exercise at Makerere Unive, Senate Building, Level Two (2) in the Telepresence Centre.

NOTE: Only those who have the minimum entry requirements of at least two principal passes at A’ Level or its equivalent and at least five (5) passes at O’ Level or its equivalent will be interviewed.

 Only candidates who sat ‘a’ level in 2020, 2019 and 2018 are eligible for admission.

THE EXERCISE WILL BE CONDUCTED ON 3rd, 4th and 5th October, 2022 respectively from 9.00 A.M – 1.00 P.M each day.

IMPORTANT:

(i) If you fail to appear on any of the given days above, there will be no other chance for you.

(ii) Applicants with Government Scholarship for the previous years are not eligible for admission

ALFRED MASIKYE NAMOAH

Acting. ACADEMIC REGISTRAR

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