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Fulbright celebrates 70 years of partnership and achievements



The Makerere University Chancellor Prof. Ezra Suruma has commended the tremendous efforts of the U.S government in developing the academic and social-economic sector of Uganda through the Fulbright scholarship program. This was during the celebration of the 70th Anniversary of the Fulbright program organized by the U.S Mission in Uganda together with the Uganda-US Exchange Alumni Association and hosted by Makerere University under a theme; 70 years of partnership and achievements.

Speaking to the overjoyed congregation on 21st October 2016, Prof. Suruma congratulated the “Fulbrighters” upon a successful 70th Anniversary full of partnerships and achievements. He acknowledged the program’s tireless efforts in promotion of international goodwill through cultural exchange, mutual understanding and academic development among countries.  Prof. Suruma also highlighted the program’s impact in Uganda where it has nurtured exceptional talented men and women who have socially, economically, politically and culturally impacted the society.

 The Makerere University Chancellor Prof. Ezra Suruma giving a speech.“So many prominent and outstanding Ugandans have passed through Fulbright program; the late Prof. Ssenteza Kajubi who contributed immensely in the formulation of Uganda’s curriculum; Prof. Lutalo Bbosa has influenced and continue to influence higher education in Uganda; Dr. Martin Aliker is a renowned Ugandan dental Surgeon, Business man and a successful Entrepreneur; Prof. Joy Kwesiga is the Vice Chancellor of Kabale University  and Hon. Olara Otunu has served Uganda at home and abroad and is a well renown political leader here in Uganda,” he said.

Citing the need for Ugandan universities to partner in research and scholarships, Prof. Suruma said that Fulbright remains a great partner and ally in Uganda’s push for academic advancement and excellence.

Started in 1946 by America’s distinguished Senator James William Fulbright, the Fulbright program was initiated with a purpose of transforming the world by bridging the barriers especially in academia across the global north and south. The programme is sponsored by the U.S Department of State’s Bureau of Educational Cultural Affairs and its primary source of funding is the annual appropriation by the U.S. Congress to the Department of States.Some of the guests who graced the function

According to the U.S Ambassador to Uganda Her Excellency Deborah R. Malac, more than 370,000 “Fullbrighters” have participated in the program since its inception. Her Excellency Deborah R. Malac said that the program operates in over 160 countries worldwide. Today, approximately 8000 grants are awarded annually. Out of these awards, 399 have been awarded to Ugandans.

 “The program has witnessed several success stories with 33 current or former Heads of states or government, 54 Nobel Laureates, 82 Pulitzers prize winners, 29 MacArthur Foundation Fellows, 16 Presidential Medal Freedom recipients, and thousands of leaders across the private, public and nonprofit sectors,” she acknowledged.

In Uganda, the Fulbright program has contributed tremendously to the development of the education system. Through its various scholarship opportunities, it has strengthened Ugandan’s university lecturers’ competence by sponsoring their  higher degree of training, provided research grants to scholars, encouraged academic exchange programs, provided professional enrichment studies, offered fully funded fellowships,  promotes linkages between U.S. scholars, professionals and their counterparts  at host institutions overseas.The U.S Ambassador to Uganda Her Excellency Deborah R. Malac adressing the congregation

The Makerere University Vice Chancellor Prof. John Ddumba-Ssentamu mentioned to the congregation that Makerere University for years has been a key beneficiary of various opportunities provided by the Fulbright program.  According to Prof. Ddumba-Ssentamu the program has been very supportive to the realization of the University’s strategic goals.

“We have benefited in the areas of staff development, joint research, scholarships for students as well as staff and students exchange. Indeed Fulbright programmes have contributed to the fulfillment of our core functions of teaching and learning, research and innovation as well as knowledge transfer partnerships and networking,” he said.

Makerere University is therefore appreciative of this continued support. This is an achievement to be proud of because in academia, it is important to foster research collaborations, which translate into that Senator  James William Fulbright referred to as, in quotes, “…. A little more knowledge, a little more reason and a little more compassion into world affairs.” Indeed education without knowledge, reason, and compassion is meaningless,” he added.

Giving a living testimony, the Deputy Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Associate Professor Ernest Okello Ogwang assured the delegates that Fulbright program is a distinct program among others, committed not only to the generation of knowledge that has facilitated the development of many nations, but it has also distinguished itself by its special attention to individuals.

The Deputy Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Associate Professor Ernest Okello Ogwang giving a living testimony.“Fulbright sponsored my PhD at Indiana University. I would like to say, this is a family where different people from all walks of life are connected. It is a network of outstanding professionals with exceptional abilities mentored and sponsored to attain skills that are later passed on to their communities. I really wish that more and more scholars access the opportunities the program offers through its initiatives,” he said.

Representing the Deputy Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, the Principal of College of Humanities and Social Sciences Prof. Edward Kirumira  urged the young scholars to apply for related opportunities with  various Fulbright programmes. “The world we exist in today is about building global partnerships and establishing linkages in order to ensure continuing progress of humanity. I therefore encourage you to be part of the Fulbright network by applying for the available opportunities,” he said.

The function climaxed with a tour at the art exhibition organized by Margaret Trowell School of Industrial and Fine Art, College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology (CEDAT).


Article by: Makerere University Public Relations Office




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Launch of Mak-RIF Round 4 Awards & PhD Call for Proposals



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: 
Meeting ID: 884 5662 9992
Password: 292624

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Notice: Makerere Disability Scheme 2022/23 Medical Review Exercise



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.


(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



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Uganda’s policymakers implored to address forest loss, plastic & water pollution



Left to Right: Prof. Gunnar Köhlin, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, Amb. Maria Håkansson, Commissioner Julius Mafumbo and Prof. Edward Bbaale posing for a group photo before the opening ceremony on 22nd September 2022: Photo by EfD-Mak Centre.

The Vice Chancellor Professor Barnabas Nawangwe on Thursday 22nd September, 2022 participated in the opening of the EfD Annual meeting hosted by Makerere University at Speke Resort Munyonyo where he appealed to government to implement the ban on kaveera and address other environmental issues.

The opening ceremony moderated by the EfD Global Hub Manager Gunnar Köhlin and was graced by Uganda’s Minister for Water and Environment represented by the Commissioner for Water, Mr. Julius Mafumbo and the Swedish Ambassador to Uganda, H.E. Maria Håkansson.

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