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Mak Hosts Association of African Universities Advancement Workshop

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The advancement workshop  was held at Africa Suites Hotel, Mutungo from 27th -29th September 2016. The workshop brought together Academic Registrars, Human Resource Managers and directors and Chief Financial Officers from Western, Eastern and Southern Africa Universities that constitute the Association to discuss and dialogue on their roles as Registrars, Financial Officers and Human Resource Officers, articulating their needs in terms of the value adding services they need to provide in the 21st Century University.

In his opening speech, the Secretary General of the AAU extended his apologies for his inability to attend due to other developments at the Secretariat which required his attention and presence. He was however represented by the Vice Chancellor, Makerere University, Prof John Ddumba Ssentamu, who read his speech and also warmly welcomed the participants to the three-day workshop for Executives of African Universities Programme offered by the AAU and Stellenbosch Academy of Advancement.

”In line with our mission, we consider this theme “University Advancement – The Role of the Registrar, CFO and CHR in the 21st Century University” very timely for the topical issues it seeks to address.

Ladies and Gentlemen, all modern organizations today, aspire to sustainable excellence, and universities can surely not be left out of this current trend. Most importantly, those of us in various key positions of leadership have a major role to play in advancing our respective higher education institutions.  Registrars, Chief Financial Officers and Chief Human Resource officers certainly form a major segment in piecing together efforts by the various sections of the university towards its transformation.
As leaders of your various institutions, departments and units, you hold the future of your institutions in your hands, providing strategic and critical direction and leadership to the University, and ensuring a coherent vision across all the constituent parts of the University.

It is our hope that through this platform, your needs, will be articulated in terms of the value adding services that should be provided to 21st century Africa HEI’s.  I am confident that as we share and discuss through the carefully selected topics and planned session, we can together identify common issues across our universities and come up with their solutions thereof.

Whilst maintaining a good level of optimism about the outcomes of our meeting here, let me also say, that this workshop should not be seen to provide tailor-made solutions to the many challenges within HEIs, but as a collective opportunity to engage in a dialogue, facilitated by the Advancement Academy at Stellenbosch, and other resource persons towards strategic approaches to overcoming some of those common issues identified.

Distinguished guests, you would agree with me, that  the classical university model has been challenged by massification, marketization, internationalisation,  technology and globalisation among other key emerging issues in the the 21st Century.

All these factors do have a ripple effect on the governance structures of our universites,  including the offices of Registrars, CFOs and CHRs in ensuring sustainability and relevance of higher education to society. And most importantly in advancing our institutions. The need to reflect on, and adapt to the changing times can surely not be overemphasised.
Your individual roles in assisting the university pursue its vision, makes you a unique group in the higher education circle whose actions and inactions can affect your institutions in a critical way.

This is why the AAU, has since 2007 been organizing several workshops on Leadership as well as Management Skills Development for senior executives and middle level managers of African Universities respectively. These are aimed at enhancing the leadership skills of university leaders, particularly in the promotion of innovation and management of change, as well as to strengthen collaboration, networking, and capacity building among this group”.

He went on to say that, in 2017, the AAU will be celebrating its Golden Jubilee at the next General Conference that will be hosted in Accra, Ghana and extended an invitation to all participants. 50 years of serving the African continent as its voice for matters on higher education and developmental issues, was indeed a great feat worth celebrating.

He reiterated the commitment and dedication of the AAU and its partners, to continuously engage in effective collaborations with Higher Education stakeholders to implement quality and strategic programmes targeted at improving the quality of education in Ghana and on the African continent as a whole.Some of the Registrars from the different universities who attended the workshop.

I am confident that the various discussions and resolutions which will be reached at this conference will be fervently pursued to the letter.

The Workshop was facilitated by Professor Tobias De Coning of Stellenbosch Advancement Academy. This was done through presentations on different topics such as driving forces that will fundamentally affect the 21st century African universities. The forces singled out were competitive domestic and international student markets, challenges of government funding, competition for new sources of funding, use of digital technologies in campus based learning, blended learning, global student mobility, integration with industry, the scale and depth of industry-based learning, research partnerships and commercialisation, among others. This was followed by discussions on the practical impact of these driving forces. There was also a presentation on what Vice Chancellors and University presidents expect from their senior managers and how these managers meet those expectations through discussions of the challenges they face. Some of the challenges mentioned were, how to attract and sustain sufficient resources, how to attract the best staff and students, how to become the preferred recipient for external support, service delivery that satisfies their clients (staff, students and other stakeholders). There was also sharing of views on what should be done to ensure optimal functionality of Registrar’s, Financial Officers and Human Resource Officers from different perspectives of the various universities present.

Universities represented were University of Cape Coast, Ghana; Stellenbosch University, South Africa; Ezekiel Guti University, Zimbabwe; Eduardo Mondlane University, Mozambique; Kyambogo University; Bugema University; Busitema University; Islamic University in Uganda; Muni University; Uganda Martyrs University, Nkozi and Ndejje University.

In his closing remarks, The Vice Chancellor, Makerere University, Professor John Ddumba Ssentamu said, “I am certain that this workshop has expanded your thinking of the different roles of technical staff in a University and especially the African University within the dynamic global higher education setting. It is no doubt that the roles of the Registrar, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Human Resource Officer are the backbone of the University and the thrusts upon which a successful Vice Chancellor operates”. You know the work you do in your institutions and its level of importance. It is crucial that your services are performed with diligence, precision and above all excellence if African Universities are to reach global competitive standards.

This workshop has equipped you with the required mindsets and strategic tools to help you rethink, redesign and realign your various functions to be able to function effectively serve the Vision and Mission of the University.

As member of the Governing Council of the Association of African Universities, the Association of African Universities and its partners are committed and dedicated to continuously engage in effective collaborations with Higher Education Stakeholders to implement quality and strategic programmes targeted at improving the quality of higher education on the African continent.
He thanked Prof. Tobie De Coning for successfully facilitating the workshop and thanked all the participants for engaging in this important conversation that will help us improve our universities. In a special way, he thanked the participants from Zimbabwe, South Africa, Ghana and Mozambique for attending the workshop.

Lastly, he extended his sincere thanks to the Association of African Universities Secretariat, particularly the Secretary General for supporting the workshop and Ms Yvette Quashie (from AAU) and Ms Martha Muwanguzi on behalf of Makerere University for organizing the workshop successfully.
He awarded certificates to the participants and officially closed the workshop.

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Martha Muwanguzi
Head International Office

 

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UNMA Advisory on Agriculture and Food Security Jun-Aug 2021

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A male researcher inspects a maize cob in a demonstration plot on 13th August 2010 at the Makerere University Agricultural Research Institute Kabanyolo (MUARIK), Wakiso Uganda.

The Uganda National Meteorological Authority (UNMA) on 7th June 2021 released the seasonal rainfall outlook for the June-July-August (JJA) 2021 period. Contained in the outlook were advisories to various strategic sectors of the economy.

Particularly, the advisory to the Agriculture and Food Security sector was;

  • JJA season is often part of the normal dry season in the areas of South-western, western, parts of the eastern, and central Uganda. The farming communities in these areas are therefore advised to be vigilant during post-harvest handling by considering proper drying of the harvest on clean surfaces, use of tarpaulins and drying on racks;
  • Preparation of good storage facilities of produce to avoid compromising on quality and safety;
  • Channeling of the run-off water into the gardens in order to maximize on the soil moisture conservation;
  • For those areas where near normal to above normal rainfall is expected (most parts of northern and eastern Uganda), farmers are encouraged to continue with regular weeding, pest and disease surveillance and control;
  • Due to the expected enhanced rainfall in those areas, water logging and proliferation of fungal and bacterial crop diseases are likely to occur.
  • Open drainage channels around household and gardens to reduce risks from stagnant water causing damage to root tuber crops;
  • Flash floods and waterlogging are highly anticipated to occur in low lying areas expected to receive enhanced rainfall such as Katakwi and Kapelebyong. Therefore, communities are encouraged to keep watch over their crops, animals and property;
  • In Karamoja sub-region, where wetter conditions are expected, the pastoral communities are advised to diversify into boosting the production of cereals (sorghum, millet, and maize), beans, and ground nuts and sustain pasture availability for livestock.

Please see Downloads for the detailed outlook.

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4th Call For Applications: MURBS Departmental Ambassadors

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URBRA’s Mrs. Ritah Nansasi Wasswa (2nd L) assisted by Ag. University Secretary-Mr. Yusuf Kiranda (L) hands over a plaque of recognition to Outgoing Trustee-Ms. Dorothy Nannozi Kabanda (2nd R) as Incoming Trustee-Ms. Franco Angida Mugyema (R) applauds during the MURBS Board Handover on 26th March 2021.

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.

Eligibility

  1. Must be employed by the University on permanent terms
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

Confirmation/Approval Process

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.

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Chair Council Communication on Closure of Makerere University

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An older photo of the Main Building, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda as seen from across the Freedom Square. Date taken: 22nd October 2012.

7th June 2021

All Members of Staff
All Students and Stakeholders
Makerere University

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.

Yours sincerely,

Lorna Magara (Mrs.)
Chairperson, Makerere University Council

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