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Skills Audit for the Northern Corridor Integration Projects kicks off



A consortium of universities drawn from the Northern Corridor States of Eastern Africa has been awarded a consultancy to conduct a skills audit for the Northern Corridor Integration Projects (NCIPs). The universities in the consortium are Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) from Kenya, Makerere University from Uganda, University of Rwanda from Rwanda and University of Juba from South Sudan.

The skills audit stems from a directive by the Heads of State of the Northern Corridor States that, ‘the region identifies the skills gaps, challenges and opportunities in the region’. The sub-sectors targeted for the skills audit are:  Information and Communication Technology; Power Generation, Transmission and Interconnectivity; Petroleum (oil and gas): upstream, midstream and downstream; Geothermal Development; Commodities Exchange; Human Resource Capacity Building; Land and Hydrographic survey and mapping; Land, property valuation and physical planning; Maritime Transport and Shipping Logistics; Air Space Management

The overall objective of the assignment is to conduct a skills audit that will enable the development of a Human Resource Capacity Building Strategy (HRCB) for the NCIPs within the aforementioned sub-sectors. The four specific objectives of the skills audit have been defined thus: establishing the required skills for NCIP projects in the 8 clusters/sub-sectors defined for the NCIP; determining the existing skills in the member states for implementation of the projects; identifying skill gaps through conducting a training needs assessment of the current workforce; and developing a comprehensive HRCB strategy for the NCIPs.

The skills audit that began on the 26th September 2016 will cost 130,900,310 Kenya Shillings (US Dollars1,296,000). Professor Joseph Y.T. Mugisha, the Principal College of Natural Sciences (CoNAS), Makerere University is the Team Leader of the Uganda team; other team members from Uganda are: Assoc. Professor Juma Kasozi from CoNAS, Dr. Bruno Yawe and Dr. Abraham Owino from the College of Business and Management Studies. The teams will work with specialists for each of the targeted sectors.

The expected outputs of the skills audit include: a well-documented analysis of the required skills in the identified priority skill areas; an inventory of the existing skills in the identified priority areas of the partner states; an inventory of the skills gap (if any) in the identified priority areas that will be measured and demonstrated with specific details of the NCIPs (showing numbers of skilled people needed to fill the gap, by area of specialisation); HRCB strategy and its implementation Action Plan including costed plans, detailed logical framework and evaluation framework.

The concept of the Northern Corridor Integration Projects (NCIPs) was adopted in the Dar-es-Salaam Declaration on 20th November, 2004 by the first summit of the Heads of State and Government during the International Conference of the Great Lakes Region (IC/GLR). The Northern Corridor refers to the transport corridor linking Great Lakes countries of Burundi, DRC, Rwanda and Uganda to the Kenyan sea port of Mombasa on the Indian Ocean. The Heads of State of the Republics of Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Southern Sudan, agreed to fast-track the implementation of the commitments made in the Dar-es-Salam Declaration focusing on the respective countries.

The NCIPs are organised around the following clusters/sub-sectors: Standard Gauge Railway; Information and Communication Technology; Power Generation, Transmission and Interconnectivity; Petroleum (oil and gas): upstream, midstream and downstream; Geothermal Development; Commodities Exchange; Human Resource Capacity Building; Land and Hydrographic survey and mapping; Land, property valuation and physical planning; Maritime Transport and Shipping Logistics; Air Space Management. Other areas of interest for the Northern Corridor nations include: Immigration, Trade, Tourism, Labour and Services; Single Customs Territory; Mutual Defence Pact; Mutual Peace and Security Cooperation.

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4th Call For Applications: MURBS Departmental Ambassadors



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.


  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] and copy to wilber.naigambi[at] 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.

Please see Downloads for the detailed call and application form.

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Chair Council Communication on Closure of Makerere University



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


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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RUFORUM: Transforming Higher Education Videos and Links



Delegates brainstorm during the 15th RUFORUM AGM held at the University of Cape Coast (UCC) in Ghana from 2-6 December, 2019. Photo credit: RUFORUM

Video Series developed by Julieta Mazzola, EARTH University.


  1. What is Community Engagement?  Video 1 of 3.
  2. Different Forms of University Engagement with the Community. Video 2 of 3.
  3. Student learning through Community Engagement. Video 3 of 3.

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