Prof. Dr ANDO Takayuki, the Director, Centre for International Affairs, Tottori University, Japan visited Makerere University on 6th February 2017. He was accompanied by Dr Frank Kalema, an alumni of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences but now based in Tottori University.
The purpose of his visit was to acquaint himself with the Overseas Practical Education Program in Uganda that is run every year during the months of August to September and meet staff who interact with their students. Tottori University has been collaborating with Makerere University since October 2012 with the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.
Under the Overseas Practical Education Program in Uganda, about ten students from Tottori University selected from different disciplines come to Makerere University to broaden their mindsets through life experiences in a developing country,to facilitate students’ specific global competence skills such as cross-cultural communication and also facilitate practical knowledge and skills development in agricultural, engineering, health and social science fields through taking lectures on the history, the economy, current and future prospects of the Ugandan society. They also visit different companies such as the tea, rice and sugar plantations in the western and eastern region, study the natural ecosystems and also the research centres like the Namulonge Rice Scheme funded by the Japanese government.
During the visit, the Director paid a courtesy call on the Vice Chancellor (who was represented by Dr Okello Ogwang, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic Affairs). Dr Okello Ogwang welcomed Prof Ando and informed him that he himself attended the session when students made their presentations on topics they had selected about the different aspects of Uganda society. Some talked about our education system and compared it to the Japanese education system, some talked about the climate and farming systems in the rural areas, big and small scale farming, the challenges of weather and pests, what Ugandan farmers can learn from Japanese farmers, the health system in the country and the medical personnel attending to patients, management of the environment, to mention just a few.
Dr Okello Ogwang was very impressed by the boldness of the students in making the presentations and answering questions put forward to them by the audience. He said that, much as we do not have monetary input into the programme, at least we can afford the cultural component such as language, music and more and make the exchange more enriching. There is also need to give it visibility in the university and also in the media.
Dr Okello Ogwang also suggested an afternoon for a cultural performance to the university community where a presentation about Japan to display culture will be made and a talk on study opportunities in Japan to the students.
Dr Ando informed the Dr Okello Ogwang that, the programme is sponsored by funding from JICA through universities to facilitate the exchange. He expressed his appreciation to the University for sustaining the collaboration and also appreciated Ms Martha Muwanguzi of International Office, Ms Rebecca Mukebezi the coordinator on Makerere side and our students who spend time with the Japanese students for the tremendous support they have given the programme. The programme is important and students have many stories to tell when they return to Tottori.
In CAES, the Principal noted that most of the staff tend to look at the United States as the choice for research yet there is potential in universities in the East such as in Japan and other Asian countries. Dr Kalema gave an update of the collaboration, that there are three students from Makerere in Tottori. One student had completed his masters and is the first year of his PhD studies, while the remaining two were soon completing the masters programmes.
Professor Bashaasha told the visitors that CAES was still interested in research with Tottori University in the area of medicinal plants. With the current hot weather we are experiencing in the country, he proposed writing a project proposal with National Agricultural Organisation and Tottori University concerning climate change and also research in the cattle corridor from Isingiro to Karamoja.
Makerere University Launches National Parenting Draft Manual
By Agnes Namaganda
On July 22nd 2022, Makerere University–Child Health and Development Centre (Mak–CHDC) 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 – email@example.com
Launch of Mak-RIF Round 4 Awards & PhD Call for Proposals
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.
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Meeting ID: 884 5662 9992
Notice: Makerere Disability Scheme 2022/23 Medical Review Exercise
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
ALFRED MASIKYE NAMOAH
Acting. ACADEMIC REGISTRAR
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