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Mak 67th Ceremony Kicks Off, Graced by Rt. Hon. Prime Minister



The Makerere University 67th Graduation Ceremony has kicked off today 21st February 2017 with a total of two hundred sixty one (261) students graduating with first class degrees in their respective courses. Set to be presided over by the Chancellor Prof. Ezra Suruma, the four day ceremony will run from 21st to 24th February 2017.

A total of Six Hundred and Ninety Seven (697) students from College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technolog (CEDAT), Four Hundred and Fifteen (415) students from College of Natural Science (CoNAS), One Thousand, Three Hundred and Eighty Four (1,384) from College of Education and External Studie (CEES), and Six Hundred Sixty Three (663) students from College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) who successfully met the requirements graduated  with  degrees and diplomas of Makerere University. The first day of Makerere University 67th graduation ceremony was graced by the Prime Minister of the Republic of Uganda Rt. Hon. Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda.
L-R: The Mace Bearer-Ms.  Barbara Nakagga, DVCFA-Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, DVCAA-Dr. Ernest Okello Ogwang, Chairperson Council-Eng. Dr. Charles Wana-Etyem, Chancellor-Prof. Ezra Suruma, Prime Minister-Rt. Hon. Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda at the 67th Graduation Ceremony, 21st Feb 2017
Speaking to the overjoyed audience on the first day of 67th the graduation Ceremony, the Prime Minister congratulated all graduands upon reaching the important milestone in their respective lives. He equally congratulated the Parents, Guardians and Sponsors for a job well done in lighting the candle for their children to have a clear academic path in their career journey. “You have a bright future ahead of you and so choose to approach today and every day with great optimism,” he remarked.

Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda strongly advised students to take advantage of the Government Financed Youth Livelihood Programme (YLP) under the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development to develop and advance their careers. According to the Prime Minister, the Government of Uganda is committed to support the youth to build up income generating enterprises through various programmes, initiatives and innovations.

“The Government supports and appreciates initiatives by the youth. This is because we are much interested in developing, mentoring and enhancing the skills of the youth through innovation,” he said.
The Prime Minister-Rt. Hon. Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda delivers his speech at Day1 of the 67th Graduation
He thanked Makerere University for the invaluable role the Institution plays in training vital human resources for the region amidst several challenges and highly emphasized the need to embrace dialogue at all levels as a means of solving conflicts.

“I urge the University community to endeavor to be a prime example of peaceful dialogue and solutions as opposed to violence and industrial action. I appeal to you all to uphold personal and institutional integrity and to treat one another with respect, humility and dignity,” he said.

The Makerere University Chancellor Ezra Suruma congratulated the graduands upon reaching another milestone in their academic journey. He applauded students for the spirit of endurance, hard work, commitment, disciplines and self control that had enabled them to achieve their desired academic success.
The Chancellor-Prof. Ezra Suruma addresses the 67th Congregation of Makerere University
“The degrees we are awarding you today testify to the hardships, the discipline, the commitment, the pain and the tears you have shed over the years and decades of academic struggle. Your graduation testifies to the world that in the face of all adversity, poverty, deprivation, doubt and danger, you possessed the determination to strive on, to rise after the fall and today you are counted among the survivors, the heroes of intellectual battles,” he said.

The Chancellor thanked Makerere University Management, staff and University community for the incredible guidance the institution has offered to students through the complexities of the academic life. He thanked the parents, relatives, religious leaders and friends for the social, emotional and financial support they have contentiously extended to their students during their struggle of success.

The Vice Chancellor Prof. John Ddumba-Ssentamu congratulated the graduands upon joining the prestigious list of hardworking men and women who are proud Makerere University alumni. In a special way, he also congratulated all Members of Staff who took up the initiative and upgraded their academic experience.
The Vice Chancellor Prof. John Ddumba-Ssentamu makes his remarks at the 67th Graduation Ceremony
Through the Prime Minister, the Vice Chancellor expressed his sincere gratitude to the Government for the support it extends to Makerere University, especially through the parent Ministry of Education and Sports. Furthermore, he thanked the First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports Hon. Janet Kataaha Museveni for her support and guidance to Makerere University which has fostered a strong working relationship with the University Leadership.

Speaking about Makerere University as a centre of excellence with a host research activities and innovations, the Vice Chancellor congratulated all staff and students whose brilliant innovations had excelled at local and international levels “thank you for keeping Makerere University visible. Because of your hard work, Makerere University, according to the Times Higher Education, is ranked number three (3) on the African Continent in terms of research output and publication.”
Jubilant Graduands from the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) at the 67th Graduation Ceremony
“Mr. Chancellor Sir, one cannot talk about a University without Professors. In academia, promotion to the rank of Professor is a testimony to knowledge generation and expertise in one’s chosen academic discipline. I am therefore pleased to report that since the last Graduation Ceremony, 8 Members of Staff have been promoted to the Rank of Professor while 19 have risen to the rank of Associate Professor. I congratulate you upon this great achievement, he said.

“I take this opportunity to thank His Excellency Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, President of the Republic of Uganda, for his commitment to the salary enhancement of Professors up to the tune of UGX 15 million. I am positive that the number of Professors is going to increase when the salary reaches UGX 15 million, he added
The best female student in Teachers' Education Ms. Nanyanzi Claire is congratulated by the Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda shortly after her recognition by UNATU
At the same function, the Makerere University Convocation together with the Uganda National Teachers Union (UNATU) awarded the best female and male students in teachers’ education. The Chancellor and the Prime Minister handed over the awards to Ms. Nanyanzi Claire and Mr. Twinomugisha Bruce. The two students received a certificate and a cash prize of 500,000 Ugandan shillings each.  

Guests of the 67th Graduation Ceremony were entertained by the Department of Performing Arts and Film led by their Head; Associate Professor Sylvia Antonia Nannyonga-Tamusuza.

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WHS Regional Meeting Africa 2021: Finance Chairperson’s Update



Prof. Tonny J. Oyana, Finance Chairperson, World Health Summit Regional Meeting Africa, June 2021.

SOPs: Our plan is to have 200 sets of people in different spacious rooms…

Prof. Tonny j. oyana, finance chairperson whs regional meeting africa

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HERS-EA Fourth Leadership Academy



Facilitators and Participants of the HERS-EA Third Academy pose for a group photo at the closing ceremony on 5th July 2019, Grand Global Hotel, Kampala Uganda.

The Higher Education Resource Services-East Africa (HERS-EA) provides an intensive residential one-week leadership and management development curriculum focused on women, mainly in higher education institutions and administration.

In response to the current Covid-19 pandemic, HERS-EA Fourth Academy will be a totally virtual one. As such, the Academy previously scheduled to take place between June 28th – July 3rd has been postponed by one week to July 5th-9th

Theme: “Positioning Women for Leadership in Higher Education”

A. Institutional Development

1. Managing and Leading Change

2. Reframing Organizations for effective work

3. Developing Effective Partnerships in Higher Education for Women and gender focused advancement

B. Personal Development

4. Career Mapping/building dossier/personal development

5. Professional Women’s economic empowerment through Enterprise development and management for profit maximization

6. Research and Publishing; Leadership and Fundraising for projects including research and publication.

C. Networking

7. The Power of Mentoring; Networking

Who Should Attend?

HERS-EA expects many diverse and dynamic women leaders to attend the ACADEMY, to share and learn from multiple institutional perspectives with guidance from women with a wealth of experience in higher education, national academic organizations, government and non- governmental organizations. Participants are expected hold mid to senior-level positions and bring expertise from all parts of a college or university. They also represent a range of national groups, ages and years of experience in higher education and other fields.

Applying to the ACADEMY:

The deadline for registration has also been extended to June 30th. For more information regarding registration, please visit the website: Completed registration forms should be emailed, with a scanned payment slip to:, by 5.00 p.m. on Wednesday 30th June.

A complete application includes:
a) CV
b) A self-descriptive letter (not > 500 words) to include:

  • Current Title (e.g. Associate Professor of Economics; Deputy Dean, e. t. c.)
  • Name and Contact Information for 2 Recommenders (e.g. Vice Chancellor, Head of Department, Chief Officer in your area, and/or direct supervisor)
  • Short- and long-term career goals
  • Your expectations for the HERS-EA ACADEMY.

c) Passport size photograph
d) A developmental project you have been assigned or you would like to initiate at your campus (maximum 500 words)
e) Registration fee of $100, please attach a copy of the deposit slip to your application (Bank A/C details below):

Contact Information

If you have any further questions, please email:
info[at] or call the HERS-EA Administrator on: +256 (0)772082011 Please,also, visit the HERS-EA website for further updates:

Payment Bank Account Details:
Account Name: Higher Education Resource Service East Africa

Name of Bank: DFCU Bank
Makerere University Branch
A/C No: 02083553153181
Swift Code: DFCUUGKA

Name of Bank: DFCU Bank
Makerere University Branch
A/C No: 01083553153172


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Mak Commissions CoVAB@50 Celebrations, Awards Certificates



The Vice Chancellor-Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe (4th L), DVCAA-Dr. Umar Kakumba (5th L) and Principal CoVAB-Prof. J.D. Kabasa (3rd L) with L-R: Mr. Byakatonda Patrick, Mr. Alfred Masikye Namoah, Mr. Felix Okello, the Mace bearer and Dr. Samuel Majalija at the CoVAB@50 Celebrations Commissioning, 17th June 2021, Nakyesasa-Namulonge.

The College of Veterinary Medicine, Animal Resources and Biosecurity (CoVAB) on Thursday 17th June, 2021 commenced celebrations to mark 50 Years of Veterinary Higher Education, Science, Technology, Innovation and Services (HESTIS) in Uganda. The blended event held at the Industrial Livestock Research, Incubation and Skilling (ILRIS) Center at Nakyesasa, Namulonge as well as online was presided over by the Chancellor, Prof. Ezra Suruma and First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports (MoES), Hon. Janet Museveni both represented by the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe.

The event, held as part of Makerere University Centenary Celebrations (1922-2022) was a moment of celebration for 1,930 skilled livestock agribusiness entrepreneurs who were awarded certificates in recognition of completion of their respective courses. Owing to the strict Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) instituted by the Ministry of Health (MoH) to curb the spread of COVID-19, the students from Incubation Hubs in Atiak, Butaleja, Mubende, Nakyesasa, Sheema and Wakiso were awarded their certificates virtually.

In her remarks read by Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, Hon. Janet Museveni thanked Makerere University for supporting grassroots level development through groundbreaking innovations under the Africa Institute for Strategic Services and Development-Skills for Production Enterprise Development and Accreditation (AFRISA-SPEDA) model.

The Vice Chancellor-Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe (L), Academic Registrar-Mr. Alfred Masikye Namoah (C) and the Principal CoVAB-Prof. John David Kabasa stand for the anthems.
The Vice Chancellor-Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe (L), Academic Registrar-Mr. Alfred Masikye Namoah (C) and the Principal CoVAB-Prof. John David Kabasa stand for the anthems.

“I am extremely pleased that Makerere University, through those innovative approaches, has developed and launched the alternative approach to building human capital and transferring knowledge to enterprises in communities.

“I would like to encourage all those involved in skills development to adopt methodologies that transform those trainees that go through these programs in ways that enable them also transform the societies they live in” read the Minister’s remarks.

She further noted that commissioning of the CoVAB@50 celebrations was both timely and rewarding. “The commissioning of the college innovations indeed has made meaning. This is a true path to growth of an Academic and Development College of the University, and we congratulate you again.”

Addressing the congregation as Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe congratulated CoVAB alumna and incoming Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation (MoSTI) under the Office of the President, Dr. Monica Musenero upon her recent appointment. “We thank His Excellency the President for identifying you. Science is in good hands.”

Awardees from the Mubende Incubation Hub raise their caps after virtually receiving their certificates in the blended ceremony on 17th June 2021. Photo credit: Kabaruli Twekambe/Team BOBOMAK
Awardees from the