The Deputy Vice Chancellor (Finance & Administration)-DVCFA, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe has today Friday, 3rd March 2017 officially closed the Go Green Week and tasked participating students to ensure that their calls for energy efficiency and environmental conservation continue perpetually. Prof. Nawangwe was speaking to a group of students from all disciplines who throughout the week displayed placards with environmental messages at their halls of residence, colleges and hostels.
The Go Green Week at Makerere University was organised by the Sustainability Program and coordinated by the Planning and Development Department (PDD), in collaboration with the Students Sustainability Action Group. The campaign was supported by the Sustainability Lab-Bangor University, Hub Cymru Africa and the UNDEB-Student Union Bangor.
The Sustainability Program Coordinator Ms. Pamela Matovu thanked the DVCFA, Director PDD-Dr. Florence Nakayiwa and Dean School of Forestry, Environmental and Geographical Sciences (SFEGS)-Prof. Mnason Tweheyo for gracing the close of the week-long campaign.
“We thank the University for supporting the Go Green Week. Today marks the close of a week-long campaign led by students to raise awareness about climate change and the need to conserve energy and protect the environment” said Ms. Matovu.
She commended the Students Sustainability Action Group for coming up with all the messages on the placards as well as all the energy conservation strategies shared with the Makerere Community. As a way forward, the Sustainability Program will continue working with students and other units to make the energy and environmental conservation message a part of their daily life.
Dr. Florence Nakayiwa commended the students for ushering in a new wave of positive demonstration by students at Makerere University. “It was very pleasing to see students holding placards with positive messages at strategic locations on Campus throughout the week. This is a commendable change and we thank you for channelling positive energy. You are our good will Ambassadors,” she said.
In his remarks, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe thanked the students for their positive messages aimed at mitigating the effects of climate change though their active participation in the Go Green Week.
“Climate Change is a bigger challenge to the younger generation than the older generation. You still have many more years to live and a bigger burden to bear. The forest that I used to walk through to fetch water from the village stream as a young boy is now no more” shared Prof. Nawangwe
He therefore charged the students to take the lead. “Everybody looks up to Makerere and so we must be a good example. The people in the village and general public will believe your message more if they see a green Makerere.” Prof. Nawangwe further urged the Sustainability Program to join existing initiatives by the School of Forestry, Environmental and Geographical Sciences (SFEGS) as well as share any other concepts and resources they might have, so as to further strengthen their environmental conservation agenda at Makerere.
Concluding the remarks, Prof. Mnason Tweheyo thanked the Sustainability Program and the students for their efforts “we are very happy that other parties are joining the School of Forestry (SFEGS) to disseminate and promote the message of energy conservation” he said.
Prof. Tweheyo also thanked the Estates and Works Department (EWD) represented by Pastor Grace Kityo and Mr. Bavuga Vincent for their efforts to re-green the Main Campus. He however tasked them to always seek the professional input of SFEGS in order to ensure that re-greening projects have the requisite technical backstopping.
To crown the week, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, Dr. Florence Nakayiwa, Prof. Mnason Tweheyo and the students posed for a group photograph while holding placards with various environmental messages and thereafter planted a hedge around the freedom square with help from the Estates and Works Department.
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Uganda’s policymakers implored to address forest loss, plastic & water pollution
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.
Prof. Nawangwe urges Makerere University community to support the Mastercard Foundation E-learning Initiative
By Bernard Buteera
Makerere University has launched a two million dollar E-learning Project, dubbed The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program E-learning initiative.
The launch was held on Tuesday 20th September 2022 at Makerere University, Yusuf Lule Central Teaching Facility Auditorium. It attracted over 200 participants, who included members of University Management, College Principals, School Deans, Academic and Administrative staff, students and the general university community.
While addressing the gathering, the Chief Guest, Prof. Mary Okwakol, the Executive Director of National Council for Higher Education (NCHE), congratulated Makerere University for winning such a huge grant, which will go a long way in transforming the eLearning infrastructure at Makerere University.
“I am happy to be joining you in launching a project that is at the heart of National Council for Higher Education. Online learning is at the heart of the Council, not only because of the challenges presented by the Covid-19 pandemic, but also the world is now a digital world.” Prof. Okwakol remarked.
Prof. Okwakol thanked Mastercard Foundation and other development partners who have continued to support initiatives that help transform higher institutions of learning in Uganda.
“I sincerely thank the Mastercard Foundation and other partners who have continued to support higher education in Uganda, especially in the area of research and online learning. Globally, the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, greatly disrupted education systems forcing learners and some schools to shift to virtual learning to curb the spread of the pandemic.” Prof. Okwakol pointed out.
On his part, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe urged the university community, especially the academic staff to take advantage of the Mastercard Foundation E-learning initiative to develop e-content across all Colleges of the University, to enhance capacity for eLearning at Makerere University.
”I appeal to the Colleges to embrace this project and have as many courses adopt this pedagogy development system, even though students will continue with face-to face and phyisical learning, they should be allowed the option of online learning. The platforms that are going to be built, will give our students an opportunity to interact with international students, scholars, teachers and with each other.” Prof. Nawangwe applealed.
The Vice Chancellor, further called upon all other development partners to emulate Mastercard Foundation in supporting Makerere University and other universities on the entire African continent in strengthening digital literacy, so that Africa is not left behind.
”In 2018 I attended a conference on E-learning in Beijing China, where a critical question was asked; Will Africa be left behind again? This was in reference to many advancements that were taking place in the western world, in which Africa had been left behind.” The Vice Chancellor reminded the audience.
Prof. Nawangwe further emphaised the importance of e-learning as one of the critical modes of teaching and learning in the 21st first century.
”Ladies and Gentlemen, I cannot over emphasise the importance we attach to e-learning the 21st Century, that is why we took a decision to elevate the Department of Open and Distance Learning into an Institute of Open and Distance E-learning with an intention of having e-learning extended to other Colleges of the university.” Prof. Nawangwe pointed out.
The Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic Affairs, and Chairperson of the Steering Committee of the E-learning Initiative, Prof. Umar Kakumba, rallied the University community to support the implementation of the project in the University.
“The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program E-learning initiative could not have come in at a better time than post COVID19 era. A pandemic, which exposed our systems and methods of teaching and learning. You all recall, when were hit by the pandemic, with lockdowns and closures of institutions of learning, we all went into a panicky mode on how were going to cope with online learning. I therefore call upon every member of the university to give this project the support it deserves.
Prof. Kakumba reminded the audience the importance and relevancy of online learning at Makerere University and other universities in Uganda.
“The online method of learning is best suited for everyone. This digital revolution has led to remarkable changes in how the content is accessed, consumed, discussed, and shared. Office goers and stay home mothers can take up online educational courses too, at the time that suits them. Depending on their availability and comfort, many people choose to learn at weekends or evenings.” Prof. Kakumba remarked.
Prof. Paul Birevu Muyinda, the Coordinator of the Mastercard Foundation E-learning Initiative, informed the audience the importance of the project and the expected outcomes for the University.
“The Mastercard Foundation e- Learning Initiative is a Project funded by Mastercard Foundation aimed at addressing the negative impact of COVID-19 pandemic that constrained access and continuity of teaching, learning, research and community engagement activities at Makerere University” Prof. Muyinda pointed out.
Prof. Muyinda further thanked the team that he worked with in putting up the proposal in a very short time that yielded such an important grant for the University.
“I thank the team that spent sleepless nights putting together the proposal that resulted into this project. I must report that Makerere University is privileged to be having the most highly qualified persons in online instruction design and online pedagogy at the IODeL and beyond. It is now up to Makerere University in particular and the Country in general to make use of these persons to transform the terrain of online, blended distance and e-learning education.” Prof. Muyinda remarked.
Prof. Justine Namaalwa, the Program Coordinator for Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at Makerere University, informed the audience, that the E-learning initiative was one of the many partnerships between Mastercard Foundation and Makerere University geared at supporting the young people to succeed on the African continent.
“The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program continues to recognize that in order to enable young people across Africa to succeed, there is need to; Address systemic barriers in Higher education, Strengthen the capacity of Institutions that serve the Young People, and Support innovative solutions across critical sectors.” Prof. Namaalwa remarked.
The colourful launch ended with a panel discussion in which panelists digested the importance and opportunities for open distance and eLearning in higher institutions of learning.
Bernard Buteera is the Communications Officer of the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at Makerere University.
Supplementary Admissions to Bachelor of Laws Under Private Sponsorship 2022/23
The Academic Registrar, Makerere University, informs applicants wishing to be admitted to Bachelor of Laws Private for 2022/2023 Academic year but failed to submit their application online to submit their applications from Friday 23rd to Friday 30th September, 2022 at a non-refundable fee of 50,000/= (Fifty thousand shillings only).
The applicants MUST have passed the Pre-entry Examinations for Bachelor of Laws.
Diploma/Degree holders should submit certified copies of their academic transcript to Room
315 Level 3, Senate Building.
Applicants who have already been admitted need not apply.
For any additional information, contact Undergraduate Admissions Offices 301/303 for A’Level Applicants and Office 315 for Diploma/Degree holders.
ALFRED MASIKYE NAMOAH
AG. ACADEMIC REGISTRAR
Date: 22nd September, 2022
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