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MakRun2017 Gives Over 190m Roaring Start to Students Centre Project

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Over UGX 190million shillings was raised during the Makerere University Endowment Fund (MakEF) Run, the first ever fundraising drive for the proposed UGX15 billion Makerere University Students Centre.

“The gross sum realized in cash and pledges is UGX194,045,000; in kind for publicity and water used during the run amounting to UGX53,800,000. Total amount realized in cash, kind and pledges was UGX247,845,000. All proceeds minus expenses in kind and cash have been deposited with the Endowment Fund Bankers, for reconciliation and transfer to the Custodian and Local Fund Managers,” highlighted Dr. Martin Jerome Aliker, Chairperson-Board of Trustees, MakEF. Dr. Aliker was addressing the Post Mak Run Press Conference held on Friday 26th May 2017.

The MakRun 2017, held on Sunday 14th May 2017 under the theme, The Road to a Financially Sustainable Makerere, kicked off the fundraising drive for the Makerere University Students’ Centre and the Endowment Fund in general.

“We expect the Run to be an annual event in addition to other fundraising initiatives that the Board of Trustees will commence in due course,” said Dr. Aliker.
Participants in the Inaugural MakRun2017 stretch in the Freedom Square after completing the 5 and 10km legs, 14th May 2017, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda
Dr. Aliker flanked by  Ambassador Edith Grace Ssempala and Mr. Martin Owiny applauded the Speaker of Parliament, partners, companies, banks, alumni, staff, students and well wishers for generously contributing to the Students Centre cause.  The Board of Trustees pointed out that all sponsors and partners would be recorded on the Wall of Fame within the Centre.

The MakEF Board of Trustees furthermore rallied Ugandans, alumni, staff, students and well wishers to make more contributions towards constructing the Students Centre.

“We are confident that as a centennial project, brick by brick, we shall build the Students Centre that will not only make all our alumni proud of their Alma Mater but create a lasting impression on the young generation who have the honour to go through  the gates of Makerere University,” remarked Dr. Aliker.

Ambassador Ssempala revealed that the Board of Trustees plans to establish Alumni Chapters in all corners of the world, so as to create platforms through which Alumni can to give back to Makerere University. She envisaged that the platforms would be used to create awareness on the value of growing MakEF’s resource base, and to diversify the fundraising drive for Makerere University Students Centre.
An artistic impression of the proposed Mak Students Centre (C with Blue) and its surroundings as designed by CEDAT Students
Responding to questions from the media, Dr. Florence Nakayiwa-Director Planning and Development Department (PDD) said that the initial groundbreaking is anticipated to take place in early 2019. She additionally pointed out that 2017 and 2018 would be used to mobilize substantial amounts of money required to kick start the Students Centre project.

MakEF selected the Students Centre as its premier project. The Centre reflects the Board of Trustees’ unwavering commitment to improving the students’ quality of life, founded on an environment that favours learning and wholesome academic experience at Makerere University.

To kick start the process, the Board of Trustees commissioned Makerere University students from the College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology (CEDAT) with the support of an experienced architect from Korea and some members of the Uganda Society of Architects to develop designs through a competitive process.

According to Dr. Aliker, the Students Centre will serve as the collective place that reflects dynamism of the 21st century student in the digital age. It will correct the imbalance in access to socio-cultural amenities that was created by the increase in student numbers.

The Students’ Centre will entail a one stop student information centre, state-of-the-art auditorium with 2000 seating capacity and Wall of Fame, Conference facilities, Internet Kiosks, Memorabilia Shop/Bookshop, Recreational/Sports Arena, commercial and shopping centres, as well as entertainment and social areas.

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Story by:  Ritah Namisango, Mak Public Relations Office
 

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A Successful Ph.D. Defense by Vianney Andrew Yiga

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The CEDAT community is proud to share our congratulations to Vianney Andrew Yiga following his successful Ph.D. defense that happened yesterday Monday 3rd October 2022 at the College of Engineering, Design, Art, and Technology (CEDAT).

His Thesis was titled; Thermal Stability of Fiber- Reinforced Polylactic Acid Composites for Flameretarded Applications.

The candidate was supervised by Eng. Dr. Michael Lubwama and Eng. Dr. Peter W. Olupot both from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, at CEDAT.

Dr. John Wasswa, Department of Chemistry, College of Natural Sciences (CONAS), Makerere University was the opponent that interrogated the candidate to enable a clear understanding of the study.

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Makerere University Launches National Parenting Draft Manual

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The Director of Culture at the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development, Ms. Juliana Naumo Akoryo (Centre) and Dr. Godfrey Siu, the Principal Investigator from Mak-CHDC (Right) interact with a participant at the workshop on 22nd July 2022, Kampala.

By Agnes Namaganda

On July 22nd 2022, Makerere UniversityChild Health and Development Centre (MakCHDC) 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.

Irene Ayot Chono-UNICEF, urging participants to utilize the manual once it is complete.
Irene Ayot Chono-UNICEF, urging participants to utilize the manual once it is complete.

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.

Dr. Godfrey Siu, the Principal Investigator from Mak-CHDC presenting the contents of the National Parenting Standards Draft Manual.
Dr. Godfrey Siu, the Principal Investigator from Mak-CHDC presenting the contents of the National Parenting Standards Draft Manual.

Participants’ suggestions

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.

A participant gives her input at the National Parenting Standards Draft Manual launch.
A participant gives her input at the National Parenting Standards Draft Manual launch.

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.

The Director of Culture at the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development, Ms. Juliana Naumo Akoryo making closing remarks at the workshop.
The Director of Culture at the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development, Ms. Juliana Naumo Akoryo making closing remarks at the workshop.

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 – agnesvioletnamaganda@gmail.com

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Launch of Mak-RIF Round 4 Awards & PhD Call for Proposals

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Mak-RIF 4 Awards and PhD Call For Proposals, 29th September 2022, 9:00 to 10:00 AM EAT.

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.

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwpcu-urDIjE9ZgxdsbEmA2IkNMMiJVECt_ 
Meeting ID: 884 5662 9992
Password: 292624

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