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Albert Cook Library Expands-CHS Hosts World Library Day 2017 Celebrations



The World Library Day was first celebrated in Uganda by the Makerere University Library on 22ndMay 2009. Since then, the Main Library has annually played host to numerous celebrations, each showcasing the latest innovations and publications from both Makerere University and external exhibitors. The 2017 edition was therefore the first of its kind to be hosted off campus by the College of Health Sciences (CHS), Mulago, home of the Sir Albert Cook Memorial Library. Rather than dampen the mood, the lunchtime downpour on Friday, 16th June 2017 only served to confirm to the organisers’ that this was indeed a blessed occasion.

As if to reaffirm this, the rain had hardly let up when the Chief Guest, Chairperson Makerere University Council-Eng. Dr. Charles Wana-Etyem accompanied by Vice Chancellor-Prof. John Ddumba-Ssentamu, University Librarian-Dr. Hellen Byamugisha, Principal CHS-Assoc. Prof. Charles Ibingira and other guests took to the tents to listen to the exhibitors. Not even the light drizzle was about to stop the guests from viewing the historical Sir Albert Cook medical notes dating as far back as 1897 among other exhibits. Prior to this, a select number of guests had taken a tour of ongoing works on the Sir Albert Cook Library extension, housed under the upcoming Research Support Centre at the College.
The Chief Guest & Chairperson Council-Eng. Dr. Charles Wana-Etyem tours the exhibits by Library Departments
Welcoming the Chief Guest and invited guests to the celebrations, Assoc. Prof. Charles Ibingira acknowledged that the Medical Library is a clear example of Sir Albert Cook’s great work and care for medicine and thanked the University Librarian for choosing CHS to host the first-ever off-campus celebration.

“The Library has supported the College of Health Sciences to grow, which has enhanced Makerere University’s visibility and continental ranking. The Library is rated highly in the contribution to ranking and quality of publications,” said Prof. Ibingira.

Prof. Ibingira further expounded that the Sir Albert Cook Library promotes the use of new modes of scholarly contributions, avails opportunities for dissemination of knowledge as well as bridges the gap between PhD and Masters students, owing to the time they spend researching in the library and thereafter uploading their publications in the MakIR; a digital research repository. And whereas he lauded the upcoming library extension which will increase sitting capacity by 108, he noted that this was still insufficient for over 2,500 students. Sir Albert Cook Library currently sits only 200 students.
Principal CHS-Assoc. Prof. Charles Ibingira (L) leads Chairperson Council-Eng. Dr. Charles Wana-Etyem (2nd L), VC-Prof. John Ddumba-Ssentamu (3rd L) and members of Management on a tour of the Sir Albert Cook Memorial Library
In her remarks, the University Librarian- Dr. Hellen Byamugisha thanked the Chairperson Council, Vice Chancellor and all guests for honouring her invitation. In line with the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA 2017) theme Libraries.Solidarity.Society, the World Library Day theme was Libraries Transforming Society. She explained that the aim of the celebrations was to share experiences and draw the attention of policy makers, library users and guests to the role that libraries play in shaping society.

“This year’s celebration has been deliberately organised in the College of Health Sciences to recognise especially, the tremendous contributions made to the academic and research disciplines in Makerere University, Uganda and the rest of the world. The College of Health Sciences has published the highest number of academic papers in the University and has immensely contributed to the web ranking and visibility of Makerere University” said Dr. Byamugisha.

At the end of her remarks, Dr. Byamugisha thanked the World Library Day 2017 Organising Committee led by Dr. Alison Kinengyere, for their hard work that culminated into a successful celebration. Dr. Kinengyere is the Head of Albert Cook Medical Library.
R-L: Eng. Dr. Charles Wana-Etyem, Mr. Cyriaco Kabagambe, Assoc. Prof. Charles Ibingira, Eng. Fred Nuwgaba (2nd L Rear) are guided around the Library Departments' exhibitions by Dr. Alison Kinengyere (L)
Carrying on with the congratulatory message to CHS in appreciation of their prolific research output, the Vice Chancellor-Prof. John Ddumba-Ssentamu noted, “Let me also take this opportunity to commend the College of Health Sciences for continuing to attract grants that have boosted Makerere University’s research output and publications. I am aware that the most published researchers in Uganda and the region are found in this college. Thank you very much Principal.”

Prof. Ddumba-Ssentamu further appreciated the progress of works on the Sir Albert Cook Library extension, noting that this was a continuation of the University’s efforts to achieve her core functions of teaching and learning, research and innovations, and knowledge transfer partnerships and networking. He noted that such projects would not only make Makerere succeed but also excel.
Eng. Dr. Charles Wana-Etyem (C) plants a tree in commemoration of World Library Day 2017. Left is Deputy Principal CHS-Dr. Isaac Okullo.
In his remarks as Chief Guest, Eng. Dr. Charles Wana-Etyem noted that his brief tour of the Sir Albert Cook Library underscored the need for Council, Management and the College leadership to jointly work hard to find resources to revamp the Library. He nevertheless appreciated the University Library staff for meticulously preserving Sir Albert Cook’s medical notes, as one of the special and prized possessions depicting the history of medical practice and training in Uganda.

“As the University Council, we are not only aware of the history that forms part of Makerere’s rich heritage but are also fully embracive of it as we seek to address issues of access, quality, efficiency, financing and governance” said Eng. Dr. Wana-Etyem.
Dr. Deogratius Munube (L) shows off his award as (L-R) Prof. Charles Ibingira, Dr. Hellen Byamugisha, Eng. Dr. Charles Wana-Etyem, Prof. John Ddumba-Ssentamu and Prof. Moses Kamya applaud
The Chairperson Council once again lauded CHS staff for the publications, research and innovations which continue to greatly contribute to Makerere’s global ranking. He in particular singled out Dr. Deogratius Munube for his efforts in securing a Book Grant from the British Medical Association (BMA). In 2016, Dr. Munube and colleagues from the Department of Paediatrics and Child Health successfully applied for and won the Book Grant on behalf of CHS. The BMA Book Grant is awarded once a year to a successful applicant. During the day's celebrations, Dr. Munube and the Department of Paediatrics and Child Health were awarded certificates by the Chairperson Council, in recognition of their efforts to stock the Library.

Shortly after the speeches, the Chief Guest and the Vice Chancellor were accompanied by guests to plant three trees in the gardens in front of the Department of Physiology, in commemoration of the World Library Day 2017.

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Uganda’s policymakers implored to address forest loss, plastic & water pollution



Left to Right: Prof. Gunnar Köhlin, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, Amb. Maria Håkansson, Commissioner Julius Mafumbo and Prof. Edward Bbaale posing for a group photo before the opening ceremony on 22nd September 2022: Photo by EfD-Mak Centre.

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.

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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.

[L -R] Chairperson of the Steering Committee of the E-learning Initiative, Prof. Umar Kakumba, Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, Prof. Mary Okwakol, the Executive Director of National Council for Higher Education (NCHE), Prof. Paul Birevu Muyinda, the Coordinator of the Mastercard Foundation E-learning Initiative and Prof. Justine Namaalwa, the Program Coordinator for Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program.

”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.

One of the Champions of e-learning trained by Arizona State University, Prof. Paul Birevu Muyinda receiving a certificate from Chief Guest.

“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.

Members of University Management, staff and students present.

“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.

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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.

Date: 22nd September, 2022

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