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Prof. Kagonyera urges students to fight ignorance



The former Chancellor of Makerere University Prof. Mondo Kagonyera has challenged University students to take on the mantle of leadership in the fight against ignorance in various communities.

“For development to surface on the African continent, leaders have to resolve ignorance first since it is the sole cause of all African problems,” Prof. Kagonyera said.

Citing Congo as a basic example, the Professor said that the country is endowed with a lot of mineral resources, yet its population is faced with massive poverty characterized by starvation, disease and high mortality rate.

Former Makerere University Chancellor Prof. George Mondo Kagonyera addressing participants.

The Professor was on Thursday (29th June,2017) speaking to over 250 students under the MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program at Makerere University during the closure of the five-day leadership camp at Katomi Kingdom Resort Hotel in Entebbe.

He asked scholars to be disciplined and focused in order to succeed in future. “A career only makes sense when the individual is disciplined,” Kagonyera said.

Kagonyera who is currently the Chancellor of Kabale University was instrumental in the negotiations that led to the implementation of MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program at Makerere University.

The former Chancellor cautioned students not to engage in strikes, advising them to always use dialogue in the face of challenges.

“As an advocate for child education, I am excited to see over 300 academically talented but disadvantaged youths benefiting from the scholarship” he added.

Speaking at the same event, Dr Florence Nakayiwa the Coordinator MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program at Makerere University, cautioned students against laxity in their education.

Dr. Nakayiwa appreciated the efforts of Scholars who represented MasterCard Foundation and Makerere University at the 2017 BAOBAB Summit and Social Venture Challenge in Johannesburg and another group from Edinburgh University.

One of the participants recieving a certificate from Prof. Kagonyera.

The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program annually organizes a scholars’ conference where transformative leaders across the African continent meet to discuss issues affecting the different countries.

She urged Scholars to be selfless and give a hand to the helpless, get involved in community service which is a basic element of the MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program.

The Leadership Camp organized under the theme of “Positioning The Scholars for Leadership, Career and Commitment to Change” saw the awarding of certificates of attendance and merit to distinguished and transformative student leaders.

One of the Scholars, Mustefa Abdirahman Kawsar, on behalf of the students’ fraternity appreciated MasterCard Foundation for the vital support and promised to utilize the opportunity given to transform her country-Somalia.

Story by: Marion Apio-MCF Scholar/Student of Journalism and Communication, MAK

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4th Call For Applications: MURBS Departmental Ambassadors



URBRA’s Mrs. Ritah Nansasi Wasswa (2nd L) assisted by Ag. University Secretary-Mr. Yusuf Kiranda (L) hands over a plaque of recognition to Outgoing Trustee-Ms. Dorothy Nannozi Kabanda (2nd R) as Incoming Trustee-Ms. Franco Angida Mugyema (R) applauds during the MURBS Board Handover on 26th March 2021.

In February 2018, the Makerere University Retirement Benefits Scheme (MURBS) launched the Departmental Ambassadors Programme. MURBS hopes to use this Ambassadors Programme to engage more directly with its membership and enhance member education. MURBS further perceives this Programme as a means to mitigate succession planning risks.

MURBS Fund Value continues to grow, and as at 31st March 2021, it stood at Ushs 235.5bn as compared to Ushs 209.6bn as at 30th June 2020. Given this growth, there is increased need for prospective Trustees, who are well equipped with relevant knowledge and skills, and with practical exposure to the management and governance of MURBS.


  1. Must be employed by the University on permanent terms
  2. Must be an Active Member of the Scheme (currently contributing to the Scheme) and appear on the Official Register of the MURBS Active Membership as at 30th April 2021.
  3. Must be willing to commit time to trainings and other ambassadorial activities organised by the Scheme.

Mode of training for 4th Cohort of Ambassadors

Training for this (4th) Cohort of Ambassadors is envisaged to be conducted over the zoom online platform only, due to Covid-19 restrictions. The Scheme does not envisage any face-to-face interactions.

Tenure of Office & Termination or Withdrawal

There is no tenure of office for the Departmental Ambassador. As long as a member is willing to continue serving as an Ambassador, and the Ambassador continues to satisfy the eligibility criteria above, she or he will remain a MURBS Ambassador.

How to Apply

Interested members should complete the MURBS Departmental Ambassador Application Form 01-0218. The completed Form together with the requested attachments should be sent to info[at] and copy to wilber.naigambi[at] no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, 14th June 2021. We discourage hand delivery of applications.

Confirmation/Approval Process

MURBS shall acknowledge receipt of each application received within 12 hours and will respond to the applicants to confirm the status of their application in writing (by e-mail). Upon approval of the application, the name of the approved Ambassador together with the Department and School/Unit will be updated on the list of the MURBS Departmental Ambassadors in the Group 4 category and published on the MURBS website.

NOTE: There is no limit as to the number of ambassadors that MURBS can have in a department.

Please see Downloads for the detailed call and application form.

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Chair Council Communication on Closure of Makerere University



An older photo of the Main Building, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda as seen from across the Freedom Square. Date taken: 22nd October 2012.

7th June 2021

All Members of Staff
All Students and Stakeholders
Makerere University


Following the address to the Nation by H.E. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, President of Uganda, on 6th June 2021, this is to inform you that the University will be closed with effect from today 7th June 2021 for 42days.

During the closure, the University shall observe a 30% physical presence of staff while other faculty and administrative staff shall continue to work online.

Management will inform staff and students on the implementation of teaching, learning, and research activities online. Construction activities shall continue as per the President’s directives and with strict adherence to the COVID-19 SOPs.

Yours sincerely,

Lorna Magara (Mrs.)
Chairperson, Makerere University Council

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RUFORUM: Transforming Higher Education Videos and Links



Delegates brainstorm during the 15th RUFORUM AGM held at the University of Cape Coast (UCC) in Ghana from 2-6 December, 2019. Photo credit: RUFORUM

Video Series developed by Julieta Mazzola, EARTH University.


  1. What is Community Engagement?  Video 1 of 3.
  2. Different Forms of University Engagement with the Community. Video 2 of 3.
  3. Student learning through Community Engagement. Video 3 of 3.

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