Launching the 3rd Edition of the World University Netball Championship on Tuesday 1st August 2017, the Minister of State for Sports, Hon. Charles Bakkabulindi said: “I salute the people who won the bid. This is a national issue. Hosting the Netball Championships presents a lot of opportunities to Uganda and Makerere University. It reminds me of the benefits when Uganda hosted CHOGM.”
Hon. Bakkabulindi unveiled the Championship Logo, website and social media platforms, reiterating the readiness of the Government of Uganda, the Ministry of Education and Sports to support and market the 3rd Edition of the World University Netball Championship scheduled to take place from 15th to 21st September 2018. The event is expected to attract over 10,000 participants across the globe.
Hon. Bakkabulindi said he will work with the Minister of Education and Sports, Hon. Janet Kataha Museveni, who by virtue of her position is the Patron of the Netball Championships, the Association of Uganda University Sports, and Uganda Netball Federation to ensure that the Uganda University Netball Team emerges the Winner.
The International University Sports Federation (FISU) organizes World University Championships and coordinates activities of over 150 national University sports federations, and holds world university championships in the most popular university sports every even year. The Association of Uganda University Sports (AUUS) in conjunction with Makerere University won the bid to host the 3rd Edition of the World University Netball Championship 2018.
Ms Penninah Kabenge, Head-Secretariat, Local Organising Committee revealed that Netball is a rapidly emerging sport in Uganda. Uganda successfully participated at the Netball World Cup finishing in the top 8 and the African Championships currently ranked Number 9 in the world. Thus hosting the World University Netball Championships will enhance the Government of Uganda’s efforts towards promotion of education and sports.
“Sports is one of the tools that steer development. University sports in particular focuses at a group of youth who are tomorrow's leaders. It should therefore be able to create visible impact on the host and participants. We are motivated by our past performance and record in organizing World University Championships,” Ms. Kabenge remarked.
The Acting Vice Chancellor of Makerere University, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe who is also the President of the Local Organising Committee highlighted that event presents to Makerere University an opportunity to work with Government and stakeholders to refurbish her sports facilities. Prof. Nawangwe disclosed that Makerere University lacked an indoor stadium, and as we prepare to host the Championships, called upon the Government of Uganda, Makerere University community, alumni, the sports fraternity, and other stakeholders to join the fundraising drive aimed at constructing a 3,000 seater multi-purpose indoor stadium at Makerere University.
Re-affirming the readiness of Makerere University to host the Netball Championships, the Chairperson of the Advisory Panel and Resource Mobilization Committee, Hon. Thomas Tayebwa pointed out that their target is to raise UGX.10billion towards the construction of the multi-purpose indoor stadium and organizing the Championship.
“The University is willing to contribute. I call upon individuals, institutions and the Government to give us support. As a team, we shall contribute generously and also reach out to the private sector,” Hon.Tayebwa who is also member of the University Governing Council remarked.
On behalf of the Uganda Netball Federation, Ms Jocelyne Ucanda re-echoed that it is a great achievement for Uganda to host the World University Netball Championship 2018. “The netball story in Uganda is of progression. Let us remember that sports bring young people together. It is our responsibility to provide a secure learning environment for students to value their lives. I promise you due support from the Uganda Netball Federation,” she said.
Article: MAK Public Relations Office
UNMA Advisory on Agriculture and Food Security Jun-Aug 2021
The Uganda National Meteorological Authority (UNMA) on 7th June 2021 released the seasonal rainfall outlook for the June-July-August (JJA) 2021 period. Contained in the outlook were advisories to various strategic sectors of the economy.
Particularly, the advisory to the Agriculture and Food Security sector was;
- JJA season is often part of the normal dry season in the areas of South-western, western, parts of the eastern, and central Uganda. The farming communities in these areas are therefore advised to be vigilant during post-harvest handling by considering proper drying of the harvest on clean surfaces, use of tarpaulins and drying on racks;
- Preparation of good storage facilities of produce to avoid compromising on quality and safety;
- Channeling of the run-off water into the gardens in order to maximize on the soil moisture conservation;
- For those areas where near normal to above normal rainfall is expected (most parts of northern and eastern Uganda), farmers are encouraged to continue with regular weeding, pest and disease surveillance and control;
- Due to the expected enhanced rainfall in those areas, water logging and proliferation of fungal and bacterial crop diseases are likely to occur.
- Open drainage channels around household and gardens to reduce risks from stagnant water causing damage to root tuber crops;
- Flash floods and waterlogging are highly anticipated to occur in low lying areas expected to receive enhanced rainfall such as Katakwi and Kapelebyong. Therefore, communities are encouraged to keep watch over their crops, animals and property;
- In Karamoja sub-region, where wetter conditions are expected, the pastoral communities are advised to diversify into boosting the production of cereals (sorghum, millet, and maize), beans, and ground nuts and sustain pasture availability for livestock.
Please see Downloads for the detailed outlook.
4th Call For Applications: MURBS Departmental Ambassadors
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.
- Must be employed by the University on permanent terms
- 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.
- 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]murbs.mak.ac.ug and copy to wilber.naigambi[at]mak.ac.ug no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, 14th June 2021. We discourage hand delivery of applications.
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.
Chair Council Communication on Closure of Makerere University
7th June 2021
All Members of Staff
All Students and Stakeholders
RE: CLOSURE OF 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.
Lorna Magara (Mrs.)
Chairperson, Makerere University Council
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