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Mak-Department of Distance and Lifelong Learning organises an orientation for the B.Ed freshers



On 8th September 2017, the Department of Distance and Lifelong Learning at Makerere University organised an orientation for the Bachelor of Education External students. Held in the Makerere College Dining Hall, the orientation aimed at introducing the new students to their course and also provide a guiding tool on how they can manage the distance education mode of study.

According to the Programme Coordinator Mr Arthur Mugisha, the orientation also provided a platform for students to interact with their College Administration, understand the course operations as well as providing the necessary information on how students can access and utilize the available university facilities and services.

Bachelor of Education (B.Ed) is among the external programmes that are offered at Makerere University Department of Distance and Lifelong Learning. The main target for these programmes is to enable working people to acquire higher qualifications without leaving their work place. With the exception of Bachelor of Education (B.Ed) External, which only admits teachers with Diploma certificates, the other programmes also admit ‘A’ Level leavers.

The External Programmes have grown to a total population of nearly 6,500 from 246 admitted when the programme was first launched in 1991. The Department seeks to exploit the full spectrum of distance education which includes: Open Distance and e Learning (ODeL).

“This mode of teaching provides students with the opportunity to learning without necessarily leaving their work place. They come here for two weeks and get all the necessary materials for the semester. Most of their work is based on research, personal reading, discussions and online study. They only come back if they need help and during the examination period,” said Mr Mugisha.

About 250 students were admitted on Bachelor of Education External (B.Ed) for the academic year 2017/2018.

Addressing students in the Makerere College Dining Hall, the Head, Department of Distance and Lifelong Learning Mr. Turyakira Nazarius urged students to take group discussions seriously since it is one of the major ways they can cope with their education mode of study. To him discussions can enable them link with fellow students around the country and be able to share knowledge and experiences.

Mr. Turyakira ensured students of the University support during their academic journey. “We promise all the necessary support to ensure that you graduate. I know most of you are married and working. The education journey you have embarked on is likely to bring some challenges in your life. Do not keep quiet if you are faced with these challenges, I have always been available to handle such issues and students have been able to finish without any hindrance,” he said.

“To mothers here, the institution has put in place facilities to help you freely nurse your children while studying. We have also been able to put in place facilities that can accommodate expectant mothers. I therefore urge you to utilize all these facilities for your own benefit,” he added.

In a speech read by the Deputy Principal Assoc. Prof. Paul Birevu Muyinda, the Principal of the College of Education and External Studies (CEES) Prof. Fred Masagazi Musaazi advised students to take teaching as a calling in education. “It is only teaching where people can say I am a professional teacher,” he said.

Prof. Masagazi Musaazi also encouraged students to maximize the great opportunity of joining the institution to learn and interact with the emerging technologies. He mentioned that there is a dramatic technological shift that is sweeping through schools where students from kindergarten to higher institutions of learning can now navigate the technological innovations better than their teachers.

“I have witnessed an infant texting on her cell phone. Kindergarteners who can navigate a smart phone better than us. Middle schoolers who already have an Internet following on their social media. We therefore have a great responsibility to innovatively harness the power of technological resources. Change yourselves at places of work using the emerging technologies,” he said.

The Deputy Principal Assoc. Prof. Paul Birevu Muyinda urged students to be self-reliant and also learn the 21st century skills. He encouraged them to utilise the rich learning environment to meet and network with knowledgeable people.

“Complete the course and your status will change. Aim at getting a first class and ensure you fulfil your goal of coming back to school,” he said.

The College Registrar encouraged students to register with the College in order to officially be recognised as Makerere University students. “Make sure you register on time and always make a proper follow up on your academic performance. Pay tuition on time to avoid inconveniences,” he stated.

Reiterating the importance of registration, the College Bursar Mr. Amanya Henry, advised students to take their students numbers seriously since it is the only way they can be identified as Makerere University students. He urged them to always write their numbers correctly during registration and also when they are paying the university fees in the banks.

Article by Nabatte Proscovia


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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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