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Mak-Sida Annual Review Meeting 2017 Kicks Off

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The Makerere University-Sida (Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency) Annual Review Meeting (ARM) has today Monday 2nd October 2017 kicked off under the theme "Multidisciplinary Research for Social Transformation”. The colourful opening ceremony was presided over by the Ambassador of the Royal Swedish Embassy to Uganda H.E. Per Lindgärde. The Ambassador was accompanied by his First Secretary in charge of Research Cooperation, Dr. Gity Behravan. After a brief courtesy call on the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe in his office also attended by Director, Directorate of Research and Graduate Training, Prof. Buyinza Mukadasi, the officials then made their way to the Main Hall for the day’s proceedings.

Makerere University is implementing the US$32million Bilateral Research Cooperation agreement for a five-year period (2015-2020). The main objective of the research program is to strengthen the capacity of public universities to conduct and sustain high quality research that will contribute to the development needs of Uganda and beyond.

Welcoming guests to the ARM, Prof. Buyinza Mukadasi shared that the event was organized to discuss and appraise research undertakings, share information and learn about developments in the fields of Research, Technology and Innovation achieved in collaboration with Kyambogo University, Busitema University, Gulu University and Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST).

L-R: Mak Director QAD-Dr. Vincent Ssembaty, Paul Vanderlind and Therese Rantakokko-ISP, Uppsala listen to proceedings during the ARM

“Your Excellency, I am proud to report our contribution to policy formulation at different levels including: The Energy Policy for Uganda; The policy on use of energy-saving bulbs; land amendment bill; various policies in health, such as policies on HIV/AIDS, malaria, TB treatment and control, National Gender Policy; policies on peace and conflict management and good governance and, National Compensation Policy for Avian Influenza. The Sida research programme has supported most of these initiatives” said Prof. Buyinza.

In his remarks, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe thanked the Royal Swedish Embassy in Uganda for honouring Makerere by choosing the institution to host the joint Review Meeting every year. “Over the past 16 years of collaboration, the Swedish government has invested to the tune of US$ 73 million into Uganda’s graduate training and scientific environments in the public universities; the main recipient being Makerere University. The Swedish support has played a fundamental role in strengthening our capacity to deliver our core functions.”  

Prof. Nawangwe reassured Ambassador Lindgärde of Makerere’s commitment to consolidate the achievements of the previous phases while taking a multidisciplinary approach. “Your Excellency, I would like to assure you that Makerere University will optimally and appropriately utilise the allocated resources as well as ensure timely implementation of all activities.”

Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe (L) hands over the Branded ARM folder to H.E. Per Lindgärde during the event in the Makerere University Main Hall

During the previous phases of the Makerere-Sida Bilateral Research Cooperation the University has successfully trained 210 PhDs, 95 Masters Graduates and 20 post-doctoral fellows. Under the current research collaboration 337 university staff from Makerere, Kyambogo, Busitema, Gulu and Mbarara University of Science and Technology have been recruited and will be trained in partnership with eleven Swedish institutions.

In his address, H.E. Per Lindgärde congratulated Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe upon his election as Vice Chancellor of Uganda’s oldest and largest research University. “I appreciate that you already are familiar with our bilateral research cooperation through your involvement with the program in various capacities from its very start in 2000. This is indeed an advantage and will be of great help for you in ensuring that the Makerere University will be able to provide innovative teaching, learning and research services that are needed for effective implementation of our cooperation. The Swedish Embassy is looking forward to working closely with you in this endeavor.”

The Ambassador admitted that although improving higher education was a complex challenge, the sector remains essential to Uganda’s development. He noted that it was time for the nation to reassess its policies and allocate the resources needed to make higher education the dynamic engine that can power Uganda’s economy for decades to come.

H.E. Per Lindgärde, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, Dr. Gity Behravan, Prof. Buyinza Mukadasi and other officials pose for a group photo with participants in the ARM, 2nd October 2017, Freedom Square, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda

Dr. Gity Behravan in her remarks reiterated the Ambassadors for the need for Uganda to accord more priority to funding research. “The lesson learned here is that funding of universities cannot be a lesser priority for a nation. Further, funding cannot be left to international donors, it is not sustainable. The issue of funding universities is a matter of development of and for a country, and needs to be steered nationally.”

Addressing the partnering universities on research uptake, Dr. Behravan noted that it is important that research findings and innovations should reach beyond the university. She urged all researchers to not only inform existing policies but also aim at critically appraising them, so as to come up with policy alternatives based on the new knowledge arising out of their research.

She further urged the research communities in the partnering universities to establish synergies with other Sida-funded programs especially as the final phase of the Makerere-Sida Bilateral Research program approaches its end. She commended the Department of Mathematics for already embracing this strategy and going ahead to develop a regional PhD curriculum in Mathematics, which has already been approved by the National Council for Higher Education.

The Department of Performing Arts and Film led by Dr. Sylvia Nannyonga Tamusuza (2nd L) put up  informative and entertaining performances during the Mak-Sida ARM 2017

As part of this year’s ARM, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences will showcase research under the Social Sciences and Gender Research Day, moderated by: Dr. Andrew Ellias State and Dr. Consolata Kabonesa. The rest of the ARM shall be conducted in the form of meetings at the various colleges.

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UNMA Advisory on Agriculture and Food Security Jun-Aug 2021

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A male researcher inspects a maize cob in a demonstration plot on 13th August 2010 at the Makerere University Agricultural Research Institute Kabanyolo (MUARIK), Wakiso Uganda.

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.

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4th Call For Applications: MURBS Departmental Ambassadors

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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.

Eligibility

  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]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.

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.

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Chair Council Communication on Closure of Makerere University

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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

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.

Yours sincerely,

Lorna Magara (Mrs.)
Chairperson, Makerere University Council

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