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Mak Students Urged to Embrace Insurance as a Career

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Speaking to students in the College of Business and Management Sciences, the Head of Training at the Institute of Insurance of Uganda, Mr. Jonan Kisakye called upon students to take up insurance professional courses after completion of their Undergraduate degrees reiterating that the courses offered at the Institute will enable them acquire practical knowledge and skills.

“Insurance professional courses are taught by experienced people who are already in the business of insurance. If you take up these courses, it will enable you acquire practical knowledge relevant in the insurance world. Insurance is a rewarding career which every student should be involved in,” said Mr. Kisakye.

Mr. Kisakye advised students to network with the right people that will help them make the right decisions in their lives and stay focused for a better future.

He highlighted that The Institute of Insurance of Uganda offers trainings in insurance at affordable prices in courses such as C.O.P Fundamentals of insurance, Certificate in Insurance (C.I.U), and Diplomas with intakes in January and August.

The workshop held on Thursday 12th October 2017 at Makerere University College of Business and Management Sciences presented opportunities to students from schools of Economics and Business interested in insurance as a career. The training also targeted unemployed graduands seeking jobs in the field of insurance.

Ms. Caroline Twongirwe, an Assistant Lecturer (Accounting and Finance) stated that the College organised the interaction in order for students to understand and appreciate the insurance field. She revealed that the College was planning to include Insurance as a Course Unit under Bachelor of Commerce. She said that the College partnered with The Institute of Insurance of Uganda because they have experienced staff that will help the students to appreciate insurance.

One of the inspired participants, Ms. Atugonza Lilian, a third year student pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Development Economics revealed that she had acquired valuable information about the Insurance system in Uganda. Ms Atugonza said that the workshop enabled her to understand the professional courses she has to study in order to build a great career in insurance.

“The insurance workshop has motivated me into joining the insurance world. I have realized that it is a good career to take on especially the bank insurance,” remarked Ms. Atugonza.

Mr. Levis Ngabirano-a third year student pursuing a Bachelors Degree in Commerce thanked the College of Business and Management Sciences for organizing the insurance workshop which he referred to as a great opportunity that has exposed students to the insurance world. He said that such workshops enable them to acquire practical knowledge.

“It is such a great opportunity to have professionals from the Institute of Insurance of Uganda sharing information about insurance with us. This has exposed us to the real world of insurance. It has also enabled us acquire practical knowledge about insurance,” he remarked.

Mr. Ngabirano emphasised the need for insurance companies to undertake more publicity and community outreach programmes to inform the public about the benefits of embracing insurance first as a career and getting their properties insured.

 

Writers: Nakibombo Esther Joyce and Marion Apio,Volunteers-MAK Public Relations Office
Editor: Ritah Namisango, MAK Public Relations Office

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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.

Please see Downloads for the detailed outlook.

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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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