The Chief Coordinator of Operation Wealth Creation (OWC), Gen. Salim Saleh has pledged to continue supporting innovations at Makerere University in order to nurture upcoming entrepreneurs.
Speaking on his behalf, the Deputy Chief Coordinator of Operation Wealth Creation, Lt. Gen. Charles Angina said they were proud to be associated with innovations in Makerere University.
“The OWC fraternity commends the University over their efforts. You give us confidence that the future is brighter than others say,” Lt. Gen. Angina said. “I urge you students to be better people in the country and produce unique products than those in the market.”
Lt. Gen. Angina was speaking at the second Entrepreneurship Students Expo organised by the College of Business and Management Sciences (CoBAMS) at the Freedom Square, on Friday 27th October 2017. He added that OWC would continue to support innovations across the country.
The Acting Deputy Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration, Prof. William Bazeyo revealed that the University Management would set up an innovation fund to support students, whose ideas would be found viable. He represented the Vice chancellor, Prof Barnabas Nawangwe, who was out of station on official duty.
“Makerere University has big potential and the raw materials, the brains are here … if we were doing this [exhibition] every week, it would be an amazing place,” he said. On behalf of the University Management, Prof. Bazeyo pledged to support the best five innovators at the expo. He also requested CoBAMS to consider holding the student exhibition, twice a year, to be able to track improvements.
The CoBAMS Principal, Dr. Eria Hisali assured the students that success was possible as long as they partnered with good sponsors. He explained that the exhibition was intended to help fight unemployment in the country.
“On many occasions, we have seen a number of graduates moving from door to door looking for jobs. The main cause of this is students lacking the entrepreneurial skills and seeing this exhibition from you the students, I’m impressed,” said Dr. Hisali.
The Dean of the School of Business, Dr. Umar Kakumba commended the students for their innovations and explained that the Expo under the theme, MAK has Talent, was about nurturing an enterprising mind. The College would continue working with various business partners to help students create an impact in their communities.
Speaking on the side lines of the expo, Dr. Peter Turyakira, the Head of Department of Marketing and Management explained that the college introduces theory to the students, who then are encouraged to put the ideas into practice. Dr. Turyakira emphasized the need for a practical approach to learning at Makerere University.
He added that the programme would enable students to become job creators rather than job seekers. “As course work, we have decided that they should demonstrate what they have learned rather than repeating what has been told to them,” he said.
exhibition saw over 1,000 students showcasing various products, ranging from Eco packaging materials, charcoal stoves, cakes, processed jam, honey, fruit shakes to juices and bushera (sorghum porridge), candles, and briquettes among other products.
There were other presentations by public entities, such as Operation Wealth Creation, Uganda Revenue Authority and Pride Microfinance.
Dr. Turyakira explained that the move would eventually culminate into an entrepreneurship centre, to train students on how to start and manage/maintain their business ideas.
“Whether you are an engineer, or a doctor, you need entrepreneur skills … how do you start a business, how do you sustain it?” he asked.
He explained that department hoped to encourage students to find ways of sustaining their businesses and the end the adage – that Uganda is the deathbed for many small scale businesses.
The Expo featured students drawn from various programmes, such as the Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Development Economics, Bachelor of Arts in Economics, as well as Master of Business Administration, Master of Economic Policy and Management.
The exhibitors, who were organised in groups of five to ten, were evaluated on their performances during the exhibition. A team of facilitators from CoBAMs evaluated the 145 business ideas/innovations presented during the Expo. The best five (5) were set aside for recognition.
Winning the Shs 1m award for best exhibitor, was To App, who devised a software application for first year admissions. The second place, claiming a cash prize of Shs 700,000 was Agro Innovations, a group that developed a solar dryer to limit post-harvest losses. This dryer is able to store energy, when the sun is not shining brightly. They had also developed a host of other products. In third place, Nkwatako Beverages, a group of postgraduate students, who received a Shs 500,000 cash prize for their efforts in wine making.
whose efforts were recognised for their innovations were Organic jack fruit jam; makers of bread spread as well as Esperanza Limited, who made a charcoal stove from anthill soil and grass.
Among the many exhibitors was a group called Unique Candle makers, who showcased new designs, including glass candles to limit fire outbreaks. The group is planning candles designed to ward off mosquitoes, while leaving behind a good aroma. The move is aimed at reducing malaria in various homes.
The Expo was sponsored by Operation Wealth Creation, with additional support from Pride Microfinance, Uganda Revenue Authority, Equity Bank, Centenary Bank and Mr. Eriot Arinaitwe.
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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