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Chairperson of Council inaugurates MAK Students Disciplinary Committee

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In line with the Makerere University Students Regulations 2015 (The Uganda Gazette No.39, Volume CV111, and dated 16th July 2015), Makerere University has established a Student’s Disciplinary Committee.

Inaugurated by the Chairperson of Council, Eng. Dr. Charles Wana-Etyem on Wednesday 1st November 2017, the Makerere University Students Disciplinary Committee will be headed by Mr. Ngabirano Precious a former Chief Magistrate and a Senior practicing advocate at Pearl Advocates and Solicitors.

Other members of the Makerere University Students Disciplinary Committee appointed by the University Council include; Dr. Rose Nakayi, Dr. Umar Kakumba, Mr. Ahmed Ssentongo, Ms. Carolyne Nabaasa and Mrs. Prossy Katongole Kyazze.

According to the Acting Director of Legal Affairs, Makerere University Mr. Goddy Muhumuza, the committee is set to;

  1. To handle disciplinary cases directly brought to it;
  2. To handle cases referred to it by Hall Disciplinary Committee;
  3. To handle appeals from parties dissatisfied with the ruling by the Hall Disciplinary Committee; and
  4. Any other functions assigned by the University Council.

“The Dean of Students may refer a case of breach of the University Regulations to the University Students Disciplinary Committee directly without the same having been brought before the Hall Disciplinary Committee,” said Mr. Muhumuza.

The University Students Disciplinary Committee has powers to do any/ or several of the following:

  • Uphold the decision made by the Hall Disciplinary Committee;
  • Dismiss the case against the student;
  • Reprimand the student;
  • Demand an apology from the student;
  • Ask the student to pay for the cost or part of the cost of damaged or lost University property;
  • Ask the student to be a non-resident;
  • Remove or recommend removal of the student leader from office;
  • Suspend the student for a specified time;
  • Recommend to the University Council that the student be dismissed;
  • Suspend the student for a specified period of time not exceeding four months pending approval of the recommendation to Council that the student be dismissed; and
  • Any other punishment that the Committee may deem to be appropriate.

The Committee’s decision shall be communicated to the student in writing within seven days of the day of conclusion of the hearing.

During the inauguration ceremony in the Makerere University Main Building Senior Common Room, the Chairperson of Council thanked the Committee Chairperson and his entire team for voluntarily accepting to take up the role to ensure that the University is safe and free from hooliganism and any other unnecessary behaviour.

He asked the Committee to be very firm but also fair when handling students’ matters. “We expect to give a fair hearing to each person coming to the committee. There is also room for appeal in case you feel dissatisfied with the committee’s ruling,” he said.

He thanked the Management and the entire University community for putting up a Committee whose background is governed by the law to ensure that peace, discipline and good conduct is reinstated at Makerere University.Guild Student leaders and Members of Management pose for a photo with MAK Students Disciplinary Committee

He however, appealed to the University Management to always engage students in decision making and also leave room for the students to reach out to them. The Chairperson of Council also appealed to the students to focus on their studies and other constructive activities to create a better and admirable future. He encouraged them to use the social media and the technologies to reach out to fellow students positively as they build the University’s image and brand.

“We should know that whatever we are dong either builds the institution’s profile or tarnishes its image, I therefore call upon you to tell the University’s greatness in a positive way. Let us use the technologies constructively and seek pride from our own,” he explained.

Eng. Dr. Wana-Etyem highly encouraged the Guild Cabinet to use their offices in a rightful manner and work with the Committee to clean up the University. “We are not going to tolerate behaviour that creates problems to our people. You can strike if you feel your issues are not handled, but you should not be violent or infringe on other people’s rights. Those students engaging in such acts should be identified and be brought to book,” he vehemently said.

In his acceptance speech, the Chairperson of the Makerere University Students Disciplinary Committee Mr. Ngabirano Precious, proudly thanked the Makerere University community for entrusting his team with such a remarkable role. He vowed to take the responsibility seriously and fight against misconduct and hooliganism at Makerere University.

“We consider this as a great honour to be called back to serve our University. We are here to serve. I have taken note of the regulations providing the jurisdiction of this committee. We shall exercise our work judiciously in all fairness. We shall be fair to all parties through applying all the principles,” Mr. Ngabirano stated.

The Makerere University Vice chancellor Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe pledged to work hand in hand with the Committee to sieve out the few students who tarnish the institution’s image.“I have always told people that Makerere University is the top University. However, people have always wondered why Makerere University has failed to find a mechanism of sieving out the students tarnishing the image of the University. Here is the students Disciplinary Committee put in place to do that role,” said Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe.Students from the Department of Performing and Film led by Ms. Anita Desire Asaasira sang the anthemsThe Dean of Students Mr. Cyriaco Kabagambe welcomed the Chairperson of the Committee and thanked the University Management and entire Makerere University Community for making it possible to have the committee put in place.

“On behalf of my team, I pledge to closely cooperate with the Committee and other organs of the University to create a difference in the way our students conduct themselves,” he mentioned.

Written by: Proscovia Nabatte, Communication Volunteer-MAK Public Relations Office

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Veteran Professor changed Makerere and Higher Education

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Professor Pancras John Mukasa Ssebuwufu (L) receives a plaque and citation from RUFORUM Board Member and Vice Chancellor Ndejje University-Professor Eriabu Lugujjo (Right) on 6th May 2021 at the RUFORUM Secretariat, Plot 155 Garden Hill, Makerere University Main Campus,

When Professor John Ssebuwufu ambled up to receive a certificate of recognition for his ‘exceptional’ contribution to higher education from the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) at Makerere University (MU), he was thinking of many things, such as rewarding staff, that he could have done differently to impact university education more.

But he did what he could have done, under the circumstances.

He presided over MU (in 1993) when student enrolment was 5,000 and left in 2004 when the population was surging to more than 15,000.

He emphasised the use of information communication technologies in almost all the institutions he had been involved in and sent many academic staff on exchanges to boost research and innovation. Now, more African universities engage in ground-breaking research.

So, he proceeded to accept his recognition and make his acceptance speech, which was mostly about gratitude.

Ssebuwufu, 74, who is currently the chancellor at Kyambogo University and the vice-chancellor of the University of Kisubi, is credited for his exemplary leadership and pragmatic methods that have shaped higher education in Uganda and Africa as a whole.

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Japan Africa Dream Scholarship (JADS) Program 2021/2022

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Japan Africa Dream Scholarship (JADS) Program 2021/2022. Photo credit: AfDB

The Japan Africa Dream Scholarship (JADS) Program is a capacity building project by the AfDB and Japan which was initiated in 2017 with the aim of providing two-year scholarship awards to highly achieving African graduate students to enable them to undergo post-graduate studies (i.e. a two-year Master’s degree program) in selected priority development areas on the continent and Japan. The overarching goal the AfDB and the Government of Japan seek to attain is to enhance skills and human resources development in Africa in under the Bank’s High 5s agenda (i.e. “Feed Africa”, “Light up Africa”, “Industrialize Africa”, “Integrate Africa” and “Improve the quality of life of the people of Africa”) and key Japanese development assistance initiatives. JADS core areas of study focus include energy, agriculture, health, environmental sustainability, and engineering. The program also seeks to promote inter-university collaboration and university-industry partnerships between Japan and Africa. Upon completion of their studies, the JADS scholars are expected to return to their home countries to apply and disseminate their newly acquired knowledge and skills in the public and private sectors, and contribute to national and continental socio-economic development.

About the JADS program

The JADS Program is open to applicants from AfDB member countries with relevant professional experience and a history of supporting their countries’ development efforts who are applying to a graduate degree program in energy development and related discipline.  The program does not provide scholarships to any other graduate degree program.

The scholarship program provides tuition, a monthly living stipend, round-trip airfare, health insurance, and travel allowance.

Upon completion of their studies, the beneficiary scholars are expected to return to their home countries to apply and disseminate their newly acquired knowledge and skills, and contribute to the promotion of sustainable development of their countries.

Who is Eligible to Apply?

The program is open to those who have gained admission to an approved Masters degree course at a Japanese partner university. Candidates should be 35 years old or younger; in good health; with a Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent in the energy area or related area; and have a superior academic record. Upon completion of their study programs, scholars are expected to return to their home country to contribute to its economic and social development.

Application Procedures

  1. Applicant requests for information and application forms and procedures from the chosen JADS partner university. For any inquiries, please contact JADS@AFDB.ORG
  2. Applicant completes required documents and sends them to the university.
  3. University evaluates and selects applicants.
  4. University sends selected candidates to the AfDB.
  5. AfDB reviews submissions from universities, prepares and approves the final list.
  6. AfDB contacts selected awardees, and informs the universities.

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WHS Regional Meeting Africa 2021: Finance Chairperson’s Update

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Prof. Tonny J. Oyana, Finance Chairperson, World Health Summit Regional Meeting Africa, June 2021.

SOPs: Our plan is to have 200 sets of people in different spacious rooms…

Prof. Tonny j. oyana, finance chairperson whs regional meeting africa

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Sessions: 60% Virtual, 40% Onsite…

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