The outgoing Director, Estates and Works Department (EWD)-Eng. Fred Nuwagaba has today Thursday, 30th November 2017 handed over office to his newly-appointed counterpart Eng. Christina Kakeeto. The brief handover ceremony was held at the EWD Offices, Makerere University and witnessed by the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Finance and Administration)-Prof. William Bazeyo, University Bursar-Mr. Augustine Tamale, Manager Records and Information, Human Resources Directorate (HRD)-Mr. Ssanyu Lawrence, who represented the Acting Director-Mrs. Dorothy Sennoga Zake, Mr. Patrick Akonyet-Internal Audit as well as staff from EWD.
In his handover speech, Eng. Nuwagaba thanked the University Management and EWD staff for all the support rendered to him throughout his tenure, “I have had a lot of achievements but it would not have been possible without your support,” he emphasised.
Some of the critical achievements highlighted by the outgoing Director included: successful development of the University Infrastructure Master plan for the Main Campus, Mulago and Makerere University Agricultural Research Institute Kabanyolo (MUARIK); Increasing the teaching and learning space by 15,000square metres, which was way above the 10,000square metres target envisaged by the Mak Strategic Plan 2008/2018; Instituting controlled access at all Makerere gates which has generated approximately UGX 20million in revenue per month over the last six months; total rehabilitation of the University Road Network; managing loss through introduction of metering units for water and electricity at household level, among others.
Eng. Nuwagaba however pointed out some projects that need to be fast tracked such as; completion of decorative works and reopening of the Main Gate, renovation of old buildings such as the first Administration block at CCE for purposes of academic tourism, implementing the outdoor advertising and campus beautification project, recruitment of senior staff to strengthen the EWD team, completing the digitisation of all physical infrastructure and instituting biometric access to Makerere buildings.
In his remarks, Prof. William Bazeyo congratulated Eng. Nuwagaba upon all the projects completed throughout his tenure. “Thank you for the very detailed handover report whose summary you just presented to us. I am satisfied with it and particularly happy that there is an Infrastructure Development Master plan for the University. You have laid a good foundation for the incoming Director,” he noted.
He also urged the EWD staff present at the ceremony to accord the incoming Director all the support she needs, noting that, “when the Director fails, you all fail. Just as the outgoing Director said that he succeeded because of your backing, I urge you to give the incoming Director the same support,” urged Prof. Bazeyo.
In her acceptance speech, Eng. Christina Kakeeto thanked the DVCFA for his wise counsel and thanked Eng. Fred Nuwagaba for his detailed handover report. “I will continue to rely on Fred as I familiarise myself with all EWD’s operations so please, don’t tire whenever I have to consult you” she said, further adding “I am happy to be here working with all of you. It is a big task but I am looking forward to taking the next steps and I think it is going to be fun.”
Eng. Christina Kakeeto is a BSc Civil Engineering graduate of Makerere University. She also holds an MSc in Strengthening & Maintenance of Civil Engineering Structures from the University of Leeds and an MBA (Construction & Real Estate) from the University of Reading both in the UK. She is a registered Member with the Engineers Registration Board (ERB) and a Corporate Member of the Uganda Institution of Professional Engineers (UIPE). She brings extensive exposure in real estate development appraisal and strategy from both the private sector and government parastatals.
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Makerere University Launches National Parenting Draft Manual
By Agnes Namaganda
On July 22nd 2022, Makerere University–Child Health and Development Centre (Mak–CHDC) launched a draft manual for the National Parenting Standards. The Centre has been working together with the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development (MGLSD) with funding from UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund), to develop standards that are agreeable to all organisations in the country that are involved in parenting work. The draft manual was being presented to members of a consortium that brings together all these organisations together, called the Parenting Agenda Consortium.
“We produce many documents and they are shelved,” Irene Ayot Chono, who was speaking on behalf of UNICEF said. “We hope that this document will not be one of them,” she emphasized.
Dr. Godfrey Siu, the Principal Investigator from Mak-CHDC who presented the draft manual to participants, emphasized that if any organization is doing parenting work, there should be a minimum package that they should offer.
Draft Manual Content
The manual which will have several modules. These modules will be delivered face-to-face in 1.5 hour sessions. Some of these include; Module 6 which will focus on “understanding responsible masculinity and fatherhood” and on “understanding the concept of head of family.”The draft manual also proposed that Module 11 focuses on Parenting in the 21st Century. Some of the sessions in this module will include Children and Technology, Contemporary Influence on Children and Modernity, Culture and Morality.Module 9 will focus on Parenting for Adolescents and some of the suggested sessions within this module are Needs for Adolescents and The Art of Communicating with Adolescents. Module 5 will focus on Preventing Violent Parenting and Promoting Alternative Discipline Strategies while Module 10 will be about Parenting to Address the Mental Health for Children and Adults.
After the presentation, participants raised several suggestions for discussion and consideration. These included whether there should be a module on spirituality since Uganda is a strongly religious nation. There was also the concern of how children in remand homes should be parented. Another concern raised by a participant was as to whether teachers who make an undeniable contribution to parenting, should be taken through the parenting manual.
In her closing remarks, Ms. Juliana Naumo Akoryo, the Director of Cultural Affairs at the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development (MGLSD) said that the manual is for the parenting organisations to utilize and not for MGLSD.
Ms. Chono also adjured the team behind the manual to use picture illustrations in the manual that can be relatable by the Ugandan parents.
Contact: Agnes Namaganda – firstname.lastname@example.org
Launch of Mak-RIF Round 4 Awards & PhD Call for Proposals
Makerere University received funding from the Government of the Republic of Uganda, earmarked to support high impact Research and Innovations. This unique initiative arose after engagements between the top University Management and the Government of Uganda. This fund illustrates the increasing importance that the Government attaches to Research and Innovation as a driver of development and transformation. The objective of the fund is to increase the local generation of translatable research and scalable innovations that address key gaps required to drive Uganda’s development agenda.
In the Financial years 2019/2020, 2020/2021 and 2021/2022 the Government of the Republic of Uganda through Mak-RIF has funded implementation of over 750 multidisciplinary research and innovations within the various Colleges, while engaging multiple stakeholders within and outside Makerere University. The Grants Management Committee (GMC) has finalized the award process for the Mak-RIF round 4 call for funding for this Financial Year 2022/2023.
The Grants Management Committee (GMC) hereby invites you to the Launch of the Mak-RIF Round 4 awards and PhD Call for Proposals scheduled to take place tomorrow Thursday 29th September 2022 from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. EAT.
Please use the following details to join the launch.
Register in advance for this meeting:
Meeting ID: 884 5662 9992
Notice: Makerere Disability Scheme 2022/23 Medical Review Exercise
The Academic Registrar, Makerere University invites persons with disability who applied for admission to public universities under the disability entry scheme for 2022/2023 Academic Year to appear for medical/review exercise at Makerere Unive, Senate Building, Level Two (2) in the Telepresence Centre.
NOTE: Only those who have the minimum entry requirements of at least two principal passes at A’ Level or its equivalent and at least five (5) passes at O’ Level or its equivalent will be interviewed.
Only candidates who sat ‘a’ level in 2020, 2019 and 2018 are eligible for admission.
THE EXERCISE WILL BE CONDUCTED ON 3rd, 4th and 5th October, 2022 respectively from 9.00 A.M – 1.00 P.M each day.
(i) If you fail to appear on any of the given days above, there will be no other chance for you.
(ii) Applicants with Government Scholarship for the previous years are not eligible for admission
ALFRED MASIKYE NAMOAH
Acting. ACADEMIC REGISTRAR
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