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Wollega University to learn from Makerere University

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A delegation of staff from Wollega University in Ethiopia paid a courtesy call on the Vice Chancellor Makerere University on Friday 10th November 2017 to share experiences and learn from the good practices at Makerere University.

Led by the Vice President Dr. Dunkana Negussa, the team said they were in Makerere University to learn from the experiences of a long standing, highly regarded University on the African continent.

Dr. Dunkana Negussa said Wollega University is a young institution that has been in existence for only ten years but with high dreams and aspirations and that Makerere University was one such institution to learn from as one of the oldest and academically stable institution with high ranking in the region.

While receiving the delegation on behalf of the Vice Chancellor Prof. Barbanas Nawangwe, the Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic Affairs, Dr. Ernest Okello Ogwang commended the management of Wollega University for choosing to come to Makerere University to share ideas and experiences.

He said Makerere University is indeed a leader in the academic area in Africa and that this can be confirmed from the great leaders in Africa who went through the gates of Makerere University, citing the examples of Kenneth Kaunda, Mwai Kibaki and others.Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic Affairs, Dr. Ernest Okello Ogwang showing the guests a photograph of former Chancellors of University of East Africa

Dr. Okello Ogwang welcomed the move by Wollega University to come and study how Makerere University operates but expressed disappointment over the lack of interest in the arts and humanities area. He observed that although the interest from the visiting team was in the area of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), language and humanities in general are equally important as a mode of instruction used in STEM.

The Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic Affairs advised the team to identify key persons with whom to initiate relations in the specific areas of interest in the respective units and that the formalization of the relations in the form of a Memorandum of Understanding would follow in due course to further strengthen the relationship between the two Universities.

The Visiting team expressed interest to learn from the operations in the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences (CAES), College of Education and External Studies (CEES), Directorate of Research and Graduate Training (DRGT) among others.

Other members on the visiting team included Dr. Temesgen Garoma, the Administrative Vice President, Dr. Negash Gelata, Business and Development Vice President, Dr. Hirpa Legesse, Research and Technology Transfer Vice President, Dr. Tifhseit Salomon, Community Engagement and University Industry Linkage Vice President.

Article by:  Ms Harriet Musinguzi, Communication Officer, School of Law

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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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