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Mak Unlocks its Financial Potential through Property Investment

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On 5th December 2017, hundreds of potential investors convened at Serena Hotel Kampala to participate in the Makerere University Property Investor Conference organized by the Makerere University Holdings Limited (Mak Holdings Limited).

Officially opened by the Chancellor Prof. Ezra Suruma represented by the Chairperson of Council Eng. Dr. Charles Wana Etyem, the conference attracted national, regional and international property development stakeholders including financiers, developers, advisors, fund managers, investment managers and introduced them to grand investment opportunities of more than 32 acres of Makerere University Prime land that awaits development. The prime land is located in three areas of Kampala that is the Main Campus, Kololo and Makindye; upscale of the Kampala suburb.

Chaired by Dr. Charles Mbire, the Mak Holdings Limited Board of Directors consists of the following members: Mr. Charles Ocici, Prof. William Bazeyo, Ms. Ruth Biyinzika Musoke, Mr. Dan Kasirye, Dr. Winifred Tarinyeba-Kiryabwire and Dr. Gorrettie Nsubuga Nabanoga.

L-R: Chair Council-Eng. Dr. Charles Wana-Etyem, DVCFA-Prof. William Bazeyo and Vice Chancellor-Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe share a light moment during the Investors Conference

Addressing investors at the conference, Dr. Charles Mbire said that Makerere University is looking for potential investors who have the key to unlock the University investments to enable the proposed projects to take off. “We are looking for bidders to bring forward innovative plans for financing and implementing the project, including investment of their own or in collaboration with others, to maximize the project benefits,” he said.

The projects are envisaged to diversify the university financial resources and transform the institution into a modern university of the 21st century.  The projects to be undertaken include;
Project 1: Conference Centre and 3-Star Hotel at the current Makerere University Guest House
Project 2: 5 Star Luxury Hotel, Commercial Centre and Upmarket Apartments – Kololo
Project 3: Gated Community and Upmarket Apartments – Makindye
Project 4: Student Accommodation at Makerere University Main Campus
Project 5: Student Centre at Makerere University Main Campus among others

Dr. Mbire remarked that the property development shall be undertaken by means of private sector participation and investment and Mak Holdings Limited is duly mandated and authorized to evaluate, procure and oversee the projects.  The envisaged project structure is for a development lease of 49 years with a lease premium and annual lease paid up by the project company.

L-R: Dr. Gorettie Nabanoga, Ms. Ruth Biyinzika Musoke, Mr. Cyriaco Kabagambe, Prof. Edward Kirumira, Eng. Christina Kakeeto, Mr. Frank Kitumba at the Investors Conference

The Project will be implemented as a developmental lease contractual arrangement wherein the private proponent will be required to design, construct and finance the project facilities and assume construction related risks arising from cost overruns, delays and other performance risks connected to construction.

“This is a Build, Operate and Transfer venture where after 49 years, all the developments on the land will be transferred to Makerere University.  The investors are expected to recover their capital investment on the land between 7-10 years and start enjoying the profits for the rest of the years,” he said.

In a speech read by the Chairperson of Makerere University Council, Eng. Charles Wana Etyem, the Makerere University Chancellor Prof. Ezra Suruma, commended the move by the University to diversify the resources through private-public investor partnerships.  

“At Makerere University, we are renowned for teaching; our academic skills and talent are commendable.   However, with this conference we want to chart out new territories that will ensure that the University which is at the forefront of Uganda’s Innovation can reach its full financial potential,” he said.  

Some of the Bidders and their representatives that attended the First Ever Makerere University Property Investor Conference, 5th December 2017, Kampala Serena Hotel

The Chancellor recognized the visionary leadership of Eng. Dr. Charles Wana Etyem during the process of resourcing finance for the University. He thanked Prof. Nawangwe and the Management team for setting a new precedent in the great history of Makerere University and the country at large. He thanked the Chair Board Mak Holdings Limited Dr. Mbire as well as the Planning and Development Department for the milestone and great contribution towards a successful investor’s conference.

Over the past few decades, Makerere University has been facing financial challenges amidst abundance of resources. According to the Vice Chancellor Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, Makerere University has for so many years depended on Government and donor funding which is inadequate given the enormous resources required to implement University activities.

According to Prof. Nawangwe, there is a need for Makerere University to revamp its financial resources and ensure that the institution becomes financially sustainable if it is to transform into a modern university.

Makerere University is one of the best universities in Africa and world at large. We pride to be the top research institution in Africa, we are destined to be the prime movers of our country and our continent however, we can only do that when we are financially stable,” the Vice Chancellor said.

The Cake cutting ceremony at the Property Investor Conference was carried out by Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, Hon. Irene Ovonji-Odida, Eng. Dr. Charles Wana-Etyem and Dr. Charles Mbire as L-R: Prof. William Bazeyo, Dr. Gorettie Nabanoga, Ms. Ruth Biyinzika Musoke, H.E. King Caesar Augustus Mulenga and Dr. Charles Ibingira witness during the Investors Conference

The Acting Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Finance and Administration, Prof. William Bazeyo welcomed the investors and assured them of the university support and necessary information they need during the process of securing investment bids and proposals.

“I would like to assure you that the project potential is big and we will do anything possible to make sure that you find minimum constraints in these projects.  As the Management we are ready to work with you, as we transform Makerere University and Uganda at large,” he said.

In a presentation, Judy Rugasira Kyanda, the Managing Director of Knight Frank-a leading independent real estate consultancy in Uganda, said there is potential for viable investment on all Makerere University land and properties.

Article By: Mak Public Relations Office

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A Successful Ph.D. Defense by Vianney Andrew Yiga

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The CEDAT community is proud to share our congratulations to Vianney Andrew Yiga following his successful Ph.D. defense that happened yesterday Monday 3rd October 2022 at the College of Engineering, Design, Art, and Technology (CEDAT).

His Thesis was titled; Thermal Stability of Fiber- Reinforced Polylactic Acid Composites for Flameretarded Applications.

The candidate was supervised by Eng. Dr. Michael Lubwama and Eng. Dr. Peter W. Olupot both from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, at CEDAT.

Dr. John Wasswa, Department of Chemistry, College of Natural Sciences (CONAS), Makerere University was the opponent that interrogated the candidate to enable a clear understanding of the study.

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Makerere University Launches National Parenting Draft Manual

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The Director of Culture at the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development, Ms. Juliana Naumo Akoryo (Centre) and Dr. Godfrey Siu, the Principal Investigator from Mak-CHDC (Right) interact with a participant at the workshop on 22nd July 2022, Kampala.

By Agnes Namaganda

On July 22nd 2022, Makerere UniversityChild Health and Development Centre (MakCHDC) 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.

Irene Ayot Chono-UNICEF, urging participants to utilize the manual once it is complete.
Irene Ayot Chono-UNICEF, urging participants to utilize the manual once it is complete.

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.

Dr. Godfrey Siu, the Principal Investigator from Mak-CHDC presenting the contents of the National Parenting Standards Draft Manual.
Dr. Godfrey Siu, the Principal Investigator from Mak-CHDC presenting the contents of the National Parenting Standards Draft Manual.

Participants’ suggestions

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.

A participant gives her input at the National Parenting Standards Draft Manual launch.
A participant gives her input at the National Parenting Standards Draft Manual launch.

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.

The Director of Culture at the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development, Ms. Juliana Naumo Akoryo making closing remarks at the workshop.
The Director of Culture at the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development, Ms. Juliana Naumo Akoryo making closing remarks at the workshop.

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 – agnesvioletnamaganda@gmail.com

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Launch of Mak-RIF Round 4 Awards & PhD Call for Proposals

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Mak-RIF 4 Awards and PhD Call For Proposals, 29th September 2022, 9:00 to 10:00 AM EAT.

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:
https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwpcu-urDIjE9ZgxdsbEmA2IkNMMiJVECt_ 
Meeting ID: 884 5662 9992
Password: 292624

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