The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, on Friday, 22nd December 2017 held the monthly press briefing, to highlight the advancements made in as far as promoting the University’s core functions during his first 100 days in office.
In the strategic direction of Administrative and Financial Re-structuring and Sustainability, Prof. Nawangwe gave updates on the recently concluded Makerere University Property Investor Conference. He lauded University Staff who in the wake of this conference had also come up with suggestions of investing in some of the proposed projects.
Under the strategic direction of rebranding and quality of service delivery, the Vice Chancellor gave updates on the planned introduction of central examination marking and timely issuance of testimonials and transcripts to students. Prof. Nawangwe further gave updates on the College Review Committee whose findings will help improve the collegiate system, as well as the operationalisation of the Open, Distance and E-Learning Strategy, aimed at increasing access to flexible and quality technology supported learning.
Prof. Nawangwe concluded his presentation by giving updates on the commissioning of IAA Healthcare to provide services under the Staff Health Insurance Scheme, which is fully funded by the University Council. He also highlighted a number of Memoranda of Understanding and Agreements signed with various local and international partners, including the latest, signed with Moon Agriculture and Processing Company Limited (MAP Co. Ltd) to develop a modern pig farming and processing plant at the Makerere University Agricultural Research Institute Kabanyolo (MUARIK).
In the presentation that followed, the Acting Deputy Vice Chancellor (Finance & Administration), Prof. William Bazeyo thanked all students slated to graduate during the 68th Graduation Ceremony in January 2018 for responding to the circular urging them to clear all outstanding balances with the University. He nevertheless reminded all prospective graduands who owe the University money to clear their balances in time, in order to be added to the graduation list. He also took the same opportunity to remind the leadership at Makerere University Business School (MUBS) that Management has a directive from the University Council to omit names of MUBS graduands whose share of functional fees is yet to be received by Makerere University. He therefore urged MUBS leaders to remit all funds owed to Makerere University in time.
The Vice Chancellor's presentation was also supplemented with input from the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic Affairs)-Dr. Ernest Okello Ogwang and Ag. Human Resource Director-Mrs. Dorothy Sennoga Zake. Present at the Media Briefing were the University Bursar-Mr. Augustine Tamale, Director of Research and Graduate Training (DRGT)-Prof. Buyinza Mukadasi, Director of ICT Support-Mr. Frank Kitumba and Senior Public Relations Officer, Ms. Ritah Namisango.
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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.
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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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