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MCF First Cohort Graduates advised to be useful citizens



On 20th January 2016, the MasterCard foundation at Makerere University organized a flourish party for the First Cohort Scholars who graduated during the 68th Makerere University graduation. The highly colorful ceremony was attended by parents/guardians, Mastercard Foundation Project Implementation Team, Makerere University Management among other invited guests to celebrate the academic achievement of the Scholars.
Clad in their official graduation gowns, Scholars were ushered in the Makerere University Main Hall amidst applause from the overwhelmed audience. The overjoyed students could not hide their happiness as the School of Performing Arts and Film was invited to entertain the guests.

The Senior Program Manager at Mastercard Foundation Ms. Ivy Mwai, Makerere University Vice Chancellor Prof Barnabas Nawangwe and  the Coordinator of the MCF program at Makerere University , Dr Florence Nakayiwa impressed by the students testimonies

28 first cohort Scholars graduated during the 68th Graduation Ceremony of Makerere University held from Tuesday 16th to Friday 19th January 2018 in the University’s Freedom Square. One of the Scholars, Claire Muga Akinyi graduated with a First Class Honours degree in Community Psychology.

Presiding over the Graduation Party held on Saturday 20th January 2018 in the University Main Hall, the Chairperson of Makerere University Council, Eng. Dr. Charles Wana-Etyem congratulated the 1st Cohort MCF Scholars upon this milestone, advised Scholars to be disciplined, focus on excelling in different aspects of life and be useful citizens to the country.
“I am pleased that the graduates have been transformed by the education received … you came here naïve, but listening to the testimonies from the MCF Graduates this afternoon, you are now confident and positive about the future,” he said. “I am pleased that the graduates used their opportunity well.”

Eng. Dr. Wana-Etyem exalted MCF for supporting the students and the University as well as the country. “The graduates are an asset to Uganda, while the money received from MCF is also used to support other students through another scholarship programme, so we are grateful for the effort.”

The Chairperson of Makerere University Council, Eng. Dr. Charles Wana-Etyem handing over a gift to one of the scholars that graduated.

He appealed to the parents to encourage their children to study hard. “If it was not for education you would not have met me,” he added.

The Vice Chancellor Prof Barnabas Nawangwe, challenged the graduates to be more determined to succeed. “You must consider yourselves privileged because you came from a less privileged background … 85% of the first cohort have graduated, including a first-class degree, which is a major success.”

In 2013, Makerere University partnered with Mastercard Foundation to offer scholarships to 1,000 academically bright but economically disadvantaged youth from Africa to study at Makerere University.
According to Prof. Nawangwe, the partnership owes a lot to its two main champions, who include the former chancellor, Prof. George Mondo Kagonyera and the former programme coordinator, Ms Catherine Kanabahita, who designed the base framework of the partnership.

Scholars clad in their official graduation gowns.

“It was Prof. Mondo Kagonyera, who was attending a conference in India, who made the first call and persuaded Mastercard to partner with Makerere University,” he said. “If he had returned to Kampala after the workshop, no one would have known about it.”

He also applauded Ms Kanabahita, who has since been succeeded, Dr Florence Nakayiwa.

The Vice Chancellor thanked the MCF Advisory Board, MCF Steering Committee, MCF Project Implementation Team and the Mentors for the selfless service rendered.

For his part, Prof Kagonyera explained why he made the call to persuade Mastercard. “I’m passionate about the education of under privileged students especially Ugandans … I urge you graduates to help the person next to you and … do the best with the knowledge you have got and if you can get more knowledge.”

Prof Kagonyera urged the Government to match MCF’s contribution with its own funds. “This will help reach out to more young people out there. If this money is invested in education, it will be put to better use.”

The former chancellor, Prof. George Mondo Kagonyera and the former programme coordinator, Ms Catherine Kanabahita, who designed the base framework of the partnership

Speaking on behalf of MCF, Senior Program Manager, Ivy Mwai, exhorted the graduates to give back to their communities. “Our hope is that the graduates will spur development in Africa. I urge you to prepare yourselves for the boisterous journey of life,” she said. “I urge you to encourage your peers to join the programme.”

The Chairperson of the MCF Steering Committee, Dr Ernest Okello-Ogwang also had a message for the graduates.

“Don’t think that you are too privileged to multiply your gifts – take your gifts to the community. This is the first cohort to graduate, and many more are scheduled to graduate in future.” He also commended MCF for its contribution and saluted Prof. Mondo Kagonyera for seizing the opportunity to bring MCF to Makerere University.

The Coordinator of the MCF partnership, Dr Florence Nakayiwa expressed optimism for the programme.

he former chancellor, Prof. George Mondo Kagonyera together with the the Chairperson of the Makerere University Council, Eng. Dr. Charles Wana-Etyem joined the students during the cake cutting.
“When you undertake a project, you don’t know how it will end but from seeing the fruits, we are already gratified by the success,” she said.

Speaking on their cohort’s behalf, Clare Mugga Akinyi, who obtained a first-class bachelors degree in Community Psychology, seemed to capture their mood.

“We are not average. We have to act exceptional as we are representatives of MCF and the great Makerere University,” she said, to loud cheers.
Mackline Banaga, who now holds an upper second class Bsc in Quantitative Economics, was chosen to speak for her female counterparts. “I thank God for this opportunity, because we were thousands of applicants and only 50 were selected. It is never too late to carry on the vision of the Mastercard foundation, not to forget who you are,” she said.

Speaking on behalf of the male MCF Graduates, Matia Mulumba, who holds an upper second class Bachelor of Agribusiness Management degree, said he was already giving back to his community in Kagadi.

Students, parents and invited guests were treated to a sumptuous dinner.
“I was chosen from among all the poor in Kagadi, and I have returned to work in Kagadi, where I’m already giving advice and support to the locals. I thank Mastercard for the opportunity accorded to me to touch and support others,” he said.

Speaking for all the parents, Jane Namazzi, a mother to one of the graduates, Christine Namagambo, praised MCF. “I thank God that my daughter did not disappoint and has graduated. Even when she was unwell, she was well taken care of, which was unexpected for a poor mother like me.”

On behalf of parents, Ms. Jane Namazzi, a mother to one of the graduates, Christine Namagambo, praised Mastercard Foundation for its generous support towards their children. be sides is the Makerere University Senior Public Relations Officer Ms. Ritah Namisango.

“I’m really amazed at the gift of education given to my daughter from a tiny village in Butambala … I pray for more blessings to Mastercard, who have supported us all this time.”

The colourful ceremony with befitting entertainment from students and staff of Performing Arts and Film climaxed with the cutting of the cake and a sumptuous dinner.

Article by: Mak News Team



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Government Sponsorship Admission Lists 2022/23 Verified by Districts



Students hold a group discussion in the Arts Quadrangle, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda. Date taken: 13th April 2018.

The Office of the Academic Registrar Makerere University is pleased to announce that the following  candidates have been verified by their respective Districts for admission to the  programmes indicated against their names under the District Quota Scheme.

Follow the link below for the list:

Batch I

Students verified by Districts for the Programmes 2022/23 Academic Year

Batch II

Students verified by Districts for the Programmes 2022/23 Academic Year

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Student Registration for Semester I 2022/2023



(a) First Years
Every new student admitted to a programme of study of Makerere University was issued a provisional admission letter with fees structure for payment of requisite fees. This enables privately sponsored first year students pay at least 60% tuition and all functional fees before issuance of original admission letters which should be collected from the respective Colleges/Schools.

For a candidate to qualify to be a bonafide student of the University, he/she MUST be
registered. Registration is a mandatory requirement of the University which must be
done within the specified time at the beginning of the semester. Failure to do so will
automatically lead to your place being forfeited to another candidate. Official
Registration/Verification of documents is on going using the Academic Information
Management System (ACMIS)
used by Makerere University.

Ensure that you complete all the required registration formalities within the prescribed
time as per the Fees Payment Policy and registration programmes provided by your
respective Colleges. The system cycle will be closed on 3Qth November, 2022.

Registration Requirements
For registration purposes all first year students MUST produce their Original documents
as indicated on their admission letters for validation and verification purposes. At the end
of the online registration exercise, new students will be required to submit 3 photocopies
of their academic documents which will be dully signed and stamped by their Registrars
for record purposes.

(b) Continuing Students
Continuing students also use the Academic Information Management System (ACMIS) for
registration for Academic Year 2022/2023. Continuing students should register online by
accessing the registration Menu in the Student Portal and selecting the first option labeled
“Self Registration” and click the REGISTRATION NOW option.

The Cycle for online registration for the Academic year 2022/2023, Semester One is open
for all continuing students. The system cycle will be closed on 30th November, 2023.

(c) Students who belong to the under listed categories are advised to contact their College/School Registrars before they can register.

(i) Retakes Cases
(ii) Stay Put Cases
(iii) Withdrawal cases
(iv) Audited Courses
(v) Extension Cases
N. B. Each student should pay National Council for Higher Education fee of 20,000/ = per year and UNSA Subscription of 2,000/= per year before registration.

(d) In case of any problem, consult your College/School Registrar. College Accountants are responsible for providing the financial status to all students and generating lists of paid up students to the Deans. They will also clear paid up students to be issued the examination permits before sitting University examinations for Semester One, 2022/2023 Academic year.

Prof. Buyinza Mukadasi

Download the Communication from Academic Registrar here

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A Delegation from Netherlands Visits Makerere University



On Monday 14th November 2022, a delegation from the Royal Kingdom of the Netherlands visited Makerere University to discuss capacity building, scholarships, research and approaches to developing the Technical and vocational education and training (TVET) and Higher Education programme.

The visiting delegation consisted of Mr Siemen Tuinstra, Deputy Director, Department of Social Development; Mr Theodore Klouvasa, Coordination Policy Officer, Education & Youth Responsible for the development of the new TVET & Higher Education Programme; Ms Hilde de Bruijn – Senior Policy Officer and Ms Joy Acom-Okello, the Policy Officer Humanitarian Affairs and Migration at the Netherlands Embassy in Kampala.

Discussion with the Vice Chancellor

The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe welcomed the visitors to Makerere University and briefed them about the history of the University that started as a technical college in 1922 with 14 students. In 1949, it became a University College affiliated to the University College of London, offering courses leading to the general degrees of its then mother institution. With the establishment of the University of East Africa in June 29, 1963, the special relationship with the University of London came to a close and degrees of the University of East Africa were instituted. On July 1, 1970, Makerere became an independent national university of the Republic of Uganda, offering undergraduate and postgraduate courses leading to its own awards. In 1990, there was liberalization of university education after the World Bank and IMF decided that there should be less spending on university education and introduced structural adjustment programmes. The Government pays a lump sum to the university to sponsor some students and the rest are private students.

The Coordination Policy Officer, Mr Theodore Klouvasa informed the Vice Chancellor about the new programme on TVET and Higher Education that their government was developing. The purpose of their visit was to consult other stakeholders in higher education such as universities, ministries of Education and Sports, Agriculture, Gender and Youth and technical institutions to learn more about the existing collaborations between them and see where the Netherlands government can assist in developing a beneficial programme. How exactly do universities relate with Vocational Institutes and what is the education system in Uganda ad how do donors communicate with the major actors in the education system? How do universities relate with the private sector? If government sponsors some students, how can the scholarships be more inclusive and target the marginalized? Research is very important for all universities. How can they bring more research in the university and what can they add on the PhD infrastructure? Makerere University is strategic partner with the Netherlands having trained many PhDs at Wageningen University, Maastricht University, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam; University of Groningen; Radboud University Nijmegen; Delft University of Technology.

Makerere University has many collaborations globally and has over the years increased partnerships with the government. The College of Health Sciences has done extensive research with the Military in the area of HIV/AIDS; with the Ministry of Water & Mineral Development in the area of water qualities and management; with UNRA with joint research and use of technologies for materials and road construction; with Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Industry and Fisheries in the area of cross boundary animal diseases; with Food processing industries with our School of Food Nutrition and Biotechnology; the Horticulture industries in controlling quality of products for export; the IT companies with our College of Computing and Information Sciences and also the College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology. The University relates well with the Uganda Society of Architects and our architecture students are exposed to the new products on the market such as the new design of roofing tiles. The students share simple technologies learnt in class with the manufacturing companies which have helped in boosting production.

Uganda is affected by a high population growth and many graduates cannot find jobs. The education system needs to be geared towards problem solving techniques to be taught to learners/students at all levels. There is a need to change the mindset of the teachers/professors and the students as well. A mindset programme is to be introduced in the first year of studies for all programmes. Makerere University is also in the process of establishing an incubation hub where the good ideas of students can be developed to start a business. If you want to change the country, you engage the students to do more innovations and encourage production of their ideas.  He informed the delegation that during Covid-19, the government of Uganda provided funds to Makerere University, which were used to equip laboratories and do more research and produce a vaccine. The University also operationalized the online learning by use of technology to minimize the effects of the pandemic.  

The Vice Chancellor disclosed that there is an urgent need to re-tool the teachers in the Vocational institutes to upgrade their practical skills with the trends on the market. Therefore, the training and scholarship by Netherlands for vocational teachers to upgrade skills with latest technologies in universities would be appropriate.

Discussion with the College of Education and External Studies

The Deputy Principal, Dr. Ronald Bisaso received and welcomed the delegation. He represented the College Principal, Prof. Anthony Mugagga.  The Deputy Principal highlighted that regarding the education system in Uganda, some areas have changed and others improved.  He noted that many graduates lack the required skills for the job market. It would therefore be better if Makerere University also benefits from vocational studies and practice. Dr. Bisaso pointed out that the Department of Science, Technology and Vocation Education at the College of Education and External Studies offers a course on vocational studies and they expect to produce 1,500 graduates by 2025. The level of the vocational course offered is gauged by UBTEB (Uganda Business and Technical Examinations Board) that administers examinations and awards National Diplomas.  The investment in the education sector by government is quite minimal with just 11.5% (Higher education getting 6.4% and TVET getting 5.1%). Capacity of the sector needs to be enhanced through training. Professors must acquire entrepreneurial skills before they occupy leadership positions instead of doing so when they are already in the positions. At the College of Education and External Studies (CEES) with a population of 4,000 students, there only 30 doctoral students. CEES partners with the Ministry of Education and Sports through projects such as the Early childhood and development projects. Individual staff are seconded to projects to train and even share experiences.

The Deputy Principal called upon the Netherlands to support knowledge and capacity building of early career academics and partnering with the TVET ecosystem. This includes interventions, trainings and exchanges at various levels and cooperation with different stakeholders such as the government, the private sector, civil society and the Vocational institutes. He advocated for strengthening of existing vocational institutes, establishment of vocational institutes were they do not exist and development of research infrastructure and adoption of TVET across the education system.

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