Makerere University has embarked on the process that will culminate in the formulation of the next ten year Strategic Plan (2020/21-2029/30). The formulation of the new Mak Strategic Plan (2020/21-2029/30) will take a year-long participatory approach incorporating views of different stakeholders including staff, alumni, students, professional bodies, civil society, as well as the private and public sectors. The current 10 year Mak Strategic Plan is expected to come to an end in 2019.
To kick start the crucial process in the life of this great institution, the Makerere University Management Team held a three-day Strategic Planning Retreat (February 20-22, 2018) bringing on board the Chancellor, Chairperson and Members of Makerere University Council, the Vice Chancellor and Members of the Central Management, College Principals, Deputy Principals, Deans, Heads of Administrative Units, Representatives of the three Staff Associations and Student Support Services, National Council for Higher Education and National Planning Authority.
During the consultative Strategic Planning Retreat officially opened by the Chancellor of Makerere University, Prof. Ezra S. Suruma, consensus was reached regarding the Vision of Makerere University for the next 10 years.
For the next Mak Strategic Plan (2020/21-2029/30), all stakeholders should envisage Makerere University as the Thought-Leader for knowledge creation, society transformation and development. The Strategic choices for the next 10 years will focus on: The Institution (an efficient and effective University with a highly reputable recognized brand), The Graduate (versatile, professionally grounded, ethical and committed to lifelong learning), The Human Resource (An engaged, motivated and highly productive workforce). Makerere University should be a relevant University with development impact.
In a presentation titled, Towards Full Employment by 2025, Chancellor Ezra S. Suruma urged the participants to come up with strategies aimed at addressing the high unemployment levels in the country.
“We should solve this problem of unemployment if the country is to grow and remain stable,” remarked Prof. Suruma.
Highlighting the importance of the Strategic Planning process, the Chancellor said: “I am delighted to be part of the process that helps to be cognizant of the world around us. We need to know the internal and external environment. Universities should provide solutions to societal challenges.”
Welcoming the participants, the Acting Deputy Vice Chancellor (Finance and Administration) who doubles as the Chairperson of the Strategic Planning Committee, Prof. William Bazeyo reiterated that the participants were expected to provide a great contribution to the planning process.
“We are here because we believe in Makerere University. The Makerere University Strategic Plan is drawn by insiders with involvement of stakeholders. We should come together to ensure Makerere University remains a leader,” he said.
Dr. Florence Nakayiwa, the Director of Planning and Development Department provided a detailed account of the performance of the current Mak Strategic Plan. Articulating the performance review, Dr. Nakayiwa presented the achievements in teaching and learning, research and innovations, knowledge transfer partnerships and networking, internationalization, Gender Mainstreaming, Quality Assurance and Enablers such as ICT, Library services, human resource, and finance, among others. She also pointed out areas that needed improvement as we embark on the formulation of the next Mak Strategic Plan. “For instance, the University has not fully transitioned into a research led University. We transformed into a Collegiate University, but we are yet to operationalise some of the aspects of a collegiate institution,” she said.
After her presentation, the Facilitators namely Dr. Patrick Okori and Dr. Paul Kibwika guided the participants into a plenary discussion that further enriched the Performance review of the current strategic plan and extensively focused on documenting the Strengths, Weaknesses, Threats and Opportunities (SWOT analysis).
In a session chaired by Eng. Dr. Charles Wana-Etyem, the Chairperson of Makerere University Council, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe shared his vision of unlocking the potential of Makerere University in the next 10 years. The Vice Chancellor strongly believes that each and everyone has a role to play in the transformation of Makerere University. He underscored this statement of fact when tactfully shared the humble beginnings of Makerere University with 14 students and the evolution with a current student population of over 40,000 students. “The University has continued to grow because we have done things differently. We need to benchmark the best practices with the aim of doing things differently.”
The Vice Chancellor revealed his commitment to the process of turning Makerere into a research led University, producing quality graduates, building a University research hospital, revamping the Sports facilities, ensuring ISO certification of Mak, supporting resource mobilization initiatives for a financially stable and sustainable Makerere University, and among others.
Ending his presentation, the Vice Chancellor asked participants to ponder on, “What role can I play in building Makerere University’s brand name?”
The Deputy Chairperson of Makerere University Council, Hon. Irene Ovonji-Odida re-echoed the need for more engagement with stakeholders and a productive Human resources focusing on individual commitment and building the right systems for human resources.
The participants were also requested to write points on: “What can I do to make Makerere University better.” The ideas will be documented by the Strategic Plan Drafting Committee chaired by Dr. Isaac Okullo, the Deputy Principal at the College of Health Sciences, Makerere University.
Envisioning the next 10 years of Makerere University, the participants actively deliberated on the Makerere University external environment, a University of the 2st Century: Benchmarks and Implications for Mak, The role of higher education in meeting the global, regional and national development needs, Improving the teaching and learning environment, Towards a research and innovation led University, Knowledge Transfer and strategic partnerships: University meeting community development needs, Governance and Human Resources: The Collegiate University, Financing and Financial Management.
Other captivating group and plenary presentations focused on: Infrastructure development, facilities and support services, Student Support Services, Internationalisation as a Pathway for Institutional Development, Mainstreaming gender strategic choices for Mak as well as Gender Mainstreaming in the University.
With the participatory approach, the Strategic Planning Retreat (February 20-22, 2018) significantly informed the Strategic planning process and the Strategic Planning Framework. The Strategic Plan Drafting Committee will harmonize the ideas and use the months of March and April 2018 to document the Mak Strategic Planning Framework that will be shared and discussed with the respective Colleges, Administrative and Support Units to guide the development of specific unit Strategic plans.
In the afternoon hours of Thursday 22nd February 2018, the Director of Planning and Development Department-Dr. Florence Nakayiwa, presented the Road map for the formulation of the next Mak Strategic plan as follows:
- Mak Strategic Planning Retreat (Feb 20-22, 2018)
- Documentation of Mak Strategic Planning Framework (March-April 2018)
- Consultation and Formulation of Unit Strategic Plan (May-August 2018)
- Consultation and Drafting of Mak Strategic Plan (Sept-Nov 2018)
- Publication and Launch of Mak Strategic Plan (March 2019)
The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe who is the Champion thanked the participants for their valuable input.
Closing the Strategic Planning Retreat, Eng. Charles Wana-Etyem said: “We had a productive exchange of ideas. We have only one Makerere University. Let us enhance teamwork for the good of the University and Uganda at large.”
Article by: Ritah Namisango, Mak Public Relations Office
Pictures by: Mak Public Relations Office
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HERS-EA Fourth Leadership Academy
The Higher Education Resource Services-East Africa (HERS-EA) provides an intensive residential one-week leadership and management development curriculum focused on women, mainly in higher education institutions and administration.
In response to the current Covid-19 pandemic, HERS-EA Fourth Academy will be a totally virtual one. As such, the Academy previously scheduled to take place between June 28th – July 3rd has been postponed by one week to July 5th-9th.
Theme: “Positioning Women for Leadership in Higher Education”
A. Institutional Development
1. Managing and Leading Change
2. Reframing Organizations for effective work
3. Developing Effective Partnerships in Higher Education for Women and gender focused advancement
B. Personal Development
4. Career Mapping/building dossier/personal development
5. Professional Women’s economic empowerment through Enterprise development and management for profit maximization
6. Research and Publishing; Leadership and Fundraising for projects including research and publication.
7. The Power of Mentoring; Networking
Who Should Attend?
HERS-EA expects many diverse and dynamic women leaders to attend the ACADEMY, to share and learn from multiple institutional perspectives with guidance from women with a wealth of experience in higher education, national academic organizations, government and non- governmental organizations. Participants are expected hold mid to senior-level positions and bring expertise from all parts of a college or university. They also represent a range of national groups, ages and years of experience in higher education and other fields.
Applying to the ACADEMY:
The deadline for registration has also been extended to June 30th. For more information regarding registration, please visit the website: www.hersea.org Completed registration forms should be emailed, with a scanned payment slip to: firstname.lastname@example.org, by 5.00 p.m. on Wednesday 30th June.
A complete application includes:
b) A self-descriptive letter (not > 500 words) to include:
- Current Title (e.g. Associate Professor of Economics; Deputy Dean, e. t. c.)
- Name and Contact Information for 2 Recommenders (e.g. Vice Chancellor, Head of Department, Chief Officer in your area, and/or direct supervisor)
- Short- and long-term career goals
- Your expectations for the HERS-EA ACADEMY.
c) Passport size photograph
d) A developmental project you have been assigned or you would like to initiate at your campus (maximum 500 words)
e) Registration fee of $100, please attach a copy of the deposit slip to your application (Bank A/C details below):
If you have any further questions, please email:
info[at]hersea.org or call the HERS-EA Administrator on: +256 (0)772082011 Please,also, visit the HERS-EA website for further updates: www.hersea.org.
Payment Bank Account Details:
Account Name: Higher Education Resource Service East Africa
HERS-EA US $ ACCOUNT
Name of Bank: DFCU Bank
Makerere University Branch
A/C No: 02083553153181
Swift Code: DFCUUGKA
HERS-EA UGX ACCOUNT
Name of Bank: DFCU Bank
Makerere University Branch
A/C No: 01083553153172
Mak Commissions CoVAB@50 Celebrations, Awards Certificates
The College of Veterinary Medicine, Animal Resources and Biosecurity (CoVAB) on Thursday 17th June, 2021 commenced celebrations to mark 50 Years of Veterinary Higher Education, Science, Technology, Innovation and Services (HESTIS) in Uganda. The blended event held at the Industrial Livestock Research, Incubation and Skilling (ILRIS) Center at Nakyesasa, Namulonge as well as online was presided over by the Chancellor, Prof. Ezra Suruma and First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports (MoES), Hon. Janet Museveni both represented by the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe.
The event, held as part of Makerere University Centenary Celebrations (1922-2022) was a moment of celebration for 1,930 skilled livestock agribusiness entrepreneurs who were awarded certificates in recognition of completion of their respective courses. Owing to the strict Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) instituted by the Ministry of Health (MoH) to curb the spread of COVID-19, the students from Incubation Hubs in Atiak, Butaleja, Mubende, Nakyesasa, Sheema and Wakiso were awarded their certificates virtually.
In her remarks read by Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, Hon. Janet Museveni thanked Makerere University for supporting grassroots level development through groundbreaking innovations under the Africa Institute for Strategic Services and Development-Skills for Production Enterprise Development and Accreditation (AFRISA-SPEDA) model.
“I am extremely pleased that Makerere University, through those innovative approaches, has developed and launched the alternative approach to building human capital and transferring knowledge to enterprises in communities.
“I would like to encourage all those involved in skills development to adopt methodologies that transform those trainees that go through these programs in ways that enable them also transform the societies they live in” read the Minister’s remarks.
She further noted that commissioning of the CoVAB@50 celebrations was both timely and rewarding. “The commissioning of the college innovations indeed has made meaning. This is a true path to growth of an Academic and Development College of the University, and we congratulate you again.”
Addressing the congregation as Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe congratulated CoVAB alumna and incoming Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation (MoSTI) under the Office of the President, Dr. Monica Musenero upon her recent appointment. “We thank His Excellency the President for identifying you. Science is in good hands.”
Prof. Nawangwe urged Dr. Musenero to address the structures of managing research and innovation in Uganda, “including the role of the Uganda National Council for Science and Technology and the apparent need to establish a Research Council for Uganda.”
In the same breath he thanked the outgoing and pioneer Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Hon. Dr. Elioda Tumuwesigye, for his role in ensuring that the ministry is empowered to carry out its mandate.
The Chancellor congratulated CoVAB upon training the bulk of Veterinary Doctors in Uganda over the last 50 years and more recently, Laboratory Technologists at the highest level. He recognised Makerere University‘s obligation to contribute to the economic self-determination of Uganda and thanked CoVAB for conducting research that addresses hindrances to national development, especially in the livestock industry.
“The anti-tick vaccine is one of such innovations which will solve the huge problem of tick-borne diseases that have caused enormous losses to our farmers. There are many other problems on which the college is researching and we thank you for the enthusiasm” he added.
The Chancellor commended CoVAB for being the vanguard of transformation of the grassroots communities through the SPEDA model. “I urge Government to fund this important initiative so that it can more meaningfully contribute to solving the big problem of youth unemployment.”
In her remarks, Dr. Monica Musenero commended the Principal, CoVAB, Prof. John David Kabasa for fulfilling the College’s dream of enabling the masses who drop out of the education value chain as well as those who complete education but have no skills for livelihood, to attain certification in agribusiness entrepreneurship.
“Many people attain academic success and write papers, publish and they become professors but without demonstrable impact on their nation. You have shown by the thousands that you have touched nationwide that indeed you are a professor of national transformation. Congratulations,” remarked Dr. Musenero.
She therefore congratulated the teams at CoVAB and AFRISA upon successfully conceiving and executing a model that is non-traditional, informal, not easily understood and not documented in any textbooks.
As Minister, Dr. Musenero noted that witnessing thousands of individuals from across the country whose skills had been honed through a university programme receiving certificates gave her a lot of hope and material to embark on her tenure with. “I will be looking forward to harnessing these resources as we initiate work on the next leg of Science, Technology and Innovation in the country under the President’s Office.”
The invitation to the Principal, CoVAB to present students for the award of the ordinary diplomas, ordinary certificates and artisan certificates was given by the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic Affairs), Dr. Umar Kakumba. He congratulated the awardees upon successfully completing their respective courses and graduating with evidence on an enterprise.
Prof. Kabasa clarified that the approach used to train the day’s awardees was not simply a vocational skilling. “The combination of action research with knowledge transfer, skilling, plus assessment and accreditation processes done by organs like the DIT (Directorate of Industrial Training, MoES) has given us this result, for the University to provide true leadership and transformation of the community.”
Present at the celebrations were the Director, DIT, MoES-Mr. Byakatonda Patrick and the Deputy Commissioner Social Services Development, MoES Madam Elizabeth Bateme who have worked through the Academic-Community-Public-Private-Partnership model to ensure that students graduate as entrepreneurs with micro enterprises.
Prior to presiding over the ceremony, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, on behalf of the First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports officially commissioned the SPEDA Training, Incubation and Research Centre – Nakyesasa.
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