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Mak Hosts UAPS President Ahead of 8th African Population Conference

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Makerere University was privileged to host Prof. Samuel Nii Ardey Codjoe, President of the Union for African Population Studies (UAPS) on Tuesday 27th February 2018 as preparations got underway for Uganda to host the 8th African Population Conference in November 2019. Prof. Codjoe who also serves as Director of the Regional Institute for Population Studies (RIPS) of the University of Ghana (UG), Legon was accompanied by the UAPS East Africa Representative-Dr. Yovani Lubaale and met by the Acting Director, Centre for Population and Applied Statistics (CPAS), Mrs. Agnes Ssekiboobo and a host of staff from the School of Statistics and Planning, College of Business and Management Sciences (CoBAMS).

“Ever since I was a young man, I had always dreamed of one day coming to Makerere University,” said Prof. Codjoe, before adding “I am glad that this dream has come to pass today.”

“Both Makerere and the University of Ghana share the reputation of being the premier and largest institutions of Higher Education in our respective countries,” continued Prof. Codjoe reflectively “But Makerere has always been the shining light; that beacon on a hill, despite all the challenging times the institution had to go through in the past” he added.

He urged the staff present to value the great University that they are privileged to serve and work hard to keep it shining. He also commended Uganda for sending a strong delegation to the 7th African Population Conference 2015 held in Johannesburg, South Africa, acknowledging that this showed the strong will and commitment of the nation to host the 8th Edition.

UAPS President-Prof. Samuel Nii Ardey Codjoe makes his presentation during his maiden visit ot Makerere University, Kampala Uganda

Prof. Codjoe in his presentation shared that the Union is a Pan-African nonprofit scientific organization established through the initiative of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) by the Third General Conference of African Demographers, Statisticians and Planners held in Addis Ababa in March 1984, in order to promote the scientific study of population in Africa. The UAPS General Assembly; the main decision-making body of the Union, meets every four years in an African city.

The aim of the conference is to share and disseminate scientific information on key population, health and development issues facing the African continent and promote the integration of research evidence in policy making.

UAPS promotes seven scientific thematic panels which drive the research agenda of the Union. These are: African Census; Capabilities Approach in Population Studies; Fertility; Gender; Migration; Environment and Development; and Computational Social Science. Prof. Codjoe encouraged the Makerere Academia to take keen interest in the activities of these panels adding that UAPS strongly believes in capacity building, especially for young academics.

In relation to the upcoming conference, Prof. Codjoe urged Makerere staff to prepare a set of scientific presentations specific to Uganda and the East African region demographics. These, he said, would be presented on the Uganda day of the conference; a day dedicated to the host country to showcase to international participants the salient and pertinent research topics of Uganda and the East African region. “This is also the perfect day for you to come dressed in your traditional attires so as to add colour to the day,” he added.

Mrs. Agnes Ssekiboobo (L) officially welcomed Prof. Codjoe (R) to Makerere University

A select number of presentations from the Uganda day form part of the special section, published as part of UAPS’ African Population Studies (APS) Journal; an open access bilingual journal published in April and October every year and hosted by the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa.

Speaking on behalf of the University, Mrs. Agnes Ssekiboobo shared apologies from the Acting Deputy Vice Chancellor (Finance and Administration), Prof. William Bazeyo, who was unable to attend the meeting in person.  She welcomed Prof. Codjoe to Makerere University and thanked the UAPS General Assembly for choosing Uganda to host the 8th African Population Conference.

“This is an important conference and we thank Prof. Codjoe for explaining right from the onset, what is expected of us as a University. Uganda has hosted a lot of other equally important international and regional conferences but your presentation has shed more light on what is specifically expected of the academic community. We will start our preparations immediately” said Mrs. Ssekiboobo.

She also appreciated the need to establish a formal collaboration with UAPS by signing a Memorandum of Understanding and undertook to follow up the process.

Also present at the meeting were; Assoc. Prof. Leonard Atuhaire, Assoc. Prof. Nazarius Mbona Tumwesigye, Dr. Abel Nzaboona, Dr. John Mushomi, Dr. Wandera Stephen, Mr. Adrian Ssessanga, Mr. Esau Atwongeirwe as well as the National Population Council (NPC)’s Ms. Hope Nzeire and Ms. Nabawanuka Juliet Zoe.

L-R: Dr. Stephen Wandera, Dr. Abel Nzaboona, Dr. Yovani Lubaale, Assoc. Prof. Leonard Atuhaire and Dr. John Mushomi share a light moment during Prof. Codjoe's presentation

Moving a vote of thanks, Dr. John Mushomi expressed gratitude to Prof. Codjoe for taking time off to not only visit Uganda but also Makerere University and make a presentation on what was expected of the academic community. He also thanked the NPC for organising Prof. Codjoe’s visit and seeing to it that he enjoyed a comfortable and memorable stay while in Uganda. He concluded by pledging his colleagues’ commitment to ensuring that the 8th African Population Conference would be a roaring success.

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Uganda’s policymakers implored to address forest loss, plastic & water pollution

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Left to Right: Prof. Gunnar Köhlin, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, Amb. Maria Håkansson, Commissioner Julius Mafumbo and Prof. Edward Bbaale posing for a group photo before the opening ceremony on 22nd September 2022: Photo by EfD-Mak Centre.

The Vice Chancellor Professor Barnabas Nawangwe on Thursday 22nd September, 2022 participated in the opening of the EfD Annual meeting hosted by Makerere University at Speke Resort Munyonyo where he appealed to government to implement the ban on kaveera and address other environmental issues.

The opening ceremony moderated by the EfD Global Hub Manager Gunnar Köhlin and was graced by Uganda’s Minister for Water and Environment represented by the Commissioner for Water, Mr. Julius Mafumbo and the Swedish Ambassador to Uganda, H.E. Maria Håkansson.

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Prof. Nawangwe urges Makerere University community to support the Mastercard Foundation E-learning Initiative

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By Bernard Buteera

Makerere University has launched a two million dollar E-learning Project, dubbed The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program E-learning initiative.  

The launch was held on Tuesday 20th September 2022 at Makerere University, Yusuf Lule Central Teaching Facility Auditorium. It attracted over 200 participants, who included members of University Management, College Principals, School Deans, Academic and Administrative staff, students and the general university community.

While addressing the gathering, the Chief Guest, Prof. Mary Okwakol, the Executive Director of National Council for Higher Education (NCHE), congratulated Makerere University for winning such a huge grant, which will go a long way in transforming the eLearning infrastructure at Makerere University.

“I am happy to be joining you in launching a project that is at the heart of National Council for Higher Education. Online learning is at the heart of the Council, not only because of the challenges presented by the Covid-19 pandemic, but also the world is now a digital world.” Prof. Okwakol remarked.

Prof. Okwakol thanked Mastercard Foundation and other development partners who have continued to support initiatives that help transform higher institutions of learning in Uganda.

“I sincerely thank the Mastercard Foundation and other partners who have continued to support higher education in Uganda, especially in the area of research and online learning. Globally, the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, greatly disrupted education systems forcing learners and some schools to shift to virtual learning to curb the spread of the pandemic.” Prof. Okwakol pointed out.

On his part, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe urged the university community, especially the academic staff to take advantage of the Mastercard Foundation E-learning initiative to develop e-content across all Colleges of the University, to enhance capacity for eLearning at Makerere University.

[L -R] Chairperson of the Steering Committee of the E-learning Initiative, Prof. Umar Kakumba, Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, Prof. Mary Okwakol, the Executive Director of National Council for Higher Education (NCHE), Prof. Paul Birevu Muyinda, the Coordinator of the Mastercard Foundation E-learning Initiative and Prof. Justine Namaalwa, the Program Coordinator for Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program.

”I appeal to the Colleges to embrace this project and have as many courses adopt this pedagogy development system, even though students will continue with face-to face and phyisical learning, they should be allowed the option of online learning. The platforms that are going to be built, will give our students an opportunity to interact with international students, scholars, teachers and with each other.” Prof. Nawangwe applealed.

The Vice Chancellor, further called upon all other development partners to emulate Mastercard Foundation in supporting Makerere University and other universities on the entire African continent in strengthening digital literacy, so that Africa is not left behind.

”In 2018 I attended a conference on E-learning in Beijing China, where a critical question was asked; Will Africa be left behind again? This was in reference to many advancements that were taking place in the western world, in which Africa had been left behind.” The Vice Chancellor reminded the audience.

Prof. Nawangwe further emphaised the importance of e-learning as one of the critical modes of teaching and learning in the 21st first century.   

”Ladies and Gentlemen, I cannot over emphasise the importance we attach to e-learning the 21st Century, that is why we took a decision to elevate the Department of Open and Distance Learning into an Institute of Open and Distance E-learning with an intention of having e-learning extended to other Colleges of the university.” Prof. Nawangwe pointed out.

The Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic Affairs, and Chairperson of the Steering Committee of the E-learning Initiative, Prof. Umar Kakumba, rallied the University community to support the implementation of the project in the University.

“The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program E-learning initiative could not have come in at a better time than post COVID19 era. A pandemic, which exposed our systems and methods of teaching and learning. You all recall, when were hit by the pandemic, with lockdowns and closures of institutions of learning, we all went into a panicky mode on how were going to cope with online learning. I therefore call upon every member of the university to give this project the support it deserves.

Prof. Kakumba reminded the audience the importance and relevancy of online learning at Makerere University and other universities in Uganda.

“The online method of learning is best suited for everyone. This digital revolution has led to remarkable changes in how the content is accessed, consumed, discussed, and shared. Office goers and stay home mothers can take up online educational courses too, at the time that suits them. Depending on their availability and comfort, many people choose to learn at weekends or evenings.” Prof. Kakumba remarked.

Prof. Paul Birevu Muyinda, the Coordinator of the Mastercard Foundation E-learning Initiative, informed the audience the importance of the project and the expected outcomes for the University.

One of the Champions of e-learning trained by Arizona State University, Prof. Paul Birevu Muyinda receiving a certificate from Chief Guest.

“The Mastercard Foundation e- Learning Initiative is a Project funded by Mastercard Foundation aimed at addressing the negative impact of COVID-19 pandemic that constrained access and continuity of teaching, learning, research and community engagement activities at Makerere University” Prof. Muyinda pointed out.

Prof. Muyinda further thanked the team that he worked with in putting up the proposal in a very short time that yielded such an important grant for the University.

“I thank the team that spent sleepless nights putting together the proposal that resulted into this project. I must report that Makerere University is privileged to be having the most highly qualified persons in online instruction design and online pedagogy at the IODeL and beyond. It is now up to Makerere University in particular and the Country in general to make use of these persons to transform the terrain of online, blended distance and e-learning education.” Prof. Muyinda remarked.

Prof. Justine Namaalwa, the Program Coordinator for Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at Makerere University, informed the audience, that the E-learning initiative was one of the many partnerships between Mastercard Foundation and Makerere University geared at supporting the young people to succeed on the African continent.

Members of University Management, staff and students present.

“The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program continues to recognize that in order to enable young people across Africa to succeed, there is need to; Address systemic barriers in Higher education, Strengthen the capacity of Institutions that serve the Young People, and Support innovative solutions across critical sectors.” Prof. Namaalwa remarked.

The colourful launch ended with a panel discussion in which panelists digested the importance and opportunities for open distance and eLearning in higher institutions of learning.

Bernard Buteera is the Communications Officer of the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at Makerere University.

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Supplementary Admissions to Bachelor of Laws Under Private Sponsorship 2022/23

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The Academic Registrar, Makerere University, informs applicants wishing to be admitted to Bachelor of Laws Private for 2022/2023 Academic year but failed to submit their application online to submit their applications from Friday 23rd to Friday 30th September, 2022 at a non-refundable fee of 50,000/= (Fifty thousand shillings only).

The applicants MUST have passed the Pre-entry Examinations for Bachelor of Laws.

Diploma/Degree holders should submit certified copies of their academic transcript to Room
315 Level 3, Senate Building.

Applicants who have already been admitted need not apply.

For any additional information, contact Undergraduate Admissions Offices 301/303 for A’Level Applicants and Office 315 for Diploma/Degree holders.

ALFRED MASIKYE NAMOAH
AG. ACADEMIC REGISTRAR
Date: 22nd September, 2022

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