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Post-doctoral fellowships in Mathematics 2018/2019 Academic Year

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Makerere University, with support from the Uganda-Sweden bilateral research cooperation, invites applications for Two (2) post-doctoral fellowships in Mathematics for the academic year 2018 – 2019. Accepted applicants will conduct their research at any of the five Swedish consortium universities including Linköping University, Mälardalen University, Stockholm University, The Royal Institute of Technology-KTH and Uppsala University. However, under special circumstances, accepted applicants may conduct their research in other universities. The research will be in both Pure and Applied Mathematics but with preference to Pure Mathematics.

Each grant is up to 160,000 SEK and is estimated to cover flight tickets, accommodation, and subsistence allowance for up to 8 months in Sweden.

Eligibility requirements

  • The applicant must be a staff member of the Department of Mathematics, Makerere University.
  • The PhD-degree should preferably not be older than five years by the time of application.

Interested applicants should submit the following sets of documents:

  • An application letter for the postdoctoral fellowship.
  • A current CV (maximum 5 pages).
  • A copy of the current identity card or passport.
  • Three recent passport photos.
  • A copy of the applicant’s PhD thesis.
  • Two most recent publications of the applicant.

  • A research plan describing the research to be undertaken, not exceeding five pages including reference list. 

  • An invitation letter from the group/researcher to be visited.
  • A release letter from the Head of Department of Mathematics, Makerere University.

  • At least two recommendation letters from academic referees.

Selection

The applications shall be vetted by a panel formed by the Department of Mathematics, team leader of the Sida maths project-316 at Makerere, coordinators from the universities in the consortium, and team leader of the Sida maths project-316 from Sweden.

Report

A scientific report, endorsed by the host, on the outcomes and activities should be sent to the team leader for the mathematics Sida maths project-316 at Makerere University, Assoc. Prof. John Mango Magero no later than three months after the completion of the visit. All publications and manuscripts must be attached to the report. The report should also be disseminated at a scientific seminar at the Makerere University. At least two publications are expected from the PostDoc.

Application procedure:

  1. Detailed information about the application for scholarship can be obtained from the Makerere–Sida web portal: www.sida.mak.ac.ug/applications
  1. Electronic submission of application for scholarship with supporting documents should be sent to the Director, Directorate of Research and Graduate Training, Makerere University; Email: director@rgt.mak.ac.ug; Copy to: conference@rgt.mak.ac.ug; mango@cns.mak.ac.ug, bengt-ove.turesson@liu.se, paul@math.su.se, hod@cns.mak.ac.ug.
  2. Hard copies should be addressed to the Director, Directorate of Research and Graduate Training, Makerere University P.O.BOX 7062 Kampala, Senate Building Level Four, Room 410.
  3. Application deadline is 9th March 2018 and interviews (where applicable) will be conducted at an appropriate date. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews.

For further information, contact:

John Mango Magero, PhD
Team Leader, Sida Math project -316
College of Natural Sciences
School of Physical Sciences
Makerere University
P.O Box 7062, Kampala
Uganda
Mobile: +256772649455
 
Bengt Ove Turesson, PhD
Team Leader, Sida Math project-316, Sweden
Dept. of Mathematics
Linköping University
SE-581 83 Linköping
Sweden
Telephone: +4613281436

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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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