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MakRun2018: The Push Towards a Centre that Reflects Dynamism of the 21st Century Student



On Sunday, 25th March 2018, thousands of participants comprising staff, students, alumni, friends and well-wishers assembled in the Freedom Square for the Makerere University Endowment Fund Run (MakRun) 2018. The Second Edition of the MakRun started with aerobics by 6:00am and at exactly 7:00am, the Chief Runner, the Katikkiro of Buganda, Ow'ekitiibwa Charles Peter Mayiga who is also an alumnus of the University flagged off the 5km, 10km and 15km route runners.

Accompanied by the Minister of State for Youth and Children Affairs Hon. Florence Nakiwala Kiyingi and Assistant Inspector General of Police Andrew Sorowen, Owe’kitiibwa Charles Peter Mayiga appealed to the public and private sector to support Makerere University’s efforts to construct a Students’ Centre.  

L-R: The Katikkiro of Buganda Owek. Charles Peter Mayiga, Hon. Florence Nakiwala Kiyingi, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe and Prof. William Bazeyo join runners in the dawn stretches before the MakRun2018 flag-off

“I call upon all those who have passed through Makerere University to embrace the cause so that we build for the future of our university. I am confident that together, we can set up a multipurpose facility for our students,” he said.

MakRun is geared towards mobilizing funds for the construction of a Students’ Centre worth UGX15billion, to enhance the quality of student life and experience.
The Centre will serve as a congregation point that reflects dynamism of the 21st century student in the digital age. It will be a one stop Student Information Centre with a 2,000 seater state-of-the-art Auditorium and Wall of Fame. The centre will also accommodate conference facilities, cafeterias, internet kiosks, memorabilia shops, bookshops, recreational sports arena as well as entertainment and social areas.

A student with disability shortly after crossing the finishing line. The proposed Students Centre will provide access for persons with disability

The Makerere University Endowment Fund (MakEF) selected the Students’ Centre as its inaugural project. The Centre reflects solid commitment to improving the students’ academic experience and the quality of life generated by the environment conducive for learning and networking while at the University. It will correct the imbalance in access to socio-cultural amenities that was created by the increase in student numbers.

Addressing participants in the Freedom Square, the MakEF Chairperson Dr. Martin Jerome Aliker expressed his joy at the massive turn-up for the MakRun 2018 when he said, “your participation is an affirmation that there is a spirit of togetherness for the benefit of Makerere University. We believe that bringing the staff, students, alumni, friends and well-wishers together to support a common cause is a key milestone in building the culture of philanthropy not only in Makerere University but perhaps as an example for other institutions in Uganda.
Let me hope that the seed we have sown will germinate to bear fruit.”

MakEF Board Chairperson Dr. Martin Aliker (C) flanked by Vice Chancellor Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe (R) and Senior PRO-Ms. Ritah Namisango (L) addresses the press shortly after MakRun2018

According to Dr. Martin Aliker, the Student’s Centre in any university is a key landmark for students’ life.  He therefore called upon all alumni, stakeholders and well-wishers to continue mobilizing support towards the Students Centre Project.

“The Centre will provide a platform for Makerere University Students to network, socialize and meet friends which is our priority number one. If every alumnus of Makerere University living in Uganda contributed UGX10,000/= towards the Mak Students’ Centre in addition to participating in the Mak Run every year,  the project would be completed in 5 years,” he added.

Dr. Martin Aliker (2nd L) congratulates Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe (2nd R) upon the successful MakRun2018 as Prof. William Bazeyo (L) and Dr. Florence Nakayiwa (R) witness

The Vice Chancellor Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe thanked the Katikkiro of Buganda for officiating at the Second Edition of the Makerere University Endowment Fund Run 2018. “the Katikkiro has demonstrated that we each have a role to play in as far as building for the future is concerned, irrespective of age, societal or economic standing. No contribution is too big or too small. At the end of the day, the Students Centre will be built brick by brick. So bring your brick or two, ask your friends to bring theirs’ too and together we shall make this dream come true,” said the Vice Chancellor.

He also applauded Katikkiro for granting Makerere University access to all the Buganda Kingdom resources during the time of publicising the MakRun 2018. Prof. Nawangwe acknowledged that the support granted by the Katikkiro went a long way in garnering the support of Buganda Kingdom subjects and residents of Central Uganda to join the University in the Run.

University Secretary-Mr. Charles Barugahare (in white) receives a sticker from an official upon reaching the checkpoint at Mulago Roundabout during MakRun2018

“Thank you so much for not only displaying exceptional philanthropy but also running the talk. Makerere University takes cognisance of all Buganda Kingdom’s development projects aimed at improving the livelihood of all your subjects and residents. I therefore reiterate Makerere University’s commitment to partner with Buganda Kingdom in its development work, so that we can leverage all our human, intellectual and technical resources to improve the wellbeing of the communities that we exist to serve,” added Prof. Nawangwe.

In the same spirit, the Vice Chancellor applauded the MakEF Board of Trustees under the leadership of Dr. Aliker for initiating the idea of organising a Run to mobilize funds and construct a students’ Centre at Makerere University. He saluted the 5km, 10km and 5km route runners for the spirit of love shown towards the University.

Ethiopian and Namibian runners who took part in MakRun2018 fly their national flags shortly after completing their respective races

Prof. Nawangwe also acknowledged all the support received from stakeholders, funders and sponsors.  On behalf of the University Management, he applauded the MakRun2018 Organising Committee; chaired by Dr. Florence Nakayiwa-Director, Planning and Development Department, for putting together a successful run.

Last year, Makerere University Endowment Fund organised the first-ever MakRun; officially flagged off by the Speaker of the Parliament, Rt. Hon. Rebecca Kadaga, which raised a total sum of UGX 247,845,000 (two hundred forty seven million eight hundred forty five thousand Uganda Shillings) in cash and pledges. The MakRun 2018 ran concurrently with a blood donation drive organised by the Rotary Club of Kampala City Makerere in conjunction with the Nakasero Blood Bank.

Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe (6th R), Prof. William Bazeyo (4th R) and Dr. Florence Nakayiwa (3rd L) pose with medal recipients who included the University Secretary-Mr. Charles Barugahare (5th R) and Madam Nakayiza (5th L)

The Acting Deputy Vice Chancellor (Finance and Administration)-Prof. William Bazeyo commended participants, champions, sponsors and partners for their contribution towards the success of MakRun 2018. This year’s event climaxed with an awards ceremony where the Vice Chancellor handed over medals to the winners of the 5km, 10km and 15km races, while Dr. Martin Aliker handed over certificates to the sponsors and partners.

The medal recipients at MakRun 2018 were; Madam Nakayiza and Mpende John William who emerged the best female and male runners respectively in the old age category, as well as University Secretary-Mr. Charles Barugahare, Ms. Namubiru Noeline, Mr. Kibadde Muhamed and Mr. Amanya Gilbert for the 5km race. For the 10km race, medal recipients were; the Principal College of Business and Management Sciences (CoBAMS)-Dr. Eria Hisali, Mr. Silver Saiga Alex, Mr. Abdul Zeid, Ms. Nakato Jennifer and Ms. Chamtei Fibia.  For the 15km race, the winning team comprised Ms. Veronica Nasaka, Ms. Nabbumba Maayi, Mr. Ategeka Brian and Mr. Ssebbumba Gonzaga.

Mr. Mpende John William who was the MakRun2018 best male in the elders category, flanked by his grandchildren receives his medal from Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe (L) as Prof. William Bazeyo (2nd L) and Ms. Ritah Namisango (R) witness. Mr. Mpende came all the way from Buwama to show his support for Makerere University

Article by Nabatte Proscovia, Public Relations Office.


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HERS-EA Fourth Leadership Academy



Facilitators and Participants of the HERS-EA Third Academy pose for a group photo at the closing ceremony on 5th July 2019, Grand Global Hotel, Kampala Uganda.

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.

C. Networking

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: Completed registration forms should be emailed, with a scanned payment slip to:, by 5.00 p.m. on Wednesday 30th June.

A complete application includes:
a) CV
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):

Contact Information

If you have any further questions, please email:
info[at] or call the HERS-EA Administrator on: +256 (0)772082011 Please,also, visit the HERS-EA website for further updates:

Payment Bank Account Details:
Account Name: Higher Education Resource Service East Africa

Name of Bank: DFCU Bank
Makerere University Branch
A/C No: 02083553153181
Swift Code: DFCUUGKA

Name of Bank: DFCU Bank
Makerere University Branch
A/C No: 01083553153172


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Mak Commissions CoVAB@50 Celebrations, Awards Certificates



The Vice Chancellor-Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe (4th L), DVCAA-Dr. Umar Kakumba (5th L) and Principal CoVAB-Prof. J.D. Kabasa (3rd L) with L-R: Mr. Byakatonda Patrick, Mr. Alfred Masikye Namoah, Mr. Felix Okello, the Mace bearer and Dr. Samuel Majalija at the CoVAB@50 Celebrations Commissioning, 17th June 2021, Nakyesasa-Namulonge.

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.

The Vice Chancellor-Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe (L), Academic Registrar-Mr. Alfred Masikye Namoah (C) and the Principal CoVAB-Prof. John David Kabasa stand for the anthems.
The Vice Chancellor-Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe (L), Academic Registrar-Mr. Alfred Masikye Namoah (C) and the Principal CoVAB-Prof. John David Kabasa stand for the anthems.

“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.”

Awardees from the Mubende Incubation Hub raise their caps after virtually receiving their certificates in the blended ceremony on 17th June 2021. Photo credit: Kabaruli Twekambe/Team BOBOMAK
Awardees from the Mubende Incubation Hub raise their caps after virtually receiving their certificates in the blended ceremony on 17th June 2021. Photo credit: Kabaruli Twekambe/Team BOBOMAK

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.

Incoming Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation in the Office of the President, Dr. Monica Musenero addresses the congregation.
Incoming Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation in the Office of the President, Dr. Monica Musenero addresses the congregation.

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.

The Vice Chancellor-Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe (R) receives graduation books of the cohorts from Director DIT, MoES-Mr. Byakatonda Patrick (C) and Deputy Commissioner Social Services Development, MoES-Madam Elizabeth Bateme (L).
The Vice Chancellor-Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe (R) receives graduation books of the cohorts from Director DIT, MoES-Mr. Byakatonda Patrick (C) and Deputy Commissioner Social Services Development, MoES-Madam Elizabeth Bateme (L).

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.

The Vice Chancellor-Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe (C), flanked by DVCAA-Dr. Umar Kakumba (R) and the Principal CoVAB-Prof. John David Kabasa (L) commissions the SPEDA Training, Incubation and Research Centre-Nakyesasa on behalf of the First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports-Hon. Janet Museveni on 17th June 2021.
The Vice Chancellor-Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe (C), flanked by DVCAA-Dr. Umar Kakumba (R) and the Principal CoVAB-Prof. John David Kabasa (L) commissions the SPEDA Training, Incubation and Research Centre-Nakyesasa on behalf of the First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports-Hon. Janet Museveni on 17th June 2021.

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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UNMA Advisory on Agriculture and Food Security Jun-Aug 2021



A male researcher inspects a maize cob in a demonstration plot on 13th August 2010 at the Makerere University Agricultural Research Institute Kabanyolo (MUARIK), Wakiso Uganda.

The Uganda National Meteorological Authority (UNMA) on 7th June 2021 released the seasonal rainfall outlook for the June-July-August (JJA) 2021 period. Contained in the outlook were advisories to various strategic sectors of the economy.

Particularly, the advisory to the Agriculture and Food Security sector was;

  • JJA season is often part of the normal dry season in the areas of South-western, western, parts of the eastern, and central Uganda. The farming communities in these areas are therefore advised to be vigilant during post-harvest handling by considering proper drying of the harvest on clean surfaces, use of tarpaulins and drying on racks;
  • Preparation of good storage facilities of produce to avoid compromising on quality and safety;
  • Channeling of the run-off water into the gardens in order to maximize on the soil moisture conservation;
  • For those areas where near normal to above normal rainfall is expected (most parts of northern and eastern Uganda), farmers are encouraged to continue with regular weeding, pest and disease surveillance and control;
  • Due to the expected enhanced rainfall in those areas, water logging and proliferation of fungal and bacterial crop diseases are likely to occur.
  • Open drainage channels around household and gardens to reduce risks from stagnant water causing damage to root tuber crops;
  • Flash floods and waterlogging are highly anticipated to occur in low lying areas expected to receive enhanced rainfall such as Katakwi and Kapelebyong. Therefore, communities are encouraged to keep watch over their crops, animals and property;
  • In Karamoja sub-region, where wetter conditions are expected, the pastoral communities are advised to diversify into boosting the production of cereals (sorghum, millet, and maize), beans, and ground nuts and sustain pasture availability for livestock.

Please see Downloads for the detailed outlook.

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