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Prof. Francesco Bernini visits Mak: praises the Institution for its commendable work in research



On 5th March 2018, the Rector of University of Bologna Prof. Francesco Bernini paid a courtesy call to the Vice Chancellor of Makerere University Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe.  Accompanied by the Vice Rector for International Relations Professor Alessandra Scagliarini, the Rector praised Makerere University for its commendable work in research that has provided a platform for international recognition.

During an extensive meeting that was attended by the International Relations Officer Ms. Martha Muwanguzi and Makerere University Public Relations Team, the Rector together with his Vice Professor Alessandra Scagliarini and the Vice Chancellor of Makerere University Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe discussed the possible ways the two Universities can strengthen their relationship to develop research in the field of engineering, medicine and veterinary.
“We have been following the Makerere University’s work through contacts and publications and I would like to say we are impressed with your extensive research in the areas of engineering, medicine and veterinary. I am therefore very sure that strengthening our collaborations will provide a lee for the two universities to share knowledge, information and ideas,” he said.

the Rector of University of Bologna Prof. Francesco Bernin together with the Vice Rector for International Relations Professor Alessandra Scagliarini.

He commended Makerere University for utilizing the Erasmus Plus opportunities to build capacity among staff and students as well as securing funds to develop the institution academically through investing in research and writing.  He looked forward to a Memorandum of Understanding between the University of Bologna and Makerere University that will see more developments between the two universities.

The Vice Rector for International Relations University of Bologna Professor Alessandra Scagliarini acknowledged Makerere University move to globalise its system and join other universities around the world to find solutions to both local and international problems. She applauded the Government of Uganda for its instrumental programs that have created a conducive environment for refugees.  

The Vice Chancellor of Makerere University welcomed the Rector and his Vice to Makerere University, the incubator of Africa’s research. He appreciated the University’s move to strengthen the long term  relationship between Makerere University and the Government of Italy when he said, “the Italian Government was so instrumental when we were developing our then engineering faculty, it supported us through capacity building, renovated our laboratories and sent professors  to train our staff and students. We have made several collaborations with different universities and institutions from Italy in the areas of science, humanities and research. We are therefore looking forward to a strong relationship that will place the engineering plus veterinary medicine programs to a new level.”

 the Vice Chancellor of Makerere University Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe handing over a Makerere University Fact Book to  the Rector of University of Bologna Prof. Francesco Bernin.
Established in 1088, the University of Bologna is the oldest university in the western world, founded by students for students, when masters of grammar, rhetoric and logic began to devote themselves to law. Its earliest recorded scholar was a man named Irnerius, who catalogued Roman legal materials. Other early students included 12th century Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Becket, and astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus. Other notable alumni include the poet Dante and former Italian Prime Minister, Romano Prodi.

Between the 12th and 13th centuries, a woman named Bettisia Gozzadini reputedly taught at the University, attracting crowds that were so big and her lessons had to be held in the city’s public squares. Today, with a community of more than 85,000 students, the University is among the largest in Italy, offering 200 degree programmes and two-year specialised courses across 33 departments and 11 schools.  It is a multi-campus institution with sites across northern Italy in Cesena, Forli, Ravenna and Rimini, as well as Bologna. It has an overseas campus in Buenos Aires, Argentina, which offers interdisciplinary programmes.

Article by: Nabatte Proscovia , Mak Public Relations Office

Photos by : Elias Tuhereze ,  Mak Public Relations Office

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4th Call For Applications: MURBS Departmental Ambassadors



URBRA’s Mrs. Ritah Nansasi Wasswa (2nd L) assisted by Ag. University Secretary-Mr. Yusuf Kiranda (L) hands over a plaque of recognition to Outgoing Trustee-Ms. Dorothy Nannozi Kabanda (2nd R) as Incoming Trustee-Ms. Franco Angida Mugyema (R) applauds during the MURBS Board Handover on 26th March 2021.

In February 2018, the Makerere University Retirement Benefits Scheme (MURBS) launched the Departmental Ambassadors Programme. MURBS hopes to use this Ambassadors Programme to engage more directly with its membership and enhance member education. MURBS further perceives this Programme as a means to mitigate succession planning risks.

MURBS Fund Value continues to grow, and as at 31st March 2021, it stood at Ushs 235.5bn as compared to Ushs 209.6bn as at 30th June 2020. Given this growth, there is increased need for prospective Trustees, who are well equipped with relevant knowledge and skills, and with practical exposure to the management and governance of MURBS.


  1. Must be employed by the University on permanent terms
  2. Must be an Active Member of the Scheme (currently contributing to the Scheme) and appear on the Official Register of the MURBS Active Membership as at 30th April 2021.
  3. Must be willing to commit time to trainings and other ambassadorial activities organised by the Scheme.

Mode of training for 4th Cohort of Ambassadors

Training for this (4th) Cohort of Ambassadors is envisaged to be conducted over the zoom online platform only, due to Covid-19 restrictions. The Scheme does not envisage any face-to-face interactions.

Tenure of Office & Termination or Withdrawal

There is no tenure of office for the Departmental Ambassador. As long as a member is willing to continue serving as an Ambassador, and the Ambassador continues to satisfy the eligibility criteria above, she or he will remain a MURBS Ambassador.

How to Apply

Interested members should complete the MURBS Departmental Ambassador Application Form 01-0218. The completed Form together with the requested attachments should be sent to info[at] and copy to wilber.naigambi[at] no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, 14th June 2021. We discourage hand delivery of applications.

Confirmation/Approval Process

MURBS shall acknowledge receipt of each application received within 12 hours and will respond to the applicants to confirm the status of their application in writing (by e-mail). Upon approval of the application, the name of the approved Ambassador together with the Department and School/Unit will be updated on the list of the MURBS Departmental Ambassadors in the Group 4 category and published on the MURBS website.

NOTE: There is no limit as to the number of ambassadors that MURBS can have in a department.

Please see Downloads for the detailed call and application form.

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Chair Council Communication on Closure of Makerere University



An older photo of the Main Building, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda as seen from across the Freedom Square. Date taken: 22nd October 2012.

7th June 2021

All Members of Staff
All Students and Stakeholders
Makerere University


Following the address to the Nation by H.E. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, President of Uganda, on 6th June 2021, this is to inform you that the University will be closed with effect from today 7th June 2021 for 42days.

During the closure, the University shall observe a 30% physical presence of staff while other faculty and administrative staff shall continue to work online.

Management will inform staff and students on the implementation of teaching, learning, and research activities online. Construction activities shall continue as per the President’s directives and with strict adherence to the COVID-19 SOPs.

Yours sincerely,

Lorna Magara (Mrs.)
Chairperson, Makerere University Council

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RUFORUM: Transforming Higher Education Videos and Links



Delegates brainstorm during the 15th RUFORUM AGM held at the University of Cape Coast (UCC) in Ghana from 2-6 December, 2019. Photo credit: RUFORUM

Video Series developed by Julieta Mazzola, EARTH University.


  1. What is Community Engagement?  Video 1 of 3.
  2. Different Forms of University Engagement with the Community. Video 2 of 3.
  3. Student learning through Community Engagement. Video 3 of 3.

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