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Imperial Group of Hotels Partners with Makerere University and AUUS ahead of the 3rd FISU World University Netball Championship 2018

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Makerere University in conjunction with the Association of Uganda University Sports (AUUS) is set to host the 3rd FISU World University Netball Championship 2018. According to the Head-Secretariat, Local Organising Committee Ms Penninah Kabenge, the event is scheduled to take place on 17th-21st September 2018 and Eleven (11) countries have confirmed participation in the Netball Championship. 

“11 countries have shown interest in participating in the Netball Championship. These  include; Jamaica, USA, Sri Lanka, Singapore, South Africa, Zimbawe, Botswana, Namibia, Kenya, Australia and the host (Uganda). This is the highest number to be registered in the World University Netball Championship whose Maximum is 12,” she said.

Addressing Journalists at Imperial Royale Hotel-Kampala, Ms. Kabenge said that 21 competent students from different universities in the country have already been selected to represent Uganda in the Championship.  

The Dean of Students Mr. Cyriaco Kabagambe  interacting with some of the netballers.

“The venue for the Netball Championship has also been confirmed and preparations are underway to ensure that by September 2018, the facility will match international standards for in door games. Located at Makerere University, the venue will be able to accommodate 1500 spectators. The Facility will also have a number of outdoor screens to engage more spectators,” she added.  

 During the press conference, Imperial Group of Hotels announced its interests to partner with Makerere University and Association of Uganda University Sports (AUUS) to provide world class   accommodation services to participants at a subsidized fee.  According to Mr. James Kasavubu, Head Sales and Marketing, the Imperial Group of Hotels will also provide 400 cartons of branded water and 24 hour transport services for the participating team.
 
“Imperial Royale was designated the media hotel for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) that was held in November 2007 in Kampala. We therefore want to assure our clients that we shall provide the best services they deserve. Our ultra-modern health club, gym, and recommendable swimming pool situated on the fifth floor of the hotel and overlooking the beauty of Kampala should prepare all the athletes for what should be an intense and exciting Championship,” he stated. 

L-R, Mr. James Kasavubu, Head Sales and Marketing, the Imperial Group of Hotels, Ms. Evelyne Ninsiima, the Group Corporate Sales and Marketing Executive of Imperial Group of Hotels,the Dean of Students Mr. Cyriaco Kabagambe and the Head-Secretariat, Local Organizing Committee Ms Penninah Kabenge.

Commenting on the partnership with Makerere University and the Association of Uganda University Sports (AUUS), Mr. Kasavubu said the partnership resonates with what Imperial Royale Hotel stands for as an internationally recognised hotel that is designed to serve the most sophisticated clients. 

“As the hotel, we can only build on that priceless experience and ensure that hundreds of guests that will check in the World University Netball Championship in September 2018 leave with exceptional, memories from our exceptional facilities and unparalleled services,” he said.

In a speech read by the Dean of Students Mr. Cyriaco Kabagambe who is also the Vice President of the World University Netball Championship, the Vice Chancellor of Makerere University Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe said the partnership between Imperial Group of Hotels, Makerere University and the Association of Uganda University Sports (AUUS) is in line with what the hosts (Makerere University) aspire for, that is class and quality services. 

“The magnitude of the championship we are set to host demands class and quality. As such, we feel honoured to be associating with partners such as Imperial Group of Hotels. The relationship between University Sports and Imperial Group of Companies has been built over the years. The hospitality provided by Imperial Royale during the 1st African University Cross Country Championship and the 19th World University Cross Country Championship in Entebbe at Botanical Imperial Hotel was world class,” said the Vice Chancellor.

Re-echoing the slogan Ettuuke, a word synonymous with netball, the Senior Public Relations Officer of Makerere University, Ms Ritah Namisango called upon staff, students, alumni, corporate bodies and well-wishers to popularise and support the Netball championship.

The Senior Public Relations Officer, Ms. Ritah Namisango adressing Journalists.

“This is a national event. Makerere University is hosting the Netball Championship on behalf of Uganda. In line with the Ettuuke slogan, I rally all Ugandans to support the Local Organising Committee to ensure that the Championship is a success. Ugandans you have a role to play in ensuring that Team Uganda (The Mighty Cranes) wins the Netball Championship,” she remarked.

“We are calling upon students and former students of Makerere University to support this cause.  This is our event, hosted by us and in our own environment. We need to work together with the Organising Committee to ensure that it achieves its goals. We should be part of this memorable event where Uganda will leave a lasting legacy of winning the championship,” said Mr. Hery Nsekuye, Sports and Games Union Representative on the Local Organising Committee.

Mr. Brian Henry Vubya, a Volunteer at Secretariat of the Local Organising Committee encouraged Ugandans to visit the Championship website and social media platforms for updates and an extensive interaction on the Netball Championship. He thanked all the organisers and sponsors for the support they have rendered towards Makerere University to ensure a successful event. 

“Visit our website: www.wunc.mak.ac.ug and for more interaction you can join the conversation about the event on our Facebook and Twitter pages: 3rd World University Netball Championship, @wunc2018kampala respectively,” he said.

Some of the members of the Local Organizing Committee  together with Mr. James Kasavubu, Head Sales and Marketing, the Imperial Group of Hotels, Ms. Evelyne Ninsiima, the Group Corporate Sales and Marketing Executive of Imperial Group of Hotels and the Dean of Students Mr. Cyriaco Kabagambe.

The Association of Uganda University Sports (AUUS) in conjunction with Makerere University and the support of several stakeholders won the bid to host the 3rd FISU World University Netball Championships 2018. Uganda was awarded the hosting rights for the event, beating Namibia, England and Jamaica. The award was based on the successful hosting of the 5th All Africa Games in 2008, the 2nd FISU World University Woodball Championship 2010, and the 19th World University Cross Country Championship 2014 among others.

The bidding was initiated by the Sports and Games Union during the Student committee to council meeting, during which the Union proposed that Makerere University hosts the 2018 World University Netball Championship. The proposal was fully embraced and received the blessing of the University Council.  The 3rd Edition of the World University Netball Championship was officially launched on Tuesday 1st August 2017 at Makerere University.

Article by: Proscovia Nabatte, Mak Public Relations Office

Edited by: Ritah Namisango, Mak Public Relations Office 
 

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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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