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Makerere Graduates 60 CARTA PhD Fellows from 13 African Institutions



On 28th March 2018, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe represented by the Acting Deputy Vice Chancellor (Finance & Administration)-DVCFA, Prof. William Bazeyo officiated at the closing ceremony of the Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa (CARTA) PhD Joint Advanced Seminars (JAS) 1 and 4 that have been running at the ResilientAfrica Network (RAN), School of Public Health (SPH), Kololo, for the last 4 weeks from 5th to 28th March 2018.

At the Closing Dinner held at Piato Restaurant,  we received excellent feedback from the 60 PhD Fellows from partner institutions including; University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC) Kenya,  Makerere University, University of Nairobi, Moi University, University of Ibadan, Obafemi Awolowo University, University of Rwanda, University of Malawi and Ifakara Health Institute. In their valedictory speeches, the Fellows expressed their gratitude to Makerere University for the high level of scholarship, environment conducive for learning and quality educational resources provided to them.

CARTA, a collaboration jointly led by the APHRC Kenya and Wits, South Africa. CARTA was formed to support the development of a vibrant African academy able to lead world-class multidisciplinary research that impacts positively on public and population health. CARTA enhances the capacity of African universities to create sustainable multidisciplinary research hubs by supporting junior faculty members to undertake their doctoral training locally and to become internationally recognized research leaders. CARTA therefore strengths university wide systems to support research.

Some of the 60 CARTA PhD Fellows show off their JAS 4 certificates as they pose for a group photo with Prof. William Bazeyo (2nd R) and Prof. Buyinza Mukadasi (3rd R)

During the ceremony, we congratulated the Fellows upon completing JAS 1 and 4, awarded certificates to JAS 4 Fellows and bid them farewell as they returned to their home institutions. The dinner was also attended by: Prof Anne Katahoire, CARTA Focal Person for Makerere University; Assoc. Prof. Eria Hisali, Principal-College of Business and Management Studies (CoBAMS); Prof Buyinza Mukadasi, Director, Directorate of Research and Graduate Training (DRGT) and several staff from RAN and SPH.

A number of Makerere University Staff have attained their PhDs with CARTA funding. These include: Dr. Drago Kato; Dr. Andrew Tamale; Dr. Tumwiine Gabriel-College of Veterinary Medicine, Animal Resources and Biosecurity (CoVAB) and Dr. Stephen Wandera (CoBAMS). Many others are yet to complete their PhDs and these include: Mr. Godwin Anywar-College of Natural Sciences (CoNAS); Mr. Fred Maniragaba (CoBAMS) among others. Dr. Kasozi from CoNAS has always played a critical coordination role.

On the basis of Makerere’s exemplary research training environment, the CARTA Board has approved and entrusted the University with the responsibility of hosting the JAS for the next two years (2019 & 2020), which is a big stamp of approval upon our academic and research excellence. The University Management is grateful to Prof. Anne Katahoire for championing and sustaining Makerere's interest in the consortium.

Article by Prof. Buyinza Mukadasi, Director DRGT

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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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