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Makerere- Nelson Mandela University strengthen ties to find solutions to African challenges



On 30th April 2018, the Vice Chancellor of Makerere University Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe together with the Vice Chancellor of Nelson Mandela University Prof Sibongile Muthwa signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to strengthen the long term relationship between the two universities. The signing ceremony was held in the Council Room and was witnessed by the High Commissioner of South Africa to Uganda H.E. Prof.  Major-General (rtd) Lekoa Solly Mollo, the Senior Director at Nelson Mandela University Prof. Nico Jooste , the Director of Legal Affairs Mr. Henry Mwebe, the International Relations Officer Ms. Martha Muwanguzi, members of Makerere University Management, Alumni from Nelson Mandela University and other delegates.

L-R, The Vice Chancellor of Makerere University Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, the Vice Chancellor of Nelson Mandela University Prof Sibongile Muthwa  and  the High Commissioner of South Africa to Uganda H.E. Prof.  Major-General (rtd) Lekoa Solly Mollo.

The Signing of the Memorandum of Understanding stipulates an in depth relationship between the two universities on human resource development, research enhancement, and a joint effort to look for resources with the aim of finding solutions to African problems. Some of areas the Universities agreed to focus on included: 

•    Oceans and cultural studies
•    Sustainable livelihood studies
•    Gender studies
•    Medicinal science
•    Peace and conflict resolutions.
•    Information and Communication Technologies
•    and Agriculture Sciences 

Addressing Makerere University Management team, Prof Sibongile Muthwa said that there is need for African Universities to channel resources to research and other developments that focus on solving African challenges. “Africa for long has been hit by poverty, unemployment, famine, climate change, conflicts, wars, epidemic diseases among others. We cannot hide the fact that we are lagging behind in terms of development yet we have some of the best researchers and academicians. It is high time we solve our own problems because we know them better. Let us join hands, knowledge and information to have long lasting solutions to these problems,” she said. 

She acknowledged Makerere University for taking the lead in promoting Pan Africanism when she said, “Makerere University is indeed a Pan Africanist University. The institution has groomed several African presidents, notable leaders, renowned academicians and researchers on the African continent and around the world. I therefore believe that this collaboration will meet its intended objectives,” she said. 

Vice Chancellor of Makerere University Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe exchanging the MoU with   the Vice Chancellor of Nelson Mandela University Prof Sibongile Muthwa. Witnessing, is the Senior Director at Nelson Mandela University Prof. Nico Jooste , the Director of Legal Affairs Mr. Henry Mwebe and  the International Relations Officer Ms. Martha Muwanguzi

The Vice Chancellor of Makerere University Prof Barnabas Nawangwe, warmly welcomed Prof Sibongile Muthwa and other delegates to Makerere University, the hub of Africa’s research. In a special way he welcomed the High Commissioner of South Africa to Uganda, and thanked him for his tremendous support to ensure practical relationships between Makerere University and universities from South Africa.  

Speaking about the MoU and its intents, the Vice Chancellor said that Makerere University has for long engaged in activities that are geared towards finding solutions to African problems. The intuitions has engaged in developing human resource capacity that has strongly supported the economic and industrial sector of Uganda and Africa at large. Makerere University is known for having the best tropical medicine school in the whole world where research on tropical medicine is done. According to Prof. Nawangwe, the institution is ranked as one of the best research led University in Africa due its prominent research activities on epidemics and other research areas. 

“We have led research on HIV in the whole world, developed one of the best Infectious Disease Institute in the whole world, we have led research on Malaria and Ebola. We have made strong developments in agriculture and natural sciences and we have one of the best laboratories in veterinary medicine. We are strong in humanities and in geographical positions, we take the lead in supporting universities in troubled areas through our Centre on Peace and Conflict Management,” said Prof. Nawangwe. 

The Vice Chancellor expressed gratitude on behalf of Makerere University for having honoured the late Winnie Madikizela-Mandela during her days. 

Delegates  posing for a photo infront of Makerere University Main Building.

“Africans, we should wake up and find solutions to our problems. Let us focus on the core production of knowledge and the ability to communicate and disseminate the knowledge. Another area of emphasis is the relevancy of the collaborations. We need to engage in areas that we believe are relevant to our society,” said the High Commissioner of South Africa to Uganda H.E. Prof.  Major-General (rtd) Lekoa Solly Mollo.

He appreciated Makerere University’s move to award Ms. Winnie Madikizela-Mandela with an Honorary Doctorate of Laws of Makerere University in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the liberation struggle of South Africa and Africa at large.

During the meeting, the Senior Director at Nelson Mandela University Prof. Nico Jooste said that there is need to identify new areas such as forestry where both universities can join hands to deepen their relationship. The Director of Research and Graduate Training Prof. Buyinza Mukadasi also noted that universities should work together to improve research incomes to support research activities. 

The President of the Nelson Mandela University Alumni Association Dr. Nuwagaba Geoffrey said that the Association is upholding the core values of the University and preserving the long lasting legacy of Nelson Mandela as a person through different activities that are carried out by alumni of the University around the world.  Dr  Milly Kwagala, an alumnus of Nelson Mandela University, who is  currently the Dean of Faculty  Business Administration  and Management  at Ndejje University appreciated Nelson Mandela University for brightening the future of an African child through academic support. 

The Vice Chancellor of Nelson Mandela University Prof Sibongile Muthwa together with  the High Commissioner of South Africa to Uganda H.E. Prof.  Major-General (rtd) Lekoa Solly Mollo and other delegates touring the Makerere University Library.

After the informative meeting, the delegates visited Makerere University Library and the College of Computing and information Sciences. 

Nelson Mandela University (formerly Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, NMMU) is a South African university with its main administration in the coastal city of Port Elizabeth. The University was founded through a merger of three institutions in January 2005, but its history dates back to 1882, with the foundation of the Port Elizabeth Art School. Nelson Mandela University is a comprehensive university offering professional and vocational training. The University has seven campuses; six in Port Elizabeth and one in George. The main campus of the university is South Campus. 

Article by Proscovia Nabatte, Mak Public Relations Office.   

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Launch of Mak-RIF Round 4 Awards & PhD Call for Proposals



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: 
Meeting ID: 884 5662 9992
Password: 292624

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Notice: Makerere Disability Scheme 2022/23 Medical Review Exercise



One of the PWD graduands at the 69th Graduation during the Session held on 17th January 2019.

The Academic Registrar, Makerere University invites persons with disability who applied for admission to public universities under the disability entry scheme for 2022/2023 Academic Year to appear for medical/review exercise at Makerere Unive, Senate Building, Level Two (2) in the Telepresence Centre.

NOTE: Only those who have the minimum entry requirements of at least two principal passes at A’ Level or its equivalent and at least five (5) passes at O’ Level or its equivalent will be interviewed.

 Only candidates who sat ‘a’ level in 2020, 2019 and 2018 are eligible for admission.

THE EXERCISE WILL BE CONDUCTED ON 3rd, 4th and 5th October, 2022 respectively from 9.00 A.M – 1.00 P.M each day.


(i) If you fail to appear on any of the given days above, there will be no other chance for you.

(ii) Applicants with Government Scholarship for the previous years are not eligible for admission



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Uganda’s policymakers implored to address forest loss, plastic & water pollution



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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