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Vice President of the China University of Petroleum at Qingdao visits Makerere

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On 19th April 2018, the Vice Chancellor of Makerere University Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe hosted the Vice President of China University of Petroleum, Qingdao (UPC) – Prof. Liu Huadong on a visit to Makerere University. Prof. Huadong was accompanied by the Director – International Training Department Ms. Ying Zhou and Dr. Hu Yigui, Vice President of the College of Continuing Education. Prof. Huadong expressed his excitement to visit Uganda and Makerere; this was his first visit to both places. A meeting was held to discuss the partnership between Makerere University and UPC.

The meeting was also attended by the Principal of the College of Natural Sciences (CoNAS) Prof. Joseph Mugisha, the Principal of the College of Education and External Studies (CEES) Prof. Masagazi Masaazi, members of Makerere University Management, Staff from CoNAS, officials from Sunmaker Energy Uganda Limited, the Mak Public Relations team and journalists from New Vision and Daily Monitor.

Prof. Nawangwe led a Makerere University delegation on a visit to UPC in December 2017. A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed between the two institutions. The MOU seeks to leverage expertise at UPC to establish an Institute/School of Petroleum Geosciences/Engineering at Makerere. This fits with the appointment of Makerere University as the Centre of Excellence for petroleum and minerals by the Northern Corridor States. UPC and Makerere also agreed to jointly apply for funding from international funding agencies to support establishment of state of the art petroleum engineering labs at UPC and Makerere. Makerere and UPC will also collaborate through student and staff exchange programmes.

In his remarks, the Vice President of UPC said, ‘our visit here is due to the hospitality of your delegation to our University in December 2017. We return your visit and hope to build our partnership’. It is a privilege for us to start this partnership because of the repetition of Makerere University as one of the oldest academic institutions in Africa but also famous for its research work, he further noted. Prof. Huadong explained that the discussions held by the Makerere delegation with the departments at UPC were very extensive and hence UPC’s good feeling about the partnership between the two institutions. UPC and Makerere will start with staff and student exchanges and develop the partnership further.

The Vice Chancellor of Makerere University welcomed the Vice President of UPC and his delegation to Makerere University. He thanked him for the hospitality of UPC when they visited in December 2017. It should be noted that Makerere is the first African University that UPC signed a MoU with; this was made possible by officials from Sunmaker Energy Uganda Limited. Sunmaker established a training centre in Bugolobi, Kampala to skill technicians and other lower cadre staff employable in the oil and gas sector; it’s the first centre of its kind in East Africa.

Prof. Nawangwe said, ‘it is our belief that staff from UPC will be comfortable working with staff of Makerere University that are highly qualified in their areas of specialisation. 60% of the academic staff at Makerere have completed their PhDs and others are already registered’. The research output of Makerere has been ranked second on the African Continent and we are favourably place on the Times index, Prof. Nawangwe noted. He also reiterated that while Sunmaker is training the lower cadre staff for the oil and gas sector; Makerere University is well placed to train the managers; this can further be enhanced by the partnership with UPC. The oil and gas sector is a key one for Uganda and the region; the new relationship of our institutions therefore has an important role for the development of the sector, he further said.

Prof. Mugisha, the Principal of CoNAS and member of the delegation to UPC in December 2017 thanked UPC for choosing to work with Makerere University. ‘As a direct beneficiary of the MoU between our institutions, CoNAS is very excited and looks forward to the growth of the partnership. We were impressed by the laboratories, manufacturing of machinery for oil and gas industry we saw at UPC. It is our expectation that some of our staff can be trained at UPC for further enhancement of their skills’, Prof. Mugisha noted. He further said that, ‘your support in establishing a Petroleum Institute at CoNAS will be appreciated’.

Prof. Masaazi, the Principal of CEES voiced his interest to discuss with UPC regarding support of distance learning at Makerere University. After the meeting, the UPC delegation toured facilities at the College of Natural Sciences.

UPC is a comprehensive university established in 1953. It was recognised and set as a Chinese centre of excellence for oil and gas by the China Ministry of Education and corporations (China National Petroleum Corporation-CNPC, China Petrochemical Corporation-SINOPEC, China National Offshore Oil Corporation-CNOOC, and China National Chemical Corporation-ChemChina). The university is regarded as the cradle of talents in Petroleum in China committed to specialist training in the petroleum and petrochemical industries.

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Makerere University Launches National Parenting Draft Manual

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The Director of Culture at the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development, Ms. Juliana Naumo Akoryo (Centre) and Dr. Godfrey Siu, the Principal Investigator from Mak-CHDC (Right) interact with a participant at the workshop on 22nd July 2022, Kampala.

By Agnes Namaganda

On July 22nd 2022, Makerere UniversityChild Health and Development Centre (MakCHDC) launched a draft manual for the National Parenting Standards. The Centre has been working together with the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development (MGLSD) with funding from UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund), to develop standards that are agreeable to all organisations in the country that are involved in parenting work. The draft manual was being presented to members of a consortium that brings together all these organisations together, called the Parenting Agenda Consortium.

“We produce many documents and they are shelved,” Irene Ayot Chono, who was speaking on behalf of UNICEF said. “We hope that this document will not be one of them,” she emphasized.

Irene Ayot Chono-UNICEF, urging participants to utilize the manual once it is complete.
Irene Ayot Chono-UNICEF, urging participants to utilize the manual once it is complete.

Dr. Godfrey Siu, the Principal Investigator from Mak-CHDC who presented the draft manual to participants, emphasized that if any organization is doing parenting work, there should be a minimum package that they should offer.

Draft Manual Content

The manual which will have several modules. These modules will be delivered face-to-face in 1.5 hour sessions. Some of these include; Module 6 which will focus on “understanding responsible masculinity and fatherhood” and on “understanding the concept of head of family.”The draft manual also proposed that Module 11 focuses on Parenting in the 21st Century. Some of the sessions in this module will include Children and Technology, Contemporary Influence on Children and Modernity, Culture and Morality.Module 9 will focus on Parenting for Adolescents and some of the suggested sessions within this module are Needs for Adolescents and The Art of Communicating with Adolescents. Module 5 will focus on Preventing Violent Parenting and Promoting Alternative Discipline Strategies while Module 10 will be about Parenting to Address the Mental Health for Children and Adults.

Dr. Godfrey Siu, the Principal Investigator from Mak-CHDC presenting the contents of the National Parenting Standards Draft Manual.
Dr. Godfrey Siu, the Principal Investigator from Mak-CHDC presenting the contents of the National Parenting Standards Draft Manual.

Participants’ suggestions

After the presentation, participants raised several suggestions for discussion and consideration. These included whether there should be a module on spirituality since Uganda is a strongly religious nation. There was also the concern of how children in remand homes should be parented. Another concern raised by a participant was as to whether teachers who make an undeniable contribution to parenting, should be taken through the parenting manual.

A participant gives her input at the National Parenting Standards Draft Manual launch.
A participant gives her input at the National Parenting Standards Draft Manual launch.

In her closing remarks, Ms. Juliana Naumo Akoryo, the Director of Cultural Affairs at the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development (MGLSD) said that the manual is for the parenting organisations to utilize and not for MGLSD.

The Director of Culture at the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development, Ms. Juliana Naumo Akoryo making closing remarks at the workshop.
The Director of Culture at the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development, Ms. Juliana Naumo Akoryo making closing remarks at the workshop.

Ms. Chono also adjured the team behind the manual to use picture illustrations in the manual that can be relatable by the Ugandan parents.

Contact: Agnes Namaganda – agnesvioletnamaganda@gmail.com

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

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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:
https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwpcu-urDIjE9ZgxdsbEmA2IkNMMiJVECt_ 
Meeting ID: 884 5662 9992
Password: 292624

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Notice: Makerere Disability Scheme 2022/23 Medical Review Exercise

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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.

IMPORTANT:

(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

ALFRED MASIKYE NAMOAH

Acting. ACADEMIC REGISTRAR

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