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French Embassy Partners With Mak to Host International Debate on The Geopolitics of Kampala



The Embassy of France in Uganda and Makerere University have agreed to partner to host an International Debate on the Geopolitics of Kampala in the last quarter of 2018. This event derives its origin from the Geopolitics of Nantes; an annual event currently in its sixth year, organised by the French Think Tank – International Strategic Research Institute (IRIS) and hosted by French town of Nantes.

During a high level meeting held on Thursday, 3rd May 2018 in the Office of the Vice Chancellor, Makerere University, H.E Stéphanie Rivoal, the Ambassador of France to Uganda revealed that the two-day interactive and dynamic event in Kampala will create a platform for dialogue and exchange of ideas cutting across contemporary, local and international Geopolitics.

The Geopolitics of Kampala event will bring on board Makerere University Professors, researchers, staff, students, Ugandans and regional experts as well as researchers from France and Germany to engage in interactive debates.

“The event will provide a platform for researchers from France to interact and network with their counterparts in East Africa. The intellectual debate will include formal round tables, interactive and creative discussions in an open space where participants will present their ideas for discussion using the most convenient formats,” said the Ambassador.

H.E Stéphanie Rivoal ( R) and  Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe (L) after the fruitful meeting

With delight, H.E Stéphanie Rivoal proclaimed the choice of Makerere University to host the Geopolitics of Kampala event. “We will hold the event at the emblematic University of Makerere, one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in sub-Saharan Africa, where many African leaders were trained.”

The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe applauded H.E Stéphanie Rivoal for choosing to partner with Makerere University. “We thank you for honouring us to host this very important event. A university should be a centre of intellectual debates. Makerere University Management, Professors, researchers, staff, alumni and students are ready to participate in the Geopolitics of Kampala event and to engage international participants in numerous topics on worldwide geopolitics,” he said.

The Vice Chancellor nominated Dr. Eria Hisali to be the Makerere University focal person in the coordination of Geopolitics of Kampala event. Dr. Hisali who is also the Principal of the College of Business and Management Sciences (CoBAMS) has a wealth of experience in coordination of international events and will reach out to Principals, Professors, researchers and students to come up with topics for the intellectual debate.

With humility, Dr. Hisali confirmed his readiness to serve and used the golden opportunity to pitch the idea of holding the International debate on Geopolitics of Kampala annually.

The Vice Chancellor, Professor Nawangwe reiterated that the proposed Annual International Debate on Geopolitics will go further in cementing the relationship between Makerere University and France.

Other partners involved in the Geopolitics of Kampala Event include: The French Think Tank (IRIS), the German Adenauer Foundation, UN Women and the Alliance Francaise de Kampala.


Article by: Ritah Namisango, 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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