Makerere University has expanded her collaboration with the Nottingham Trent University (NTU), United Kingdom, following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the two institutions on Friday, 4th May 2018. Prior to the signing of the MoU, NTU had previously collaborated with the School of Public Health (MakSPH), College of Health Sciences (CHS) for close to 10 years, on the basis of renewable 3 year agreements.
“Our collaboration with NTU started under the leadership of Prof. William Bazeyo and Dr. David Musoke has been the lead between the School and NTU. As MakSPH, we are excited that this collaboration is now expanding to the rest of the University” remarked Assoc. Prof. Rhoda Wanyenze, Dean MakSPH who succeeded Prof. Bazeyo.
“MakSPH is already benefitting from her collaboration with NTU through a 6million Euros project conducting research on cardiovascular disease prevention” continued Assoc. Prof. Wanyenze before adding, “NTU has already expressed interest in expanding collaboration to the disciplines of Law as well as Gender Studies and in this regard, the Dean, Assoc. Prof. Sarah Ssali visited NTU on 3rd May 2018.”
The Scaling-up Packages of Interventions for Cardiovascular disease prevention in selected sites in Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa (SPICES) project at MakSPH currently offers doctoral scholarships to candidates with a minimum of a Masters degree in Medicine, Social Sciences, Environmental Health, Public Health, or any health-related degree. The SPICES Consortium is made up of 6 Universities including Mak and NTU.
In his remarks, Prof. William Bazeyo the former Dean, MakSPH and current Acting Deputy Vice Chancellor (Finance and Administration) thanked NTU for the support extended to the School in general and Dr. David Musoke in particular. “This collaboration started with only GBP5,000 and since then, we have been looking at expanding it. Thanks to this collaboration, David is one of the best young scientists at MakSPH and we equally thank him for working hard to drive this expansion forward. Having the NTU Pro-Vice Chancellor join us here today to sign this MoU is a great achievement.”
Prof. Cillian Ryan is a wearer of many hats at NTU. He is not only the Pro-Vice Chancellor International (head of NTU’s International activity) but also the Head of the College of Business, Law, and Social Sciences. He is additionally in charge of Sport at NTU and offers strategic advice on its provision.
“We are extremely privileged to be here today, as Makerere University has been one of our most outstanding partnerships. To date we have trained or are training 5 Masters students and 1PhD student” remarked the Pro-Vice Chancellor.
He was happy to note that Makerere, just like NTU, recognises the importance of working for the wellbeing of community. He added that NTU conducts a lot of research on challenges common to societies both in Europe and Africa such as wastewater management, food safety and protection and how to break free and be successfully rehabilitated from addictions to alcohol, drugs and gambling.
“As a result of our extensive research, three years ago (in 2015), we earned the Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education, which is the highest national honour given to universities in the UK” remarked Prof. Ryan. He further shared that NTU has made several strides in medical patenting and has recently produced an entire artificial human body that can be used, instead of cadavers, for teaching medical students.
“Research foundations are really important when coming up with memoranda of understanding and we would therefore want to identify more areas of research partnership with Makerere University” concluded Prof. Ryan.
In his remarks, the Vice Chancellor Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe warmly welcomed Prof. Ryan and his two colleagues; Mr. Stephen Williams, Director NTU Global and Ms. Teresa Dymond, Regional Partnership Coordinator-EAAA NTU to Makerere University. “Thank you for honouring us by wearing the Mak necktie.”
Prof. Nawangwe also paid tribute to NTU and the MakSPH leadership for the close to 10 years of fruitful collaboration. “The School of Public Health is our flagship in research and we thank them for forging this fruitful partnership with NTU. I also thank them for not being selfish but identifying other disciplines through which this collaboration can be broadened” he added.
The Vice Chancellor emphasized that Makerere University is always on the lookout for partnerships and expressed happiness at signing an MoU where activities were already being undertaken “This is a remarkable exception” he noted.
“We have grown in research and are currently ranked among the best in Africa, thanks to funding from our partners, NTU being among them. Our focus is to become truly research-led and be counted among the top research institutions in the world” added Prof. Nawangwe.
Prof. Nawangwe further shared that Makerere is a world-renowned leader in HIV/AIDS research and is also home to a fully fledged Infectious Diseases Institute, with preparations underway to establish a Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) centre as well. “We have also contributed a lot to ensuring food security in the Nation and our Refugee Law Project under the School of Law as well as other centres have played vital roles in research on peace and conflict resolution” he added.
The Vice Chancellor once again thanked Dr. David Musoke for being a good Ambassador of Makerere to NTU and expressed the University Management’s commitment to ensuring that the new collaboration is further strengthened. He thereafter handed over Mak souvenirs to the visiting NTU delegation. In reciprocity, Prof. Ryan handed over a framed lace made by English designer Sarah Burton, who also designed the Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding dress. Nottingham has a rich history of lace-making and was once the lace making capital of the world.
Article by Public Relations Office
4th Call For Applications: MURBS Departmental Ambassadors
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.
- Must be employed by the University on permanent terms
- 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.
- 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]murbs.mak.ac.ug and copy to wilber.naigambi[at]mak.ac.ug no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, 14th June 2021. We discourage hand delivery of applications.
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.
Chair Council Communication on Closure of Makerere University
7th June 2021
All Members of Staff
All Students and Stakeholders
RE: CLOSURE OF 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.
Lorna Magara (Mrs.)
Chairperson, Makerere University Council
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