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Mak Signs Collaboration Agreement with Guangdong University of Foreign Studies

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Makerere University on Thursday, 17th May 2018 signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Guangdong University of Foreign Studies (GDUFS) to promote cultural, educational exchange, collaboration and technical interchange between the two Universities. The MoU was signed on behalf of Mak by the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe and on GDUFS’ behalf by the President, Prof. Sui Guangjun. GDUFS is a public university and the only higher education institution in the Peoples Republic of China providing all-English programs in International Business, Chinese Business Culture and an all-English MBA program.

Speaking on behalf of the University Council, the Chairperson Eng. Dr. Charles Wana-Etyem who on 23rd April 2018, accompanied by the Chairperson Appointments Board Mr. Bruce Kabaasa visited GDUFS welcomed Prof. Sui as well as the Dongsong Energy Group CEO, Ms. Chen Wei and their respective delegations to Makerere University.

“Guangdong University of Foreign Studies has already made provisions for some of the things we are trying to start in Makerere University. While visiting Guangdong, we stayed at a hostel built by the University under Public-Private Partnership (PPP) and managed by the private sector,” remarked the Chairperson.

The Chairperson Council-Eng. Dr. Charles Wana-Etyem (L) exchangies pleasantries the GDUFS President Prof. Sui Guangjun before the MoU signing ceremony

“Universities are incubation centres for knowledge. When you devote all your energies to foreign studies, you can be sure that the foreign policy of the Peoples Republic of China is underpinned by staff doing academic work at the Guangdong University of Foreign Studies,” continued Eng. Dr. Wana-Etyem in address to Prof. Sui.

The Chairperson further remarked that the presence of all-English programs at GDUFS indicates that there will be no barrier for Mak staff and students who will take part in exchange activities under the MoU. Additionally, he appreciated the role played by the Dongsong Energy Group in fostering collaboration between Mak and GDUFS.

“I hope that soon after signing this MoU with Guangdong, we shall expedite the process of renewing the MoU between Makerere and Dongsong Energy Group, so that our students can undertake their internship at your factory and when the fertiliser production commences, more students will be at the forefront of training our farmers on how to use them. I once again thank the President and CEO for coming to Makerere University. You have my assurance that the University Council will support activities under this MoU one hundred percent,” concluded the Chairperson.

In his remarks, the Acting Commissioner for Higher Education, Mr. Mukwatampola Muzamir who represented the State Minister for Higher Education, Hon. Dr. John Chrysostom Muyingo, on behalf of the Ministry of Education and Sports (MoES) thanked the Chinese Government for the continued support to the Government of Uganda, especially the education sector.

Prof. Sui Guangjun (L) hands over a GDUFS souvenir to Mr. Mukwatampola Muzamir

“The Ministry of Education and Sports has enjoyed a lot of support in the form of scholarships to Ugandan students every year, for which we are grateful. I therefore thank you for accepting to partner with Makerere University in an MoU that will facilitate staff and student exchanges and further strengthen collaboration between the Peoples Republic of China and Uganda,” remarked Mr. Mukwatampola.

Mr. Mukwatampola thanked the Mak and GDUFS leadership for their hard work that culminated into the MoU signing and hoped that the parties would each fulfill their respective obligations under the agreement. He reassured the audience of the Government’s support and prayed that only the most deserving staff and students would benefit from the opportunities presented by the MoU.

In his remarks, the Vice Chancellor Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe thanked Prof. Sui Guangjun, Ms. Chen Wei and their respective delegations for visiting Makerere University to personally take part in and witness the MoU signing.

“We are delighted to have these high powered delegations from Guangdong University of Foreign Studies and the Dongsong Energy Group as well as our own Chairperson of Council, Chairperson of Appointments Board, representative of the State Minister of Higher Education join the University Management to witness the signing of this MoU,” said the Vice Chancellor.

Seated: Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe (R) and Prof. Sui Guangjun (L) sign the MoU as Standing R-L: Mr. Bruce Kabaasa, Mr. Yusuf Kiranda, Prof. Edward Kirumira, Eng. Dr. Charles Wana-Etyem, a Legal Officer, Mr. Henry Mwebe, Ms. Chen Wei, Ms. Jane Guo and Liang Xuehong witness

Prof. Nawangwe shared that Makerere University seeks to internationalise more intensely and the MoU signing ceremony with GDUFS presented the perfect opportunity to enhance this aspiration. He thanked the Dongsong Energy Group CEO Ms. Chen Wei for the role played in initiating the contact with Chinese universities four years ago and equally expressed Mak’s readiness to sign an MoU with her company.

“I thank you for hosting the Chairperson Council and his delegation during his recent visit to Guangdong and I know that this agreement we are signing today will pave the way for expanding collaborations between our two institutions even further,” said Prof. Nawangwe to Prof. Sui.

In his acceptance speech, Prof. Sui Guangjun thanked the Vice Chancellor and University leadership for the warm welcome, noting that it made him feel right at home. He shared that his University is located in Guangzhou, capital of Guangdong; one of China’s most advanced and developed provinces, and home to a thirty thousand-strong African Diaspora population.   

“Similar to Makerere University, internationalisation is a major objective and we have collaborations with 355 universities in the world. Twenty five percent of our students have the opportunity to go abroad during their study and we offer double degrees in collaboration with our partners,” remarked Prof. Sui.

Eng. Dr. Charles Wana-Etyem, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, Prof. Sui Guangjun, Mr. Mukwatampola Muzamir and Ms. Chen Wei pose for a group photo with Mak and GDFU leadership afer the MoU signing ceremony

Prof. Sui who was fresh from attending the 2018 Joint Conference of Confucius Institutes in Africa held in Mozambique on 14th May shared that an extra 1,000 scholarships had been announced for African students, which pointed to the progress of friendship between China and Africa.

“Guangdong University of Foreign Studies is home to the only Research Institute in African Studies in Southern China. This is therefore the perfect opportunity to look forward to collaborations between our two universities and our Dean of the Institute for International Education, Mr. Liang Xuehong is here to promote student exchange,” remarked Prof. Sui.

In her remarks, Ms. Chen Wei thanked the Vice Chancellor and Chairperson Council for the warm welcome upon her first visit to Uganda. She expressed happiness at facilitating collaborations between the two institutions, noting that the Government of Uganda and delegation led by Eng. Dr. Wana-Etyem and Mr. Bruce Kabaasa had put in a lot of effort to make the MoU signing come to fruition. Ms. Wei acknowledged that her company would be a beneficiary of the MoU. “We can recruit some of the graduates trained as a result of this partnership,” she added.

Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe (R) hands over an assortment of Mak souvenirs to Dongsong CEO-Ms. Chen Wei in appreciation of her role in initiating the collaboration

The MoU signing ceremony was also witnessed by University Secretary-Mr. Charles Barugahare, Academic Registrar-Mr. Alfred Namoah Masikye, Director Human Resources-Mr. Andrew Abunyang, Director Internal Audit-Mr. Walter Yorac Nono, Director Legal Affairs-Mr. Henry Mwebe, Director Research and Graduate Training-Prof. Buyinza Mukadasi, Acting Director Gender Mainstreaming-Dr. Euzobia Baine Mugisha, Deputy University Secretary-Mr. Yusuf Kiranda,  Principal, College of Humanities and Social Sciences- Prof. Edward k. Kirumira, Deputy Principal, College of Natural Sciences-Prof. Fredrick Muyodi, Dean School of Women and Gender Studies-Dr. Sarah Ssali, PA to the Vice Chancellor-Mr. Gordon Murangira, Senior Public Relations Officer-Ms. Ritah Namisango as well as members of staff of Makerere University and GDUFS.

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Aptitude Test Exam Results for the Mature Age Entry Scheme 2023/2024

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The Office of Academic Registrar, Makerere University has released Aptitude Test Examination results for the Mature Age Entry Scheme Examinations held on Saturday 17th December, 2022.

The Candidates who scored 50% and above in the aptitude test passed the aptitude examination and will have their programme -specific examination paper marked. Those who scored less than 50% failed.

Access the links below for the lists categorised under Science-based and Humanities based programmes respectively:

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Mak Participates in New Vision Education Expo 2023

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Ms Joyce Muhanguzi, Senior Assistant Registrar in the Department of the Academic Registrar (L) interacts with visitors during the New Vision Education Expo 2023.

Makerere University is participating in the New Vision Education Expo 2023 to strengthen its niche as the leading provider of education services.

The three-day New Vision Expo (Friday 27th January 2023 to Sunday 29th January 2023) at the Uganda Institute of Information and Communications Technology (UICT) Nakawa brings on board players in the education and business fields to forge partnerships to improve the quality and outcomes of education in Uganda.

Makerere University seeks to maximally utilize the three days to ensure that the participants at the Education Expo gain a deeper understanding of its 100 year journey of providing excellent services to humanity through academic programmes, services offered and ongoing efforts aimed at producing employable graduates as well as entrepreneurs.

Ms Joyce Muhanguzi, has a one-on-one session with visitors to the Makerere University exhibition space.
Ms Joyce Muhanguzi, has a one-on-one session with visitors to the Makerere University exhibition space.

The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe highlights that Makerere University values stakeholder engagements and partnerships.  “The New Vision Expo 2023 presents Makerere University with an opportunity to enhance stakeholder engagements. It is about consolidating the relationships with schools, prospective students and parents, and partners in the education sector. I applaud the CEO of Vision Group-Mr. Don Wanyama for coming up with the Education Expo.”

To respond to the information needs of stakeholders, Makerere University has lined up a team of experienced staff from the Department of the Academic Registrar, the Admissions Office, Public Relations Office, Career Guidance experts as well as the Institute of Open Distance and e-Learning (IODeL) under the College of Education and External Studies (CEES).

According to the Principal PRO of Makerere University Ms. Ritah Namisango, the Education Expo provides a platform to reach out to the clients that Makerere University exists to serve. “You must be in touch with your prospective parents, students as well as schools and partners that continue to recommend you as the leading university in the region. Makerere University has celebrated 100 years of excellent service to humanity (1922-2022). So, as we continue to promote the academic programmes, innovations and services that we offer, we are ready to listen, interact and learn from respective stakeholders about what they expect from the University as we embark on the next 100 years.”

Ms. Ritah Namisango (L) and Ms. Joyce Muhanguzi interact with members of the public.
Ms. Ritah Namisango (L) and Ms. Joyce Muhanguzi interact with members of the public.

The New Vision Expo 2023 is happening at an opportune (holiday) time, which accords the students, parents and guardians quality time to visit the exhibition and interact with experts in the education sector.

In addition, Makerere University has recently advertised its academic programmes and it is preparing to receive students for the Academic year 2023/2024. Sharing her experience about the interaction with participants who visited the Makerere University exhibition space, Ms Joyce Muhanguzi, Senior Assistant Registrar in the Department of the Academic Registrar noted that most of the prospective students and parents wanted to know about the academic programmes, the subject combinations that students should study to qualify to apply for the respective academic programmes, and the available admission avenues i.e. government sponsorship, private sponsorship, diploma entry, direct entry, national merit, talented sports entry and district quota programme).

Mr. Dennis Kibuuka (L) has a one-on-one session with a visitor to the Makerere University exhibition space.
Mr. Dennis Kibuuka (L) has a one-on-one session with a visitor to the Makerere University exhibition space.

Ms Joyce Muhanguzi and Mr. Dennis Kibuuka’s interaction focused on students who expressed their desire to join Makerere University in the coming years, and needed a case by case approach to their information needs, career guidance and linkages to Professors and Administrative staff in the respective Colleges at Makerere University.

The prospective students and parents also disclosed that in addition to the information on the Makerere University website, they welcome interactive and friendly approaches such as the New Vision Education Expo where they are presented with a golden opportunity to interact with Makerere University officials face-to-face.

At the New Vision Education Expo 2023, Makerere University joins other exhibitors that include; Government agencies, NGOs, Telecom companies, Banks, Insurance companies, Kindergartens/Daycare Centres, Primary and Secondary schools, Ugandan and Kenyan Universities, International schools, Study Abroad Agencies, Vocational institutions, Scholastic materials suppliers and SME service providers.

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73rd Graduation Highlights

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The Chancellor, Prof. Ezra Suruma (R) confers the Doctor of Philosophy upon Dr. John Kalule from CEES (L) during the Second Session of the 72nd Graduation Ceremony of Makerere University held on 24th May 2022 in the Freedom Square.

The 73rd Graduation Ceremony of Makerere University will be held from Monday 13th to Friday 17th February 2023 following the schedule below:

Monday, 13th February, 2023
College of Health Sciences (CHS)
College of Natural Sciences (CoNAS)
School of Law (SoL)

Tuesday, 14th February, 2023
College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES)
College of Education and External Studies (CEES)

Wednesday, 15th February, 2023
College of Business and Management Sciences (CoBAMS)
College of Computing and Information Sciences (CoCIS)
College of Veterinary Medicine, Animal Resources and Bio-security (CoVAB)

Thursday, 16th February, 2023
Makerere University Business School (MUBS)

Friday, 17th February, 2023
College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology (CEDAT)
College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHUSS)

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