On 13th June 2018, a number of internal stakeholders comprising the Vice Chancellor and his Management Team, College Principals, representatives of academic and administrative units convened in the Senate Building Conference Hall to validate the proposed Makerere University Strategic Planning Framework that will inform the Makerere University Strategic Plan for the next ten years (2019/20-2029/30).
The Strategic Planning Framework focused on positioning Makerere University as the Regional Knowledge Hub will be used as a reference in the formulation of colleges /unit strategic plans that will inform the ten years Makerere University Strategic plan (2019/20-2029/30).
During the Validation Meeting, the Vice Chancellor of Makerere University, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe expressed commitment to the process of turning Makerere University into a research led University when he said, “We have the potential to be the research led University in Africa. Makerere University’s legacy in research and publications is known worldwide. We have made research in various critical areas and our research has made a strong impact to the community. I believe we have the potential for the new shift and we are shifting for better.”
The Chairperson of the Strategic Plan Drafting Committee, Dr. Isaac Okullo, who is also the Deputy Principal, College of Health Sciences noted that for each thematic area, a range of measures of success have been specified. These will provide the benchmark to assess baseline and progress of implementation over the plan period.
“The implementation of the ten year Strategic Plan will be phased into three year operational plans and annual work plans which will be assessed for realisation of the set targets. The annual work plan/ activities will guide the budgeting against which university performance will be assessed,” he stated.
He urged Colleges and Units to embark on the process of drafting the Colleges/Units Strategic Plans to enable the Strategic Plan Drafting Committee finalise its work on time. “We request that you identify a Planning Chairperson and constitute a Planning Committee of not less than five members to drive the planning process,” he said.
According to the Chairperson of the Strategic Planning Committee who is also the Acting Deputy Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration Prof. William Bazeyo, the new Strategic Plan is expected to align the University goals with the Sustainable Development Goals; the Agenda 2063 by the African Union; and the institution of National Development Plan II and Vision 2040.
“At its meeting on 29th November 2017, Makerere University Council identified inhibiting factors that need to be addressed as the university moves into the next planning cycle. The University Council also stressed the need to evaluate the placement of Makerere University in the national Development Agenda,” he said.
In February 2018, Makerere University embarked on the process that will culminate in the formulation of the next ten year Strategic Plan (2020/21-2029/30). The formulation of the new Mak Strategic Plan (2020/21-2029/30) will take a year-long participatory approach incorporating views of different stakeholders including staff, alumni, students, professional bodies, civil society, as well as the private and public sectors. The current 10 year Mak Strategic Plan is expected to come to an end in 2019.
The development of the Strategic Framework marks the beginning of the new direction of Makerere University Spanning over the next decade. It is envisaged, and as underlined by the Strategic Planning Retreat held in February 2018 at Entebbe, that the new strategic plan 2020/21-229/30 will address three key investment areas namely the institution, the human capital and the development impact. These will fit with in the structure of the core and support functions of the university.
The Strategic Planning Framework outlines the identity, vision, mission and core functions of Makerere University, puts forward the key procedures and parameters that will guide the Colleges/Units in the formulation of their plans and articulates the key performance indicators in terms of measures of success and benchmarking international and regional institutions in the plan formulation process.
While the outgoing strategic plan was more focused on processes, it is proposed that the new plan should target quality outputs and outcomes. As such the basis of the strategic plan is:
- Anchoring the University as a research led institution that contributes to the development of the national intellectual outputs and resources but also meets the requisite criteria of a regional hub;
- A reviewed research agenda that provides opportunities for exploitation of the talent among students and staff to engage with relevant stakeholders (industry, communities, private and public entities) as part of their research interests, with a focus on impacting and identifying future research requirements;
- Enhanced engagement with industry and business, and other end-users of research and promote knowledge transfer and commercialisation nationally, regionally and internationally;
- Increased value and volume of innovations spawned from university research and other functions;
- A problem/community-based learning approach that prepares a versatile, professionally grounded; ethical leader and change agent who is committed to lifelong learning;
- An equitable, inclusive and gender mainstreamed system in both academic and support function areas;
- A human resource system that will engender an engaged, motivated and highly productive workforce, Institutional Consolidation including transformation from the current partially implemented Collegiate system from a highly centralised to a largely decentralised Financial Management and less bureaucratic administrative system well entrenched in actual operational needs of the colleges; and
- A robust M&E system that will promote institutional learning and improvement in the service provision and outputs of the university.
The Director of Planning and Development Department Dr. Florence Nakayiwa said that new Strategic Plan envisions an efficient and effective university that is highly reputable with a recognised brand. It also looks at an engaged, motivated and highly productive workforce.
“The Strategic Plan also foresees a Makerere University graduate that is versatile, professionally grounded, has ethical values and committed to lifelong learning. It also positions the graduate as a leader and change agent, who has had a positive experience at Makerere University,” she said.
According to Dr. Nakayiwa, teaching and learning is the main mechanism through which the University contributes to the National Human capital Development needs. The University offers an array of disciplines ranging from humanities, performing and liberal arts to areas of science Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM). She noted that since the Makerere University Graduates at Bachelors, Masters, and PhD level should be distinct and equipped with requisite skills, the new plan will be geared towards creating the appropriate environment and support to the students to meet their academic and professional aspirations.
“The implication will be the institution of a robust, relevant and competence based 21st Century curriculum coupled with career guidance, counselling and mentorship. It will be a blended learning, integrated with field work and community services. Continuous dialogues and engagement with the students will define the teaching and learning interface at all times,” she explained.
“The curriculum will be a learner centred; promote participation, experimentation and collaborative learning. A problem/community-bases learning approach that prepares the learners to take on societal challenges will be adopted. The role of the academic staff is envisaged to change from lecturing to designing of learning experiences and environments in which students learn and work together with the lecturer thus becoming more of a coach. This will promote the critical intellectual dispositions and build capacity for independent thinking and analysis of unchartered and complex issues,” she added.
In a presentation, Mrs Patience Mushengyezi a Member of the Strategic Plan Drafting Committee said that the research agenda over the next 10 years period shall be determined by taking into account the research leadership role of Makerere University in undertaking both basic and applied research. The research thrust will be built on the established Centres of Excellence such as the African Centres of Excellence, the East African Centre of Renewable Energy Efficiency and the Waste Management Centre of Excellence.
“It is envisaged that the University will shift from exclusively focusing on creating an enabling environment to a position of defining, creating, nurturing and investing in the building blocks for a research university in Uganda. There will be a distinct shift to increased graduate enrolment and knowledge production. There will be efforts to engage government to fund graduate programmes through the loan scheme and other direct funding mechanisms,” she stated.
On Knowledge transfer partnership, Mrs Mushengyezi said that the new strategic plan will focus on generating knowledge and capacity through incubation centres, technology parks, intellectual Property and commercialisation of ideas.
- Discussing the Institution, Dr. Justine Namaalwa also a member of the Strategic Plan Drafting Committee said that the new strategic plan is ready to;
- Develop efficient, effective and highly reputable institutions recognised as a good brand
- Develop a culture that will engender an engaged, motivated and highly productive workforce
- Improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the Library Services
- Leverage the ICT as a platform for academic excellence and innovations at Makerere University
- Reposition the gender Mainstreaming program to excel in providing an equitable and gender responsive organisational environment
- Generate maximum benefit from university land holdings and existing infrastructure facilities
- Develop a devolved efficient financial management system
- Widen the university financial resource base
- Leverage resources and experience from the international experience of staff and students in teaching, learning, and research and service provision.
Article by: Mak Public Relations Office
Mak Commissions CoVAB@50 Celebrations, Awards Certificates
The College of Veterinary Medicine, Animal Resources and Biosecurity (CoVAB) on Thursday 17th June, 2021 commenced celebrations to mark 50 Years of Veterinary Higher Education, Science, Technology, Innovation and Services (HESTIS) in Uganda. The blended event held at the Industrial Livestock Research, Incubation and Skilling (ILRIS) Center at Nakyesasa, Namulonge as well as online was presided over by the Chancellor, Prof. Ezra Suruma and First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports (MoES), Hon. Janet Museveni both represented by the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe.
The event, held as part of Makerere University Centenary Celebrations (1922-2022) was a moment of celebration for 1,930 skilled livestock agribusiness entrepreneurs who were awarded certificates in recognition of completion of their respective courses. Owing to the strict Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) instituted by the Ministry of Health (MoH) to curb the spread of COVID-19, the students from Incubation Hubs in Atiak, Butaleja, Mubende, Nakyesasa, Sheema and Wakiso were awarded their certificates virtually.
In her remarks read by Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, Hon. Janet Museveni thanked Makerere University for supporting grassroots level development through groundbreaking innovations under the Africa Institute for Strategic Services and Development-Skills for Production Enterprise Development and Accreditation (AFRISA-SPEDA) model.
“I am extremely pleased that Makerere University, through those innovative approaches, has developed and launched the alternative approach to building human capital and transferring knowledge to enterprises in communities.
“I would like to encourage all those involved in skills development to adopt methodologies that transform those trainees that go through these programs in ways that enable them also transform the societies they live in” read the Minister’s remarks.
She further noted that commissioning of the CoVAB@50 celebrations was both timely and rewarding. “The commissioning of the college innovations indeed has made meaning. This is a true path to growth of an Academic and Development College of the University, and we congratulate you again.”
Addressing the congregation as Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe congratulated CoVAB alumna and incoming Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation (MoSTI) under the Office of the President, Dr. Monica Musenero upon her recent appointment. “We thank His Excellency the President for identifying you. Science is in good hands.”
Prof. Nawangwe urged Dr. Musenero to address the structures of managing research and innovation in Uganda, “including the role of the Uganda National Council for Science and Technology and the apparent need to establish a Research Council for Uganda.”
In the same breath he thanked the outgoing and pioneer Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Hon. Dr. Elioda Tumuwesigye, for his role in ensuring that the ministry is empowered to carry out its mandate.
The Chancellor congratulated CoVAB upon training the bulk of Veterinary Doctors in Uganda over the last 50 years and more recently, Laboratory Technologists at the highest level. He recognised Makerere University‘s obligation to contribute to the economic self-determination of Uganda and thanked CoVAB for conducting research that addresses hindrances to national development, especially in the livestock industry.
“The anti-tick vaccine is one of such innovations which will solve the huge problem of tick-borne diseases that have caused enormous losses to our farmers. There are many other problems on which the college is researching and we thank you for the enthusiasm” he added.
The Chancellor commended CoVAB for being the vanguard of transformation of the grassroots communities through the SPEDA model. “I urge Government to fund this important initiative so that it can more meaningfully contribute to solving the big problem of youth unemployment.”
In her remarks, Dr. Monica Musenero commended the Principal, CoVAB, Prof. John David Kabasa for fulfilling the College’s dream of enabling the masses who drop out of the education value chain as well as those who complete education but have no skills for livelihood, to attain certification in agribusiness entrepreneurship.
“Many people attain academic success and write papers, publish and they become professors but without demonstrable impact on their nation. You have shown by the thousands that you have touched nationwide that indeed you are a professor of national transformation. Congratulations,” remarked Dr. Musenero.
She therefore congratulated the teams at CoVAB and AFRISA upon successfully conceiving and executing a model that is non-traditional, informal, not easily understood and not documented in any textbooks.
As Minister, Dr. Musenero noted that witnessing thousands of individuals from across the country whose skills had been honed through a university programme receiving certificates gave her a lot of hope and material to embark on her tenure with. “I will be looking forward to harnessing these resources as we initiate work on the next leg of Science, Technology and Innovation in the country under the President’s Office.”
The invitation to the Principal, CoVAB to present students for the award of the ordinary diplomas, ordinary certificates and artisan certificates was given by the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic Affairs), Dr. Umar Kakumba. He congratulated the awardees upon successfully completing their respective courses and graduating with evidence on an enterprise.
Prof. Kabasa clarified that the approach used to train the day’s awardees was not simply a vocational skilling. “The combination of action research with knowledge transfer, skilling, plus assessment and accreditation processes done by organs like the DIT (Directorate of Industrial Training, MoES) has given us this result, for the University to provide true leadership and transformation of the community.”
Present at the celebrations were the Director, DIT, MoES-Mr. Byakatonda Patrick and the Deputy Commissioner Social Services Development, MoES Madam Elizabeth Bateme who have worked through the Academic-Community-Public-Private-Partnership model to ensure that students graduate as entrepreneurs with micro enterprises.
Prior to presiding over the ceremony, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, on behalf of the First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports officially commissioned the SPEDA Training, Incubation and Research Centre – Nakyesasa.
UNMA Advisory on Agriculture and Food Security Jun-Aug 2021
The Uganda National Meteorological Authority (UNMA) on 7th June 2021 released the seasonal rainfall outlook for the June-July-August (JJA) 2021 period. Contained in the outlook were advisories to various strategic sectors of the economy.
Particularly, the advisory to the Agriculture and Food Security sector was;
- JJA season is often part of the normal dry season in the areas of South-western, western, parts of the eastern, and central Uganda. The farming communities in these areas are therefore advised to be vigilant during post-harvest handling by considering proper drying of the harvest on clean surfaces, use of tarpaulins and drying on racks;
- Preparation of good storage facilities of produce to avoid compromising on quality and safety;
- Channeling of the run-off water into the gardens in order to maximize on the soil moisture conservation;
- For those areas where near normal to above normal rainfall is expected (most parts of northern and eastern Uganda), farmers are encouraged to continue with regular weeding, pest and disease surveillance and control;
- Due to the expected enhanced rainfall in those areas, water logging and proliferation of fungal and bacterial crop diseases are likely to occur.
- Open drainage channels around household and gardens to reduce risks from stagnant water causing damage to root tuber crops;
- Flash floods and waterlogging are highly anticipated to occur in low lying areas expected to receive enhanced rainfall such as Katakwi and Kapelebyong. Therefore, communities are encouraged to keep watch over their crops, animals and property;
- In Karamoja sub-region, where wetter conditions are expected, the pastoral communities are advised to diversify into boosting the production of cereals (sorghum, millet, and maize), beans, and ground nuts and sustain pasture availability for livestock.
Please see Downloads for the detailed outlook.
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.
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