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Makerere University Bursar, Mr. Augustine Tamale Hands over Office



On Thursday 28th June 2018, the Outgoing University Bursar, Mr. Augustine Tamale handed over office to the Acting University Bursar, Ms. Deborah Nalule. 

Ms Deborah Nalule, the Manager-Expenditure and Reporting in the Finance Department will manage the office until a substantive University Bursar assumes office.

 In a letter dated 20th April 2018, Mr. Tamale notified the Director, Human Resources that he would resign from the University service on Friday 29th June 2018. At its 565th meeting held on 23rd May 2018, the Makerere University Appointments Board accepted Mr. Tamale’s resignation.

In a cordial interaction with the Central Management team in May 2018, Mr. Tamale revealed that he had secured a job in another company that was offering a very competitive package in terms of remuneration and other benefits.

L-R, University Secretary- Mr Charles Barugahare, Out-going University Bursar - Mr Augustine Tamale, Incoming Ag. Bursar Ms Deborah Nalule and Dr. Eria Hisali - Acting Deputy Vice Chancellor (Finance and Administration).

During his tenure, Mr. Tamale ensured transparency and efficiency of financial transactions in the University. Determined to improve financial reporting in the University, Mr. Tamale introduced proper ways of maintaining all financial records in the Department. He also initiated an effective accounting system for the University.

“This is a tough office but you have done a great job. Thank for being a man of your word, with a respected reputation that you have protected for long. You are so committed to your wok and that kind of dedication needs to be appreciated. You have used the best of your time to ensure that the Finance Department becomes a better Unit. Once a Makererean, stay a Makererean, wherever you go ensure that you market Makerere University. Do things that will build and raise the University to greater heights,” said Mr Charles Barugahare, the University Secretary.

In the same spirit, the Director of Human Resources, Mr. Andrew Abunyang commended Mr. Tamale for being a very open, cooperative and hard working colleague.

During the handover ceremony, Mr. Tamale said: “It is an afternoon of mixed feelings. There is joy that I am moving to another place, but I had bonded with so many people here whom I miss dearly. Makerere University has lifted my profile so high-the University Bursar managing billions and billions. It was worthwhile being here. I will continue to give support to the team in the Finance Department when called upon.”

Mr. Tamale said that he was happy to hand over office knowing that the Debt burden of the University had reduced from UGX.130billion to UGX 60billion. He also urged the University Management to prioritise systems accounting in the Finance Department. “We have put in place a number of systems, and there is an urgent need to recruit technical people to handle systems accounting,” he stated.

Appointed University Bursar effective 7th November 2015, Mr. Augustine Tamale has diligently served Makerere University for two years and six months.

Mr. Tamale applauded the staff in the Finance Department for their cooperation and team work when he said:  “People that I found in the University helped me a lot. My success has been realised due to teamwork. Very many people here played a big role in ensuring that I deliver.  I appreciate the opportunity granted to me to serve this University. My family has grown bigger to include the Makerere University community.” 

Witnessing the handover, the Acting Deputy Vice Chancellor (Finance and Administration), Dr. Eria Hisali who is also the Principal of the College of Business and Management Sciences, thanked Mr. Tamale for his dedicated service to Makerere University. 

“We appreciate your contribution to Makerere University. You have put in place very good financial systems. Transparency has been enhanced in the accounting system. Information can now be easily shared among units. We appreciate this solid contribution and thank you for having been a remarkable person who is committed to your work. We shall always remember you,” Dr. Hisali said.

Some of the University officers who  witnessed the handover.

Dr. Hisali welcomed the incoming Acting University Bursar, Ms Nalule and thanked her for accepting to Act until a substantive University Bursar assumes office. On behalf of Management, Dr Hisali pledged to support Ms Nalule during her period of service. 

Ms Nalule thanked Mr. Tamale for his invaluable contribution to Makerere University, and in particular for uplifting the financial functions in the University. “We have enjoyed the cordial working relationship. Thank you so much for driving us this far and for the mantle that you have left to us,” she said. 

The following officers also witnessed the handover:  Mr. Walter Yorac Nono-Director Internal Audit; Mr. Hudson Musoke-representing the Director Legal Affairs, Ms Ritah Namisango-Senior Public Relations Officer, Mr. Peter Mubiru and Mr. Majid Sserunjogi from the Finance Department. 

Article by: Mak Public Relations Office

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Uganda’s policymakers implored to address forest loss, plastic & water pollution



Left to Right: Prof. Gunnar Köhlin, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, Amb. Maria Håkansson, Commissioner Julius Mafumbo and Prof. Edward Bbaale posing for a group photo before the opening ceremony on 22nd September 2022: Photo by EfD-Mak Centre.

The Vice Chancellor Professor Barnabas Nawangwe on Thursday 22nd September, 2022 participated in the opening of the EfD Annual meeting hosted by Makerere University at Speke Resort Munyonyo where he appealed to government to implement the ban on kaveera and address other environmental issues.

The opening ceremony moderated by the EfD Global Hub Manager Gunnar Köhlin and was graced by Uganda’s Minister for Water and Environment represented by the Commissioner for Water, Mr. Julius Mafumbo and the Swedish Ambassador to Uganda, H.E. Maria Håkansson.

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Prof. Nawangwe urges Makerere University community to support the Mastercard Foundation E-learning Initiative



By Bernard Buteera

Makerere University has launched a two million dollar E-learning Project, dubbed The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program E-learning initiative.  

The launch was held on Tuesday 20th September 2022 at Makerere University, Yusuf Lule Central Teaching Facility Auditorium. It attracted over 200 participants, who included members of University Management, College Principals, School Deans, Academic and Administrative staff, students and the general university community.

While addressing the gathering, the Chief Guest, Prof. Mary Okwakol, the Executive Director of National Council for Higher Education (NCHE), congratulated Makerere University for winning such a huge grant, which will go a long way in transforming the eLearning infrastructure at Makerere University.

“I am happy to be joining you in launching a project that is at the heart of National Council for Higher Education. Online learning is at the heart of the Council, not only because of the challenges presented by the Covid-19 pandemic, but also the world is now a digital world.” Prof. Okwakol remarked.

Prof. Okwakol thanked Mastercard Foundation and other development partners who have continued to support initiatives that help transform higher institutions of learning in Uganda.

“I sincerely thank the Mastercard Foundation and other partners who have continued to support higher education in Uganda, especially in the area of research and online learning. Globally, the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, greatly disrupted education systems forcing learners and some schools to shift to virtual learning to curb the spread of the pandemic.” Prof. Okwakol pointed out.

On his part, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe urged the university community, especially the academic staff to take advantage of the Mastercard Foundation E-learning initiative to develop e-content across all Colleges of the University, to enhance capacity for eLearning at Makerere University.

[L -R] Chairperson of the Steering Committee of the E-learning Initiative, Prof. Umar Kakumba, Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, Prof. Mary Okwakol, the Executive Director of National Council for Higher Education (NCHE), Prof. Paul Birevu Muyinda, the Coordinator of the Mastercard Foundation E-learning Initiative and Prof. Justine Namaalwa, the Program Coordinator for Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program.

”I appeal to the Colleges to embrace this project and have as many courses adopt this pedagogy development system, even though students will continue with face-to face and phyisical learning, they should be allowed the option of online learning. The platforms that are going to be built, will give our students an opportunity to interact with international students, scholars, teachers and with each other.” Prof. Nawangwe applealed.

The Vice Chancellor, further called upon all other development partners to emulate Mastercard Foundation in supporting Makerere University and other universities on the entire African continent in strengthening digital literacy, so that Africa is not left behind.

”In 2018 I attended a conference on E-learning in Beijing China, where a critical question was asked; Will Africa be left behind again? This was in reference to many advancements that were taking place in the western world, in which Africa had been left behind.” The Vice Chancellor reminded the audience.

Prof. Nawangwe further emphaised the importance of e-learning as one of the critical modes of teaching and learning in the 21st first century.   

”Ladies and Gentlemen, I cannot over emphasise the importance we attach to e-learning the 21st Century, that is why we took a decision to elevate the Department of Open and Distance Learning into an Institute of Open and Distance E-learning with an intention of having e-learning extended to other Colleges of the university.” Prof. Nawangwe pointed out.

The Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic Affairs, and Chairperson of the Steering Committee of the E-learning Initiative, Prof. Umar Kakumba, rallied the University community to support the implementation of the project in the University.

“The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program E-learning initiative could not have come in at a better time than post COVID19 era. A pandemic, which exposed our systems and methods of teaching and learning. You all recall, when were hit by the pandemic, with lockdowns and closures of institutions of learning, we all went into a panicky mode on how were going to cope with online learning. I therefore call upon every member of the university to give this project the support it deserves.

Prof. Kakumba reminded the audience the importance and relevancy of online learning at Makerere University and other universities in Uganda.

“The online method of learning is best suited for everyone. This digital revolution has led to remarkable changes in how the content is accessed, consumed, discussed, and shared. Office goers and stay home mothers can take up online educational courses too, at the time that suits them. Depending on their availability and comfort, many people choose to learn at weekends or evenings.” Prof. Kakumba remarked.

Prof. Paul Birevu Muyinda, the Coordinator of the Mastercard Foundation E-learning Initiative, informed the audience the importance of the project and the expected outcomes for the University.

One of the Champions of e-learning trained by Arizona State University, Prof. Paul Birevu Muyinda receiving a certificate from Chief Guest.

“The Mastercard Foundation e- Learning Initiative is a Project funded by Mastercard Foundation aimed at addressing the negative impact of COVID-19 pandemic that constrained access and continuity of teaching, learning, research and community engagement activities at Makerere University” Prof. Muyinda pointed out.

Prof. Muyinda further thanked the team that he worked with in putting up the proposal in a very short time that yielded such an important grant for the University.

“I thank the team that spent sleepless nights putting together the proposal that resulted into this project. I must report that Makerere University is privileged to be having the most highly qualified persons in online instruction design and online pedagogy at the IODeL and beyond. It is now up to Makerere University in particular and the Country in general to make use of these persons to transform the terrain of online, blended distance and e-learning education.” Prof. Muyinda remarked.

Prof. Justine Namaalwa, the Program Coordinator for Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at Makerere University, informed the audience, that the E-learning initiative was one of the many partnerships between Mastercard Foundation and Makerere University geared at supporting the young people to succeed on the African continent.

Members of University Management, staff and students present.

“The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program continues to recognize that in order to enable young people across Africa to succeed, there is need to; Address systemic barriers in Higher education, Strengthen the capacity of Institutions that serve the Young People, and Support innovative solutions across critical sectors.” Prof. Namaalwa remarked.

The colourful launch ended with a panel discussion in which panelists digested the importance and opportunities for open distance and eLearning in higher institutions of learning.

Bernard Buteera is the Communications Officer of the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at Makerere University.

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Supplementary Admissions to Bachelor of Laws Under Private Sponsorship 2022/23




The Academic Registrar, Makerere University, informs applicants wishing to be admitted to Bachelor of Laws Private for 2022/2023 Academic year but failed to submit their application online to submit their applications from Friday 23rd to Friday 30th September, 2022 at a non-refundable fee of 50,000/= (Fifty thousand shillings only).

The applicants MUST have passed the Pre-entry Examinations for Bachelor of Laws.

Diploma/Degree holders should submit certified copies of their academic transcript to Room
315 Level 3, Senate Building.

Applicants who have already been admitted need not apply.

For any additional information, contact Undergraduate Admissions Offices 301/303 for A’Level Applicants and Office 315 for Diploma/Degree holders.

Date: 22nd September, 2022

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