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Hon. Tumwebaze, Dr. Muvawala To Champion MakLIB E-resources Fundraising Initiative



The World Library Day Celebrations held on Friday, 13th July 2018 in the University Library concluded on a high as the Minister of ICT and National Guidance-Hon. Frank Tumwebaze and Executive Director, National Planning Authority (NPA)-Dr. Joseph Muvawala both graciously accepted the request to champion efforts to raise funds to support procurement of e-resources and related library activities at Makerere University. The request had earlier been presented by the University Librarian-Dr. Hellen Byamugisha and reiterated by the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe.

“I wish to thank you for the invitation to champion this fundraising initiative and to this I say, let us establish a partnership with the Ministry of ICT immediately. We are supporting AIMS (Academic Information Management System) so under the same framework we can support the TISC (Technology and Innovation Support Centre). I request the Vice Chancellor to get in touch with my Permanent Secretary so that we can work this out” remarked Hon. Tumwebaze in response.

Hon. Frank Tumwebaze shows off a record of the First Parliament Session he chanced upon while touring the exhibition

Earlier, Hon. Tumwebaze had launched the TISC, housed on the Main University Library’s Second Floor. TISC is an initiative of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO); the Uganda Registration Services Bureau (URSB) being the National focal point, tasked with identifying potential host institutions. The TISC will the promote the quality of research and innovation of staff and students at Makerere University by providing access to patent information, scientific journals and training on Intellectual Property (IP) laws and patents.

“I thank you for moving the University Library from its orthodox state and making it relevant in the digital space. Digitization will enable you to store information for posterity. The only competition Makerere University has in this country is its own record. For you to compete with this record you must be innovative, and the TISC is one such innovation by Makerere. I therefore urge you all to accept this new idea and support it” said Hon. Tumwebaze.

Hon. Frank Tumwebaze inspects Sir Albert Cook's original Medical Notes during a tour of the Africana Section exhibition

The Minister further commended Prof. Nawangwe for championing the use of ICT and promoting Makerere University’s brand by being active on the social media platform Twitter. “Content is what rules the digital space as well as the virtual space. If you have no content, people will not follow you. The great Makerere should always remain great. I therefore urge you to continue publishing quality content so that we can defeat instances of fake news and alternative facts” he added.

Delivering the keynote address at the celebrations Dr. Muvawala started off by commending his alma mater Makerere University for moving library services in the right direction through digitization and embracing E-resources. He noted that the maximization of the power of information results into effective service delivery. “Information is not just a necessity but also a serious condition for efficiently running public policy and life” he explained.

National Planning Authority ED-Dr. Joseph Muvawala delivered the keynote address on the importance of information

He nevertheless urged the University Library to align its services to the planning perspective by embracing a global mindset that reduces the distance between its resources and users by delivering services in real-time. He further challenged the University Library actors not to sit back and be content with their achievements but rather actively participate in public dialogues that shape the policies that affect them.

“I thank you for inviting me to deliver the keynote. Now that I am informed about your activities, I can say that you are selecting the right champion. A vision isn’t a vision if it is not shared. The Uganda 2040 envisions a knowledge-based society where our planning and growth is based on knowledge and research. Our vision underpins the need for accurate, reliable information and the Makerere University Library as the National repository ought to play a visible role.

L-R: Principal CoCIS-Prof. Tonny Oyana, Director EWD-Eng. Christina Kakeeto, Dean of Students-Mr. Cyriaco Kabagambe and Director Internal Audit-Mr. Walter Yorac Nono at the Celebrations

“As we celebrate this world library day and the advantages of remodeled libraries in informed societies, the role played by the oldest library in Uganda is unequalled. This is what makes Makerere truly Makerere. The only way to compete with Makerere is by doing what you do better, and as a Convocation we have to promote this university every day of our lives” enthused Dr. Muvawala.

In his remarks, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe thanked Hon. Tumwebaze and Dr. Muvawala for honouring invitations to their alma mater. He reiterated the key support role played by the University Library; being at the heart of all teaching, learning, research and innovation services at Makerere University.

Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe emphasised that Library Services were at the heart of Mak's core functions

“I had never fully comprehended the importance of the Makerere University Library until I heard from a Professor while I was visiting the University of Michigan in May this year that we had the best library in Africa! He however warned that all the precious collections we had risked being lost due to the wear and tear unless we digitized them” remarked Prof. Nawangwe.

He therefore commended the University Library for digitizing the institutional archives and requested the Guest of Honour and Keynote Speaker to continue marketing the University Library. “Makerere is not just a National repository but the best information asset in Africa. I therefore thank the Honourable Minister for launching the Technology and Innovation Support Centre” added Prof. Nawangwe, noting that this would go a long way addressing Africa’s lagging number of patents filed.

Hon. Frank Tumwebaze (R) receives a souvenir from Dr. Helen Byamugisha in appreciation of his visit and acceptance to be a Champion for Library Services

Addressing her guests, the University Librarian-Dr. Helen Byamugisha shared that the day’s theme “Remodeled Library Services: Informed Societies” was in line with the governing body of libraries – International Federation of  Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA)’s annual theme “Transform Libraries, Transform Societies: Reaching out to the hard to reach."

She added that the Library day was an opportunity to celebrate achievements and experiences by showcasing various sections of the Library through exhibitions to the library users, the general public and policy makers. The Librarian acknowledged that the library had evolved from the initial 1949 40-seater facility to today’s 3,800-seater with a host of digital and specialized amenities.

Some of the Librarians from various institutions who graced the World Library Day Celebrations 2018

“Digital technology has revolutionised how our users seek and access information. Makerere no longer restricts itself to print publications. We now have a hybrid of both print and digital technology. Every member of staff has a personal computer and on the ground floor we have a computer for people with special needs to access library services, and a facility for nursing mothers on the fourth floor” remarked the University Librarian.

She paid tribute to her predecessors such as Prof. Maria Musoke and the late Mr. James Mugasha for the firm foundation laid and reported that as a result, the Library Staff establishment now includes three Associate Professors and several PhD holders with a few more in the pipeline. She nevertheless pointed out the heavy dependence on donor funds from development partners such as Sida, the Carnegie Corporation and others to fund procurement of e-resources, subscriptions and procurement of ICTs as a major challenge.

Hon. Frank Tumwebaze, Dr. Joseph Muvawala, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe and Dr. Helen Byamugisha pose with guests who graced the Library Day Celebrations 2018, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda

“I therefore call upon Hon. Tumwebaze and Dr. Muvawala to be our champions in this cause of raising funds to support library services. I also request you to include Libraries such as Makerere’s in the National Development Plan” concluded Dr. Byamugisha.

The day’s proceedings were ably moderated by Assoc. Prof. Sylvia Nannyonga Tamusuza who spoke glowingly of the warm relationship between the Main Libarary and the Department of Performing Arts and Film (PAF). “We thank the University Library for hosting the Digital Music Archive, which has the earliest recording of Ugandan music from 1901. The Archive relies on repatriation services from the British Music Archive, Australian Music Archive, the United States and I am happy to say that a number of Ugandan artistes are also depositing their works” she remarked.

Assoc. Prof. Sylvia Nannyonga-Tamusuza moderated the day's proceedings

The World Library Day 2018 celebrations organising committee was led by the Head Africana Section, Ms. Rhoda Nalubega, who pointed out the key role played by Librarians in the information cycle. “The most important part of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) is Information. We therefore warmly welcome the Guest of Honour and Minister of ICT and National Guidance to this celebration, where you will address the people who bear the largest responsibility in the information cycle” she remarked.

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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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