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Mak- Students’ Guild proposes 15% tuition increment for incoming students

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On Monday 2nd July 2018, Makerere Universality Students’ Guild Special Committee presented a report; proposing a uniform and moderate 15% tuition increment for new students across all programs effective Academic Year 2018/2019. 

“There should be a uniform and moderate 15% increase in tuition fees across all programmes effective 2018/19 for the next 5 years. This however means that a student who joins the University at a given fees structure that has a 15% factored in, shall continue to pay similar fees until he/she completes the Course duration. The increment of 15% should only apply to first year students (effective 2018/2019) going forward and not continuing students,” highlighted the Special Committee appointed by the Makerere University Guild Cabinet and Guild Representative Council. 

The Students’ Guild Special Committee presented the report to the Chairperson of Council, Eng. Dr. Charles Wana-Etyem amidst applause from the Vice Chancellor- Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, the Ag. Deputy Vice Chancellor (Finance and Administration)-Prof. William Bazeyo, Deputy University Secretary-Mr. Yusuf Kiranda, the Academic Registrar- Mr. Alfred Masikye Namoah, Mrs Jackie Ayorekire-Manager of Revenue and Grants, Mr. Gordon Murangira-Personal Assistant to the Vice Chancellor, Ms Naomi Kiconco-Legal Officer, and Ms Ritah Namisango-Senior Public Relations Officer. Journalists from various media houses also witnessed the handover of the report.

Towards the end of the Second Semester for the Academic Year 2017/2018 (in April 2018), the Makerere University Council approved increment of tuition for new students who were scheduled to join Makerere University in the Academic Year 2018/2019. It should be noted that earlier studies indicated that the realistic unit of education in the humanities is proposed at UGX.6million and UGX.10million for science based disciplines. The Makerere University Council’s decision to increase tuition was further informed by the Visitation Committee Report which recommended to the President of the Republic of Uganda, H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni the need for Makerere University to charge the realistic unit cost of higher education.Considering the socio-economic conditions and the need to continue providing high quality education, the Makerere University Council approved tuition increment for incoming students by 49%.

The Guild President Papa Were Salim together with the Makerere Universality Students’ Guild Council Committee addressing the Chairperson of  Council, the Vice Chancellor and some members of University Management.

However, the Makerere University Students’ Guild led by the Guild President, H.E Were Salim protested against Makerere University Council’s decision to increase tuition for the incoming students by 49%.  During the meeting involving Makerere University Students’ Guild, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe together with Members of the Central Management held on Wednesday 18th April 2018 in the Main Building, Senior Common Room, the student leaders requested the Makerere University Council to defer the implementation of the tuition increment by 49% to enable the Students’ Guild to make further consultations.

Subsequently, the Makerere University Students’ Guild Cabinet and the Guild Representative Council democratically constituted a special committee comprising 15 members to review the Makerere University Council decision of increasing the tuition fees of incoming students by 49% effective Academic Year 2018/2019. 

Presenting the Committee’s Report on Monday 2nd July 2018, the Chairperson of the Students’ Guild Committee, Hon. Bandola Polly informed the Chairperson of Makerere University Council that the Committee studied the operations and fees structures of Universities in Uganda and East Africa. The Committee observed that Makerere University tuition fees were very low compared to other universities. This finding justified the need for Makerere University to increase tuition fees if the University was to continue providing higher quality education as well as professional services. The Universities benchmarked by the Students’ Guild Committee include: University of Nairobi, University of Rwanda, Gulu University, Kyambogo University and Uganda Christian University.

L-R;  Vice Chancellor Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, Chairperson of Council Eng.Dr. Charles Wana Etyem, Deputy University Secretary Mr. Yusuf Kiranda and  Manager, Grants and Revenue Mrs. Jackie Ayorekire.
Led by the Guild President, H.E Were Salim, the following Members of the Students’ Guild Committee gracefully handed over the report: 
•    Hon. Bandola Polly (Chairperson)
•    Hon. Kirabo Marion 
•    Hon. Isaac Kwagala 
•    Hon. Obedgiu Samuel 
•    Hon. Ssewalya Simon Peter
•    Hon. Kamukama Frank 

The report highlights that while the Visitation Committee recommended that Public Universities should charge a unit cost per program, the Committee has only considered a reasonable and moderate 15% tuition increment mainly considering our unique social-economic conditions as a country.

The report clearly indicates the need to improve students’ welfare and facilities. He  therefore emphasized the initiation of  a feedback  framework where all matters/policies that affect  students  are discussed  by students  leaders  beyond  the two student representatives  that sit  on the University Council  and its Committees.  

 “Today is a special day for I have witnessed the Makerere University Students’ Guild present its report to the Chairperson of Makerere University Council, Eng. Charles Wana-Etyem. I am happy that after wide consultations, the Special Students’ Guild Committee has proposed 15% tuition increment for incoming students. The Chairperson of Council is here to receive the recommendations from the Students’ Guild Committee, and he will present them to the Council for further consultation,” said the Vice Chancellor of Makerere University, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe. 

L-R;  Deputy Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration Prof. William Bazeyo,  Vice Chancellor Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, Chairperson of Council Eng.Dr. Charles Wana Etyem and Deputy University Secretary Mr. Yusuf Kiranda.

The Chairperson of Council, Eng. Dr. Charles Wana-Etyem thanked the Makerere University Students’ Guild and Guild Representative Council (GRCs) for undertaking a comparative study that informed the Guild’s proposal of 15% tuition increment. He applauded the Committee for the remarkable findings and recommendations that will inform the new fees structure for undergraduate students. 

Eng. Dr. Wana Etyem urged   student leaders to always use dialogue when seeking for solutions to issues affecting students. He called upon the Guild Council to sensitize the incoming students on the Makerere University fees policy. 

“On behalf of the Makerere University Council, I am very happy that I have received the Students’ recommendation on the 15% tuition increment and the need to improve students’ welfare and facilities. We will schedule a Council Meeting within two weeks so that we formally handle this very important matter. It is good that the students have benchmarked institutions in Uganda and East Africa and established the realistic unit cost of higher education. I have taken note of your concern to improve students’ welfare, students support services and facilities and I hope that this report will benefit all the University students,” he said.

The Guild President H.E Were Salim commended the great work done by the Committee and called upon the University Management to consider the recommendations of the report. 

“This is a new era. The Vice Chancellor, Makerere University Management and Council and student leaders are going to work together for the good of Makerere University,” he said.

Article by Mak, Public Relations Office

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A Successful Ph.D. Defense by Vianney Andrew Yiga

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The CEDAT community is proud to share our congratulations to Vianney Andrew Yiga following his successful Ph.D. defense that happened yesterday Monday 3rd October 2022 at the College of Engineering, Design, Art, and Technology (CEDAT).

His Thesis was titled; Thermal Stability of Fiber- Reinforced Polylactic Acid Composites for Flameretarded Applications.

The candidate was supervised by Eng. Dr. Michael Lubwama and Eng. Dr. Peter W. Olupot both from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, at CEDAT.

Dr. John Wasswa, Department of Chemistry, College of Natural Sciences (CONAS), Makerere University was the opponent that interrogated the candidate to enable a clear understanding of the study.

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Makerere University Launches National Parenting Draft Manual

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The Director of Culture at the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development, Ms. Juliana Naumo Akoryo (Centre) and Dr. Godfrey Siu, the Principal Investigator from Mak-CHDC (Right) interact with a participant at the workshop on 22nd July 2022, Kampala.

By Agnes Namaganda

On July 22nd 2022, Makerere UniversityChild Health and Development Centre (MakCHDC) launched a draft manual for the National Parenting Standards. The Centre has been working together with the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development (MGLSD) with funding from UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund), to develop standards that are agreeable to all organisations in the country that are involved in parenting work. The draft manual was being presented to members of a consortium that brings together all these organisations together, called the Parenting Agenda Consortium.

“We produce many documents and they are shelved,” Irene Ayot Chono, who was speaking on behalf of UNICEF said. “We hope that this document will not be one of them,” she emphasized.

Irene Ayot Chono-UNICEF, urging participants to utilize the manual once it is complete.
Irene Ayot Chono-UNICEF, urging participants to utilize the manual once it is complete.

Dr. Godfrey Siu, the Principal Investigator from Mak-CHDC who presented the draft manual to participants, emphasized that if any organization is doing parenting work, there should be a minimum package that they should offer.

Draft Manual Content

The manual which will have several modules. These modules will be delivered face-to-face in 1.5 hour sessions. Some of these include; Module 6 which will focus on “understanding responsible masculinity and fatherhood” and on “understanding the concept of head of family.”The draft manual also proposed that Module 11 focuses on Parenting in the 21st Century. Some of the sessions in this module will include Children and Technology, Contemporary Influence on Children and Modernity, Culture and Morality.Module 9 will focus on Parenting for Adolescents and some of the suggested sessions within this module are Needs for Adolescents and The Art of Communicating with Adolescents. Module 5 will focus on Preventing Violent Parenting and Promoting Alternative Discipline Strategies while Module 10 will be about Parenting to Address the Mental Health for Children and Adults.

Dr. Godfrey Siu, the Principal Investigator from Mak-CHDC presenting the contents of the National Parenting Standards Draft Manual.
Dr. Godfrey Siu, the Principal Investigator from Mak-CHDC presenting the contents of the National Parenting Standards Draft Manual.

Participants’ suggestions

After the presentation, participants raised several suggestions for discussion and consideration. These included whether there should be a module on spirituality since Uganda is a strongly religious nation. There was also the concern of how children in remand homes should be parented. Another concern raised by a participant was as to whether teachers who make an undeniable contribution to parenting, should be taken through the parenting manual.

A participant gives her input at the National Parenting Standards Draft Manual launch.
A participant gives her input at the National Parenting Standards Draft Manual launch.

In her closing remarks, Ms. Juliana Naumo Akoryo, the Director of Cultural Affairs at the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development (MGLSD) said that the manual is for the parenting organisations to utilize and not for MGLSD.

The Director of Culture at the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development, Ms. Juliana Naumo Akoryo making closing remarks at the workshop.
The Director of Culture at the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development, Ms. Juliana Naumo Akoryo making closing remarks at the workshop.

Ms. Chono also adjured the team behind the manual to use picture illustrations in the manual that can be relatable by the Ugandan parents.

Contact: Agnes Namaganda – agnesvioletnamaganda@gmail.com

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Launch of Mak-RIF Round 4 Awards & PhD Call for Proposals

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Mak-RIF 4 Awards and PhD Call For Proposals, 29th September 2022, 9:00 to 10:00 AM EAT.

Makerere University received funding from the Government of the Republic of Uganda, earmarked to support high impact Research and Innovations. This unique initiative arose after engagements between the top University Management and the Government of Uganda. This fund illustrates the increasing importance that the Government attaches to Research and Innovation as a driver of development and transformation. The objective of the fund is to increase the local generation of translatable research and scalable innovations that address key gaps required to drive Uganda’s development agenda. 

In the Financial years 2019/2020, 2020/2021 and 2021/2022 the Government of the Republic of Uganda through Mak-RIF has funded implementation of over 750 multidisciplinary research and innovations within the various Colleges, while engaging multiple stakeholders within and outside Makerere University. The Grants Management Committee (GMC) has finalized the award process for the Mak-RIF round 4 call for funding for this Financial Year 2022/2023.

The Grants Management Committee (GMC) hereby invites you to the Launch of the Mak-RIF Round 4 awards and PhD Call for Proposals scheduled to take place tomorrow Thursday 29th September 2022 from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. EAT. 

Please use the following details to join the launch.

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwpcu-urDIjE9ZgxdsbEmA2IkNMMiJVECt_ 
Meeting ID: 884 5662 9992
Password: 292624

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