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Mak Students Win Accountability Sector Debate



Makerere University students have emerged winners in the Accountability Sector Debate that attracted participants from both public and private universities in Uganda.

Eight (8) Universities presented candidates to compete in the Accountability Sector Debate, which was aimed at promoting dialogue among the youth on matters of accountability, and interesting them in advocating for accountability. 

The following Universities participated in the debate: Makerere University, Makerere University Business School, Kyambogo University, Nkumba University, Uganda Martyrs University Nkozi, Islamic University in Uganda and Uganda Christian University Mukono.

Makerere University received an award for winning the debate held under the theme: “Accountability, a shared responsibility for effective service delivery.”  Three (3) judges with expertise in the subject area and the Accountability sector evaluated the debate and selected the winning debaters for the award.

Mr. Luyombu Abbasi and Ms. Awino Mercy receiving an award.

The Makerere University winning team comprised Mr. Luyombu Abbasi and Ms. Awino Mercy, who are studying Bachelor of Laws degree at Makerere University. Each winner received a gold medal. The Makerere University winning team also received a cash prize of 1.5million Uganda shillings. 

The Accountability Sector debate held on Monday 27th August 2018 at City Hall, Kampala was organised by the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development as part of the activities to launch the Accountability Week running from 27th to 31st August 2018. Over 250 students from both public and private universities in Uganda participated in the debate.

Receiving the good news, Makerere University Principal Public Relations Officer, Ms Ritah Namisango saluted the winning team for effectively representing the University. “I commend our students for putting up a spirited fight. Through this competition, our students have continued to re-affirm that Makerere University is the leading institution for academic excellence. I commend them for the excellent analytical and communication skills and a good command of the English language. Congratulations!” Ms Namisango remarked.

The Principal Public Relations Officer Ms. Ritah Namisango Congratulated the winners.

Ms Namisango also applauded the Makerere University Students Guild particularly the Guild President, H.E Papa Were Salim and the Guild Information Minister, Hon. Kato Martins for working together with Makerere University Public Relations Office to identify the students who effectively represented the University in the Accountability sector debate.

Speaking on behalf of Makerere University Students Guild, Hon. Kato Martins thanked the winners for making Makerere University a victor in the accountability debate. 

“I extend our sincere appreciation to the winners. We are so humbled that you are making Makerere University proud when we participate in debates focusing on pertinent topical issues,” he said.

Hon. Kato called upon all Makerere University students to always make Makerere University proud when they participate in national and international competitions. 

Article by:  Nakibombo Esther Joyce, Communication Volunteer, Mak PR Office

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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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