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Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe elucidates the relevancy of financing Higher Education in Africa



The Vice Chancellor of Makerere University, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe has appealed to Institutions for Higher learning in Africa to utilize the various ways of generating funds and resources to cater for the rapid growth of the university students’ population.  This was during the Mount Kenya University 14th Graduation Ceremony held on 03rd August 2018, at the Mount Kenya University, Graduation Pavillion Grounds Thika- Garissa.

In a speech he made on; Financing of Higher Education in Africa for Quality and Sustainability, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe said that the rapid growth in University students’ population is a challenge to the sustainable financing of higher education in Africa; in spite of the public investment in the higher education sector in the last 15 years.  

“At the same time, our economies are struggling with many priorities to bring our countries out of poverty. Therefore, Universities are under pressure to increase financial base and control costs,” he explained.  

Prof Barnabas Nawangwe with some of the Management Members of Mount Kenya University.

He highlighted crucial areas that have enhanced Higher Education in Africa and among them included: 

  • Government Sponsorship of both public and private university students.
  • The Governments’ commitment to offer Free Primary Education and Free Secondary Education in Kenya and elsewhere in Africa,
  • Scholarships and Grants for enhancing education in Africa,
  • Indirect External Aid,
  • Diversification of Financing Sources,
  • Scaling Faculty Research Revenue,
  • Consultancy Services,
  • Third stream revenue generation,
  • University-Industry Partnerships, and
  • Prudent financial management.

Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe acknowledged the founders of Mount Kenya University for the vision of contributing to Africa’s emancipation from marginalization and poverty. He congratulated all graduands upon reaching the tremendous milestone and encouraged them to live a life that is focused to a noble cause. 

“My gratitude goes to all the graduands. I commend you for the great triumph as well as achievements in your academics.  Indeed, I am delighted to celebrate this occasion with you and I bring you warm salutations from Makerere University,” he said.  

“I encourage you to take the idea of freedom that you have found at this Great University and make it ideal. continue with your interest in education. We are living in a global knowledge economy and Africa’s hope is in young people who have acquired a good education. You may not all become professors, engineers, accountants or any of the other white collar destinations, but you have been empowered to think and live responsibly and create jobs for yourselves and others,” he added. 

On 19th September 2017, Makerere University signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Mount Kenya University; were the two institutions agreed to improve higher education in the region.

The MoU stipulated that the two parties will; 

  1. Stimulate communication, cooperation, and partnerships between the two Colleges including exchange of students and faculty and to develop twinned curriculum thus enhancing the educational quality and resources of both Colleges.
  2. Provide information on academic programmes of both Colleges so that students take full advantage of existing international education opportunities.
  3. Create a collaborative relationship between MakCHS and MKUCHS in which either party will recognize the other as a partner in training and research.

Attached is the Vice Chancellor’s Speech  

Article by : Mak Public Relations Office

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



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: 
Meeting ID: 884 5662 9992
Password: 292624

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Notice: Makerere Disability Scheme 2022/23 Medical Review Exercise



One of the PWD graduands at the 69th Graduation during the Session held on 17th January 2019.

The Academic Registrar, Makerere University invites persons with disability who applied for admission to public universities under the disability entry scheme for 2022/2023 Academic Year to appear for medical/review exercise at Makerere Unive, Senate Building, Level Two (2) in the Telepresence Centre.

NOTE: Only those who have the minimum entry requirements of at least two principal passes at A’ Level or its equivalent and at least five (5) passes at O’ Level or its equivalent will be interviewed.

 Only candidates who sat ‘a’ level in 2020, 2019 and 2018 are eligible for admission.

THE EXERCISE WILL BE CONDUCTED ON 3rd, 4th and 5th October, 2022 respectively from 9.00 A.M – 1.00 P.M each day.


(i) If you fail to appear on any of the given days above, there will be no other chance for you.

(ii) Applicants with Government Scholarship for the previous years are not eligible for admission



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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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