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Prof. Bazeyo appeals to international students to embrace the Students-Management open door policy

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The Deputy Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration Prof. William Bazeyo has appealed international students to embrace the students-management open door policy that allows students to interact freely with Makerere University Management. This was during the Orientation Meeting for Makerere University international students of Academic Year 2018/2019. Addressing over 200 students on 20th August 2018, Prof. William Bazeyo said students should be free to meet any member of the University Management in case they need help. 

“You are entitled to see any person from the University leadership.  We are here for you and we are meant to serve you. Call me, send me a text.  you can even WhatsApp me in case you need help. Do not hesitate to approach any office for support. We want you to fulfil your academic objectives but also enjoy the social benefits of studying at Makerere University,” he said.

Prof. Bazeyo informed the students of the existence of the Policy and Regulations against Sexual Harassment and encouraged them to openly defy the sexual harassment vice and stand strong for their academic rights. He advised students to be security cautious and urged them to utilize the help of the students’ leadership and the International Office during their stay at the University.

 Prof. William Bazeyo addressing the international students in the Makerere University Senior Common Room.

“Avoid walking at night and if you are, walk in groups. Don’t forget to carry your identity cards wherever you go. don’t leave your valuables unattended to and please avoid dark spots,” he advised.

He encouraged students to concentrate on their academics and fully participate in the free and open exchange of ideas.  He assured the students of the commitment of the University Management and staff to help students create a positive university experience with a unique opportunity that will enable them develop lifelong passion for learning.

The Head of International Office Ms. Martha Muwanguzi welcomed the students to Makerere University a premier university in Africa. “It is great pleasure and privilege to welcome you to Makerere University. We are pleased that you have chosen to complete part of your studies in this great institution. At Makerere University, you will not only be rewarded with the best education and world class qualifications, but you will also be enriched with the cultural diversity and experience. You are taking on a special challenge of studying in a foreign country with a foreign culture. That takes courage and great deal of commitment,” she said. 

Ms. Martha Muwanguzi welcoming the international students to Makerere University.

Ms. Muwanguzi encouraged students to utilize the services of the International Office when she said, “the International office is happy to be the reference point for all your queries both academically and socially in liaison with other administrative units within the University. We will do our best to support you during you stay. We want your experience at Makerere University to be a positive one both academically and personally.”

Representing Mr. Charles Ssentogo-the Deputy Registrar (Undergraduate Admissions and Records Division), Ms. Macrine Namaganda encouraged students to make use of their time and opportunities. “Talk to people, ask questions and exchange ideas with others. Don’t be afraid to enter into discussions with fellow students or to explain your perspectives to your lecturers. In that way, you will learn more about us and will also learn new ways of doing things,” she stated. 

Mr. Didus Bamwine who represented the Manager-Counselling and Guidance Centre, called upon students to utilize the counselling and guidance services. “we handle academic issues, psychological issues and also love and relationships. Do not hesitate to come to our offices in case you need help. We offer free Counselling and guidance services,” he said. 

Article by Mak-Public Relations office

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UNMA Advisory on Agriculture and Food Security Jun-Aug 2021

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A male researcher inspects a maize cob in a demonstration plot on 13th August 2010 at the Makerere University Agricultural Research Institute Kabanyolo (MUARIK), Wakiso Uganda.

The Uganda National Meteorological Authority (UNMA) on 7th June 2021 released the seasonal rainfall outlook for the June-July-August (JJA) 2021 period. Contained in the outlook were advisories to various strategic sectors of the economy.

Particularly, the advisory to the Agriculture and Food Security sector was;

  • JJA season is often part of the normal dry season in the areas of South-western, western, parts of the eastern, and central Uganda. The farming communities in these areas are therefore advised to be vigilant during post-harvest handling by considering proper drying of the harvest on clean surfaces, use of tarpaulins and drying on racks;
  • Preparation of good storage facilities of produce to avoid compromising on quality and safety;
  • Channeling of the run-off water into the gardens in order to maximize on the soil moisture conservation;
  • For those areas where near normal to above normal rainfall is expected (most parts of northern and eastern Uganda), farmers are encouraged to continue with regular weeding, pest and disease surveillance and control;
  • Due to the expected enhanced rainfall in those areas, water logging and proliferation of fungal and bacterial crop diseases are likely to occur.
  • Open drainage channels around household and gardens to reduce risks from stagnant water causing damage to root tuber crops;
  • Flash floods and waterlogging are highly anticipated to occur in low lying areas expected to receive enhanced rainfall such as Katakwi and Kapelebyong. Therefore, communities are encouraged to keep watch over their crops, animals and property;
  • In Karamoja sub-region, where wetter conditions are expected, the pastoral communities are advised to diversify into boosting the production of cereals (sorghum, millet, and maize), beans, and ground nuts and sustain pasture availability for livestock.

Please see Downloads for the detailed outlook.

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4th Call For Applications: MURBS Departmental Ambassadors

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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.

Eligibility

  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]murbs.mak.ac.ug and copy to wilber.naigambi[at]mak.ac.ug 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.

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Chair Council Communication on Closure of Makerere University

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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

RE: CLOSURE OF 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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