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Pure Bliss as Uganda Hosts and Wins the 3rd FISU World University Netball Championship



As soon as the final whistle was blown, jubilations and celebrations erupted among Ugandans who had come to cheer the Mighty Cranes during the final match of the 3rd World University Netball Championship. Hosts Uganda beat defending Champions South Africa 44-43 in the highly anticipated, hotly competitive Final Game.

The FISU World University Netball Championship which started on Monday, 17th September ended blissfully for Uganda on Friday, 21st September 2018 with the triumphant hosts lifting the trophy. The Championship attracted six other countries including USA, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe, Kenya and South Africa.

R-L, The Prime Minister of Uganda Rt. Hon. Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda, Chairperson of Makerere University Council Eng. Charles Wana Etyem  and the Vice Chancellor of Makerere University Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe cheering the players.

During the closing ceremony that was held in the Makerere University Sports Arena, a jovial Prime Minister of the Republic of Uganda Rt. Hon. Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda, congratulated the Mighty Cranes upon their historic victory. He also commended South Africa for putting up a defensive game and Singapore for emerging third in the 2018 Championship. 

“I also thank the delegations from the six countries namely; Kenya, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka, USA and Zimbabwe for accepting our invitation. I thank the International University Sports Federation (FISU) for entrusting the Republic of Uganda and Makerere University with hosting the 2018 Championship,” he said.

The Prime Minister appreciated the Ministry of Education and Sports, the leadership of Makerere University, partners, event sponsors and the Uganda Police Force (UPF) for ensuring that a successful event was held. He also thanked the Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF) and the Engineering Brigade in particular for ensuring that the sports facility was ready for the Championship.

Team Uganda paying with South Africa in a hotly contested game that was won by team Uganda.

According to Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda, sport is an important tool for promoting unity and team spirit. It is a discipline that teaches people to live harmoniously and peacefully in societies. He therefore called upon students to exhibit their talents and also promote their universities and Uganda at large through sports. 

“I can attest to the fact that sports can be played alongside academics.  For years, the Government of Uganda through the Ministry of Education and Sports has supported students a with a sports talent to pursue education in the respective universities,” he said.

The Vice Chancellor of Makerere University Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe congratulated the Mighty Cranes upon the well-deserved victory. In the same spirit he commended all participants for their energetic performances. 

The President of the Local Organizing Committee Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe handing over the FISU flag to the  Mr. Liberty Maidza.

“Throughout this Championship, I noted that all participants put up spirited, skillful and professional performances. I therefore appreciate the heads of delegation, managers, coaches and sports tutors of the respective teams for a job well done,” said the Vice Chancellor.   

“In a special way allow me to thank Team Uganda; The Mighty Cranes, for the passion and professionalism they have exhibited throughout the games. You have dearly defended and promoted the netball brand of Uganda and our respective universities. Your talent and creative play has endeared us to other countries as experts in netball. Thank you so much!” he added. 

Prof. Nawangwe commended the professional conduct of the 2018 Championship referees and the technical team, the efforts of the Local organizing committee and the volunteers that guaranteed the smooth running of the games.  He as well applauded the UPDF Engineering Brigade for constructing a world class indoor sports facility as a befitting legacy to the event. 

Some members in the audience celebrating the victory of the Mighty Cranes.

He thanked the Government of Uganda and in particular the H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni and the Minister of Education and Sports Hon. Janet Kataaha Museveni for extending support worth UGX5.57billion to the construction of the Makerere University Arena.  

“On behalf of FISU and sister members, I appreciate the hosts, the international and local organizing committees, the coaches, players and volunteers for the job well done. This game ended with excitement. As the FISU President, it gives me great pride and joy to say that we have successfully held the 3rd FISU World University Netball Championship 2018. Webale Uganda, webale Makerere University,” said Mr. Liberty Maidza, the FISU President’s representative. 

The closing ceremony climaxed with a grand dinner at Imperial Royale Hotel.


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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