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Mak launches the Second Annual Waste Management Awareness Week

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The Sustainability Program team at Makerere University is organizing the 2nd Annual Waste Awareness Week (1st-5th October 2018), under a theme: Improving plastic waste management through awareness of sustainable plastic collection, disposal, re-use, reduce and recycling.  Officially launched by Makerere University Vice Chancellor Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe who was represented by the Deputy University Secretary Mr. Yusufu Kiranda, the Waste Awareness Week is engaging students to take lead in implementing the different activities that are geared towards promoting sustainable waste management within the University.  

“We are set to have a think tank session, community outreach, social media campaigns on sustainable plastic collection, disposal, reuse, reduce and recycling. We have also organized a give back activity with MasterCard Foundation Scholars and Alumni Association at Makerere University Primary school,” said Ms. Pamela Matovu, the Coordinator of the Sustainability Program at Makerere University.

The Waste Management Awareness Week is a sustainability program that is stipulated in the Makerere University-Bangor University collaborative partnership. Coordinated by Makerere University Students Sustainability Action Group under the Planning & Development Department in collaboration with Estates & Works Department, the program engages university community in four major aspects of prevention, reduction, reuse and recycling of waste to reduce waste generation at Makerere University.

This year, Coca Cola Beverages Africa has come on board to support the Waste Awareness Week activities at Makerere University by donating 500 bins, stickers and street pole banners with waste management messages. The company is also set to enter into a partnership with Makerere University to construct a plastic collection Centre as a way of improving plastic waste management.

Makerere University has attained its position on waste management through a number of activities undertaken by students and staff. The Institution has also embarked on innovation and research developments to combat unnecessary waste disposal through recycling.

At the official launch of the Waste Awareness Week on 28th September 2018, Dr. Venny Nakazibwe together with a team of vibrant students from the College of Engineering, Design Art and Technology, presented their locally made DIY plastic compressing Machine used for compressing and threshing plastics into refined materials for recycling. The team also unveiled the LCB unit (Low cost and Sustainable building unit); a modern structural building components produced from plastics, steel slag and sand.

“In 2017, Makerere University opened the first Centre of Excellence in Waste Management. Located at Makerere University Agricultural Research Institute Kabanyoro (MUARIK), the worth $USD 48,000 Centre trains farmers on how to sort, decompose, make biogas and set up demonstration plots on using agricultural waste. The Centre hosts incubators that help in culturing samples under controlled temperatures; an oven for drying samples, a bio gas analyzer for analyzing components in biogas and a microscope for specimen observation,” said the Vice Chancellor in a speech read by Mr. Yusuf Kiranda, 

“The Centre also host centrifuges that aid separation of liquid samples, a spectrophotometer for analyzing micronutrients in soil and water, a laboratory balance for weighing samples; PH meter for determining acidity and alkalinity of different samples of soil and water; a cooled incubator for culturing and can vary temperature-low system organisms and a portable solar biogas digester,” he added.

Prof. Nawangwe, thanked the Sustainability Lab-Bangor University for the continued relationship with Makerere University.  In a special way, he appreciated the support of the Coca-Cola Beverage Africa, towards the 2018 Waste Management Week.  He commended the Organizing Committee; the Estates and Works Department, Planning and Development Department, the Students’ Guild-Ministry of Estates and Environment and MasterCard Foundation Scholars and Alumni Association for their tireless efforts to ensure that the five days’ campaign is a success.

Mr. Kalenzi Edward Ivan from Coca-Cola Beverages Africa, commended Makerere University for its tremendous research that has developed solutions to the African challenges. He applauded Makerere University students for the plastic- recycle- innovations that are geared towards re-using plastics to reduce waste disposal in the community.  He thanked Makerere University Management for accepting to partner with Coca-Cola Beverages Africa to construct a plastic collection Centre at the legendary university.  

Job Namara, the Minister of Estates and Environment (84th Guild) called upon the entire Makerere University fraternity to embrace the campaign and ensure that waste is properly managed in the University.

Other members that graced the occasion included; the Director of Estates and Works Department Eng. Christina Kakeeto, the Director for Planning and Development Department Dr. Florence Nakayiwa, the Dean of Students Mr. Cyriaco Kabagambe, Mr. Nsereko Raymond, a Lecturer at the College of Engineering Design Art and Technology and Eng. Mugisha Rogers from Coca-Cola Beverages Africa.

Article by Makerere University Public Relations Office

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Uganda’s policymakers implored to address forest loss, plastic & water pollution

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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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Prof. Nawangwe urges Makerere University community to support the Mastercard Foundation E-learning Initiative

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By Bernard Buteera

Makerere University has launched a two million dollar E-learning Project, dubbed The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program E-learning initiative.  

The launch was held on Tuesday 20th September 2022 at Makerere University, Yusuf Lule Central Teaching Facility Auditorium. It attracted over 200 participants, who included members of University Management, College Principals, School Deans, Academic and Administrative staff, students and the general university community.

While addressing the gathering, the Chief Guest, Prof. Mary Okwakol, the Executive Director of National Council for Higher Education (NCHE), congratulated Makerere University for winning such a huge grant, which will go a long way in transforming the eLearning infrastructure at Makerere University.

“I am happy to be joining you in launching a project that is at the heart of National Council for Higher Education. Online learning is at the heart of the Council, not only because of the challenges presented by the Covid-19 pandemic, but also the world is now a digital world.” Prof. Okwakol remarked.

Prof. Okwakol thanked Mastercard Foundation and other development partners who have continued to support initiatives that help transform higher institutions of learning in Uganda.

“I sincerely thank the Mastercard Foundation and other partners who have continued to support higher education in Uganda, especially in the area of research and online learning. Globally, the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, greatly disrupted education systems forcing learners and some schools to shift to virtual learning to curb the spread of the pandemic.” Prof. Okwakol pointed out.

On his part, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe urged the university community, especially the academic staff to take advantage of the Mastercard Foundation E-learning initiative to develop e-content across all Colleges of the University, to enhance capacity for eLearning at Makerere University.

[L -R] Chairperson of the Steering Committee of the E-learning Initiative, Prof. Umar Kakumba, Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, Prof. Mary Okwakol, the Executive Director of National Council for Higher Education (NCHE), Prof. Paul Birevu Muyinda, the Coordinator of the Mastercard Foundation E-learning Initiative and Prof. Justine Namaalwa, the Program Coordinator for Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program.

”I appeal to the Colleges to embrace this project and have as many courses adopt this pedagogy development system, even though students will continue with face-to face and phyisical learning, they should be allowed the option of online learning. The platforms that are going to be built, will give our students an opportunity to interact with international students, scholars, teachers and with each other.” Prof. Nawangwe applealed.

The Vice Chancellor, further called upon all other development partners to emulate Mastercard Foundation in supporting Makerere University and other universities on the entire African continent in strengthening digital literacy, so that Africa is not left behind.

”In 2018 I attended a conference on E-learning in Beijing China, where a critical question was asked; Will Africa be left behind again? This was in reference to many advancements that were taking place in the western world, in which Africa had been left behind.” The Vice Chancellor reminded the audience.

Prof. Nawangwe further emphaised the importance of e-learning as one of the critical modes of teaching and learning in the 21st first century.   

”Ladies and Gentlemen, I cannot over emphasise the importance we attach to e-learning the 21st Century, that is why we took a decision to elevate the Department of Open and Distance Learning into an Institute of Open and Distance E-learning with an intention of having e-learning extended to other Colleges of the university.” Prof. Nawangwe pointed out.

The Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic Affairs, and Chairperson of the Steering Committee of the E-learning Initiative, Prof. Umar Kakumba, rallied the University community to support the implementation of the project in the University.

“The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program E-learning initiative could not have come in at a better time than post COVID19 era. A pandemic, which exposed our systems and methods of teaching and learning. You all recall, when were hit by the pandemic, with lockdowns and closures of institutions of learning, we all went into a panicky mode on how were going to cope with online learning. I therefore call upon every member of the university to give this project the support it deserves.

Prof. Kakumba reminded the audience the importance and relevancy of online learning at Makerere University and other universities in Uganda.

“The online method of learning is best suited for everyone. This digital revolution has led to remarkable changes in how the content is accessed, consumed, discussed, and shared. Office goers and stay home mothers can take up online educational courses too, at the time that suits them. Depending on their availability and comfort, many people choose to learn at weekends or evenings.” Prof. Kakumba remarked.

Prof. Paul Birevu Muyinda, the Coordinator of the Mastercard Foundation E-learning Initiative, informed the audience the importance of the project and the expected outcomes for the University.

One of the Champions of e-learning trained by Arizona State University, Prof. Paul Birevu Muyinda receiving a certificate from Chief Guest.

“The Mastercard Foundation e- Learning Initiative is a Project funded by Mastercard Foundation aimed at addressing the negative impact of COVID-19 pandemic that constrained access and continuity of teaching, learning, research and community engagement activities at Makerere University” Prof. Muyinda pointed out.

Prof. Muyinda further thanked the team that he worked with in putting up the proposal in a very short time that yielded such an important grant for the University.

“I thank the team that spent sleepless nights putting together the proposal that resulted into this project. I must report that Makerere University is privileged to be having the most highly qualified persons in online instruction design and online pedagogy at the IODeL and beyond. It is now up to Makerere University in particular and the Country in general to make use of these persons to transform the terrain of online, blended distance and e-learning education.” Prof. Muyinda remarked.

Prof. Justine Namaalwa, the Program Coordinator for Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at Makerere University, informed the audience, that the E-learning initiative was one of the many partnerships between Mastercard Foundation and Makerere University geared at supporting the young people to succeed on the African continent.

Members of University Management, staff and students present.

“The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program continues to recognize that in order to enable young people across Africa to succeed, there is need to; Address systemic barriers in Higher education, Strengthen the capacity of Institutions that serve the Young People, and Support innovative solutions across critical sectors.” Prof. Namaalwa remarked.

The colourful launch ended with a panel discussion in which panelists digested the importance and opportunities for open distance and eLearning in higher institutions of learning.

Bernard Buteera is the Communications Officer of the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at Makerere University.

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Supplementary Admissions to Bachelor of Laws Under Private Sponsorship 2022/23

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The Academic Registrar, Makerere University, informs applicants wishing to be admitted to Bachelor of Laws Private for 2022/2023 Academic year but failed to submit their application online to submit their applications from Friday 23rd to Friday 30th September, 2022 at a non-refundable fee of 50,000/= (Fifty thousand shillings only).

The applicants MUST have passed the Pre-entry Examinations for Bachelor of Laws.

Diploma/Degree holders should submit certified copies of their academic transcript to Room
315 Level 3, Senate Building.

Applicants who have already been admitted need not apply.

For any additional information, contact Undergraduate Admissions Offices 301/303 for A’Level Applicants and Office 315 for Diploma/Degree holders.

ALFRED MASIKYE NAMOAH
AG. ACADEMIC REGISTRAR
Date: 22nd September, 2022

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