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Pakasa Forum Advises Mak Students on Self-Employment



The Chief Executive Officer of Nice House of Plastics and Chairperson of Uganda Manufacturer Association, Ms Barbara Mulwana, has advised university students to engage in innovative ways of job creation.  This was during the 9th Pakasa Forum held on Thursday 11th October 2018; to give young entrepreneurs skills on how to start business and survive in a competitive business environment. Organized under the theme Unlocking Students’ Potential, the 9th PAKASA Forum was hosted by the College of Business and Management Sciences (CoBAMS), Makerere University and Vision Group Ltd.

Speaking to thousands of students in the CoBAMS Auditorium, Ms. Barbara Mulwana who was the keynote speaker of the day said that young people should believe in starting small, with the available financial means and lay strategies for purposes of growth in business. According to Ms. Mulwana, innovation is key in running a successful enterprise. She therefore urged students to always think outside the box and be innovative so as to be job creators.

Part of the audience consisting of Staff and Students that packed the CoBAMS Auditorium for the 9th Pakasa Forum, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda

“Have values for your business, remember that success takes time and there is no short cut. Part of what makes entrepreneurs fail both in the short and long run is thinking that they always have to venture into something that has been explored by several other entrepreneurs who have actually secured the biggest share of the market,” she stated.

The Deputy Chief Coordinator of Operation Wealth Creation Lt. Gen. Charles Angina encouraged students to explore the virgin sector of Agricultural Tourism and tap into the opportunities of branding and packaging agricultural products. He also noted that students need to be organised into dynamic, loyal, visionary groups ready to give accountability in order to secure government funds for their projects.

Lt. Gen. Charles Angina addresses participants at the 9th Pakasa Forum

“Stop despising Agri-businesses because agriculture is one of the key drivers of Uganda’s economy and a lucrative venture,” he added.

The Chief Executive Officer, Vision Group Mr. Robert Kabushenga, urged students to embrace the business world and prepare themselves of the future where more technology than human labour will be required to do work. He appealed to students to be open-minded, think creatively, have empathy and be innovative.

Vision Group CEO-Mr. Robert Kabushenga urged the 9th Pakasa Forum Audience to think of the impact of technology on future business

The Principal CoBAMS, Dr. Eria Hisali appreciated the idea of engaging students in business and entrepreneurship talks, saying that said that such initiatives link students to successful entrepreneurs who can uplift their potential.

He thanked Vision Group and other partners for the support they offered to organize the Pakasa Forum and called for continued support to all Makerere University’s activities.

The Principal CoBAMS-Dr. Eria Hisali commended Vision Group for choosing Mak to host the 9th Pakasa Forum

The Pakasa Forum Panelists also included:

  1. Ms. Grace Nalugwa, the Co-founder of St. Lawrence Infant school Kagoma and winner of the 2016 Pakasa Entrepreneurship awards. She is a founding member and General Secretary of Nurture Entrepreneurship Uganda an umbrella body for all Pakasa Awardees.
  2. Ms. Namara Ruth pursing a Bachelors in Business Administration specializing in Entrepreneurship at Makerere University. Ms. Namara works in a family owned bakery, which she has been a part of since she was 15 years old. She started her own micro business known as Friends Confectionery which she has since expanded through social media marketing. She has been able to pay her hostel fees and provide school requirements for her siblings through this micro business.
  3. Mr. Ezra Kirigwajjo, pursuing a Bachelor in Business Administration specializing in Entrepreneurship at Makerere University. He is a jack of all trades and has been able to use his experience from a family owned butchery to start up several micro businesses. The businesses of employ 4 staff members and range from a poultry farm with over 1000 birds, a gaming center, a video library to a restaurant.

L-R: 9th Pakasa Forum Panelists and Entrepreneurs Ms. Grace Nalugwa, Ms. Namara Ruth, Mr. Ezra Kirigwajjo

The 9th Pakasa Forum will be crowned by the 3rd Annual Entrepreneurship Students Expo at the Makerere University Freedom Square on Friday, 12th October 2018. The Expo will enhance students’ learning and application of knowledge. Over 1,500 university students are expected to showcase innovative ideas grouped under 200 businesses.

Article by: Rachael Kanyi and Esther Joyce Nakibombo, Communication Volunteers-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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