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Mak-UPC Set to Establish Institute of Geoscience and Petroleum



On 7th January 2019, Makerere University together with the China University of Petroleum (UPC) signed an agreement to co-establish and operationalize the Institute of Geoscience and Petroleum at Makerere University. The agreement was signed by the Vice Chancellor Prof Barnabas Nawangwe and the Vice President of China University of Petroleum Prof. Jun Yao on behalf of the two universities respectively. The two parties agreed to develop and implement;
1.    A curriculum System Construction and Development Plan for both undergraduate and postgraduate-level students of petroleum engineering programs including short professional development courses
2.    Teaching – staff training and upgrading plan
3.    Students Joint Education Designing and Implementation plan
4.    Textbooks compiling and development plan
5.    Teaching infrastructure and equipment building plan
6.    Internship base establishment and development plan and China University of Petroleum Training Centre Expansion Plan
7.    Joint International Lab Establishment and Development Plan
8.    Research Capacity Building and Upgrading Plan
9.    Academic Exchange Implementation Plan

The UPC delegation makes their presentation before the agreement signing ceremony

The agreement activates the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that was signed on 19th December 2017 by the two universities to establish the institute of Geosciences and Petroleum. According to Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, Makerere University is ready to engage in research and build capacity in the area of oil and gas in Uganda and the region.
“We are all aware that Uganda and the nearby countries are exploring oil and they are on the stage of production however, we are facing immense challenges of lack of qualified manpower and expertise in the petroleum industry. Therefore, establishing the Institute of Geosciences and Petroleum at Makerere University will be an open opportunity to carry out research and build capacity in this area,” said the Vice Chancellor.

Prof. Nawangwe commended UPC for its expertise in preparing qualified engineers and technical service personnel for global oil industry through its education and research. “We are happy that you accepted to share with Makerere University your knowledge and experience in geoscience and petroleum,” he said. He thanked the Government of Uganda for working hand in hand with Makerere University to bridge the knowledge gap that exist in the gas and oil sector.

L-R: Director DRGT-Prof. Buyinza Mukadasi, Principal CoNAS-Prof. J.Y.T Mugisha and Principal CEDAT-Prof. Henry Alinaitwe at the agreement pre-signing briefing

In 2009, Makerere University introduced the Bachelor of Science programme in Petroleum Geosciences and Production to bridge the knowledge gap that exists in the oil and gas sector in Uganda. The course aims at training Petroleum Geoscientists who can contribute effectively to programmes of exploration and development of petroleum resources.
“At the end of the training, we expect our students to be able to identify the key geological features associated with petroleum resources in the context of their discovery and economic viability; execute and interpret information from remote sensing, geological, geophysical and geochemical data during petroleum exploration; apply geological, geophysical and geochemical knowledge in the development of petroleum resources among others,” he said.
“Petroleum resources have been discovered in the region, in Uganda and Sudan in particular whereas gas has been discovered in the Songo Songo Island and Mnazi Bay in Tanzania. There is little experience in the area of petroleum geoscience and production in Uganda and the region as a whole. There is therefore a need to train local human resource in the development and sustainability of the petroleum industry,” added the Vice Chancellor.

UPC Vice President-Prof. Jun Yao (L) explains the inscriptions on a souvenir shortly after handing it over to Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe (R) after the Agreement signing ceremony, 7th January 2019, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda

In his remarks, Prof. Jun Yao commended Makerere University for the tremendous research that is carried out in the area of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).  He looked forward for a successful implementation and operational journey of the establishment of the Institute of Geosciences and Petroleum at Makerere University.
The 19th December 2017 MoU was signed by Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe and the Vice President of China University of Petroleum, Qingdao (UPC) – Prof. Liu Huadong. The MoU stipulated that the universities agreed to jointly apply for funding from international funding agencies to support establishment of state of the art petroleum engineering labs at China University of Petroleum and Makerere University. This fits in well with the appointment of Makerere University as the Centre of Excellence for petroleum and minerals by the Northern Corridor States.

Prof. Jun Yao was a companied by eight delegates from UPC who proceeded to tour some of the labs at the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) and College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology (CEDAT).

Article Written by: Mak Public Relations Office.


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Prof. Bazeyo Named 2021 Tufts University Honorary Degree Recipient



Professor William Bazeyo

Professor William Bazeyo, a Professor of occupational medicine in the Makerere University School of Public Health (MakSPH) and former Deputy Vice Chancellor (Finance and Administration) has been named as one of six Tufts University honorary degree recipients for the Class of 2021. The announcement published 20th April 2021 on the Tufts University one-stop site for news mentions that Prof. Bazeyo will receive an honorary Doctor of Science degree.

The award is in recognition of Prof. Bazeyo’s leadership in research focusing on One Health Innovation and Control of Tobacco use among others. The award also takes note of his service as former Dean MakSPH as well as chair of several boards including Uganda’s National Research and Innovation Fund under the Ministry of Science, Technology, and Innovation.

The other recipients named alongside Prof. Bazeyo include; Maria B. Barrett-honorary Doctor of Public Service, Stacey B. Gabriel-honorary Doctor of Science, Hamdi Ulukaya-honorary Doctor of Humane Letters, Ofelia Zepeda-honorary Doctor of Letters, and Bryan Stevenson-honorary Doctor of Laws. The latter will also deliver the commencement address to the Tufts Class of 2021 in a virtual ceremony due to be held on 23rd May.

Makerere University congratulates Professor William Bazeyo upon his meritorious achievement.

Click here for the full announcement.

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Embassy of Japan Donates Books to Mak Library



Japanese Ambassador to Uganda-H.E Fukuzawa Hidemoto (R), Vice Chancellor Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe (2nd Right), University Librarian Dr. Helen Byamugisha (C), Deputy University Librarian-Dr. Ruth Nalumaga (2nd L) and Dr. Edith Nautukunda-Togboa (L back to camera) pose for photo during the handover of books the University Library on 20th April 2021.

The Ambassador of Japan to Uganda H.E. Fukuzawa Hidemoto during his first official visit to Makerere University on 20th April 2020 handed over a donation 52 books and launched the Japanese Corner in the Main University Library. The donation of books on contemporary Japan was made possible by the Nippon Foundation through the “READ JAPAN PROJECT”.

Welcoming the Ambassador, the University Librarian Dr. Helen Byamugisha shared that at over 12,000 square metres and seating capacity of over 2,800, the Library was one of the biggest in Africa. She added that the Library has special access and facilities for persons with disabilities (PWDs) and offers the Document Delivery Service for any materials that library users both on and off campus may require, among other services.

Turning to the benefits of digitization, the Librarian shared that though physically closed, the University Library continued serving users during the COVID-19 orchestrated lockdown thanks to its vast array of over 27,000 electronic journals and other digital resources. She therefore thanked the Ambassador for the book donation, which would enhance the library’s ability to serve the needs of its diverse users.

“The book donation has already been processed by our staff and can be accessed through the electronic catalog on the Library’s website from anywhere in the world” added Dr. Byamugisha.

Japanese Ambassador to Uganda-H.E Fukuzawa Hidemoto (R) and the Vice Chancellor-Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe (L) look at some of the titles during the handover of books the University Library on 20th April 2021.
Japanese Ambassador to Uganda-H.E Fukuzawa Hidemoto (R) and the Vice Chancellor-Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe (L) look at some of the titles during the handover ceremony on 20th April 2021.

In his remarks, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe said that Makerere University has enjoyed a good relationship with the Government and people of Japan, which resulted in the construction of the JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency) building, home to the College of Natural Sciences (CoNAS). The building was officially handed over on 23rd January 1992.

He informed the Ambassador that the University, which will celebrate 100 years of existence in 2022, conducts a lot of research and is world-renowned for the large number of publications in clinical research as well as tropical medicine. The Vice Chancellor added that Makerere enjoys an excellent relationship with Japanese Universities through which staff and student exchanges are conducted.

“Japanese institutions have trained a lot of our staff and students particularly in geology and seismology and we sincerely thank you Ambassador and the people of Japan for this generous support” said Prof. Nawangwe.

The Vice Chancellor concluded by emphasizing that Makerere values her relationship with the Government and people of Japan and sincerely thanked the Ambassador for the book donation that will enhance knowledge about Japanese culture and economic success. “Makerere is an international university and we are always happy to bring more cultures and languages on board so as to further enhance the diversity of our community.”

Japanese Ambassador to Uganda, H.E Fukuzawa Hidemoto makes his remarks during the book donation handover ceremony held in the Main Library, Makerere University.
Japanese Ambassador to Uganda, H.E Fukuzawa Hidemoto makes his remarks in the Main Library, Makerere University shortly before handing over the book donation.

In his remarks, H.E. Fukuzawa thanked the Vice Chancellor, University Librarian and staff for the warm reception and noted that the donation was aimed at promoting the understanding of Japan among the people of Uganda, and especially students at Makerere.

“In particular, it (the donation) aims to reach out to young researchers who are interested in Japan, as well as opinion leaders and intellectuals specializing in areas other than Japanese studies” explained the Ambassador.

He reiterated that Japan has close ties with the University, by observing that eleven out of the twelve Japanese Universities that have partnerships in Uganda each have one with Makerere. “We have been sending Japanese government sponsored scholarship students to Uganda every year and many of them are graduates of this University.”

H.E. Fukuzawa expressed happiness that the COVID-19 pandemic had not halted the enhancement of academic relations between Japan and Uganda and looked forward to continued collaboration with Makerere University.

The Ambassador was accompanied by his First Secretary-Ms. Tomoko Ohyama and Public Affairs Officer-Ms. Martha Nankasa. In attendance at the handover were the Deputy University Libarian-Dr. Ruth Nalumaga, Ms. Ferrie Nalusse-Head Technical Services, Ms. Maria Nankya Mwebe-Head Book Bank and Ms. Clementine Namusisi-Head Law Section. Also present was Dr. Edith Natukunda-Togboa, the Head, Department of European and Oriental Languages, College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHUSS).

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Mak Electoral Commission 2020/21 Position: Commissioner for Finance



Female students smile for the camera as they take part in a March organised by the Students Guild on 11th December 2013 to commemorate the life of Nelson Mandela. Makerere University, Kampala Uganda.

Monday, 19 April 2021

All Students

Makerere University


This is to inform you that the position of Commissioner for Finance of the Makerere University Electoral Commission 2020/21 has fallen vacant following the resignation of Mr. Lule Huzaifa (former Commissioner for Finance) on 19th April, 2021.

In accordance with article 50, 68 (2) and 68(4) of the Makerere University Students Guild Constitution as Amended 2016 and Makerere University Students Guild Constitution (Elections) Regulations No.1 of 2018, sections 5(b), 5b(2) and 5b(3) this is to therefore call upon persons who are interested in this position to apply to the Dean of Students.

The deadline for submission of applications is Thursday, 22nd April, 2021 at 5:00pm.  Please attach a copy of University Identity Card, Admission letter and proof of registration as a student.

Yours sincerely,

Winifred Kabumbuli

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