On Wednesday, 27th March 2019, hundreds of people including Makerere University Administrators, students and parents and well-wishers gathered in Makerere University Main Hall to witness the swearing in ceremony of their beloved Guild President-elect H.E. Kateregga Julius commonly known as KJ.
Presided over by the Acting Vice Chancellor Dr. Eria Hisali, Dean of Students-Mr. Cyriaco Kabagambe, Deputy Dean of Students-Mr. Stephen Kateega and Chaplain of St. Francis Rev. Onesimus Asiimwe the ceremony was also witnessed by Members of the 84th Guild cabinet led by outgoing President H.E. Papa Were Salim.
“Our voice as students can only be heard if our leaders choose to stand, I have come as a leader to stand with you, the door of my office will always be open to you the students such that I get to know the issues affecting you,” said H.E Kateregga Julius.
Amidst applause and a chorus of cheers from the audience, H.E. Kateregga Julius (KJ) took his oath and promised to balance the mighty hill of the great intellectuals with good governance.
H.E. Kateregga a second year Bachelor of Arts with Education student assured his peers of equality and diligent service in the 85th Guild cabinet. He thanked students who chose to look beyond money for change by putting all their trust in him as one with the vision and solutions to possibly end all challenges experienced by the students.
“I am glad that you chose to believe in me, now here I am, I am ready to stand by you my fellow students, I will stand for what you believe in because what you believe in is what I believe in and what I believe in is my mandate,” he noted.
In a special way, H.E. Kateregga congratulated his Guild Representatives (GRCs) upon their success and advised them to cooperate with him if they are to bring Makerere to the next level of leadership. Here he emphasized the need for hard work among his Cabinet members and echoed that he sees different capabilities in every GRC. He also urged them to be faithful to their fellow students and serve as they pledged during their campaigns.
“We have started a race and as team leader, my aim is to ensure that by the time I leave, I can still stand before the mighty Makerereans and they listen to me when I talk. I see different capabilities in each and every GRC, let’s be critical, know why you were elected and serve faithfully and diligently. Pay attention to what we ought to, look beyond the privileges and be the voice of students,” advised H.E. Kateregga
He thanked everyone who stood by him during the hard times of his campaigns and in a very special way, recognized the presence of his beloved mother Ms. Lovinsa Nabunya and thanked her for all the prayers that brought him victory.
The Guild President-elect echoed that students and Administrators of Makerere University have a big debt to the nation as they are the un-gazetted Parliament of Uganda and urged them to always stand and emphasize what Makerere represents in this nation.
The Acting Vice Chancellor Dr. Eria Hisali congratulated H.E Kateregga Julius (KJ) and His Cabinet upon their successful election. He applauded the outgoing cabinet for all that they have done in their tenure.
He called for good relationship between the Students’ Guild and the University Management emphasizing that a good relationship between two parties always leads to good service delivery to the beneficiaries.
Dr. Hisali challenged H.E. Kateregga to hold his team accountable by bringing feedback to the Guild Council, indicating that this will be a good sign of service delivery and representation at the respective Colleges and Halls of Residence.
He advised the Guild President to take advantage of the University Management’s open-door policy to consult the Administration as it’s always ready and available to help each time there is a need.
He encouraged the Guild leadership to uphold and maintain the good reputation of the University in all their endeavors and called upon students to participate in the forthcoming MakRun where the University is soliciting money to construct a Students’ Centre.
The Dean of Students Mr. Cyriaco Kabagambe assured the Students Guild Council of an induction, where they will have a full week of training as a way of preparing them to run their respective offices.
Mr. Kabagambe thanked the Chairman Electoral Commission and his team for the great work done as the elections were free and fair and no case of violence was registered this time round.
The Chairperson Electoral Commission Mr. Ssekinde Faizo revealed that the election process was successful as they witnessed free and fair elections. He congratulated the winners of the elections and thanked students for participating in the Electoral process.
The outgoing Guild President H.E. Papa Were Salim congratulated H.E. Kateregga Julius and his cabinet upon being elected as the 85th Guild President and Guild Council of Makerere University for the year 2019/2020. He noted that it had been a great honor for him to serve as the 84th Guild President of the mighty Hill with a mighty University.
He advised H.E. Kateregga to know his mandate as a student leader and observe it, as it will always direct him in line with his vision as leader of the 85th Guild Cabinet.
“It’s a big struggle but the most important thing is remember your mandate, know whom you are serving and what they want for they are the reason you are seating in that capacity as Student Guild President,” advised the 84th Guild President.
H.E Papa Were extended his sincere thanks to the fraternity of the gallant Makerereans who collaborated with his cabinet and in a special way, thanked the University Management for the support extended to the 84th Guild Leadership.
The ceremony was overseen by the outgoing 84th Guild Speaker Rt. Hon. Isaac Kwagala who congratulated the new cabinet upon their success in the political journey and urged them to serve the gallant Makerereans with great faithfulness by practicing principals of democracy. He also urged the incoming 85th Guild President to always remember why the students entrusted him with that position.
“In your campaigns you pledged to balance the hill, please balance it by serving the students who entrusted you with that responsibility faithfully and diligently so that they will continue looking up to you even when you leave these great gates,” Kwagala advised.
He further praised the outgoing Guild Cabinet for the achievements registered during their tenure and requested the incoming cabinet to accomplish all that they had set out to achieve.
Article by Rachael Kanyi, Volunteer, Mak Public Relations Office
Uganda’s policymakers implored to address forest loss, plastic & water pollution
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.
Prof. Nawangwe urges Makerere University community to support the Mastercard Foundation E-learning Initiative
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.
”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.
“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.
“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.
Supplementary Admissions to Bachelor of Laws Under Private Sponsorship 2022/23
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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