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Mak Strengthens Ties with Case Western Reserve University



On Monday, 25th March 2019, over 100 guests gathered at the College of Health Sciences Gardens in Mulago to celebrate the 30 years of collaboration between Makerere University College of Health Sciences (MakCHS) and Case Western Reserve University (CWRU).

Led by the President, HE. Barbara R. Snyder, the visitors from Case Western Reserve University started the celebrations by visiting the office of the Vice Chancellor Makerere University where they held a brief meeting with Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, College Principals and other University Administrators.

Expressing her gratitude towards Makerere University, HE. Barbara R. Snyder revealed that the 30 years of collaboration are a sign of good relationship between the two Universities and that Makerere University is doing good work in and outside of Uganda and for the good services provided by the University, Case Western Reserve University has a lot of pride in their collaboration with Makerere.

Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe (Left) presents HE. Barbara R. Snyder (Right) with a souvenir bag during the celebrations marking 30 years of collaboration between MakCHS and CWRU

“Our collaboration with Makerere University is growing very fast and its fruits can be seen by the good results it produces,” said HE. Barbara R. Snyder.

The Vice Chancellor Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe noted that Case Western Reserve University is a friend indeed as it came in at the right time when Uganda needed help from people with more knowledge about HIV/AIDS.

“In 1989, Uganda had been hit by one of the world’s leading killer diseases which is HIV/AIDS and by that time, no Ugandan had full knowledge about the fast killing disease and many families lost their loved ones, not until Case Western Reserve University came in to give Uganda a helping hand. You came to Uganda at a time of need, thank you” echoed Prof. Nawangwe.

The Dean, School of Medicine -Prof. Moses Kamya called for an expansion of the collaboration to the rest of Mak's colleges

He noted that MakCHS is playing a big role by being Uganda’s leading Health College as it is addressing real National concerns by providing real solutions to the country’s health problems, “and Makerere being a leading University has a major responsibility of moving Uganda to another level of good performance in all aspects.”

According to the Principal MakCHS Prof. Charles Ibingira, the college started in 1924 as a medical school which was later turned into Faculty of Medicine until 2008 when it was transformed into a College with five schools. These are;

•    Makerere University School of Biomedical Sciences
•    Makerere University School of Health Sciences
•    Makerere University School of Medicine
•    Makerere University School of Public Health
•    Makerere University School of Dentistry

The Dean, School of Public Health-Prof. Rhoda Wanyenze thanked CWRU for training 8 MakSPH staff at both Masters and PhD levels

He also noted that with the vision of beginning a leading and transformational institution for academic excellence and innovation in Health Sciences, the college was recently ranked Africa’s 2nd leading College of Health Sciences and is now aiming at the 1st position. This he attributed to the many collaborations attracted some of which are with Uganda Heart Institute, Uganda Cancer Institute among others.

Prof. Ibingira thanked the President of Case Western Reserve University for working hard with MakCHS to ensure that all programs run smoothly and successfully through her continuous follow-ups and hoped even for more collaboration.

Among the presenters were the Deans of the different Schools of the college. Prof. Rhoda Wanyenze, the Dean School of Public Health (MakSPH) and only female Dean at MakCHS noted that the School’s training includes field placements and hands-on projects integrated into all graduate programs.

The Director Mak Health Services-Prof. Josaphat Byamugisha moved the vote of thanks and shared plans develop a University teaching hospital

She added that the School works hand-in-hand with the Ministry of Health and thanked Case Western Reserve University for training 8 MakSPH staff at both Masters and PhD levels.

The Dean School of Medicine, Prof. Moses R. Kamya, thanked H.E Snyder for maintaining Case Western Reserve University’s partnership with Makerere University and College of Health Sciences in particular and requested that the partnership should extend to the entire Makerere University as well.

Addressing the guests, the Director Makerere University Health Services Prof. Josaphat Byamugisha indicated that MakCHS is keen to develop a University teaching hospital and called for more collaborations to help purchase equipment.

Mr. Byamugisha Joseph, MakCHS President and Fourth Year student of the Bachelor of Medicine and   Bachelor of Surgery.

He thanked the University Management for being supportive to the college and expressed his sincere gratitude to them.

“We hold with high regard the research collaboration that we have had for thirty years now as it has synthesized solutions to a number of world problems at large, hence contributing to the wellbeing of our population especially the dedication to the HIV/AIDS pandemic,” concluded Mr. Byamugisha Joseph, College President and Fourth Year student of the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery.

The Department of Performing Arts and Film (PAF) led by Dr. Sylvia Nannyonga Tamusuza (with mic) took guests on a tour of Uganda cultures

Article by Rachael Kanyi, Volunteer, Mak Public Relations Office

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4th Call For Applications: MURBS Departmental Ambassadors



URBRA’s Mrs. Ritah Nansasi Wasswa (2nd L) assisted by Ag. University Secretary-Mr. Yusuf Kiranda (L) hands over a plaque of recognition to Outgoing Trustee-Ms. Dorothy Nannozi Kabanda (2nd R) as Incoming Trustee-Ms. Franco Angida Mugyema (R) applauds during the MURBS Board Handover on 26th March 2021.

In February 2018, the Makerere University Retirement Benefits Scheme (MURBS) launched the Departmental Ambassadors Programme. MURBS hopes to use this Ambassadors Programme to engage more directly with its membership and enhance member education. MURBS further perceives this Programme as a means to mitigate succession planning risks.

MURBS Fund Value continues to grow, and as at 31st March 2021, it stood at Ushs 235.5bn as compared to Ushs 209.6bn as at 30th June 2020. Given this growth, there is increased need for prospective Trustees, who are well equipped with relevant knowledge and skills, and with practical exposure to the management and governance of MURBS.


  1. Must be employed by the University on permanent terms
  2. Must be an Active Member of the Scheme (currently contributing to the Scheme) and appear on the Official Register of the MURBS Active Membership as at 30th April 2021.
  3. Must be willing to commit time to trainings and other ambassadorial activities organised by the Scheme.

Mode of training for 4th Cohort of Ambassadors

Training for this (4th) Cohort of Ambassadors is envisaged to be conducted over the zoom online platform only, due to Covid-19 restrictions. The Scheme does not envisage any face-to-face interactions.

Tenure of Office & Termination or Withdrawal

There is no tenure of office for the Departmental Ambassador. As long as a member is willing to continue serving as an Ambassador, and the Ambassador continues to satisfy the eligibility criteria above, she or he will remain a MURBS Ambassador.

How to Apply

Interested members should complete the MURBS Departmental Ambassador Application Form 01-0218. The completed Form together with the requested attachments should be sent to info[at] and copy to wilber.naigambi[at] no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, 14th June 2021. We discourage hand delivery of applications.

Confirmation/Approval Process

MURBS shall acknowledge receipt of each application received within 12 hours and will respond to the applicants to confirm the status of their application in writing (by e-mail). Upon approval of the application, the name of the approved Ambassador together with the Department and School/Unit will be updated on the list of the MURBS Departmental Ambassadors in the Group 4 category and published on the MURBS website.

NOTE: There is no limit as to the number of ambassadors that MURBS can have in a department.

Please see Downloads for the detailed call and application form.

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Chair Council Communication on Closure of Makerere University



An older photo of the Main Building, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda as seen from across the Freedom Square. Date taken: 22nd October 2012.

7th June 2021

All Members of Staff
All Students and Stakeholders
Makerere University


Following the address to the Nation by H.E. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, President of Uganda, on 6th June 2021, this is to inform you that the University will be closed with effect from today 7th June 2021 for 42days.

During the closure, the University shall observe a 30% physical presence of staff while other faculty and administrative staff shall continue to work online.

Management will inform staff and students on the implementation of teaching, learning, and research activities online. Construction activities shall continue as per the President’s directives and with strict adherence to the COVID-19 SOPs.

Yours sincerely,

Lorna Magara (Mrs.)
Chairperson, Makerere University Council

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RUFORUM: Transforming Higher Education Videos and Links



Delegates brainstorm during the 15th RUFORUM AGM held at the University of Cape Coast (UCC) in Ghana from 2-6 December, 2019. Photo credit: RUFORUM

Video Series developed by Julieta Mazzola, EARTH University.


  1. What is Community Engagement?  Video 1 of 3.
  2. Different Forms of University Engagement with the Community. Video 2 of 3.
  3. Student learning through Community Engagement. Video 3 of 3.

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