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Mak Wins 4 Multi-institutional African Union Research Grants

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On Wednesday, 6th March 2019, I represented the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe at the launch of the multi-institutional research projects funded by the African Union Commission through the African Union Research Grants with support from the European Commission. Makerere won four of the ten projects funded by the African Commission and will implement the grants in collaboration with University of Eduardo Mondlane Mozambique; and University of Zambia.

We congratulate the Principal Investigators (PIs) including:

i. Prof. Jessica Nakavuma – College of Veterinary Medicine, Animal Resources and Biosecurity (CoVAB): Development of bacteriophage cocktails as disease biocontrol agents for improved aquaculture productivity, food and nutrition safety in Uganda and Ghana
ii. Prof. Donald Kugonza – College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES): Marker-assisted breeding of native chickens in Uganda and Mozambique
iii. Mak as a partner: Aflatoxin contamination among Maize and Groundnut value chains in Zambia and Uganda
iv. Dr. Jackson Efitre – Department of Zoology, College of Natural Sciences (CoNAS)

We thank our scientists who worked tirelessly to develop quality proposals that are a reflection of our drive to research excellence. It is gratifying to see our Faculty deploy their vast research capacity in Science, Technology and Innovations to solve the challenges bedevilling the agricultural sector and ultimately reduce hunger and improve the wellbeing of our people. I was overjoyed to know that our multi-institutional projects’ focus on – food, nutrition security, sustainable agriculture, is reflection of a new paradigm of Mak research agenda aimed at optimizing our relevance and contribution towards SGD 1: No poverty and 2: Zero hunger by 2030.

Prof. Buyinza Mukadasi (2nd R) with some of the grant recipients from Mak including Assoc. Prof. Donald Kugonza (3rd Left) and Assoc. Prof. Jessica Nakavuma (Rear 3rd Right) at the launch

The kick-off meeting yesterday was attended by scientists from over 15 RUFORUM member institutions in Africa that have all demonstrated research excellence in fisheries, aflatoxin management and breeding of local chicken. From my own assessment, I could predict that the
implementation of these projects will not be a challenge because, at Makerere we have the Fisheries research centre at the College of Natural Sciences (CoNAS) and the College of Veterinary Medicine, Animal Resources and Biosecurity (CoVAB) as well as a great team of Professors in these two colleges who will ensure success of the fisheries project.

Our Food Technology and Business Incubation Centre (FTBIC) has done significant research in Aflatoxins and will be of great benefit for the Aflotoxin research project and through the School of Agricultural Sciences has done significant research in Poultry breeding. All these human and physical endowments will in no doubt contribute significantly to the scientific success of the local chicken breeding project.

Evidently, Food, nutrition security and sustainable agriculture has been areas of focus of training and research at Makerere University and we are grateful to be provided with this opportunity to deploy our expertise to make a difference in our countries and continent at large through scientific research.

Our great respect goes to the RUFORUM Network through the Executive Secretary, Prof. Adipala Ekwamu, for mobilizing African universities to team up and develop quality research projects. This affirms Makerere's research leadership on the continent. We congratulate all the successful PIs.

Article by Professor Buyinza Mukadasi, Director, DRGT, Makerere University

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Launch of Mak-RIF Round 4 Awards & PhD Call for Proposals

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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:
https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwpcu-urDIjE9ZgxdsbEmA2IkNMMiJVECt_ 
Meeting ID: 884 5662 9992
Password: 292624

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Notice: Makerere Disability Scheme 2022/23 Medical Review Exercise

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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.

IMPORTANT:

(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

ALFRED MASIKYE NAMOAH

Acting. ACADEMIC REGISTRAR

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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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