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Mak-Sida APM Ends: Senior Faculty Trained in Graduate Research Supervision and Mentorship

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On Friday, 12th April 2019, the weeklong Makerere University-Sweden Bilateral Research Programme Annual Research Planning Conference concluded with a certificate award ceremony to the first cohort of Senior Faculty trained in Graduate Supervision and Mentorship. The Quality Assurance Directorate (QAD), Makerere University together with Uppsala University Sweden conducted this first training.

I represented the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe at the closing ceremony where we took note of the milestones of our research cooperation which started in 2000 and will come to an end in 2020. The ceremony was held in the Quality Assurance Telepresence Centre, Makerere University.  

This being the last Planning Conference, we conducted a SWOT analysis and noted that the significant enhancement of academic sustainability at Mak has been a major achievement of the Swedish support. Over 250 staff have completed their PhD, Master and Postdoctoral training.

The Right Honourable Prime Minister, Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda (Centre), Swedish Ambassador to Uganda-H.E. Per Lindgärde (2nd R), Prof. Leif Abrahamsson (R), Dr. Gity Behravan (2nd L) and Prof. Buyinza Mukadasi at the Dinner hosted by the Ambassador at this residence on 8th April 2019, Kampala Uganda

We are optimistic that the sustainability/future of research at Mak will be secured through a multiple interventions including: Development of institutional systems and structures aimed at continued implementation of research capacity building activities; Creation of an enabling, harmonious and efficient environment for research and innovations; Maintenance of internal systems to improve research and publications culture; Revision of policies and guidelines to strengthen research management and coordination; Establishment of staff retention strategies; Supporting mechanisms to sustain the established collaborations; and Continued fundraising strategies and increased funding streams for research and innovations.

During the last four years of implementing the programme, we have noted that Makerere will only sustain the current momentum in the research arena if it mentors our early-career researchers during the five years following their PhD completion. We need to provide adequate research support leading to a well planned career progression from postdoctoral appointment to tenure, promotion and beyond. We need to attract, retain, develop, and promote our researchers.

In this regard, mentorship of early-career researchers by senior colleagues who have successfully navigated those transitions is critically important. To address this shortfall, we have taken a deliberate decision to develop our own research leaders from the existing stock of staff.

Article by Professor Buyinza Mukadasi, Director DRGT

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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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