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The Vice Chancellor urges University Students to embrace new skills to survive in the competitive world



The Vice Chancellor of Makerere University, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe has urged University students to embrace new skills and technology if they are to survive in the competitive world of work. He said this while addressing over 50 Students from Makerere University and the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, while launching a 10-day training dubbed the Pearl of Africa Leadership Camp. The Leadership Camp brings together students from Makerere University and the University of Edinburgh who are sponsored by Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program.

Mr. Matia Kabuye, the Ag. Director of Planning and Development Department (PDD) represented the Vice Chancellor at the event. He further urged students to consider trainings such as the Pearl of Africa Leadership Camp seriously.

“You are being trained to be the next generation of achievers and leaders, who will be committed to service in your community, country and even continent. My advice to you students is; participate and seize opportunities that are presented to you, both at the Universities and outside of them, because if you want to transform your communities, it starts now with the skills you are receiving.” The Vice Chancellor emphasized.

Some of the participants at the launch of the Pearl of Africa Leadership Camp.

Prof. Nawangwe thanked Mastercard Foundation for offering extra skills to young people through such trainings as the Pearl of Africa Leadership Camp and other programs. He also thanked the Scholars Program team at Makerere University and their counterparts at University of Edinburg for the collaboration and for organizing the Pearl of Africa Leadership Camp. He pointed out that the collaboration between the Universities was very important and that it should be beginning of further engagements between the two Universities in other aspects such as research, innovation, student and staff exchanges and many other areas.

On his part, Mr. Matia Kabuye, who is also the Acting Coordinator of Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at Makerere University pointed out that the Pearl of Africa Leadership Camp was a distinctive platform that was designed to nurture and equip students with practical skills, which they do not get during their academic programs, which was very important.

Some of the participants at the launch of the Pearl of Africa Leadership Camp.

“Throughout this 10-day training, I believe our young people will find that learning without the pressure of examination can be just as fun-filled and inspiring as play. I urge you to   be active participants and make the most of the opportunities available and tap into the great minds that are around you.” He pointed out.

The Pearl of Africa leadership Camp is 10-day academy, which was organized by the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at Makerere University in conjunction with their counterparts at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. The Leadership camp will equip the participants with both soft and transferrable skills as well community engagement.

Article by:  Mr. Bernard Buteera, MCF Communication and Web Officer


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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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