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Mak pays tribute to Prof. Apolo Robin Nsibambi



Makerere University, Council, Management, staff, students and alumni gathered in the Main Hall to pay tribute to their former Chancellor and Prime Minister of Uganda, Rt. Prof. Apolo Robin Nsibambi. The fare thee well ceremony took place on 31st May 2019 and was also attended by the family and friends of the deceased, government officials and religious leaders.

Prof. Nsibambi joined Makerere University as a student where he attained his first degree (Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics) and he was a lecturer at Makerere University during the 1960s. He served as the Dean Faculty of Social Sciences for two terms; from 1978 until 1983 and from 1985 until 1987.

He also served as the Head of the Department of Political Science from 1987 to 1990 and as the Director Makerere Institute of Social Research (MISR) from 1994 to 1996. Prof. Nsibambi was appointed as the first non-Head of State Chancellor of Makerere University in 2003, a position he held up to 2007. He was appointed as the 8th Prime minister of Uganda from 1999 until 2011.

Makerere University commended the late Prof Apolo Robin Nsibambi for his selfless service and association with people from all walks of life regardless of his academic, social and political stature and for the love he had towards the University and the Nation at large.

Reflecting on the professional relationship shared with Prof. Nsibambi, Prof. Ezra Suruma, the Chancellor of Makerere University said: “Prof Nsibambi was my Dean when I worked as a Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Social Sciences at Makerere University. Additionally, he was the Prime Minister of Uganda during my term as the Minister Finance, Planning and Economic Development.”

Prof. Suruma noted that he will always honor Prof. Nsibambi as his academic colleague, Dean, leader in Parliament and predecessor as Chancellor. He referred to Prof. Nsibambi as a gentleman using Shakespeare’s quote when he said, “His life was gentle and the elements so well mixed in him that nature itself might stand up and say: That was a man.”

In his speech, the former Chancellor of Makerere University, Prof. Mondo Kagonyera praised Prof. Nsibambi for being a good time manager and said that he will always be remembered for his humor, integrity and kindness.

“Prof. Nsibambi was a man who would speak his mind and always say the truth, he was humble, disciplined and obedient to everyone and always based his discussions on the law,” said Prof. Kagonyera.

He applauded Prof. Nsibambi’s wife, Mrs. Esther Nsibambi for taking care of her husband during the time of sickness.

Mrs. Lorna Magara, the Chairperson Makerere University Council commended the late Prof. Nsibambi for his distinguished and dedicated service towards Makerere University which led to his appointment as the first non-Head-of-state Chancellor.

“He diligently served Makerere University from 1960s to 1996 as an academic member of staff and in various leadership positions. He will be remembered for his humility, punctuality and outstanding eloquent speeches,” said Mrs. Magara.

The Vice Chancellor, Makerere University, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, listed the characteristics of integrity that the late Prof. Nsibambi proposed to be emulated during his Keynote address delivered at the Bernard Onyango Inaugural Public Lecture and these include;

  • Know that it is the little things which count (attention to detail)
  • If you mess up, confess the mistake and correct it (accountability)
  • Keep your word (trust)
  • Care about the greater good, i.e. the good of the institution and not the good of the individual
  • Be honest and modest
  • Act like you are always being watched by others
  • Bring close to you those of similar virtues and talents
  • Do not be detracted provided you know you are on the right path

Emphasizing on the first reading from the book of Ecclesiastes 3:1-8, Rev Asiimwe Onesimus, the Chaplain St. Francis Chapel Makerere University, called upon everyone to be prepared for their last days.  The two sermons were read from Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 and 2nd Timothy 4:6-8 by Dr. Susan N. Kiguli and Dr. Suzie Nansozi Muwanga respectively.

This was accompanied by beautiful hymns by the Choir from the Department of Performing Arts and Film Makerere University.  

Speaking on behalf of the family, the late Prof. Nsibambi’s children, Mrs. Juliet Nanteza Kasujja and Mrs. Lydia Nabaggala Mulondo referred to their father as a friendly, caring and loving father who always stood by the truth.

“He was a generous person who always shared whatever he had with others. He was an honest man and a good time manager,” said Mrs. Nabaggala Mulondo.

To her fallen father, Mrs. Nanteza Kasujja said: “You are a great man, you loved God and we know you went to him. May your soul Rest in Peace.”

Rt. Prof. Apolo Robin Nsibambi was born on 25th October 1940 and passed away on Tuesday 28th May 2019.

Article by Nakibombo Esther Joyce, Volunteer , Mak Public Relations


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Advert: Mature Age Entry Scheme – Private Sponsorship 2024/2025



Students sit for an exam in the pre-COVID era, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda.

The Academic Registrar, Makerere University invites applications for the Undergraduate
Programmes under the Mature Age Entry Scheme only for Private Sponsorship for
2024/2025 Academic Year.
Non-Refundable Application fee of Shs. 50,000/= for Ugandans OR $75 Equivalent for
Internationals, plus bank charge should be paid in any of the banks used by Uganda
Revenye Authority after generating a Payment Reference Number (PRN).

  • Apply using the Institution’s Applications Portal URL:https: //
  • Application is for candidates who passed the Mature Age Entry Examinations of December 17, 2022 and February 24, 2024 only.
  • Any candidate who passed the examinations in mentioned above and was not admitted on Government/ Private sponsorship for December 17, 2022 sitting, and for Government sponsorship for February 24, 2024 sitting, is eligible to apply for admission on Private Sponsorship for 2024 /2025 Academic Year.

The closing date for applying will be Friday 26th July, 2024.

Further details can be accessed by following this link.

Prof. Mukadasi Buyinza

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Diploma/Degree Holders Admission Lists 2024/25



Main Library, Makerere University. Photo taken on 29th February 2016.

The Office of Academic Registrar, Makerere University has released lists of Diploma/Degree Holder applicants admitted under Private/Self Sponsorship for the academic year 2024/25. Please note that admission is subject to verification of academic documents by the awarding institutions.

The admission list is displayed here below:

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African Futures Research Leadership Program: Cohort 5 – Call for Scholars



Participants at the initial AAP convening participate in design-thinking exercises to help imagine the future of partnerships between MSU and Africa. Photo: AAP

The Alliance for African Partnership (AAP) is seeking applicants for the fifth cohort of the AAP African Futures Research Leadership Program. This competitive visiting scholar program supports early career researchers from the AAP consortium to work for one year under the mentorship of faculty members from MSU and their home institution, focusing on building skills in research for impact, writing scholarly and/or policy publications, disseminating of research results, and developing grant proposals for external support. Scholars will also participate in a structured professional development program while building bridges and lasting connections with MSU contacts and across their cohort. 

The main objective of the African Futures program is to strengthen the capacity of a cadre of African researchers to return to their home institutions and become scientific leaders in their community, establish long-term partnerships with MSU faculty, co-create innovative solutions to Africa’s challenges, and in turn become trainers of the next generation of researchers. This program aims to address the gender gap in Africa, where only 30% of researchers are women, so scholars selected for the program will be women, or men who can demonstrate they are committed to support efforts towards gender equity in higher education institutions in Africa. The research areas that the scholars will engage in during the program should be aligned to AAP’s research priority areas

The AAP Management Team requests applications from early career researchers to participate in the next cohort, with work to begin virtually in February 2025. Scholars will spend September – December 2025 at MSU for the in-person portion of the program, followed by another period of virtual collaboration, ending in early 2026. The scholar and mentor team will receive a small grant for research and professional development activities including conference attendance and publication. Scholars will also receive a stipend during their time at MSU, visa application support, and round-trip travel from their home institution.


  • Citizen of an African country 
  • Completion of a PhD degree within the last 10 years 
  • Employed as an Academic Staff member at one of the AAP African consortium universities including Egerton University, Makerere University, University of Dar es Salaam, Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Botswana, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, University Cheikh Anta Diop, University of Arts and Humanities, Bamako, United States International University-Africa, and University of Pretoria 
  • Have documented approval of leave or sabbatical to participate in the program for the in-person period 
  • Have a mentor at their home institution that will serve as a collaborator and mentor
  • Research must be in one of the AAP priority areas
  • Applicants may only submit one proposal to AAP in this round of funding. Prior scholars are not eligible to apply. 

To learn more about the program, including how to apply, click below

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Applications to be an African Futures scholar are due August 18, 2024

Additional program dates:

  • Program start date (virtual): February 2025
  • In-person program: Sept – Dec 2025
  • Program end date: February 2026

Please contact Jose Jackson-Malete at or +1 517-353-6989 with any questions.

Source: AAP

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