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Mak receives property: NIC hands over Plot 2A Kampala Road



On Wednesday 10th July 2019, the Chairperson of National Insurance Corporation (NIC) Dr. Martin Jerome Okec Aliker together with the Managing Director Mr. Bayo Folayan handed over property located on Plot 2A Kampala Road to Makerere University Chairperson of Council, Mrs. Lorna Magara.

In a report, the Director of Estates and Works Department at Makerere University, Eng. Christina Kakeeto highlighted that the Plot is developed with a five storey structure along Kampala Road with a gatehouse and a generator house at the south western end.  “The land is regularly shaped and measures approximately 0.072 Ha (0.178 Acres). The gross external area of the Building is 1,990 square meters.”

The Chairperson of National Insurance Corporation (NIC) Dr. Martin Jerome Okec Aliker together with the Managing Director Mr. Bayo Folayan handing over the property documents to the Makerere University Chairperson of Council, Mrs. Lorna Magara witnessed by  Mr.  Elias Edu; NIC Company Secretary  and Prof Barnabas Nawangwe; the Makerere University Vice Chancellor .

Witnessed by NIC Board and Management, Chairperson of the Finance, Planning, Administrative and Investment Committee of Mak Council, the Vice Chancellor and his Management team, Lawyers, Mak Legal team and Public Relations Office, the handover of the property to Makerere University marked the end of long term negotiations.

On receiving the property documents, the Chairperson of Council, Mrs. Lorna Magara applauded the Board of National Insurance Corporation and Makerere University Management and Council upon reaching an amicable solution.

“Today the property-Plot 2A Kampala Road officially gets listed onto the University’s Asset Register and must be managed in accordance with the laws governing public assets. We appreciate everyone who has ensured that we reach this day and we look forward to continued guidance on how to manage this property better with minimum liability on the university,” she said.

R-L; Prof. William Bazeyo, Mr. Bruce Kabaasa, Mr. Yusufu Kiranda, Eng. Christina Kakeeto and Mr. Henry Mwebe during the handover ceremony.

She thanked the Government of Uganda particularly the President, H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni for supporting the negotiations. Mrs. Magara also commended the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development for implementing the presidential directive and for the crucial guidance given during the negotiations between Makerere University and National Insurance Corporation.

“As the University Council, we remain committed to creating the policy and governance atmosphere that creates an environment conducive to the promotion of teaching and learning, research and community outreach. The three pillars of our mandate. I have no doubt that the newly acquired property will go a long way in promoting the mandate and aspirations of Makerere University,” she added.

The Vice Chancellor of Makerere University, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe said that the formalized relationship with National Insurance Corporation presents both parties with a platform to partner in several areas of development.

The  Plot 2A is developed with a five storey structure along Kampala Road with a gatehouse and a generator house at the south western end

He applauded Prof. William Bazeyo, the Acting Deputy Vice Chancellor (Finance and Administration), who spearheaded the negotiations on behalf of Makerere University Management for relentlessly engaging the Management of National Insurance Corporation, the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development and other Government entities until an amicable solution was realized.

The Chairperson of National Insurance Corporation, Dr. Martin Jerome Okec Aliker was delighted that the long term negotiations that started way back, building on from his predecessors, have yielded positive results during his tenure.  “We are very happy for the conclusion of the negotiations. We would like the good working relationship between Makerere University and National Insurance Corporation to continue,” said Dr. Aliker.

Members of Board and Management of NIC together with Members of Council and Managment of Makerere University posing for a group photo.

The Managing Director of National Insurance Corporation Mr. Bayo Folayan said the property symbolizes long term negotiations and a strong partnership that has been developed between Makerere University and National Insurance Corporation.

Prof. William Bazeyo reiterated that the property received is an investment for Makerere University. He re-affirmed his readiness to work with the University Management and Council to ensure that the property generates income for the University.

Article by 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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