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2nd Research Management Workshop for Departmental Chairs



The Second Research Management Workshop for Department Chairs organized by the Office of the Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic Affairs (DVCAA) and the Directorate of Research and Graduate Training (DRGT) was held on Friday, 16th August 2019 at the Grand Global Hotel, Makerere, with participants drawn from five colleges. These included the; College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES), College of Business and Management Sciences (CoBAMS), College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology (CEDAT), College of Natural Sciences (CoNAS) and the College of Veterinary Medicine, Animal Resources and Biosecurity (CoVAB). This workshop was the third in the series of trainings supported by IREX's University Administration Support Program funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

Presenting the Rationale of the workshop, the DVCAA, Dr. Umar Kakumba acknowledged that with more than 60% of Academic Staff as PhD holders, Makerere University had made fundamental strides in developing its Human Resources capacity. He nevertheless called for the breakdown of discipline-specific silos so as to increase interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary networks within the University.

Dr. Kakumba advised the Chairs to quickly realign their research priorities so as to make the most of the newly awarded Government Research and Innovation Fund. “The Vice Chancellor has set up a Grants Management Committee that is already having a series of meetings and soon the funding calls will come out.”

Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe (Right) delivers his keynote address as Dr. Umar Kakumba, Prof. Buyinza Mukadasi, Dr. Justine Namaalwa, Prof. Philip Kwesiga and other HoDs listen

Continuing from where the DVCAA had left off, the Vice Chancellor in his Keynote address shared that Makerere University had received the special funding from Government to support Research and Innovation that will inform National Development Priorities.

“The Government is committed to giving us at least UGX 30billion every year in recognition that Universities are the repositories of knowledge and we are living in a Knowledge Economy. The Ugandan Economy is not going to transform into Middle Income status unless we at Makerere University do our part” said the Vice Chancellor.

Prof. Buyinza Mukadasi delivers his presentation on Research Ethics, Integrity Governance and the Role of the Central Research Office

Prof. Nawangwe urged Department Chairs to lead by example through; motivating their colleagues, maintaining high moral standards, setting priorities for themselves and those they lead as well as looking beyond themselves to the needs of others.  

Delivering a presentation on Research Ethics, Integrity, Governance and the role of the Central Research Office , the Director DRGT, Prof. Buyinza Mukadasi noted that the onus was upon all researchers in the institution to perform research that is ethical and avoid all pitfalls associated with plagiarism.

The DVCAA-Dr. Umar Kakumba (Left) flanked by Dr. David Owiny, Dr. Roy William Mayega and Prof. John Mayega delivers the closing remarks

He also urged Chairs to ensure that Departmental Staff are shielded from publishing in journals with little or no impact on their h-index. “Before you submit your work to any journal, I urge you to first of all check if it is listed on Beall’s list of potential predatory publishers. This will safeguard your hard work against misuse and not contributing your reputation as a good researcher.”

Departmental Chairs received a wealth of knowledge on the topics of; Effective Research Leadership, Incentivising Research, Research Funding, Establishing and Managing Grants as well as Knowledge Transfer. The topics were presented by David Guwatudde, Prof. Tonny Oyana, Dr. Charles Masembe, Dr. Roy mayega and Prof. John Muyonga respectively.

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



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: 
Meeting ID: 884 5662 9992
Password: 292624

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Notice: Makerere Disability Scheme 2022/23 Medical Review Exercise



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.


(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



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Uganda’s policymakers implored to address forest loss, plastic & water pollution



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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