On 30th August 2019, Makerere University hosted the 5th LEAP Conference. Held at CTF 2 Auditorium, College of Business and Management Sciences, the conference engaged students from various universities in Uganda in an inspirational conversation and debate on enhancing entrepreneurship skills among youth.
The LEAP Conference is a students’ initiative designed to highlight the experiences of global leaders who have taken a leap of confidence and driven change throughout the world. Every year, students from all respective Universities in Uganda participate in this unforgettable event, which empowers them to explore thought-provoking topics and participate in both interactive workshops and networking activities.
According to Mr. Dennis Aguma the Founder of LEAP-Uganda, through Conference engagements and workshops, students are primed to become the next generation of game changers, ready to fight off the discomfort that might have held them back from setting the world ablaze.
The 5th LEAP Conference (2019) was officially opened by Dr. Peter Ngategize, the National Coordinator of Private Sector Development Unit (MOFPED). This year’s Conference was organized by Makerere University College of Business and Management Sciences (CoBAMS) together with the National Association of Student Enterprises (nase), and the Innovation Village under the theme; Entrepreneurial Bridging: The Youth in the 4th Industrial Revolution.
Remising on the day’s theme, Dr. Ngategize urged students to streamline their entrepreneurship ideas to meet the demands of the 4th industrial revolution era. He advised students to work hard towards the success and growth of their business ideas.
“Be creative and innovative, discover your passion, and attain basic training in order to get skills. With the ever changing world, we also need to be rational in business idea development and with the 4th industrial revolution, we expect an idea that accommodates changes such as technology,” he said.
According to Dr. Ngategize any successful entrepreneur knows that taking risks and exploring new opportunities are often accompanied by a feeling of uncertainty. Drawing from his own experience, he explained to students how welcoming discomfort with open arms has allowed him to achieve his goals and make an impact on the world.
“That feeling of discomfort can make or break you; success can depend on how you handle it. In order to drive change and make an impact on the world around us, we cannot avoid discomfort; we have to embrace it,” he said.
He condemned the spirit of extravagance which has sprouted among the youth and guided them on how to make good use of their money by spending it profitably through setting income generating activities.
Representing the keynote Speaker, Hon Frank Tumwebaze- the Minister of Information and Communication Technology and National Guidance, Mr. Ocero Michael-the Assistant Commissioner Information Technology recognized the role of entrepreneurship and innovation in creating a knowledge based economy in a competitive world. He appreciated the skills and agility of the young entrepreneurs and advised them to move beyond invention to practical solutions that alleviate societal problems.
“The value of your creation will be measured from the extent of its useful impact,” he said.
Mr. Ocero applauded the President of the Republic of Uganda H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni for being open to multidisciplinary governance and also, for supporting the ecosystem for ICT Research, Innovation Development, Translation and Commercialization.
He called upon all academic institutions to strategies in promoting key skills required for competency including cognitive, technical problem solving, creativity, work ethics and managerial skills for entrepreneurs. In the same spirit, he urged entrepreneurs to be cognizant of the unique needs of the population, diverse languages and ethical concerns in Uganda.
The Dean School of Business, Dr. Godfrey Akilenge urged Makerere University students to take advantage of the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Center that has been established by the College through the Department of Marketing and Management to nurture and grow their business ideas.
“The Entrepreneurship and Innovation Center provides mentorship and space for young people to start and nurture business ideas. It also gives us more flexibility in doing other activities such as research and outreach as well as raising financial resources for our activities,” he stated.
Dr. Peter K. Turyakira, the Head of Department Marketing and Management revealed that the LEAP Conference is one way of preparing the entrepreneurship students for the forthcoming Makerere Entrepreneurship Expo.
He thanked the organizers for extending an opportunity to Makerere University to host the 5th LEAP Conference and encouraged students to make good use of the knowledge attained in the conference to develop business ideas.
The function was further enriched by a Panel discussion on the Congruence between Incubation and Entrepreneurship Education. The panel discussants included;
- Ms. Rose Tuwine a founder of Echo stoves which was started with the aim of conserving the environment currently employing over 200 workers.
- Lyne Tukei the Public Relations Officer of Xente Tech, a mobile App that can be used to buy products and commodities online, make bill payments among others.
- Ms. Nansuuna of Tukole a company building a community of service providers, through training them and later recommends them to other companies for jobs.
Article by Kanyi Rachael, Volunteer Mak Public Relations Office
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HERS-EA Fourth Leadership Academy
The Higher Education Resource Services-East Africa (HERS-EA) provides an intensive residential one-week leadership and management development curriculum focused on women, mainly in higher education institutions and administration.
In response to the current Covid-19 pandemic, HERS-EA Fourth Academy will be a totally virtual one. As such, the Academy previously scheduled to take place between June 28th – July 3rd has been postponed by one week to July 5th-9th.
Theme: “Positioning Women for Leadership in Higher Education”
A. Institutional Development
1. Managing and Leading Change
2. Reframing Organizations for effective work
3. Developing Effective Partnerships in Higher Education for Women and gender focused advancement
B. Personal Development
4. Career Mapping/building dossier/personal development
5. Professional Women’s economic empowerment through Enterprise development and management for profit maximization
6. Research and Publishing; Leadership and Fundraising for projects including research and publication.
7. The Power of Mentoring; Networking
Who Should Attend?
HERS-EA expects many diverse and dynamic women leaders to attend the ACADEMY, to share and learn from multiple institutional perspectives with guidance from women with a wealth of experience in higher education, national academic organizations, government and non- governmental organizations. Participants are expected hold mid to senior-level positions and bring expertise from all parts of a college or university. They also represent a range of national groups, ages and years of experience in higher education and other fields.
Applying to the ACADEMY:
The deadline for registration has also been extended to June 30th. For more information regarding registration, please visit the website: www.hersea.org Completed registration forms should be emailed, with a scanned payment slip to: email@example.com, by 5.00 p.m. on Wednesday 30th June.
A complete application includes:
b) A self-descriptive letter (not > 500 words) to include:
- Current Title (e.g. Associate Professor of Economics; Deputy Dean, e. t. c.)
- Name and Contact Information for 2 Recommenders (e.g. Vice Chancellor, Head of Department, Chief Officer in your area, and/or direct supervisor)
- Short- and long-term career goals
- Your expectations for the HERS-EA ACADEMY.
c) Passport size photograph
d) A developmental project you have been assigned or you would like to initiate at your campus (maximum 500 words)
e) Registration fee of $100, please attach a copy of the deposit slip to your application (Bank A/C details below):
If you have any further questions, please email:
info[at]hersea.org or call the HERS-EA Administrator on: +256 (0)772082011 Please,also, visit the HERS-EA website for further updates: www.hersea.org.
Payment Bank Account Details:
Account Name: Higher Education Resource Service East Africa
HERS-EA US $ ACCOUNT
Name of Bank: DFCU Bank
Makerere University Branch
A/C No: 02083553153181
Swift Code: DFCUUGKA
HERS-EA UGX ACCOUNT
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Mak Commissions CoVAB@50 Celebrations, Awards Certificates
The College of Veterinary Medicine, Animal Resources and Biosecurity (CoVAB) on Thursday 17th June, 2021 commenced celebrations to mark 50 Years of Veterinary Higher Education, Science, Technology, Innovation and Services (HESTIS) in Uganda. The blended event held at the Industrial Livestock Research, Incubation and Skilling (ILRIS) Center at Nakyesasa, Namulonge as well as online was presided over by the Chancellor, Prof. Ezra Suruma and First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports (MoES), Hon. Janet Museveni both represented by the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe.
The event, held as part of Makerere University Centenary Celebrations (1922-2022) was a moment of celebration for 1,930 skilled livestock agribusiness entrepreneurs who were awarded certificates in recognition of completion of their respective courses. Owing to the strict Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) instituted by the Ministry of Health (MoH) to curb the spread of COVID-19, the students from Incubation Hubs in Atiak, Butaleja, Mubende, Nakyesasa, Sheema and Wakiso were awarded their certificates virtually.
In her remarks read by Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, Hon. Janet Museveni thanked Makerere University for supporting grassroots level development through groundbreaking innovations under the Africa Institute for Strategic Services and Development-Skills for Production Enterprise Development and Accreditation (AFRISA-SPEDA) model.
“I am extremely pleased that Makerere University, through those innovative approaches, has developed and launched the alternative approach to building human capital and transferring knowledge to enterprises in communities.
“I would like to encourage all those involved in skills development to adopt methodologies that transform those trainees that go through these programs in ways that enable them also transform the societies they live in” read the Minister’s remarks.
She further noted that commissioning of the CoVAB@50 celebrations was both timely and rewarding. “The commissioning of the college innovations indeed has made meaning. This is a true path to growth of an Academic and Development College of the University, and we congratulate you again.”
Addressing the congregation as Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe congratulated CoVAB alumna and incoming Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation (MoSTI) under the Office of the President, Dr. Monica Musenero upon her recent appointment. “We thank His Excellency the President for identifying you. Science is in good hands.”
Prof. Nawangwe urged Dr. Musenero to address the structures of managing research and innovation in Uganda, “including the role of the Uganda National Council for Science and Technology and the apparent need to establish a Research Council for Uganda.”
In the same breath he thanked the outgoing and pioneer Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Hon. Dr. Elioda Tumuwesigye, for his role in ensuring that the ministry is empowered to carry out its mandate.
The Chancellor congratulated CoVAB upon training the bulk of Veterinary Doctors in Uganda over the last 50 years and more recently, Laboratory Technologists at the highest level. He recognised Makerere University‘s obligation to contribute to the economic self-determination of Uganda and thanked CoVAB for conducting research that addresses hindrances to national development, especially in the livestock industry.
“The anti-tick vaccine is one of such innovations which will solve the huge problem of tick-borne diseases that have caused enormous losses to our farmers. There are many other problems on which the college is researching and we thank you for the enthusiasm” he added.
The Chancellor commended CoVAB for being the vanguard of transformation of the grassroots communities through the SPEDA model. “I urge Government to fund this important initiative so that it can more meaningfully contribute to solving the big problem of youth unemployment.”
In her remarks, Dr. Monica Musenero commended the Principal, CoVAB, Prof. John David Kabasa for fulfilling the College’s dream of enabling the masses who drop out of the education value chain as well as those who complete education but have no skills for livelihood, to attain certification in agribusiness entrepreneurship.
“Many people attain academic success and write papers, publish and they become professors but without demonstrable impact on their nation. You have shown by the thousands that you have touched nationwide that indeed you are a professor of national transformation. Congratulations,” remarked Dr. Musenero.
She therefore congratulated the teams at CoVAB and AFRISA upon successfully conceiving and executing a model that is non-traditional, informal, not easily understood and not documented in any textbooks.
As Minister, Dr. Musenero noted that witnessing thousands of individuals from across the country whose skills had been honed through a university programme receiving certificates gave her a lot of hope and material to embark on her tenure with. “I will be looking forward to harnessing these resources as we initiate work on the next leg of Science, Technology and Innovation in the country under the President’s Office.”
The invitation to the Principal, CoVAB to present students for the award of the ordinary diplomas, ordinary certificates and artisan certificates was given by the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic Affairs), Dr. Umar Kakumba. He congratulated the awardees upon successfully completing their respective courses and graduating with evidence on an enterprise.
Prof. Kabasa clarified that the approach used to train the day’s awardees was not simply a vocational skilling. “The combination of action research with knowledge transfer, skilling, plus assessment and accreditation processes done by organs like the DIT (Directorate of Industrial Training, MoES) has given us this result, for the University to provide true leadership and transformation of the community.”
Present at the celebrations were the Director, DIT, MoES-Mr. Byakatonda Patrick and the Deputy Commissioner Social Services Development, MoES Madam Elizabeth Bateme who have worked through the Academic-Community-Public-Private-Partnership model to ensure that students graduate as entrepreneurs with micro enterprises.
Prior to presiding over the ceremony, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, on behalf of the First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports officially commissioned the SPEDA Training, Incubation and Research Centre – Nakyesasa.
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