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Chinese Embassy to fund 30 Mak students for academic year 2019/2020

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The Embassy of People’s Republic of China to Uganda, has renewed its scholarship offer to continue supporting thirty (30) students for the Academic Year 2019/2020. The scholarship awards were handed over to scholars by the Ambassador H.E Zheng Zhuqiang at a highly colorful ceremony held on 5th September 2019, at Makerere University.

On 8th August 2018, the Embassy awarded two categories of scholarships; the Ambassador’s Award for Excellence and the Ambassador’s Award for Friendship to thirty (30) Makerere University students for the Academic year 2018/2019.  The worth UGX85million aimed at supporting continuing students from a disadvantaged socio-economic background to pursue their studies at Makerere University for one year (academic year 2018/2019).

L-R; a student receiving a scholarship award from H.E Zheng Zhuqiang-the Ambassador the ambassador of People's Republic of China, Mr. Aggrey David Kibenge-representing the Minister of Education and Sports and Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe-the Vice Chancellor of Makerere University, Dr. Euzobia Mugisha Baine- Acting Director Gender Mainstreaming and Dr. Jessica Aguti-Chairperson, Selection Committee.
The Ambassador’s Award for Excellence and the Ambassador’s Award for Friendship at Makerere University is in line with the Memorandum of Understanding that was signed between the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China and Makerere University; to develop Uganda’s education system through supporting Ugandan youth to attain quality education at Makerere University.

Speaking at the award ceremony on 5th September 2019, H.E Zheng Zhuqiang, congratulated all the award winning scholars upon reaching the tremendous milestone. The Ambassador was overwhelmed by the warm feedback he received from the scholars. He shared an inspirational message from Ms. Angella Nampijja, one of the beneficiaries on the program. “Like the roses needs the sun to blossom, your support helps me to reach my career goals and I strongly believe Uganda needs software engineers like me to bridge the gap that negatively affect people in my country.”

His Excellency celebrated Makerere University for being the fulcrum of Uganda’s development by training and nurturing the country’s human resource base. He highlighted the need for strategic investment in the young generation in order to have the much needed human capital that is ready to drive the country’s planned growth and transformation.

 H.E Zheng Zhuqiang,addressing scholars and invited guests.

On behalf of the beneficiaries, Ms. Tracy Kituyi thanked the People’s Republic of China for gifting Ugandan children with knowledge through education.

“We all agree that the gift of education is more valuable in this world. It is the sole path to developing oneself intellectually and the door to opportunities,” she said.

The Chairperson of the Scholarships Selection Committee, Dr. Jessica Norah Aguti thanked the Embassy of People’s Republic of China for supporting the scholars for another academic year. She congratulated the beneficiaries and urged them to fully utilize the opportunity to achieve their goals.

Representing the Minister of Education and Sports Hon. Janet Kataaha Museveni,  Mr. Aggrey David Kibenge acknowledged the long term relationship between China and Uganda.

He recognized the tremendous efforts of the People’s Republic of China through its Embassy in Uganda to build Uganda’s capacity in areas of civil and structural engineering, computer Forensics and Bio technology, agriculture, software engineering, medical laboratory technology, petroleum engineering among other science disciplines.

Mr. Kibenge, representing the Minister of Education and Sports.

Mr. Kibenge applauded H.E Zheng Zhuqiang for supporting Makerere University to realize it mission of providing innovative teaching, learning, research and services responsive to National and Global needs.

“It is gratifying to learn that the Embassy through the Ambassador has graciously renewed its offer of 30 scholarships. I have no doubt that an objective and merit-based criteria has been used to select the beneficiaries and also further the country’s development agenda,” he noted.

The Vice Chancellor, thanked the Embassy and the Government of People’s Republic of China, for the generous support that has enabled scholars to continue with  studies.

He acknowledged the long term relationship Makerere University has with the People’s Republic of China, the various institutions and universities in China and the Chinese Embassy in Uganda that has contributed to Makerere University’s research and academic excellence.

Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe addressing scholars.

In the same spirit, he appreciated the support from the Government of Uganda that is enabling Ugandan students to access university education at Makerere University and other institutions of higher learning.

He commended the Gender and Mainstreaming Directorate for administering the Scholarship Program.

The Acting Director of Gender Mainstreaming, Dr. Euzobia Mugisha Baine, challenged the scholars to make good use of the opportunity granted to them. “Utilize this opportunity to achieve what you want, what the continent wants and take the world to greater heights by changing and improving the lives of others,” she advised.

Article by Racheal Kanyi Volunteer, Mak Public Relations Office.

 

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Makerere University Launches National Parenting Draft Manual

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The Director of Culture at the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development, Ms. Juliana Naumo Akoryo (Centre) and Dr. Godfrey Siu, the Principal Investigator from Mak-CHDC (Right) interact with a participant at the workshop on 22nd July 2022, Kampala.

By Agnes Namaganda

On July 22nd 2022, Makerere UniversityChild Health and Development Centre (MakCHDC) launched a draft manual for the National Parenting Standards. The Centre has been working together with the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development (MGLSD) with funding from UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund), to develop standards that are agreeable to all organisations in the country that are involved in parenting work. The draft manual was being presented to members of a consortium that brings together all these organisations together, called the Parenting Agenda Consortium.

“We produce many documents and they are shelved,” Irene Ayot Chono, who was speaking on behalf of UNICEF said. “We hope that this document will not be one of them,” she emphasized.

Irene Ayot Chono-UNICEF, urging participants to utilize the manual once it is complete.
Irene Ayot Chono-UNICEF, urging participants to utilize the manual once it is complete.

Dr. Godfrey Siu, the Principal Investigator from Mak-CHDC who presented the draft manual to participants, emphasized that if any organization is doing parenting work, there should be a minimum package that they should offer.

Draft Manual Content

The manual which will have several modules. These modules will be delivered face-to-face in 1.5 hour sessions. Some of these include; Module 6 which will focus on “understanding responsible masculinity and fatherhood” and on “understanding the concept of head of family.”The draft manual also proposed that Module 11 focuses on Parenting in the 21st Century. Some of the sessions in this module will include Children and Technology, Contemporary Influence on Children and Modernity, Culture and Morality.Module 9 will focus on Parenting for Adolescents and some of the suggested sessions within this module are Needs for Adolescents and The Art of Communicating with Adolescents. Module 5 will focus on Preventing Violent Parenting and Promoting Alternative Discipline Strategies while Module 10 will be about Parenting to Address the Mental Health for Children and Adults.

Dr. Godfrey Siu, the Principal Investigator from Mak-CHDC presenting the contents of the National Parenting Standards Draft Manual.
Dr. Godfrey Siu, the Principal Investigator from Mak-CHDC presenting the contents of the National Parenting Standards Draft Manual.

Participants’ suggestions

After the presentation, participants raised several suggestions for discussion and consideration. These included whether there should be a module on spirituality since Uganda is a strongly religious nation. There was also the concern of how children in remand homes should be parented. Another concern raised by a participant was as to whether teachers who make an undeniable contribution to parenting, should be taken through the parenting manual.

A participant gives her input at the National Parenting Standards Draft Manual launch.
A participant gives her input at the National Parenting Standards Draft Manual launch.

In her closing remarks, Ms. Juliana Naumo Akoryo, the Director of Cultural Affairs at the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development (MGLSD) said that the manual is for the parenting organisations to utilize and not for MGLSD.

The Director of Culture at the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development, Ms. Juliana Naumo Akoryo making closing remarks at the workshop.
The Director of Culture at the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development, Ms. Juliana Naumo Akoryo making closing remarks at the workshop.

Ms. Chono also adjured the team behind the manual to use picture illustrations in the manual that can be relatable by the Ugandan parents.

Contact: Agnes Namaganda – agnesvioletnamaganda@gmail.com

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

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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:
https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwpcu-urDIjE9ZgxdsbEmA2IkNMMiJVECt_ 
Meeting ID: 884 5662 9992
Password: 292624

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Notice: Makerere Disability Scheme 2022/23 Medical Review Exercise

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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.

IMPORTANT:

(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

ALFRED MASIKYE NAMOAH

Acting. ACADEMIC REGISTRAR

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