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Mrs. Lorna Magara applauds Mak for ensuring a participatory budgeting process



Makerere University Chairperson of Council Mrs Lorna Magara has applauded Makerere University Management for taking active steps towards a participatory budgeting process. This was during the Second Budget Management Workshop held on 15th October 2019, to review the implementation procedures and execution processes of the Makerere University Budget for the Financial Year 2020/2021.

The workshop brought on board university stakeholders to discuss budget appropriations with an insight of the university and national development objectives. According to the Acting University Secretary, Mr. Yusuf Kiranda, government entities in Uganda are required by law to involve stakeholders in the financial planning activities for probity and inclusive resource allocation.

The Chairperson of the Finance, Planning, Administration and Investment Committee (FPAIC).

“The University has several competing priorities and the University Secretary/ Accounting Officer has a major task of distributing the limited resources among the competing priorities.  This budget workshop was therefore scheduled to share with you the tasks of setting priorities for the University,” he said.

He called upon stakeholders to align the budgets to the Makerere University Strategic Plan objectives. Mr, Kiranda also emphasized the need to prioritize research if the university is to attain its goal of becoming a research led university.

Represented by Mr. Bruce Kabaasa, the Chairperson of the Finance, Planning, Administration and Investment Committee (FPAIC), Mrs. Lorna Magara said that a participatory budgeting process is a requirement of both the law and the principles of good governance. “The Finance Management Act of 2015 (as amended) clearly defines this obligation. Section 9(1) of the said law requires every Accounting Officer to prepare a budget framework paper in consultation with the relevant stakeholders,” she said.

She requested every stakeholder in the budget process to provide input on time as per the requirement in the Public Management Act.  She urged the University Management Budget Committee to take a keen note of the following while drafting the budget:

  • How the University is to operationalize the new strategic plan
  • How previous policies of the University Council have been complied with; especially the distribution of the percentage of the AIA (Internally Generated Funds) between the colleges and Central Administration.
  • Ensuring that funds collected for a given purpose are effectively utilized. Special attention will be accorded to the utilization of functional fees.
  • Ensuring that the core activities of the University such as teaching materials, internship, recess term, examinations and external examiners are prioritized over and above allowances, travel, workshops.
  • Ensuring that the allocations are transparent and the budget formulation process is inclusive.

The Vice Chancellor of Makerere University Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, applauded the Department of Finance and the Office of the University Secretary for organizing the participatory Budget Management Workshops. He encouraged stakeholders to prioritize research, teaching and learning while drafting unit based budgets.

The Vice Chancellor Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe.

Prof. Nawangwe urged the Unit Accounting Officers to prepare budget frameworks in consultation with relevant stakeholders. He also advised them to observe the timelines for budget submission.

“The budget must include the component of supporting diversification of revenue and we must establish and fund Research Grant Office at college levels,” he said.

Representing the Acting Deputy Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration, Prof. William Bazeyo, the Principal of College of Business and Management Sciences who also doubles as the Chairperson of the Management Budget Committee, Dr. Eria Hisali highlighted the importance of a consultative and participatory budget process.

“Through the budget workshops, we can restructure our University by planning within the available resources to impact development and sustain university activities. We also need to focus on how we can effectively utilize the available resources and put in place measures to ensure financial sustainability,” Dr. Hisali stated.

The Acting University Secretary Mr. Yusufu Kiranda.

During the workshop, participants listened to two presentations; the Overview of the Budget Performance and Outlook for Financial Year 2020/2021 and MTEF Figures, Revenue and Expenditure Projects (including indicative planning figures for per cost centres) from the Acting Director of Planning and Development Department Mr. Matia Kabuye and University Bursar, Mr. Evarist Bainomugisha respectively.

The informative presentations were further enriched by an interactive discussion chaired by the Manager of Accounting and Reporting, CPA Lubowa Ssebina Gyaviira.

Article by Mak Public Relations Office


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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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Prof. Nawangwe urges Makerere University community to support the Mastercard Foundation E-learning Initiative



By Bernard Buteera

Makerere University has launched a two million dollar E-learning Project, dubbed The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program E-learning initiative.  

The launch was held on Tuesday 20th September 2022 at Makerere University, Yusuf Lule Central Teaching Facility Auditorium. It attracted over 200 participants, who included members of University Management, College Principals, School Deans, Academic and Administrative staff, students and the general university community.

While addressing the gathering, the Chief Guest, Prof. Mary Okwakol, the Executive Director of National Council for Higher Education (NCHE), congratulated Makerere University for winning such a huge grant, which will go a long way in transforming the eLearning infrastructure at Makerere University.

“I am happy to be joining you in launching a project that is at the heart of National Council for Higher Education. Online learning is at the heart of the Council, not only because of the challenges presented by the Covid-19 pandemic, but also the world is now a digital world.” Prof. Okwakol remarked.

Prof. Okwakol thanked Mastercard Foundation and other development partners who have continued to support initiatives that help transform higher institutions of learning in Uganda.

“I sincerely thank the Mastercard Foundation and other partners who have continued to support higher education in Uganda, especially in the area of research and online learning. Globally, the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, greatly disrupted education systems forcing learners and some schools to shift to virtual learning to curb the spread of the pandemic.” Prof. Okwakol pointed out.

On his part, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe urged the university community, especially the academic staff to take advantage of the Mastercard Foundation E-learning initiative to develop e-content across all Colleges of the University, to enhance capacity for eLearning at Makerere University.

[L -R] Chairperson of the Steering Committee of the E-learning Initiative, Prof. Umar Kakumba, Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, Prof. Mary Okwakol, the Executive Director of National Council for Higher Education (NCHE), Prof. Paul Birevu Muyinda, the Coordinator of the Mastercard Foundation E-learning Initiative and Prof. Justine Namaalwa, the Program Coordinator for Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program.

”I appeal to the Colleges to embrace this project and have as many courses adopt this pedagogy development system, even though students will continue with face-to face and phyisical learning, they should be allowed the option of online learning. The platforms that are going to be built, will give our students an opportunity to interact with international students, scholars, teachers and with each other.” Prof. Nawangwe applealed.

The Vice Chancellor, further called upon all other development partners to emulate Mastercard Foundation in supporting Makerere University and other universities on the entire African continent in strengthening digital literacy, so that Africa is not left behind.

”In 2018 I attended a conference on E-learning in Beijing China, where a critical question was asked; Will Africa be left behind again? This was in reference to many advancements that were taking place in the western world, in which Africa had been left behind.” The Vice Chancellor reminded the audience.

Prof. Nawangwe further emphaised the importance of e-learning as one of the critical modes of teaching and learning in the 21st first century.   

”Ladies and Gentlemen, I cannot over emphasise the importance we attach to e-learning the 21st Century, that is why we took a decision to elevate the Department of Open and Distance Learning into an Institute of Open and Distance E-learning with an intention of having e-learning extended to other Colleges of the university.” Prof. Nawangwe pointed out.

The Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic Affairs, and Chairperson of the Steering Committee of the E-learning Initiative, Prof. Umar Kakumba, rallied the University community to support the implementation of the project in the University.

“The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program E-learning initiative could not have come in at a better time than post COVID19 era. A pandemic, which exposed our systems and methods of teaching and learning. You all recall, when were hit by the pandemic, with lockdowns and closures of institutions of learning, we all went into a panicky mode on how were going to cope with online learning. I therefore call upon every member of the university to give this project the support it deserves.

Prof. Kakumba reminded the audience the importance and relevancy of online learning at Makerere University and other universities in Uganda.

“The online method of learning is best suited for everyone. This digital revolution has led to remarkable changes in how the content is accessed, consumed, discussed, and shared. Office goers and stay home mothers can take up online educational courses too, at the time that suits them. Depending on their availability and comfort, many people choose to learn at weekends or evenings.” Prof. Kakumba remarked.

Prof. Paul Birevu Muyinda, the Coordinator of the Mastercard Foundation E-learning Initiative, informed the audience the importance of the project and the expected outcomes for the University.

One of the Champions of e-learning trained by Arizona State University, Prof. Paul Birevu Muyinda receiving a certificate from Chief Guest.

“The Mastercard Foundation e- Learning Initiative is a Project funded by Mastercard Foundation aimed at addressing the negative impact of COVID-19 pandemic that constrained access and continuity of teaching, learning, research and community engagement activities at Makerere University” Prof. Muyinda pointed out.

Prof. Muyinda further thanked the team that he worked with in putting up the proposal in a very short time that yielded such an important grant for the University.

“I thank the team that spent sleepless nights putting together the proposal that resulted into this project. I must report that Makerere University is privileged to be having the most highly qualified persons in online instruction design and online pedagogy at the IODeL and beyond. It is now up to Makerere University in particular and the Country in general to make use of these persons to transform the terrain of online, blended distance and e-learning education.” Prof. Muyinda remarked.

Prof. Justine Namaalwa, the Program Coordinator for Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at Makerere University, informed the audience, that the E-learning initiative was one of the many partnerships between Mastercard Foundation and Makerere University geared at supporting the young people to succeed on the African continent.

Members of University Management, staff and students present.

“The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program continues to recognize that in order to enable young people across Africa to succeed, there is need to; Address systemic barriers in Higher education, Strengthen the capacity of Institutions that serve the Young People, and Support innovative solutions across critical sectors.” Prof. Namaalwa remarked.

The colourful launch ended with a panel discussion in which panelists digested the importance and opportunities for open distance and eLearning in higher institutions of learning.

Bernard Buteera is the Communications Officer of the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at Makerere University.

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Supplementary Admissions to Bachelor of Laws Under Private Sponsorship 2022/23




The Academic Registrar, Makerere University, informs applicants wishing to be admitted to Bachelor of Laws Private for 2022/2023 Academic year but failed to submit their application online to submit their applications from Friday 23rd to Friday 30th September, 2022 at a non-refundable fee of 50,000/= (Fifty thousand shillings only).

The applicants MUST have passed the Pre-entry Examinations for Bachelor of Laws.

Diploma/Degree holders should submit certified copies of their academic transcript to Room
315 Level 3, Senate Building.

Applicants who have already been admitted need not apply.

For any additional information, contact Undergraduate Admissions Offices 301/303 for A’Level Applicants and Office 315 for Diploma/Degree holders.

Date: 22nd September, 2022

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