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Mak Council Swears in NUEI Rep, Students Disciplinary Committee

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The Chairperson, Makerere University Council, Mrs. Lorna Magara on Friday, 1st November 2019 witnessed the swearing in of the Representative of the National Union of Educational Institutions (NUEI) to Council and the Students Disciplinary Committee. Mr. Jackson Byamukama, Library Assistant, Makerere University Library will henceforth represent the support staff under their umbrella body NUEI on the University Council.

On the other hand, the Students Disciplinary Committee has been appointed by the University Council with members from the following constituencies:

(i)    A member of the public at the level of a Judge;
(ii)    Two representatives of Academic Staff;
(iii)    A senior member of Administrative Staff; and,
(iv)    A member from the public.

The following have therefore been appointed as members of the Students Disciplinary Committee;

(i)    Mr. Precious Ngabirano (Chairperson)
(ii)    Dr. Sylvia Atonia Nannyonga-Tamusuza (Representative of Academic Staff)
(iii)    Dr. Akileng Godfrey (Representative of Academic Staff)
(iv)    Sheik Muhammad Ssentongo (Representative of Administrative Staff)
(v)    Hon. Beatrice Kiraso (Representative of the public)

Mrs. Lorna Magara (Right) shakes hands with Dr. Sylvia Nannyonga-Tamusuza (Left) shortly after the latter had taken oath on 1st November 2019

The Students Disciplinary Committee will be guided by the following Terms of Reference:

(i)    To handle disciplinary cases directly brought to it;
(ii)    To handle cases referred to it by the Hall Disciplinary Committee;
(iii)    To handle appeals from parties dissatisfied with the ruling by the Hall Disciplinary Committee; and
(iv)    Any other functions assigned by Council.

Addressing the audience, the Acting University Secretary, Mr. Yusuf Kiranda said that the Committee would help to handle related cases in light of the recent unrests at the Main Campus. He thanked the Chairperson and Members of Council, Members of Management and all staff for the engagements with various stakeholders both within and outside the university that helped to restore calm.

“I therefore congratulate Mr. Jackson Byamukama upon being elected to represent NUEI on Council and thank Members of the University Students Disciplinary Committee for honouring the clarion call to serve the University in these responsibilities” added Mr. Kiranda.

Mr. Jackson Byamukama (Centre) guided by Mr. Henry Mwebe (Left) signs his instrument of appointment as Mrs. Lorna Magara (Right) witnesses

The appointed members present were administered the oath by the Director Legal Affairs and Commissioner of Oaths, Mr. Henry Mwebe. He was assisted by Legal Officer-Ms. Naome Kiconco and Assistant Legal Officer-Mr. Leon Amutuhaire. Present for the swearing in ceremony were; Mr. Jackson Byamukama, Dr. Sylvia Atonia Nannyonga-Tamusuza and Dr. Akileng Godfrey, while other members were absent with apology.

Representing the Vice Chancellor Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe at the ceremony, the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic Affairs), Dr. Umar Kakumba expressed gratitude on behalf of the University Management at finally having a fully constituted University Council and Students Disciplinary Committee in place. He added that these developments would go a long way in delivering the best of services to both Staff and Students.

“In particular, I congratulate the members of Academic Staff who have been recommended to serve on the Students Disciplinary Committee because this is recognition of additional leadership abilities beyond your teaching obligations” added Dr. Kakumba.

The DVCAA-Dr. Umar Kakumba (Left) and Chair Council-Mrs. Lorna Magara (2nd Left) interact with the Chairperson NUEI Mak Branch-Mr. Bruce Twesigye and other members on 1st November 2019

In her remarks, the Chairperson of Council, Mrs. Lorna Magara congratulated Mr. Byamukama as well as the newly constituted Students Disciplinary Committee upon their respective appointments. She noted that the place of leadership in society is a call to service, “and the person who excels in leadership is the person who serves; one who goes beyond the call of duty.”

Mrs. Magara added that the call to service is double-edged; with a rough side that tests and another that makes the leader a better person. “Leadership gives you the opportunity to grow personally as your serve” she explained.

Addressing the newly sworn in officials directly, the Chairperson urged Mr. Byamukama to familiarize himself with the Universities and Other Tertiary Institutions Act (UOITA) as well as the Makerere University Charter upon which Council business is conducted. In the same spirit, she urged Members of the Students Disciplinary Committee to get well acquainted with the Makerere University Charter as well as the University Students Rules and Regulations.

Mrs. Lorna Magara (Right) shakes hands with Dr. Akileng Godfrey (Left) shortly after the latter had taken oath on 1st November 2019

She noted that Members chosen to serve on the Students Disciplinary Committee are in an enviable position because they weren’t haphazardly chosen, but rather after careful and deliberate consideration. Mrs. Magara therefore urged them to reflect upon this as they serve on the Committee.

“Be fair but firm in handling cases brought before you,” advised Mrs. Magara, before urging the Committee to avoid delays in handling cases. “Sometimes delays in handling cases mean injustice to those affected. Handle matters expeditiously but be cautious. I thank you for accepting to serve your University and wish you the best during your term of office. God bless you” she concluded.

The swearing in ceremony was moderated by the Acting Manager, Communication and International Relations, Dr. Muhammad Kiggundu Musoke who thanked the Members of Management present and Representatives of Staff Associations for sparing time to attend the event. He equally thanked the Chairperson and Members of Council as well as University Management and colleagues for working hard to ensure that normalcy is restored at the campus.

Article by Public Relations Office.

 

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A Successful Ph.D. Defense by Vianney Andrew Yiga

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The CEDAT community is proud to share our congratulations to Vianney Andrew Yiga following his successful Ph.D. defense that happened yesterday Monday 3rd October 2022 at the College of Engineering, Design, Art, and Technology (CEDAT).

His Thesis was titled; Thermal Stability of Fiber- Reinforced Polylactic Acid Composites for Flameretarded Applications.

The candidate was supervised by Eng. Dr. Michael Lubwama and Eng. Dr. Peter W. Olupot both from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, at CEDAT.

Dr. John Wasswa, Department of Chemistry, College of Natural Sciences (CONAS), Makerere University was the opponent that interrogated the candidate to enable a clear understanding of the study.

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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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