Today Tuesday 19th November, 2019, I represented the Vice Chancellor, Professor Barnabas Nawangwe at the Town Hall meeting organized by the Alliance for African Partnerships (AAP) founded and hosted at Michigan State University(MSU). The Town Hall meeting was attended by: Hon. Thelma Awori, Honorary Consul of Liberia to Uganda and Chair of the AAP Advisory Board; Prof. Richard Mkandawire, AAP Director for Africa; Prof. Isaac Minde, AAP Regional Coordinator; MSU Representatives, Dr. John Bonnell and Dr. Kate; MSU Fellowship Alumni and Faculty from Makerere University.
Makerere is a founder member of this Consortium that is currently composed of ten member institutions including Michigan State University and nine African universities (Egerton University – Kenya; Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR) – Malawi; Makerere University – Uganda; University of Dar es Salaam – Tanzania; Unviersite Cheikh Anta Diop – Senegal; Universite des Lettres et des Sciences Humaines de Bamako – Mali; University of Botswana – Botswana; University of Nigeria, Nsukka – Nigeria; and University of Pretoria – South Africa).
In my remarks, I noted that the world is changing. Africa is changing. Therefore, we must evolve and improve the way we work with partners. Through the AAP, we seek to co-create a new model of mutually beneficial collaboration that will not only help us take on today's problems, but better prepare us for tomorrow's challenges as well. Coincidentally, MSU’s land-grant values provide us with a solid framework as we adapt to the changes that are happening in the region. Building on decades of engagement in Africa, MSU through AAP will develop a collaborative and cross-disciplinary platform to join our efforts to address challenges on the continent.
AAP’s priority areas are; Agri-food systems, Water, Energy and Environment, Culture, Youth Empowerment, Education, Health and Nutrition. These are indeed the key focus of our National
Development Plan III.
The meeting provided us with an opportunity to celebrate the successes; discuss the key metrics including the Key Performance Indicators since inception of AAP. In a more broad sense, we need to
adopt the culture of Town hall meetings as a platform to share strategy because as a matter of fact, Africa and its place in the world—and by extension the nature of the relationships between us and MSU —is rapidly shifting. Today, sub-Saharan Africa accounts for 15% of the world’s population and is projected to quadruple to 4 billion.
African affairs will increasingly affect other areas of the world—economically, politically, demographically, and culturally. Much of Africa is experiencing urbanization, impressive agricultural dynamism, rapidly changing food systems and diets, and shifts in the labor force into growing non-farm economies. We need the skill to anticipate and respond proactively to these trends.
Lately, like any other institution of its stature, Makerere has become a magnet for international collaborations and benchmark visiting teams. Let us collectively and deliberately continue to protect our premier brand!
Article by Professor Buyinza Mukadasi, Director, DRGT & Focal Person AAP, Makerere University
A Successful Ph.D. Defense by Vianney Andrew Yiga
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.
Makerere University Launches National Parenting Draft Manual
By Agnes Namaganda
On July 22nd 2022, Makerere University–Child Health and Development Centre (Mak–CHDC) 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 – firstname.lastname@example.org
Launch of Mak-RIF Round 4 Awards & PhD Call for Proposals
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
General1 week ago
Launch of Mak-RIF Round 4 Awards & PhD Call for Proposals
Veterinary & Biosecurity4 days ago
Dissemination & stakeholder engagements on Paratuberculosis Research findings held
Health4 days ago
Boy Children Report More Physical & Emotional Abuse
General1 week ago
Notice: Makerere Disability Scheme 2022/23 Medical Review Exercise
Engineering, Art & Tech1 week ago
Integration of Building Information Modelling (BIM) into Construction Education; A stake holder engagement held.