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Mak-UiB Set to Celebrate 30 Years of Collaboration

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Makerere University (Mak) together with University of Bergen (UiB) will on 7th November 2019, celebrate thirty (30) years of Mak-Uib historic collaboration. The colourful ceremony will be held at Makerere University Central Teaching Facility (CTF) 2 Auditorium, College of Business and Management Sciences (CoBAMS).

In 1988 Makerere University entered into a partnership with University of Bergen to enhance academic operations through joint research, teaching, staff and students exchange programs, knowledge and information sharing.  

Over the years, the collaboration has successfully registered tremendous achievements in capacity building, knowledge and information generation and technological developments.

On 4th November 2019, the Coordinator of the Mak-UiB programme at Makerere University Dr. Ronald Semyalo revealed to the Public Relations team that a number of Makerere University students and staff have undertaken their degrees at the University of Bergen, Norway.

“Majority of our senior academic staff and a significant number of Social Anthropologists have obtained their respective degrees from the University of Bergen. In addition, the Collaboration has supported Senior Administrative and Library staff from Makerere University to take specialized courses and best practices experiences at the University of Bergen. So far, we register over 100 PhDs and over 200 masters graduates,” Dr. Semyalo said.

Dr. Semyalo mentioned that there is an increasing number of Norwegian students that join Makerere University to pursue Bachelors, Masters programme and PhD research on the exchange programme.

The 30 years celebrations will kick off on 7th November 2019 at 8:00am with a plenary session on the Role of the Youth in Achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: A Focus On SDG 4 “Ensure Inclusive and Equitable Quality Education and Promote Lifelong Learning Opportunities for All”; organized by UGNAN in partnership with the Makerere University-University of Bergen  collaboration Office and Norway UiB alumni.

During the Plenary session, participants are expected to discuss the SDG4 status in Uganda and the actions put in place to achieve the goal by 2030. Participants will reminisce on how the SDGs are calling for the transformation of ideas and how the country’s education institutions need to be transformed in line with SDG 4 goal especially for the vulnerable groups (girls, PWDs).

The afternoon session will usher in a remarkable journey of Mak-UiB collaboration, experiences and achievements since 1988. It will be accompanied by a high-level panel discussion on the future prospects of the Mak-UiB Collaboration under the theme: “The role of inter institutional partnerships in attaining education for all and National Development”.

The Coordinator of the Mak-UiB programme at University of Bergen Prof. Thorkild Tylleskar, recognized Mak-UiB commitment towards capacity development and significant research productivity. He looked forward to more years of collaboration and called upon alumni, students and staff to join Makerere University and University of Bergen to celebrate the 30 years of collaboration.

 

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Guidelines for printing provisional admission letters

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The Office of the Academic Registrar informs undergraduate applicants admitted under the Private Sponsorship Scheme for the 2020/2021 Academic Year that provisional admission letters can be printed from the Admissions Portal following the guidelines below:

  • Log into the application portal at (https://admissions.mak.ac.ug ) using the same e-mail address and password  you used for application.
  • This will lead you to a page where you will see a congratulatory message for admission to Makerere University as shown in the screenshot as shown above.

Applicants admitted under the Government Sponsorship Scheme should pick admission letters from their respective Colleges.

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Prof. Nawangwe Appointed Director, Worldwide Universities Network

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The Vice Chancellor of Makerere University, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe.

The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe has effective 19th October 2020 been appointed Director of the UK-based Worldwide Universities Network (WUN). WUN is a not-for-profit association of universities, whose principal activity is the creation of new multilateral opportunities for international collaboration in research and graduate education.

The association is made up of 23 universities, spanning 15 countries on six continents. Makerere University was welcomed into this leading global higher education and research network on 20th September 2020. Other members of the network in alphabetical order are; University of Alberta (Canada), The University of Auckland (New Zealand), University of Bergen (Norway), University of Bristol (UK), University of Cape Town (South Africa), The Chinese University of Hong Kong and University College Dublin (Ireland).

University of Ghana, University of Lausanne (Switzerland), University of Leeds (UK), Maastricht University (Netherlands), University of Massachusetts Amherst (US), National Cheng Kung University (Chinese Taipei), Renmin University of China, University of Rochester (US), The University of Sheffield (UK), University of Southampton (UK), Tecnológico de Monterrey (Mexico), Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (Brazil), The University of Western Australia, University of York (UK) and Zhejiang University (China) complete the list.

Through its Research Development Fund WUN provides support to establish collaborative research that falls within four globally significant themes:

  •     Responding to Climate Change
  •     Public Health
  •     Global Higher Education and Research
  •     Understanding Cultures

Commenting on this appointment, the Vice Chancellor said: “This is an important recognition of Makerere University as one of the top research universities in the world and I believe that it will spur innovations.”

We congratulate Prof. Nawangwe upon his appointment and wish him a fruitful tenure.

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Uganda Military Academy -Kabamba students trained in library resources and information access

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On 16th October 2020, Makerere University Main Library conducted a training in library resources
and information access. The orientation was attended by 65 freshers from Uganda Military Academy
Kabamba; enrolled for the Bachelor of Arts in Defense Studies of Makerere University.

In 2017, The Government of Uganda commissioned Kabamba Military Academy into an East African
Military University offering a three years’ degree leading to a Bachelor of Arts in Defense Studies.
Affiliated to Makerere University, the institution works hand in hand with the School of Social
Sciences to ensure that the course is well administered.

The Bachelors of Arts in Defense Studies -degree program is run concurrently with a one-year
military program at Kabamba Military Academy. Attended by cadets from the East African countries,
the programme aims at professionalizing the Army through combating both military and academic
skills to tackle the ever growing societal and security challenges in the region.

According to the Dean, School of Social Sciences, College of Humanities and Social Sciences who is
also a member of the committee that oversees the Degree programme Dr. State Andrew Ellias, two
intakes have been so far undertaken. The pioneer class was enrolled in 2019 with 60 cadets drawn
from East Africa and the second intake is expected to start 19 th October 2020 with 65 cadets.

Dr. Helen Byamugisha the University Library

“As the University responsible for the course, we have ensured that the institution receives all the
necessary equipment and services including lecturers, internal and external examiners, tools and
resources to enable the students successfully complete their degree,” he said.

Every academic year, enrolled students at Kabamba Military Academy visit Makerere University on
an orientation program that enables them to acquaint themselves with the critical areas and
procedures of the University. Among these include; the Academic Registrar’s office, the College of
Humanities and Social Sciences where the degree is administered and the University Library.
On 16 th October 2020, cadets visited the Makerere University to understand the operations of the
library and how they can access both physical and online resources.

Prof. Andrew Ellias State, Dean School of Social Sciences addressing the students.

Speaking to cadets, Dr. Helen Byamugisha the University Library urged them to utilize the library
resources for their academic and research development. “We have ensured that you access the
library remotely at your institution. I therefore urge you to fully utilize the resources. The library is
one of the major instruments that help students to a achieve their academic goals, therefore it
should be a place you visit regularly,” she emphasized.

During the training, cadets were orientated on;

  • Searching strategies and searching the library catalogue by Mr. Patick Sekikome
  • Search library databases (JSTOR, ebooks) and remote access to the library by Ms. Rachael Nabbosa
  • Using Grammarly and Academic Phrasebank by Ms. Martha Lyaka

Article by: Nabatte Proscovia

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