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Press Release: Hult Prize Information Session at Mak a Success



Makerere University, the home of innovations on 13th November hosted a Hult prize information session in preparations for the forthcoming pitch competition scheduled for 9th December 2019.

The event that attracted students and with over 60 innovations from all corners and edges of the university was hosted at the Makerere University Senate Conference Room from 2:00 – 4:00pm.

The Hult Prize on-campus Directorate led by the Director, Mr. Silver Walugembe and the Ministry of ICT and research of the Students Guild led by the Honorable Kiggundu Rodney derived a great strategy of ideals for a series of the Hult Prize events for this year, with a sole goal of teams making it to the global stage competitions, whilst possessing a strong conviction of its possibility, this could only attract several partners i.e. MARULA creative consultancy alongside team Proteen, Marula Creative Consultancy, Legal Innovation Hub and Katende Ssempebwa Advocates.

During the session, all these parties of partners offered in depth knowledge and guidance to the teams participating in aspects of capacity building, confidence, pitching skills, choice of words, body movement among others whereas furthermore extending the courtesy by sharing the readable content over email.

The Directorate believes that experience is the best teacher hence invited team Proteen, a team that made it to the global stage competitions of the previous year to share their experience with the participants.

This was a very fruitful engagement as the participants were asked to do sample pitches hence realizing their areas of strength and weaknesses, this was summed up with a Q &A session. This eventually left the participants very contented and confident in their ideas and all believed that they could take up the challenge and traverse all the stages moving forward.

“Registration is still ongoing through our official link, we shall be closing this link on the 5th of December 2019” said Silver Walugembe, the campus Director.  The innovators are now looking forward to the pitch event on 9th December 2019 at CTF 2 auditorium and be part of the noble cause whilst having a chance to win US$1million.

We also extend our sincere appreciations to our partners, the participants and everyone else whose contribution has brought us this far and we hope to continue working closely with you to see that our dream is realized.

Thank you and God bless you all.   

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4th Call For Applications: MURBS Departmental Ambassadors



URBRA’s Mrs. Ritah Nansasi Wasswa (2nd L) assisted by Ag. University Secretary-Mr. Yusuf Kiranda (L) hands over a plaque of recognition to Outgoing Trustee-Ms. Dorothy Nannozi Kabanda (2nd R) as Incoming Trustee-Ms. Franco Angida Mugyema (R) applauds during the MURBS Board Handover on 26th March 2021.

In February 2018, the Makerere University Retirement Benefits Scheme (MURBS) launched the Departmental Ambassadors Programme. MURBS hopes to use this Ambassadors Programme to engage more directly with its membership and enhance member education. MURBS further perceives this Programme as a means to mitigate succession planning risks.

MURBS Fund Value continues to grow, and as at 31st March 2021, it stood at Ushs 235.5bn as compared to Ushs 209.6bn as at 30th June 2020. Given this growth, there is increased need for prospective Trustees, who are well equipped with relevant knowledge and skills, and with practical exposure to the management and governance of MURBS.


  1. Must be employed by the University on permanent terms
  2. Must be an Active Member of the Scheme (currently contributing to the Scheme) and appear on the Official Register of the MURBS Active Membership as at 30th April 2021.
  3. Must be willing to commit time to trainings and other ambassadorial activities organised by the Scheme.

Mode of training for 4th Cohort of Ambassadors

Training for this (4th) Cohort of Ambassadors is envisaged to be conducted over the zoom online platform only, due to Covid-19 restrictions. The Scheme does not envisage any face-to-face interactions.

Tenure of Office & Termination or Withdrawal

There is no tenure of office for the Departmental Ambassador. As long as a member is willing to continue serving as an Ambassador, and the Ambassador continues to satisfy the eligibility criteria above, she or he will remain a MURBS Ambassador.

How to Apply

Interested members should complete the MURBS Departmental Ambassador Application Form 01-0218. The completed Form together with the requested attachments should be sent to info[at] and copy to wilber.naigambi[at] no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, 14th June 2021. We discourage hand delivery of applications.

Confirmation/Approval Process

MURBS shall acknowledge receipt of each application received within 12 hours and will respond to the applicants to confirm the status of their application in writing (by e-mail). Upon approval of the application, the name of the approved Ambassador together with the Department and School/Unit will be updated on the list of the MURBS Departmental Ambassadors in the Group 4 category and published on the MURBS website.

NOTE: There is no limit as to the number of ambassadors that MURBS can have in a department.

Please see Downloads for the detailed call and application form.

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Chair Council Communication on Closure of Makerere University



An older photo of the Main Building, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda as seen from across the Freedom Square. Date taken: 22nd October 2012.

7th June 2021

All Members of Staff
All Students and Stakeholders
Makerere University


Following the address to the Nation by H.E. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, President of Uganda, on 6th June 2021, this is to inform you that the University will be closed with effect from today 7th June 2021 for 42days.

During the closure, the University shall observe a 30% physical presence of staff while other faculty and administrative staff shall continue to work online.

Management will inform staff and students on the implementation of teaching, learning, and research activities online. Construction activities shall continue as per the President’s directives and with strict adherence to the COVID-19 SOPs.

Yours sincerely,

Lorna Magara (Mrs.)
Chairperson, Makerere University Council

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RUFORUM: Transforming Higher Education Videos and Links



Delegates brainstorm during the 15th RUFORUM AGM held at the University of Cape Coast (UCC) in Ghana from 2-6 December, 2019. Photo credit: RUFORUM

Video Series developed by Julieta Mazzola, EARTH University.


  1. What is Community Engagement?  Video 1 of 3.
  2. Different Forms of University Engagement with the Community. Video 2 of 3.
  3. Student learning through Community Engagement. Video 3 of 3.

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