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Convocation Recognises 70th Grad’s Best Overall Student



The Chancellor of Makerere University, Prof. Ezra Suruma appealed to Makerere University Business School (MUBS) graduands to take up the enormous responsibility of redesigning the national and regional economic framework so as to deliver prosperity for all and enhance capacity for survival. This was during the third session of the 70th Graduation Ceremony held on 16th January 2020 in the Makerere University Freedom Square.

“As graduates in economics, finance, statistics and information science, you are the new generation of economists, planners, information and data managers to design a new framework that can create full employment of our human and natural resources. We need far reaching innovations in finance, planning and information technology,” said Prof. Suruma.

The Chancellor congratulated MUBS upon producing the best overall graduand for the fifth consecutive time and its distinguished achievements in teaching, training, research and enormous contribution to the graduands and Uganda at large.

MUBS’ Ms. Namukose Rita emerged the best overall and best student in Humanities. She graduated with the Bachelor of International Business, scoring a CGPA of 4.92 out of 5. Ms. Namukose was recognised for her academic achievement by Makerere University Convocation.

The Principal MUBS-Prof. Waswa Balunywa (Right) flanked by the Vice Chancellor-Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe (Left) makes his remarks during Day 3 of the 70th Graduation Ceremony, 16th January 2020, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda.

Dr. Fredrick Tanga Odoi, the Chairperson of Convocation, presented to her a plaque and UGX 1 Million in recognition of her excellent performance. Thousands of Graduands from MUBS including 7 PhDs were conferred upon degrees of Makerere University.

The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe noted that MUBS is recognised as one of the best Schools of Business in Africa and congratulated MUBS Council, Management and Staff upon the great improvements in infrastructure and research.

“MUBS is an important component of Makerere University and it is our desire that the School thrives in order to raise the Makerere flag even higher as we all contribute to the social-economic development of our country and region… together we will achieve even more,” said Prof. Nawangwe.

To the graduands, he said, “Makerere cherishes you, fare thee well and do not forget that you have gone through the gates of Makerere University.”

Prof. Juma Waswa Balunywa, the Principal of Makerere University Business School, extended gratitude to the parents, guardians, relatives and sponsors for their sacrifices and congratulated all the graduands upon the successful completion of their academic programmes.

He called upon the graduands to make MUBS and Makerere University proud through utilizing the skills and knowledge obtained for the benefit of their communities, country and the nation at large.

Article by: Esther Joy Nakibombo Volunteer Mak Public Relations Office


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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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