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Mak & Rotary Launch Peace Centre, Inaugurate Advisory Board

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Makerere University and Rotary International on Thursday 9th January 2020 held a signing ceremony marking the official launch of the First Rotary Peace Centre on the African continent. The Centre will run a postgraduate certificate program in Peacebuilding, Conflict Transformation and Development. The hands-on program will entail coursework that addresses topics including human rights, governance, and the role of the media in conflict. Other studies will focus on refugees and migration, as well as resource and identity-based conflicts.  

Addressing delegates at the launch, the Vice Chancellor Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe expressed delight that the Rotary Governing Board had found it deserving that Makerere hosts the Rotary Peace Centre after beating worthy competitors; the Kofi Annan International Peace Keeping Centre, Ghana and University of Nairobi-African Leadership Centre.

The Vice Chancellor-Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe (L) and Rotary VP-Olayinka Babalola (in white) prepare to release doves symbolizing the launch of the Makerere University Rotary Peace Centre, Kampala Uganda as Rotary District 9211 Governor-Francis Xavier Sentamu (R) and other officials witness.

Makerere University is situated at the heart of the Great Lakes region, which has experienced the most strife and the most conflicts in Africa,” said the Vice Chancellor. “We’ve had frequent experience with conflict, so we established our peace program more than 15 years ago to expand our expertise and augment our engagement in the area of conflict and peace.”

Prof. Nawangwe admitted that Makerere’s selection would not have been possible without the support of Rotary District 9211 led by District Governor (DG) Francis Xavier Sentamu. He also paid special tribute to Past District Governor (PDG) Emmanuel Katongole, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHUSS) led by Dr. Josephine Ahikire and the Local Organising Committee led by Dr. Hellen Nkabala supported by Past Assistant Governors (PAGs) Hon. Mike Sebalu and Ann Nkutu for selflessly supporting the University’s bid.

The Vice Chancellor shared that Makerere University has already put in place the necessary infrastructure to support smooth running of the programme. “The Acting Deputy Vice Chancellor (Finance and Administration), Prof. William Bazeyo has already made space allocations for student lecture rooms and accommodation.”

The Acting Principal CHUSS-Dr. Josephine Ahikire (Left) receives the Rotary delegation upon arrival at Makerere University on 9th January 2020 for the MoU signing and Media Launch of the Rotary Peace Centre.

He then introduced members of the Rotary Peace Centre Advisory Board notably;

  • Prof. William Bazeyo (Chairperson)
  • Dr. Umar Kakumba, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic Affairs)
  • Dr. Josephine Ahikire
  • Prof. Grace Kyomuhendo Bantebya, School of Women and Gender Studies (SWGS)
  • PDG Emmanuel Katongole
  • PAG Hon. Mike Sebalu
  • PAG Ann Nkutu
  • PAG Fred Masadde-Kabuye
  • Mr. Henry Mwebe, Director Legal Affairs
  • Dr. Patrick Mangeni, Dean School of Liberal and Performing Arts
  • Prof. Sylvia Antonia Nannyonga-Tamusuza, Head Department of Performing Arts and Film
  • Ms. Victoria Kirunda Kobel

In her remarks read by Council Member and Dean SWGS, Dr. Sarah Ssali, the Chairperson of Council, Mrs. Lorna Magara noted that establishment of a Rotary Peace Centre provides Makerere University with an opportunity to offer research leadership and capacity development in a critical topic of development.

Council Member and Dean SWGS-Dr. Sarah Ssali represented the Chairperson of Council-Mrs. Lorna Magara at the launch of the Rotary Peace Centre, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda.

“The Peace Centre initiative is especially important for Africa and several parts of the world where several nations remain trapped in the shadow of violence with disastrous consequences of loss of life and property and other human rights violations. Building a knowledgebase and capacity for sustainable peace on the continent is a matter of urgent necessity for African development and human rights protection” added the Chairperson.

The Vice President (VP), Rotary International Board of Directors, Olayinka Babalola expressed great pride as an African at witnessing the launch of the First Rotary Peace Centre on the continent at Makerere University, during his term.

“For centuries, we have looked at peace as the absence of violence, without fully considering the other drivers in play. Instead of merely examining the causes of war, Rotary Peace Fellows at Makerere University will explore the underpinnings of peace to achieve tangible measures of human wellbeing and progress” said the Vice President.

Rotary VP-Olayinka Babalola (Right) addresses Media at the launch event as Chair Rotary Peace Centers Committee, Bryn Styles (Left) listens on 9th January 2020, Kampala Uganda.

VP Babalola took note of the great strides made by Rotary’s Global Polio Eradication Initiative over the last 30 years and that as a result, Africa was on the verge of being declared polio-free. He added that with this nearly achieved, Rotary was now turning its focus to global peace by using the Centers as a vehicle for training peacebuilders from all over the world.

The Chair Rotary Peace Centers Committee, Bryn Styles shared that serving on this body had been one of his most rewarding honours. He added that peace holds a unique status in Rotary and as such, the organization remains committed to addressing the root causes of peace and conflict in the world by training the next generation of peace advocates.

“Every year, Rotary awards up to 130 fully funded scholarships for dedicated peace and development leaders from around the world to study at any of its seven peace centers programs. In just over 15 years, Rotary Peace Centers have trained over 1,300 individuals for careers in peacebuilding in more than 115 countries” he shared.

R-L: Past District Governors-Hon. Henry Kyemba, Dr. Francis Tusubira and Emmanuel Katongole attended the Launch event on 9th January 2020, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda.

Mr. Styles said that in choosing Makerere University to host the 7th Peace Centre, Rotary wanted to give students and future peace advocates the credibility of studying in an institution with a rich history in peace and conflict management and research. “Rotarians in Uganda and Staff at Makerere University have been wonderful to work with and I think we made the right choice.”

DG Francis Xavier Sentamu in his remarks recognized other PDGs present at the ceremony namely; Hon. Henry Kyemba, Dr. Francis Tusubira, Kenneth Mugisha, Steven Mwanje as well as other leaders. He reiterated the readiness of Rotarians from District 9211 to help identify prospective scholars, provide the right mentorship and participate in all ways that will guarantee that the Rotary Peace Centre at Makerere University succeeds.

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PUJAB Notice to Schools for 2023-2024 Academic Year

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The Main Building, Makerere University against an almost clear blue sky. Date taken 15th March 2013, Kampala Uganda.

The Academic Registrar, Makerere University informs all Head Teachers of A’ level schools that the Public Universities Joint Admissions Board (PUJAB) application forms for UACE 2022 Senior Six candidates for the 2023/2024 Academic Year admissions are ready for collection from the university from Friday 2nd December 2022.

The application forms should be collected from the Academic Registrar’s Office, Senate Building, Level 3, Makerere University. Application forms are issued on payment of a non-refundable application fee of UG Shs. 52,000/= per applicant.

You are advised to obtain a payment Reference Number(PRN) to enable you pay the application fees following the procedure below:

  1. Go to https://pay.mak.ac.ug
  2. Fill in the details of the school i.e. name (including Centre Numbers) e.mail, and phone number. Click ‘next’.
  3. On the next page scroll through the items and click on PUJAB.
  4. Adjust the Unit to the number of forms required.
  5. Generate PRN, print and present to any bank near you with the amount and pay.
  6. Present receipt to the issuing officer at Makerere University.

The forms are for UGANDANS only.
Please note that only Head Teachers or their authorised representatives will be served.

The closing date for receiving the completed application forms is Friday 20th January 2023.

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Prof. Mukadasi Buyinza
ACADEMIC REGISTRAR

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Mr. Lawrence Alionzi elected 88th Guild President

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On Wednesday 30th November 2022, Mr. Lawrence Alionzi (Reg. No.19/U/0486) from the College of Engineering, Design Art and Technology was elected the 88th Guild President in elections conducted virtually.

According to the Guild Statute, elections of the Guild President and all other guild leaders shall be conducted by the guild electoral commission in accordance with the provisions in section 7 of the students guild statute.

The Chairperson of the Guild Electoral Commission Mr. Nsobanyi Edrine declared the results of the elections in the document below:

Swearing in of Guild President, Guild Representative Councilors, Senior Common Room, College Councils, Debating Union and Games Union will be conducted on Monday 5th December  2022 according to the standing election guidelines.

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Prof. Nawangwe applauds the partnership between Makerere University & Mastercard Foundation

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Scholars posing in a group photo with the offcials at the end of the luncheon on 29th November 2022, Makerere University Guest House.

By Bernard Buteera

The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, has applauded the partnership that exists between Makerere University and Mastercard Foundation. He said this during the Networking luncheon he hosted in honour of Mastercard Foundation Scholars at Makerere, who won the Resolution Fellowship project at Baobab summit in Kigali.

“Mastercard Foundation is one of the biggest partners for Makerere University and we are so proud of this partnership which has borne a lot of fruit” Prof. Nawangwe said.

The Vice Chancellor thanked the Scholars of Mastercard Foundation for being creative and innovative, and for making Uganda and Makerere University proud, when they won 6 out of the 9 Resolution projects that were given grants at the Baobab summit in Kigali.

Prof. Nawangwe addressing the guests at the event.
Prof. Nawangwe addressing the guests at the event.

“I would like to thank the young people whom we are celebrating today, who made me proud as the Vice Chancellor of Makerere, when they swept almost all the awards at the global stage” Prof. Nawangwe said. He further revealed that during the summit in Kigali, they kept reading Makerere University during the awarding of projects, and at some point he pretended not to be happy, because he was in the company of other Vice Chancellors, but inside of him he was beaming with joy.

”The Resolution social venture projects are extremely important in many ways; Firstly, they encourage young people to be creative and innovative, so that they are able to come with initiatives and projects, which enable them to create their own jobs, instead of moving around looking for jobs which have become fewer, while the population is growing.” Prof. Nawangwe emphasised.

On his part, the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs, and also the Chairperson of the Steering Committee of Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at Makerere University, Prof. Umar Kakumba, applauded Mastercard Foundation for the support it renders to young people not only in Uganda and Makerere University, but also all over the world.

Prof. Kakumba addressing the guests at the event.
Prof. Kakumba addressing the guests at the event.

Prof. Kakumba further enumerated the different initiatives Mastercard Foundation at Makerere University which had created profound effect to the young people in Africa and Uganda in particular.

“As a country and specifically as Makerere University, we cannot run away from the idea of developing young people, because they are the current and next generation of leaders, innovators and change makers. We have a duty to skill, mentor and provide them with the continuous capacity to innovate and create economic opportunities for themselves and other young people.” Prof. Kakumba said.

Prof. Kakumba called upon the Makerere University community to emulate what Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program was doing in terms training and skilling the young people at Makerere University.

Prof. Kakumba inspecting some of the products produced by Scholars.
Prof. Kakumba inspecting some of the products produced by Scholars.

”The rest of the university faculty should emulate what Mastercard Foundation ScholarsProgram was doing, for instance every student of Makerere University should have a mentor, and also undergo entrepreneurship training.” Prof. Kakumba pointed out.

Prof. Kakumba further revaled that going forward Makerere University was going to adopt a strategy where the University would make Entrepreneurship as a first choice career pathway.

”We are all aware  of the challenges of youth unemployment in Africa and Uganda in particular. As an institution of learning, Makerere University needs to normalize entrepreneurship as a first choice career pathway for all the graduates.” Prof. Kakumba said.

The Country Director, Mastercard Foundation – Uganda, Mr. Adrian Bukenya, revealed the Foundation was happy with the partnership with Makerere University, which  dates back to 2013 with the establishment of the Scholars Program.

Mr. Adrian Bukenya speaking at the event.
Mr. Adrian Bukenya speaking at the event.

”Mastercard Foundation is proud of the partnership with Makerere University, which began with the Scholars Program in 2013, that has educated and empowered over 1000 young people to study at Makerere University.” Mr. Bukenya said.

Mr. Bukenya pointed out that the Foundation was happy to support young  people beyond the Scholars Program, to ensute that every young person transitions to diginified and fullfilling work.

”As a Foundation we want a world where young people are included and are thriving and their leadership and contributions matter. A future where young people are driving transformative change and achieving their full potential.” Mr. Bukenya said.

Ms. Pauline Gangla,the Head of  the Scholars Program, Eastern and Southern Africa Partner Network at Mastercard Foundation, thanked Makerere University for both the academic and entrepreneurship the university had imparted on the Scholars of Mastercard Foundation.

Ms. Pauline Gangla, addressing the gathering at the event.
Ms. Pauline Gangla, addressing the gathering at the event.

“I would like to thank the University for the Academic Support and entrepreneurship training given to the Scholars of Mastercard Foundation, here at Makerere University. During the summit it was evident in the way the Scholars pitched their projects, the level of confidence they exhibited was very high.” Ms. Gangla revealed.

Ms. Gangla pointed out that the Foundation was very keen on safe guarding measures, to ensure safety and security of the young in the University.

“The Foundation was keen on safe guarding measures, where there is zero tolerance to any form of misconduct against young people. Young people should be treated with respect and dignity within the University and their communities.” Ms. Gangla pointed out.

Prof. Namaalwa speaking during the event.
Prof. Namaalwa speaking during the event.

Prof. Justine Namaalwa, the Program Coordinator, Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at Makerere University, thanked the University and the Foundation for the visionary partnership which has created profound impact in the University and the country in general.

“We are here to celebrate innovation and creativity exhibited by Mastercard Foundation Scholars over time since 2017, when Scholars started competing in the Resolution Venture Challenge, and all these are fruits of the visionary partnership between Mastercard Foundation and Makerere University.” Prof. Namaalwa revealed.

Prof. Namaalwa pointed  out the Scholars Program at Makerere University was proud of the 21 Resolution Social Venture (SVC) projects and 46 Scholars Entrepreneurship Fund (SEF) which Scholars has established and were making profound impact in their communities. She further revealed that projects had created both personal social development for the Scholars and their communities. She thanked the Vice Chancellor and the entire management, the Steering Committee, the Mentors and all other stakeholders who had supported scholars to grow their projects.

Bernard Buteera is the Communications Officer, Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at Makerere University.

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