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Professor Johnson Acon: A Humble, Selfless Mentor

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Makerere University Management, staff and students especially from the College of Veterinary Medicine, Animal Resources and Bio-Security (CoVAB) paid tribute to Prof. Johnson Opio Acon during a service that took place at St. Luke Church Ntinda on 20th January 2020. The fare thee well ceremony was also attended by the late Professor’s family and friends and government officials.

Prof. Acon joined Makerere University in 1979 as a Special Assistant in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Studies. He gradually rose through the ranks to the position of Senior Veterinary Surgeon, Department of Veterinary Pharmacy, Clinical and Comparative Medicine, CoVAB, a position he occupied until his death.

Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe (Centre) Members of MUASA led by Chairperson-Dr. Deus Kamunyu Muhwezi (Right) and fellow Vets wheel Prof. Johnson Acon's remains into St. Luke Church Ntinda for the Funeral Service on 20th January 2020.

Makerere University commended the late Prof. Acon for his selfless service and positive impact on the current and next generation of practitioners of Veterinary Medicine. He was also praised for his humility, love for the University and Nation and association with people from all walks of life regardless of academic standing.

Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, the Vice Chancellor of Makerere University described Prof. Acon as a well-cultured Professor who exemplified quality, ethics, standards and professionalism in all manner and form.

The Vice Chancellor-Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe (Right) and Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic Affairs)-Dr. Umar Kakumba (Left) lay a wreath on Prof. Johnson Acon's casket during the Funeral Service

“Prof. Acon observed traits suitable of a great academician. In his time of service with the University, he mentored many veterinary professionals and was very instrumental in disseminating knowledge to students and staff.  He will be greatly missed by the University and the country at large. He leaves a permanent mark at Makerere University,” said Prof. Nawangwe.

The Principal CoVAB, Prof. John David Kabasa acknowledged Prof. Acon’s sacrifices towards the development of CoVAB and pledged to emulate him when he said “He nurtured us and in memory of what he taught us, we shall deliver our best for the betterment of the College and Makerere University.”

R-L: The Principal CoVAB-Prof. John David Kabasa, Dr. James Okwee-Acai, Dr. Robert Tweyongyere and Dr. Norbert Mwiine lay a wreath on the departed Senior colleague's casket.

He commended the late Prof. Acon for his distinguished and dedicated service towards Makerere University which led to his appointment as Senior Veterinary Surgeon at the Department of Veterinary Pharmacy, Clinical and Comparative Medicine.  

In his speech, the former Chancellor of Makerere University, Prof. Mondo Kagonyera praised Prof. Acon for being a God-fearing man and thanked the Church for molding his character. He appealed to parents to raise God-fearing and intelligent children.

Members of the Uganda Veterinary Association (UVA) led by their President Dr. Sylvia Angubua Baluka (with microphone) pay respects to their fallen colleague and mentor Prof. Johnson Opio Acon on 20th January 2020.

Eng. Dr. Charles Wana-Etyem, the former Chairperson Makerere University Council said that Prof. Acon will always be remembered for his honesty, humor, integrity and kindness. He extended his heartfelt condolences to family, friends and relatives of Prof. Acon and called upon God to strengthen them during the trying moment.

Speaking on behalf of the family, the late Prof. Acon’s children, Mr. Andy Acon, Ms. Anita Acon and Ms. Alma Acon referred to their father as a friendly, caring and loving man who always encouraged them to believe that they can achieve their dreams.

Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe and Prof. J.D. Kabasa (Right) comfort Mrs. Sophie Acon (3rd Left) and her daughters Anita and Alma after Prof. Johnson Acon’s Funeral Service on 20th January 2020, St. Luke Church Ntinda, Kampala Uganda.

“Our father was a provider who worked hard to meet our needs. He believed in integrity and impacted his personality traits on us. It is well with his soul,” they said.

Ms. Alma Acon applauded their mother Mrs. Sophie Acon for loving and caring for their father and thanked mourners for the support and comfort rendered to them during their time of loss.

Prof. Johnson Opio Acon passed away on 15th January 2020 at Kampala Independent Hospital. He will be laid to rest at his ancestral home in Ogengo, Aloi, Alebtong District on 22nd January 2020.

Article by: Esther Joy Nakibombo Volunteer Mak Public Relations Office

 

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Communication to Students regarding fees payment for Sem I 2020/21

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Students walk past the School of Agricultural Sciences along University Road, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda. Date taken: 6th October 2014. Diploma Holders are eligible for admission to Mak Degree Programmes under the Government Sponsorship Scheme (not exceeding 5% of the intake capacity).

To All Students

Please take note of the following important dates you should look out for:

  1. All Loan Scheme (HESFB) and State House sponsored students should enroll within the first two weeks to enable the Finance Department to invoice their sponsors.
  2. All Government sponsored students must enroll immediately on AIMS system and submit their personal bank accounts to their Hall Wardens to enable processing of food and living out allowances. Only enrolled students will be paid. You are therefore advised to enroll as soon as possible.
  3. The fees policy requires that a continuing student should pay at least Ugx. 200,000 to help the University run and this is expected to be paid by 19th March 2021, beyond which a surcharge of Ugx. 20,000 shall be levied.
  4. All students MUST generate payment Reference Numbers (PRN) to be able to make payments. Students have to log into their portal using this link https://student.mak.ac.ug/ as directed from their admission letters, enroll and generate the PRNs. It is the PRN which you present to the bank to effect your payments.
  5. The deadline for free registration is 9th April 2021, (end of 6th week) beyond which, UGX. 50,000 will be levied.
  6. The deadline for the FULL fees payment is 7th May 2021, (end of 10th week) beyond which, a surcharge of 5% on the outstanding balance will be levied.

For Freshers 2020/2021

This is to remind you that the deadline for change of Programmes/Subjects for 2020/2021 Academic year will be Friday 5th March, 2021. There will be no further extension of the exercise. Applicants can only change after receiving a letter of authorization from the Academic Registrar.
However, note the following;

Bachelor of Journalism and Communication is full. Thus no applicants for change to this programme will be considered for 2020/2021 Academic year.

Bachelor of Dental Surgery has 7 slots for Direct Entrants (‘A Level) available for change of programme for Private Sponsorship for 2020/2021 Academic year.

Further details regarding this communication can be found in the documents attached below:

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Request for Expression of Interest: AFROHUN Communication and Visibility Plan

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Africa One Health University Network (AFROHUN) formerly One Health Central and Eastern Africa (OHCEA)

Africa One Health University Network (AFROHUN) is an international network of public health, veterinary medicine, pathobiology, environmental sciences, medicine and global health institutions of higher education. AFROHUN is located in 18 universities in 9 countries in Africa.

Formerly One Health Central and Eastern Africa (OHCEA), AFROHUN is working to transform the training environment and approaches in universities, in a bid to develop a workforce without disciplinary barriers. Enabling students to understand and appreciate the contribution of disciplines outside their own; in predicting, detecting and responding to the kind of complex health challenges we are witnessing today. This is the next generation workforce that we need in the face of increasing outbreaks of epidemics, pandemics and complex health challenges.

Considering the strategic role that AFROHUN plays in One Health workforce development, it is important that it is visible, well-understood and highly regarded. It is important for AFROHUN to document, package and share her story and impact trail. Visibility, understanding and high regard are critical for maintaining stakeholders’ confidence in the network’s work in order to harness, sustain and enhance the multiple stakeholders’ interest.

Towards this end, AFROHUN is planning to engage an experienced communications consultant to develop a multi-faceted Communications and Visibility Strategy. The strategy will provide a broad framework that will guide communications and visibility in AFROHUN and will identify the issues that need to be addressed to build awareness, improve knowledge, build mutual understanding with key stakeholders and generate support for the network’s initiatives. The strategy will provide guidance on how to capture, package and share the network’s story, document and share lessons learned and best practices as well as the impact of building a one health workforce, to the management of disease outbreaks and health emergences. The strategy will also play a critical role in driving the network’s business plan.

AFROHUN therefore, invites proposals from eligible, qualified and experienced individuals and firms for provision of consultancy services to develop an institutional Communications and Visibility Strategy.

Terms of Reference for the Development of the AFROHUN Communications and Visibility Strategy

The Terms of Reference for the development of the Communications and Visibility Strategy shall include but not limited to;

  1. Communication review, including an analysis of the current perception and positioning of the network and its initiatives among key constituencies and stakeholders. Review of communications and visibility documents as necessary.
  2. Analysis and mapping of stakeholders and target audiences, to inform prioritization processes.
  3. Undertake primary and secondary research to assess the network’s external and internal communications strategies/activities and determine gaps.
  4. Facilitate processes to ensure stakeholder participation in the strategy development.
  5. Developing a 5-year Communications and Visibility Strategy, including detailed objectives and priorities, and implementation plan, based on AFROHUN’s strategic activities and programs.
  6. Recommend tools for monitoring and evaluation of the Communications and Visibility Strategy.

A complete expression of interest package should be emailed to:

mnattimba[at]afrohun.org  and copied to secretariat[at]afrohun.org

Deadline for submission: 1700hrs, 19th March 2021.

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DRGT Crosscutting Course: Philosophy of Method

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The ED National Planning Authority-Dr. Joseph Muvawala and Director DRGT-Prof. Buyinza Mukadasi (Centre) pose with some of the Postdoctoral Fellows that took part in the PhD Convention on 14th November 2019, CTF1, Makerere University.

The Directorate of Research and Graduate Training (DRGT), Makerere University in collaboration with the School of Liberal and Performing Arts, Department of Philosophy and Development Studies, announces the PhD Cross-cutting Training Course: Philosophy of Method.

  • Course Duration: 15th to 26th March, 2021
  • Who should apply: PhD Students only
  • Latest Date of application: 5th March, 2021

This course unit is among the required crosscutting courses for PhD students to expand their academic and practical comprehension of the concepts of science, knowledge and research; acquaint the students with the philosophical principles behind the quantitative and qualitative methods of research; enhance the students’ awareness about ethical conflicts in relation to research; and provide a forum for each student to discuss, and improve their own research proposals.

Please forward written applications with evidence of admission to the PhD Program and indicate;Gender, Department, School, College, telephone and e-mail contact address electronically to: conference[at]rgt.mak.ac.ug.

Selected applicants will be informed via e-mail/Telephone by Wednesday, 10th March 2021.

Please see Downloads for Course details

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