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EfD-Mak Acquires Video Conferencing Facility, Equipment Worth over $20,000

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Environment for Development Initiative (EfD-Mak) Centre Uganda has acquired an assortment of IT equipment worth over $20,000 funded by the project funds from Sida.

The acquired equipment includes a video conferencing facility, 65” screen, camera and other  accessories including a 30-seater conference table and 20 chairs. The centre procured six laptop computers for the core administrative staff, a four-seater workstation, projector, printer, scanner and photocopier as well as a water dispenser, file cabinets, still photo camera and a recorder.

The equipment was handed over to the centre by the Principal, Makerere University College of Business and Management Sciences (CoBAMS) Prof. Eria Hisali on behalf of the university management on 24th August, 2020.

Prof. Hisali thanked the Centre Director for inviting him to the EfD-Mak Office Premises. The centre was allocated space on the fifth floor of the University Centralized Teaching Facility Two (CTF 2).

“It is true that I have been one of the people following the activities of the centre quite closely and I want to say that, on behalf of the university and college management, we most sincerely appreciate all initiatives like this one.

This are very important for the visibility of the university first and foremost, but also for purposes of capacity building for the university staff through research that is being undertaken through participating in different networks” Prof. Hisali remarked.

The Principal expressed the college and university’s commitment to continue supporting this initiative and to create a good environment that enables the centre to grow an even into a bigger self-sustaining entity.

“These are important contributions to not only the development of our country but to the continent and indeed the world as a whole. My purpose of coming was to not only see the equipment but also thank and encourage you to continue working harder” , The Principal appreciated.

Prof. Hisali however noted that the centre’s limited office space and advised the leadership to look at the possibility of having the video conferencing facility allocated its own home.

“I think the immediate thing is for you to consult the Estates and Works department because ordinarily, this video conferencing facility can be used by quite a number of people and the space here will limit the value we can get from accommodating a bigger  number of participants”, the Principal advised.

The Centre Director Prof. Edward Bbaale thanked the EfD Secretariat and Sida for the financial support.

“Having this video conferencing facility is very much welcome and we thank EfD and Sida for the grant that led to the procurement.

We have now a fully furnished video conferencing facility that is going to help us in exchanging ideas locally and interacting with other researchers globally via zoom and other modern communication channels. This is very great to us as a young centre”, Prof. Bbaale expressed.

R-L: EfD-Mak Centre Director-Prof. Edward Bbaale, Research Fellow-Nick Kilimani and Data Manager-Fred Kasalirwe, during the 24th August 2020 handover ceremony, CTF2, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda.

Prof. Bbaale also said, with such a fully furnished centre, researchers were going to enjoy managing huge data sets that require more processing power and computers with the latest software.

He thanked the Principal for the support rendered to the centre and his personal engagement in a number of EfD activities right from the proposal writing stage to date.

“The main reason we have invited you is to account for the equipment and furniture that the centre has acquired given the roles in your docket. This is Council space and you can allocate any user available.” The director explained.

The EfD-Mak is a new Centre at Makerere University established in Hanoi, Vietnam in 2018, under the Environment for Development Initiative (EfD), a global network of environmental economics research centres sponsored by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida)

EfD-Mak started its full operations in the financial year 2019/2020. The centre is headed by Prof. Edward Bbaale, from the School of Economics, College of Business and Management Sciences (CoBAMS) as the Director, deputized by Prof. Johnny Mugisha, from the School of Agricultural Sciences, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES).

Report Compiled by: Jane Anyango, Principal Communication Officer, CAES.

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Advert: Mature Age Entry Scheme – Private Sponsorship 2024/2025

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Students sit for an exam in the pre-COVID era, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda.

The Academic Registrar, Makerere University invites applications for the Undergraduate
Programmes under the Mature Age Entry Scheme only for Private Sponsorship for
2024/2025 Academic Year.
Non-Refundable Application fee of Shs. 50,000/= for Ugandans OR $75 Equivalent for
Internationals, plus bank charge should be paid in any of the banks used by Uganda
Revenye Authority after generating a Payment Reference Number (PRN).

  • Apply using the Institution’s Applications Portal URL:https: //apply.mak.ac.ug
  • Application is for candidates who passed the Mature Age Entry Examinations of December 17, 2022 and February 24, 2024 only.
  • Any candidate who passed the examinations in mentioned above and was not admitted on Government/ Private sponsorship for December 17, 2022 sitting, and for Government sponsorship for February 24, 2024 sitting, is eligible to apply for admission on Private Sponsorship for 2024 /2025 Academic Year.

The closing date for applying will be Friday 26th July, 2024.

Further details can be accessed by following this link.

Prof. Mukadasi Buyinza
ACADEMIC REGISTRAR

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Diploma/Degree Holders Admission Lists 2024/25

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Main Library, Makerere University. Photo taken on 29th February 2016.

The Office of Academic Registrar, Makerere University has released lists of Diploma/Degree Holder applicants admitted under Private/Self Sponsorship for the academic year 2024/25. Please note that admission is subject to verification of academic documents by the awarding institutions.

The admission list is displayed here below:

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African Futures Research Leadership Program: Cohort 5 – Call for Scholars

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Participants at the initial AAP convening participate in design-thinking exercises to help imagine the future of partnerships between MSU and Africa. Photo: AAP

The Alliance for African Partnership (AAP) is seeking applicants for the fifth cohort of the AAP African Futures Research Leadership Program. This competitive visiting scholar program supports early career researchers from the AAP consortium to work for one year under the mentorship of faculty members from MSU and their home institution, focusing on building skills in research for impact, writing scholarly and/or policy publications, disseminating of research results, and developing grant proposals for external support. Scholars will also participate in a structured professional development program while building bridges and lasting connections with MSU contacts and across their cohort. 

The main objective of the African Futures program is to strengthen the capacity of a cadre of African researchers to return to their home institutions and become scientific leaders in their community, establish long-term partnerships with MSU faculty, co-create innovative solutions to Africa’s challenges, and in turn become trainers of the next generation of researchers. This program aims to address the gender gap in Africa, where only 30% of researchers are women, so scholars selected for the program will be women, or men who can demonstrate they are committed to support efforts towards gender equity in higher education institutions in Africa. The research areas that the scholars will engage in during the program should be aligned to AAP’s research priority areas

The AAP Management Team requests applications from early career researchers to participate in the next cohort, with work to begin virtually in February 2025. Scholars will spend September – December 2025 at MSU for the in-person portion of the program, followed by another period of virtual collaboration, ending in early 2026. The scholar and mentor team will receive a small grant for research and professional development activities including conference attendance and publication. Scholars will also receive a stipend during their time at MSU, visa application support, and round-trip travel from their home institution.

Eligibility

  • Citizen of an African country 
  • Completion of a PhD degree within the last 10 years 
  • Employed as an Academic Staff member at one of the AAP African consortium universities including Egerton University, Makerere University, University of Dar es Salaam, Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Botswana, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, University Cheikh Anta Diop, University of Arts and Humanities, Bamako, United States International University-Africa, and University of Pretoria 
  • Have documented approval of leave or sabbatical to participate in the program for the in-person period 
  • Have a mentor at their home institution that will serve as a collaborator and mentor
  • Research must be in one of the AAP priority areas
  • Applicants may only submit one proposal to AAP in this round of funding. Prior scholars are not eligible to apply. 

To learn more about the program, including how to apply, click below

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Applications to be an African Futures scholar are due August 18, 2024

Additional program dates:

  • Program start date (virtual): February 2025
  • In-person program: Sept – Dec 2025
  • Program end date: February 2026

Please contact Jose Jackson-Malete at jacks184@msu.edu or +1 517-353-6989 with any questions.

Source: AAP

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