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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 aacquired 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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Resumption of Teaching and Learning for Final Year Medical Students

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Members of the Makerere University College of Health Sciences Students Association (MAKCHSA) pose for a photo ahead of their 1st College Open Day and Alumni Convention held on 1st November 2019.

Featured image: Members of the Makerere University College of Health Sciences Students Association (MAKCHSA) pose for a photo ahead of their 1st College Open Day and Alumni Convention held on 1st November 2019.

This is to inform all Final Year Medical Students that teaching and learning activities which were halted following the closure of education institutions in a bid to prevent the spread of COVID-19, will resume on Saturday 3rd October 2020.

You are therefore required to report to your respective Deans in the College of Health Sciences for detailed information.

Note that you must strictly adheare to the Standard Operating Procedures put in place by the Ministry of Health to combat the spread of COVID-19 which include among others:

  • Mandatory wearing of a clean mask covering the mouth and nose
  • Social distancing
  • Washing of hands regularly and/or sanitizing hands

Further note that the schedule of the remaining semester shall cover 8 weeks (5 weeks for teaching and learning and 3 weeks of examinations).

Alfred Masikye-Namoah
ACADEMIC REGISTRAR

17th September 2020

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IAEA Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellowship Programme for Female Students

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Female graduands pose for the camera in January 2018 after a session of the 68th Graduation Ceremony, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda. Photo credit: GMD

Featured image: Female graduands pose for the camera in January 2018 after a session of the 68th Graduation Ceremony, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda. Photo credit: GMD

The application process has opened for female students interested in applying for a scholarship from the IAEA Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellowship Programme (MSCFP) towards their Master’s degrees in nuclear science and technology, nuclear safety and security or non-proliferation. The fellowship will provide scholarships for up to 100 selected applicants annually, to help enhance the pool of qualified young women in the nuclear field. It also aims to support an inclusive workforce of both men and women for the future, contributing to global scientific and technological innovation from all over the world as diversity gives opportunity to greater creativity and productivity. Candidates have until midnight on 11 October 2020 to apply for the first 100 scholarships.

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RUFORUM Thought Piece on COVID-19: Are we prepared for an integrated Africa?

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RUFORUM Thought Piece on COVID-19 by Her Excellency Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, 6th President of the Republic of Mauritius

Featured image: RUFORUM Thought Piece on COVID-19 by Her Excellency Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, 6th President of the Republic of Mauritius

The current and future direction for the continent. Are we prepared for an integrated Africa?

January 2020, African countries signed on to the Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) and 30 have already ratified thus paving the way to the implementation of a single continental market for goods and services and laying the foundation for the establishment of the continental customs union.

The continent is taking a bold step towards multilateralism by creating the largest free trade area since the setting up of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) in 1995. Africa’s narrative is changing from that of a development perspective to an investment one. Countries want to attract investment and at the same time deepen the much needed regional and global engagement especially as we emerge out of the COVID 19 era.

Over the past few years, Africa’s annual GDP growth has consistently outpaced the global average and was expected to remain at least 6% until 2023. Even if COVID 19 has changed these projections; it is a fact that by 2050, the continent’s population is predicted to be over 2.5 billion, according to the United Nations and the World Economic Forum – more than the combined populations of China and India today. The richest 10% of the African continent will be driving demand for consumer goods and services and this represents at least 200 million people.

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