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160 Cross-disciplinary Researchers and Innovators Awarded under Mak-RIF 2

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Makerere University is living up to the slogan ‘We Build for the Future’. Makerere University Research and Innovations Fund (Mak-RIF) Grants Management Committee (GMC) under the leadership of Prof. William Bazeyo has continued to ensure that research and innovations blossom in the institution and related institutions of higher learning. It is such efforts to contribute to development and improved livelihoods that have kept Makerere University performing well across East Africa and Africa. Makerere University was recently ranked Africa’s fifth-best university and the best in East Africa, according to the latest World University rankings by Times Higher Education-September 5th, 2020. ‘We are working harder and determined to become the best University in Africa and the globe at large. It is possible if we all work harder and aim at being a CONTRIBUTION to the communities in which we live and serve’ said Prof. Bazeyo upon receipt of the news that Makerere University is ranked 5th best in Africa. 

Makerere University’s management is forever grateful to the Government of the Republic of Uganda for supporting research and innovations at the institution. This grant has also enabled Makerere University to further contribute to the growth and development of other Universities and affiliated institutions of higher learning including Bishop Stuart University, Mbarara University of Science and Technology and Makerere University Business School among others.  

In the new Financial Year 2020/2021, the Government of the Republic of Uganda allocated an additional Uganda Shillings 30 billion to Makerere University Research and Innovations Fund (Mak-RIF). To promptly respond to the government’s gesture, the University Management developed a Framework for Management of the Government Research and Innovation Funds. A multi-sectoral Grants Management Committee earlier appointed by Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, Makerere University’s Vice Chancellor after wide consultations with the Colleges is also fully functional executing set Terms of Reference.

In preparation to put out a call for proposals under the RIF Round 2 opportunity, the GMC conducted a comprehensive stakeholder consultation to identify thematic areas of focus for the grant. These consultations included meetings with representatives from key government sectors, semi-autonomous government agencies, the private-for-profit sector and civil society. See details shared and accessible on https://rif.mak.ac.ug/rif-holds-consultative-workshop-to-inform-research-agenda/ and https://rif.mak.ac.ug/mak-rif-holds-stakeholders-consultative-workshop-with-private-sector-development-partners/ The GMC triangulated this information with that from the draft National Development Plan III, Makerere University Strategic Plan and Research Agenda and the thematic outputs from the RIF Round 1 proposals.  To this effect, the Mak-RIF Round 2, Track 1 has awarded 160 researchers and innovators out of 386 competitive applications). These awardees will implement their projects and share actionable research products and approaches in reference to the earlier developed National Research and Innovation Agenda. The main objective of Mak-RIF is to support research and innovation initiatives that contribute to better delivery of National Development initiatives in all sectors critical to Uganda’s economy.

List of awarded projects may be accessed here; https://rif.mak.ac.ug/list-of-rif2-awardees/

Article by Harriet Adong, Mak-RIF Communications Officer

Agriculture & Environment

Call for Papers – Makerere University Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (MUJAES)

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The walkway to the School of Agricultural Sciences, CAES, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda as seen on 4th February 2009. East Africa

The Editorial Board, Makerere University Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (MUJAES), College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) is receiving manuscripts for consideration for Volume 13, Issue 1 2024 that will come out in June 2024 and Issue 2 slated for December 2024. Manuscripts should be sent to mujaes.caes@mak.ac.ug. For details on MUJAES and guidelines for submission of manuscripts, visit: https://mujaes.mak.ac.ug/. Manuscripts to be considered for publication in MUJAES should be based on original research findings.

For any inquiries, contact; Dr Jeninah Karungi-Tumutegyereize, Editor, MUJAES. Email – jtumutegyereize@gmail.com.

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CoSTClim – NORPART Call for Applications for Masters Student Mobility to Norway 2024

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Makerere University (MAK) in collaboration with Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Uganda Martyrs University (UMU) and Regional Universities Forum (for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) are implementing a five-year CoSTClim project (Collaborative Action for Strengthening Training Capacities in Climate Risk and Natural Resource management). The main goal of the project is to improve the quality of training, education and research at the partner institutions with a dedicated focus on climate risk, disaster risk management and natural resource management. CoSTClim builds on a range of other capacity development projects funded by the Norwegian Government at the partner institutions, and has a specific focus on education.

One of the components of CoSTClim is student mobility from Uganda to Norway and from Norway to Uganda. Therefore, we are inviting applicants from Makerere University for Masters student mobility scholarships to NTNU for the Autumn semester in 2024. There are five mobility scholarship slots available for this year. The scholarship will cover 5 months (August-December 2024) stay at NTNU in Trondheim, Norway. The successful candidates can enroll in selected course units at NTNU as well as leveraging the stay to write their master’s thesis. The width and breadth of available course units from which the candidates can select are found: https://www.ntnu.edu/geography/exchange-students

Limited research supervision will also be given by NTNU staff but the primary supervision responsibility stays with the allocated supervisors at Makerere University or Uganda Martyrs University.

Eligibility and requirements for the mobility applicants
a) The applicant should be a fully registered student in a relevant Masters programme at
Makerere University or Uganda Martyrs University, which aligns to the CostClim
thematic focus area.
b) The focus of the research of the applicant should align strongly to climate risk, disaster
risk management, natural resource management or agriculture.
c) The applicant should be progressing well on the masters programme and within the
stated duration of the programme (2-3years).

Application procedure
Interested and eligible Masters students should send the following;
a) A one page application letter
b) A motivation statement and plan for the time at NTNU (1-2 pages)
c) A letter from the Head of Department attesting to your registration, study status and
progress on your programme.
d) Copies of your undergraduate transcript and partial transcript or HOD endorsed
results for your current studies.
Application with all the required documents should be submitted by email to the contacts
below in one message.

  1. Yazidhi Bamutaze (for applicants from MAK)- yazidhibamutaze@gmail.com
  2. Runyararo Jolyn Rukarwa – r.rukarwa@ruforum.org
  3. Charlotte Nakakawa Jjunju – charlotte.jjunju@ntnu.no
  4. Joseph Sekandi sekjoseph@gmail.com
    Short listed applicants will be invited to complete educational procedures at NTNU under the
    exchange arrangement. A scholarship

The application deadline is Thursday 29th February 2024.

For further details, kindly download the document by following this link.

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Prof. Wanyenze Honored with Mak Vice Chancellor’s Research Excellence Award for 2023

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Hon. Dr. John Chrysestom Muyingo (Centre) who represented the Minister of Education and Sports Hon. Janet Museveni presents the Vice Chancellor's Research Excellence Award to Prof. Rhoda Wanyenze (Left) as the Chairperson of Council, Mrs. Lorna Magara (Right) witnesses on 29th January 2024. 74th Graduation Ceremony, Day 1, 29th January 2024, School of Public Health, College of Health Sciences (CHS), Freedom Square, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda, East Africa.

Dr. Rhoda Wanyenze, Professor and Dean, School of Public Health, Makerere University has on the occasion of the #Mak74thGrad been awarded the Vice Chancellor’s Research excellence award of Makerere University.

The meritorious award was in recognition for her prolific publication record and outstanding contribution to Makerere University’s scholarly excellence.

According to the Vice Chancellor, Professor Barnabas Nawangwe, as a result of the various partnerships forged over time, Makerere University’s research output in terms of innovations and publications is on the increase. He said he introduced the inaugural Makerere University Vice Chancellor’s Research Excellence Awards, in recognition of outstanding performers in research and publication.

They are based on the highest number of publications between the year 2017 and 2023 according to the Scopus database.

“I am happy to announce Professor Moses Robert Kamya and Professor Rhoda Wanyenze as the Best Overall Male and Female Researchers respectively,” Professor Nawangwe said.

Professor Moses Robert Kamya (Right) and Professor Rhoda Wanyenze (Left) the Best Overall Male and Female Researchers at Makerere University respectively showcase their plaques. 74th Graduation Ceremony, Day 1, 29th January 2024, School of Public Health, College of Health Sciences (CHS), Freedom Square, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda, East Africa.
Professor Moses Robert Kamya (Right) and Professor Rhoda Wanyenze (Left) the Best Overall Male and Female Researchers at Makerere University respectively showcase their plaques.

“I urge all our staff to continue conducting research on national development priorities as well as matters of global interest and publishing their work in high-impact journals so as contribute to our drive to become a research-led university,” he said.

Adding that, the research conducted by the academics should lead to patents, copyrights and trademarks, and tangible innovations in the form of products, policy briefs, manuals and others.

The Vice Chancellor equally congratulated the five researchers from each of the ten (10) colleges and Makerere University Library, who were recognized as the best researchers. The detailed list of the best researchers has been published in the Graduation Booklet and the Mak News Magazine.

Photo moment: The awardees in a group photo with Hon. Dr. John Chrysestom Muyingo, State Minister for Higher Education (6th Right), Council members, the Chancellor and the recipients of Honorary Doctorates during the #Mak74thGrad. 74th Graduation Ceremony, Day 1, 29th January 2024, School of Public Health, College of Health Sciences (CHS), Freedom Square, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda, East Africa.
Photo moment: The awardees in a group photo with Hon. Dr. John Chrysestom Muyingo, State Minister for Higher Education (6th Right), Council members, the Chancellor and the recipients of Honorary Doctorates during the #Mak74thGrad.

Professor Wanyenze is medical doctor, a disease control professor, researcher and public health with expert extensive experience in infectious diseases research, program management, and capacity building, particularly in HIV and TB, Prof. Wanyenze has conducted numerous studies in maternal and child health.

She is also actively involved in public health policy leadership in Uganda, she holds positions on various technical committees of the Ministry of Health and other agencies, as well as boards of several organizations. She co-chairs the working group for CESH alongside Professor Tobias Alfvén from the Karolinska Institute.

The MakSPH family congratulate her on her recognition as Best overall Researcher (Female) School of Public Health Makerere University #Mak74thGrad

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