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CHUSS Launches Centre of Excellence in Research, Teaching and Learning

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In 2018, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHUSS) with support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in New York and Gerda Henkel Stiftung introduced the CHUSS Symposia series with the aim of fostering a vibrant academic environment to promote intellectual debate and knowledge production at the University. The annual symposium brings together scholars from across the region to deliberate on issues of national and international importance.

On 16th-17th September 2020, the College held the third annual symposium under the theme; “The Ivory Tower meets Jua Kali: Reflections on theorizing the Profound from the Ordinary”. The 2020 Humanities and Social Sciences Symposium presided over by the Vice Chancellor of Makerere University, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, sought to investigate how and with what successes the academy can centre the untapped node of knowledge that exists on the periphery of the Ivory Tower.

During the two-day blended academic engagement held at Makerere University, over 80 scholars from across the region presented papers on a number of topical issues including Institutions and Instability; Popular and creative Arts; Politics, Policy and Governance; Language, Translation and Transition; Identity and Belonging; Psychology and Wellbeing; Archives and Media; Subaltern Narratives; Pedagogy, Curriculum and Classroom practice; National Narratives and Construction; Archaeology Beyond the Ivory Tower; Languages, Gender and Ideology; Media Presentations; Gender Identity and Spaces; Violence, Peace Building and Democracy; and Performing Protest and Contest.

Delivering her keynote address, Dr Grace Musila who engaged in a virtual conversation on the theme with Mr. Isaac Tibasiima, emphasized the importance of ordinary knowledge in transforming society. She underscored the need for academics to move from the colonial style of conducting research and focus on the realities in their communities. “We need to always understand why we are conducting research and the impact it has on our communities. Much as our funders may have specific interests, we need to assert ourselves and focus on research that benefits our communities. Our research should be in position to address the challenges within our societies,” she noted. Dr Grace Musila is an Associate Professor in the Department of African Literature at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg and Mr. Isaac Tibasiima is a Lecturer in the Department of Literature at Makerere University.

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2,134 Students Graduate from CHUSS with a Record 22 PhDs

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The School of Social Sciences' Ms. Nakanjako Rita, one of the record 22 PhD Graduands of CHUSS smiles for the camera on Day 5 of the 71st Graduation Ceremony, 21st May 2021, Freedom Square, Makerere University.

By Hasifa Kabejja

Friday, 21st May 2021 marked the end of the five-day 71st graduation ceremony of Makerere University with the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHUSS) presenting a total of 2,136 students for the award of degrees and diplomas in various disciplines. Of the 2,136 students, 1,338 were female and 798 male.

A total of 22 students graduated with PhDs. These included; Mr. Aleu Garang Aleu, Ms. Alidri Agatha, Ms. Ddungu Mugabi Rachael, Ms. Kaije Doris, Mr. Kakuru Robert, Mr Kannamwangi Kyanda Deogratius, Ms. Linda Lillian, Mr. Muhajubu Abudul, Mr. Okello Francis, Mr. Okeny Charles Kinyera, Mr. Sekito Zaid and Ms. Uwineza Mimi Harriet from the School of Liberal and Performing Arts; Mr. Atuhairwe Amos and Mr. Wandera Samuel from the School of Languages, Literature and Communication; Ms. Rita Nakanjako, Ms. Atukunda Gertrude, Mr. Jerome Ntege and Ms. Nanfuka Esther Kalule from the School of Social Sciences; Ms. Nyangoma Anicent and Ms. Akello Judith Abal from the School of Women and Gender Studies; and Mr. Ngabirano Evarist and Mr. Ngendo David Tshimba from Makerere Institute of Social Research (MISR). According to the Principal of CHUSS, Dr Josephine Ahikire, the high number of PhD graduates this time round, is attributed to cohort PhD training largely supported by Gerda Henkel Stiftung in Germany and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in New York. The success is also attributed to a dedicated team of academic supervisors at the College.

A total of 200 students graduated with Masters Degrees, 1,912 with Bachelor’s Degrees and 6 with a Post Graduate Diploma in Gender and Local Economic Development.  Out of the 1,912 Bachelors Degree graduates, 41 attained First Class Honours Degree. Overall, 12,550 students graduated from the 10 constituent colleges of the University with a record 108 PhDs.

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Call For Applications: Mak-BSSR Training Support

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The Parking lot and gardens, School of Biomedical Sciences, College of Health Sciences (CHS), Makerere University Mulago Campus, Kampala Uganda

The Makerere University-Behavioral and Social Science Research (BSSR) in HIV Training Program, is a five year project, funded by National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Institutes of Health on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and Fogarty International Center (FIC). The major goal is to strengthen Behavioral Social Science scientific leadership and expertise in HIV research at Makerere University in order to address the evolving challenges in HIV care and prevention in Uganda.

The Program is soliciting applications for research training positions in the following categories;

  1. Masters training in the fields of; Health Services Research, Public Health Sociology/Anthropology, Clinical Psychology and Psychiatry.
  2. Long-term BSSR Fellowship

Application Process:

Application letters should be accompanied by a detailed Curriculum Vitae, copies of academic credentials, recommendation letters from two professional references or mentors in the same area of research, Personal Development Plan (Fellowship only), proof of admission at Makerere University (Master’s) and a concept/ proposal of your proposed BSS HIV research project. The letters should be addressed to the Training Coordinator, Mak-BSSR Project and sent to: bssr.chs[at]mak.ac.ug.

Submit Applications before: 16th July 2021

Only shortlisted candidates will be conducted.

Please see Downloads for details.

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Taking Mak Research to Communities Using Famous VJs – Bukedde TV

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H.E. President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni (Left) and the Vice Chancellor-Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe (2nd Left) listen to Prof. Margret Kahwa (2nd Right) talk about the Anti-Tick vaccine that kills all types of ticks during the Agricultural Day and Exhibition, 25th September 2019, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda.

Following successful airings on Saturday 13th March, 2021 for Western Uganda audiences on TV West and Saturday 1st May, 2021 for Northern Uganda audiences on Wan Luo TV, this week the campaign to create public awareness of Makerere University’s research will focus on Central Uganda.

Held under the theme “Communicating Science”, the campaign is part of a project by the Department of Journalism and Communication, College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHUSS) funded by the Makerere University Research and Innovations Fund (MakRIF).

The project titled: Using Video Jockeys (VJs) To Promote Public Engagement and Awareness of Makerere University Science will shine a spotlight on some of the innovations from various colleges using at least five languages (Acholi, Ateso, Luganda, Lugbara and Runyankore).

“I am happy to share that the 22-minute documentary titled: THE SCIENCE OF MAKERERE UNIVERSITY – PART 1: POLLUTION, will air this week on Thursday 6th May, 2021 between 7:30 pm and 8:00 pm on Bukedde (1) TV Station in Luganda,” explained the Project Principal Investigator (PI), Dr. Brian Semujju.

In addition to TV stations, the campaign will extend to makeshift video halls, local video libraries, a YouTube channel, and social network sites.

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