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Makerere University funds 120 research projects on Covid-19

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By John Musinguzi

More than 120 research and innovation projects in the field of Covid-19 have been funded by Makerere University Research and Innovation Fund (Mak-RIF).

This was disclosed by Dr Robert Wamala, a member of Mak-RIF Grant Management Committee, at a function to showcase the results of a project by the School of Languages, Literature and Communication.

The school, which falls under the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, presented booklets translated into six Ugandan languages and Braille on September 2, 2020. 

The project was titled ‘Communicating Covid-19-related messages in multilingual contexts’.

“This project is one of 121 projects directly on Covid-19 that Mak-RIF has funded. These projects total up to Shs 8.2 billion. The results are already available to see and appreciate. Besides these composed and translated materials, the university has already unveiled to the public other products and innovations such as the touchless handwashing kit for public shared spaces, the low-cost Bulamu medical ventilator and the biodegradable face mask,” Wamala said.

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ARUA and WUN to forge equitable research partnership

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Professors Ernest Aryeetey (left) and Peter Lennie at the historic first joint meeting of the African Research Universities Alliance and the Worldwide Universities Network in South Africa on 22 May 2024, Image provided

By Desmond Thompson

The African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA) and the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN), jointly representing nearly 50 leading universities on six continents, are moving closer to each other.

The two organisations each held their own annual meetings in South Africa last week, but came together for the first time ever on the Future Africa Campus of the University of Pretoria (UP) on 22 May 2024.

The main issue on the agenda was equitable research collaboration to tackle shared global challenges. Human capacity development emerged as a top priority for both organisations.

Professor Barnabas Nawangwe, the vice-chancellor of Makerere University, said there is a positive change towards decolonising research practices and fostering more balanced partnerships.

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How Dr. Mukebezi’s PhD Promises Fortunes to Farmers in Eastern Uganda

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Dr. Mukebezi Rebecca (Right) with a fellow PhD Graduate during the ceremony on Day 2. 74th Graduation Ceremony, Day 2, 30th January 2024, Collge of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES), Freedom Square, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda, East Africa.

Makerere, Uganda – Achieving farmer participation in collaborative activities to tap into agricultural fortunes is always an uphill task, thanks to a doctoral study by Dr. Rebecca Mukebezi.

Titled Organization of Community-based Innovation Platforms to Facilitate Farmer Participation in Collaborative Activities in Eastern Uganda, Dr. Mukebezi’s study earned her Doctor of Philosophy in the week-long graduation at Makerere University in Uganda.

Her research investigated the intricate structures and collaborative capacities of Community–based Innovation Platforms (CB-IPs) in facilitating farmer participation in collaborative activities in Eastern Uganda, according to her citation in the graduation booklet.

According to her study, these platforms serve as hubs for farmers to engage with various actors in the agricultural ecosystem, fostering a spirit of collaboration and shared innovation. Stakeholders such as line ministry officials, extension workers, and financing systems come into the picture.

The study, conducted under the guidance of esteemed mentors Dr. Bernard B. Obaa and Dr. Florence B. Kyazze, has shed light on the critical factors influencing farmers’ active involvement in collaborative initiatives for better performance and yield.

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Uganda Bureau of Statistics Welcomes New Board Members to Inform Key Decisions for the Country

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Dr. Allen Kabagenyi, Department of Population Studies, College of Business and Management Sciences (CoBAMS), Makerere University.

By: Hason Mutunzi Bwambale 

Joining Dr. Byamugisha on the board are esteemed professionals from various fields. Dr. Allen Kabagenyi, Ms. Rosette Nakavuma, Ms. Irene Birungi, Dr. Rogers Matte, Dr. Jacob Opolot, and Dr. Chris Mukiza bring expertise in areas such as economics, social sciences, and data analysis. Their collective knowledge and experience are expected to contribute significantly to UBOS’ mission.

The Uganda Bureau of Statistics Board of Directors. Photo credit: Twitter/@StatisticsUg
The Uganda Bureau of Statistics Board of Directors. Photo credit: Twitter/@StatisticsUg

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