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RUFORUM Webinar 13: Remarks by Prof. Adipala Ekwamu

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It is my pleasure to welcome you all on behalf of the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM), a Network of 129 universities in 38 African countries to the 13th in Series of the RUFORUM Webinars.

For those who may not be familiar with RUFORUM, we were founded in 2004 by 10 universities in Eastern and Southern Africa to transform African universities to collaboratively train critical thinkers, innovative and entrepreneurial graduates to address Africa’s agricultural challenges. RUFORUM was also founded to mobilise African researchers to generate knowledge, technologies and innovations that are relevant in addressing Africa’s agricultural development challenges and reaching out to communities to solve these challenges.

RUFORUM recognizes that African universities cannot achieve this objective alone and need partnerships with universities and other actors within and beyond Africa. Indeed the two documentaries shown earlier as part of this Webinar show the value of partnership in addressing common challenges, increasing access to quality education and infrastructure and for fostering better global understanding. This is what motivated RUFORUM to convene this Webinar. The RUFORUM Network has already benefitted from partnership with the different institutions that many of the panelists and participants represent. We thank them for accepting to work with RUFORUM.

As shown by COVID-19 and Climate Change, no one country or continent can address the challenges that humanity faces alone, highlighting the need for global collective action in sharing of knowledge, technology, infrastructure, human and financial resources for helping each other address challenges.
This need is even more pressing upon universities who are established to be producers of human resources with the highest skills and knowledge to generate solutions to humanities challenges and even much more in agriculture, the sector providing food, employment and livelihood for majority of people.

It is my hope that this Webinar will provide insights for training quality human resources, research, innovation and entrepreneurship capacity development and for addressing the most pressing needs of our time such as climate change and COVID-19 so that we can produce enough quality food while maintaining our planet healthy, productive and habitable.

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Guidelines for printing provisional admission letters

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The Office of the Academic Registrar informs undergraduate applicants admitted under the Private Sponsorship Scheme for the 2020/2021 Academic Year that provisional admission letters can be printed from the Admissions Portal following the guidelines below:

  • Log into the application portal at (https://admissions.mak.ac.ug ) using the same e-mail address and password  you used for application.
  • This will lead you to a page where you will see a congratulatory message for admission to Makerere University as shown in the screenshot as shown above.

Applicants admitted under the Government Sponsorship Scheme should pick admission letters from their respective Colleges.

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Prof. Nawangwe Appointed Director, Worldwide Universities Network

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The Vice Chancellor of Makerere University, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe.

The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe has effective 19th October 2020 been appointed Director of the UK-based Worldwide Universities Network (WUN). WUN is a not-for-profit association of universities, whose principal activity is the creation of new multilateral opportunities for international collaboration in research and graduate education.

The association is made up of 23 universities, spanning 15 countries on six continents. Makerere University was welcomed into this leading global higher education and research network on 20th September 2020. Other members of the network in alphabetical order are; University of Alberta (Canada), The University of Auckland (New Zealand), University of Bergen (Norway), University of Bristol (UK), University of Cape Town (South Africa), The Chinese University of Hong Kong and University College Dublin (Ireland).

University of Ghana, University of Lausanne (Switzerland), University of Leeds (UK), Maastricht University (Netherlands), University of Massachusetts Amherst (US), National Cheng Kung University (Chinese Taipei), Renmin University of China, University of Rochester (US), The University of Sheffield (UK), University of Southampton (UK), Tecnológico de Monterrey (Mexico), Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (Brazil), The University of Western Australia, University of York (UK) and Zhejiang University (China) complete the list.

Through its Research Development Fund WUN provides support to establish collaborative research that falls within four globally significant themes:

  •     Responding to Climate Change
  •     Public Health
  •     Global Higher Education and Research
  •     Understanding Cultures

Commenting on this appointment, the Vice Chancellor said: “This is an important recognition of Makerere University as one of the top research universities in the world and I believe that it will spur innovations.”

We congratulate Prof. Nawangwe upon his appointment and wish him a fruitful tenure.

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Uganda Military Academy -Kabamba students trained in library resources and information access

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On 16th October 2020, Makerere University Main Library conducted a training in library resources
and information access. The orientation was attended by 65 freshers from Uganda Military Academy
Kabamba; enrolled for the Bachelor of Arts in Defense Studies of Makerere University.

In 2017, The Government of Uganda commissioned Kabamba Military Academy into an East African
Military University offering a three years’ degree leading to a Bachelor of Arts in Defense Studies.
Affiliated to Makerere University, the institution works hand in hand with the School of Social
Sciences to ensure that the course is well administered.

The Bachelors of Arts in Defense Studies -degree program is run concurrently with a one-year
military program at Kabamba Military Academy. Attended by cadets from the East African countries,
the programme aims at professionalizing the Army through combating both military and academic
skills to tackle the ever growing societal and security challenges in the region.

According to the Dean, School of Social Sciences, College of Humanities and Social Sciences who is
also a member of the committee that oversees the Degree programme Dr. State Andrew Ellias, two
intakes have been so far undertaken. The pioneer class was enrolled in 2019 with 60 cadets drawn
from East Africa and the second intake is expected to start 19 th October 2020 with 65 cadets.

Dr. Helen Byamugisha the University Library

“As the University responsible for the course, we have ensured that the institution receives all the
necessary equipment and services including lecturers, internal and external examiners, tools and
resources to enable the students successfully complete their degree,” he said.

Every academic year, enrolled students at Kabamba Military Academy visit Makerere University on
an orientation program that enables them to acquaint themselves with the critical areas and
procedures of the University. Among these include; the Academic Registrar’s office, the College of
Humanities and Social Sciences where the degree is administered and the University Library.
On 16 th October 2020, cadets visited the Makerere University to understand the operations of the
library and how they can access both physical and online resources.

Prof. Andrew Ellias State, Dean School of Social Sciences addressing the students.

Speaking to cadets, Dr. Helen Byamugisha the University Library urged them to utilize the library
resources for their academic and research development. “We have ensured that you access the
library remotely at your institution. I therefore urge you to fully utilize the resources. The library is
one of the major instruments that help students to a achieve their academic goals, therefore it
should be a place you visit regularly,” she emphasized.

During the training, cadets were orientated on;

  • Searching strategies and searching the library catalogue by Mr. Patick Sekikome
  • Search library databases (JSTOR, ebooks) and remote access to the library by Ms. Rachael Nabbosa
  • Using Grammarly and Academic Phrasebank by Ms. Martha Lyaka

Article by: Nabatte Proscovia

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