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Synthesis Report: RUFORUM Webinar 13 – Global University Partnerships Addressing Emerging Devt. Challenges

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Universities worldwide are charged with the mandate of training human resources who are the next generation of leaders and policy makers, researchers and innovations, and entrepreneurs. They conduct research, produce knowledge and innovate to solve societal challenges and provide policy guidance. While universities have continuously provided such support at their national level, there is a recognition that alliances and partnerships are important in the higher education sector. The world has become a global village, connected either physically by fast means of transportation or virtually through social media platforms, professional research network platforms, among others. Therefore, labour force, technologies and innovations easily find themselves across oceans and seas, which was not the case 30 to 50 years ago. The need for knowledge, technologies, labour force, infrastructure and other resources sharing become even more important in times of emergencies such as the COVID-19 Pandemic. Because of the functionality of networks and effective sharing of resources, countries have been able to mitigate the “would be worse” consequences of the COVID-19 Pandemic.

The Context:

The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) recognizes that for universities in Africa to confront the challenges that Africa faces especially in agriculture, the most important sector in the continent, partnership with other university networks is vital. African universities will benefit from the vast experience of countries and continents where universities have played a critical role in driving technology and innovation for social transformation and economic growth. Partnerships and alliances among universities across the globe would reduce reinventing approaches by adaptation of what has worked elsewhere. With this in mind, RUFORUM organized a global partnership for higher agricultural education and research on 2nd December, 2019 in Cape Coast, Ghana which explored different approaches to training agricultural graduates and production of impact oriented technologies and innovations. Models for higher agricultural education across the globe were explored, with a selection of those, which could be adapted to Africa’s context. However, it emerged that there was a need for a functional way of engagement across continents in agricultural higher education and research to operationalize the adaptation of emerging best practices across the continents and maximize positive outcomes of alliances and partnerships.

This report covers points of action and emerging issues from Webinar 13 organized by RUFORUM on Global university partnerships for addressing emerging development challenges held on 7th October, 2020.

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DRGT Crosscutting Course: Scholarly Writing and Communication Skills 2020

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The Chancellor-Prof. Ezra Suruma (Right) confers a PhD upon CoNAS' Ms. Uwimbabazi Moreen during Day 1 of the 70th Graduation Ceremony, 14th January 2020, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda.

The Directorate of Research and Graduate Training (DRGT), Makerere University with support from the Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa (CARTA) Institutionalization program has organised the PhD Cross cutting Training Course on Scholarly Writing and Communication Skills.

  • Course Duration: 7th to 18th December, 2020
  • Venue: Online/Virtual using the MUELE online platform
  • Who should apply: PhD Students
  • Maximum Number of Participants: 50 on first come-first served basis
  • Latest Date of application: Thursday 3rd December, 2020

Interested PhD students should submit application to: conference[at]rgt.mak.ac.ug and copy to: tumwinegabriel[at]gmail.com. Please include “Scholarly Writing Training 2020” in the subject header of the email.

Please indicate your Gender, Department, School, College and telephone contact.

NB: Selected applicants will be informed by 5th December 2020.

Please see Downloads for Course details

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DRGT Crosscutting Course: Qualitative Data Analysis 2020

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The Chancellor-Prof. Ezra Suruma (Right) hands over the PhD Cylinder to CHS' Dr. Najjuka Christine Florence during Day 1 of the 70th Graduation Ceremony, 14th January 2020, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda.

The Directorate of Research and Graduate Training (DRGT), Makerere University with support from the Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa (CARTA) Institutionalization program has organised the PhD Cross cutting Training Course on Qualitative Data Analysis, Interpretation and Presentation.

  • Course Duration: Wednesday 2nd to Tuesday 15th December, 2020
  • Venue: Online/Virtual using the MUELE online platform
  • Who should apply: PhD Students
  • Maximum Number of Participants: 50 on first come-first served basis
  • Latest Date of application: 29th November, 2020

Interested PhD students should submit application to: conference[at]rgt.mak.ac.ug and copy to: andietam[at]gmail.com. Please include “Qualitative Data Analysis Training 2020” in the subject header of the email.

Please indicate your Gender, Department, School, College and telephone contact.

NB: Selected applicants will be informed by 30th November 2020.

Please see Downloads for Course details

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Re-advert: Graduate Applications 2020/2021

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Masters Graduates from the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHUSS) on Day 4 of the 67th Graduation Ceremony, 24th February 2017, Freedom Square, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda

The Academic Registrar of Makerere University invites applications for admission to Graduate Programmes (Postgraduate Diplomas, Masters and Doctoral degree Programmes) for the 2020/2021 Academic Year. Applicants should have obtained at least a first class or second class degree or its equivalent from a recognised and chartered university/institution. Applicants should also possess a Ugandan Certificate of Education (UCE) with at least 5 Passes (or its equivalent) and a Ugandan Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE) with at least two Principle Passes and one Subsidiary Pass obtained at the same sitting (or its equivalent).

All Graduate Programmes are PRIVATELY-SPONSORED. Applicants should note that the various fees payable to the University indicated for the various programmes EXCLUDE functional fees, accommodation, books, research and other expenses. Therefore applicants seeking sponsorship should have their applications endorsed by their respective sponsors where applicable. 

How to apply

  1. Visit the Makerere University’s Admissions URL http://admissions.mak.ac.ug and generate a Payment Reference Number (PRN) by following the guide below.
  2. Sign up using full name, e-mail and Mobile No. Please note that your name must be similar to the one on your supporting academic documents for your application to be considered valid.
  3. A password will be sent to both your e-mail and mobile number.
  4. The system will prompt you to change the password to the one you can easily remember.
  5. To fill a form the applicant clicks on the APPLY NOW button displayed on the appropriate scheme i.e. Postgraduate and Taught PhD or PhD Research
  6. Obtain a payment advice slip by clicking on “Pay for Form” button
  7. Make a payment at any of the following Banks:
  • Stanbic
  • Post Bank
  • Centenary Bank
  • DFCU Bank
  • UBA Bank
  1. Print 2 copies of the filled biodata form and attach 2 certified copies of your academic documents, 2 copies of all other relevant academic documents, 2 passport photos and the three referees’ letters of recommendation.
  2. Submit in office No. 307; level 3 Senate Building Or email scanned copies of the mentioned documents to drgt@rgt.mak.ac.ug.

PROCEDURE FOR OBTAINING A PAYMENT REFERENCE NUMBER FOR PAYMENT OF APPLICATION FEES

  1. Go the payment reference site: https//:payments.mak.ac.ug
  2. Fill in your name;
  3. Fill in your email;
  4. Fill in your telephone number – Go to the next
  5. Click on the option number;
  6. Application fee = Ugx 50,000 (East African applicants) or Ugx 151,500 (International Applicants)
  7. With the reference number, go to the Bank and pay

For foreign applicants, application fees can be transferred either by EFT or any other means in UGX to a designated URA collection account in Bank of Uganda as follows:

Account Name: UGANDA REVENUE AUTHORITY COLLECTIONS
Account No: 003410158000002
Swift Code: UGBAUGKAU

Strictly observe the closing date of Friday, 4th December, 2020
Detailed information about the Programmes’ admission requirements, content and regulations can be obtained from http://mak.ac.ug, http://rgt.mak.ac.ug or contact the Principals/College Registrars of
the respective Colleges and Schools.

Alfred Masikye Namoah

ACADEMIC REGISTRAR

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