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Mind Education, an Enabler of National Development

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In 1962, the GDP per capita of South Korea was US$90. Matters weren’t helped by the fact that country had poor soils, no mineral resources to exploit and hostile neighbours. During the winter when the temperatures dropped to -5 degrees centigrade, it was not uncommon for the less fortunate to either starve or freeze to death.

 This vicious cycle of poverty continued until the 1960s when President Park worked hard to introduce Mind Education to help change the mindset of the South Korean population. Mind Education programmes were introduced in school curricula and as the mindsets of people changed, the country evolved. Today, South Korea is ranked highly among developed countries with a GDP per capita above US$30,000.

This picture of South Korea’s remarkable transition was painted by Prof. Johan Kim, Chairman of the International Youth Fellowship (IYF) in East Africa. Prof. Kim made his presentation at the virtual Mind Education Workshop for staff of Makerere University hosted by the Vice Chancellor Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe on Friday 6th November 2020. The Workshop was organized by the Principal, College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHUSS), Assoc. Prof. Josephine Ahikire and the Dean, School of Psychology, Assoc. Prof. Grace Milly Kibanja in partnership with IYF.

Welcoming participants to the workshop, Dr. Kibanja shared that the School of Psychology had been collaborating with IYF since 2015. Together, the School and IYF have organised youth conferences both within and outside the university and reached out to prisons to conduct Mind Education.

“In 2019 we piloted the Mind Education Course among second year students of the Bachelor of Industrial and Organisational Psychaology and this is still ongoing. We are planning to conduct an evaluation of the programme soon” added Dr. Kibanja.

Explaining why the School had taken lead in this initiative, the Dean said that since Psychology is the scientific study of the mind and behaviour, as sure as night follows day, training in upright judgment and clear reasoning would inevitably lead to positive behavioural change. “Mind Education is geared towards strengthening our hearts and minds to overcome resistance to change by rising above our unpleasant desires.”

Assoc. Prof. Grace Milly Kibanja (Left) and the rest of the IYF Uganda Team at their office in CTF1, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda during the Mind Education Workshop on 6th November 2020.

In her remarks, the Principal CHUSS observed that it is important to generate a network of people who will not just complain about problems but seek to create solutions and forge a way forward. “As Principal, I am happy about Mind Education because I think it will go a long way in creating a generation that will take the future in its hands and craft solutions accordingly.”

In this regard, she thanked the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Nawangwe for always being on the lookout for opportunities that can foster the delivery of Makerere University’s mandate. “The mindset change conversation is very important to us as an institution and we need to mainstream it in the programmes that we teach at Makerere.”

Dr. Ahikire pointed out that although people on the African continent face a number of challenges, the COVID-19 pandemic has illustrated that we have the capacity to come up with appropriate solutions. Strengthening this mindset, she noted, would enable us to train a resilient generation.

“I therefore thank the International Youth Fellowship for this very important collaboration with the School of Psychology and Makerere University in general. We welcome you and we embrace the Mind Education Programme as we build for the future.”

Prof. Johan Kim in his presentation noted that the mindset change in South Korea had spawned a generation of optimistic innovators and researchers who helped to turn their national economy around. This evolution meant that the hitherto disadvantaged country had gradually become a leading global exporter of goods whose raw materials they didn’t even produce.

“Today, South Korea is the seventh leading exporter of refined petroleum, a leading exporter of coffee and for a country that doesn’t have iron ore, home to the largest shipbuilding companies in the world” remarked Prof. Kim.  

The Founder of Good News Mission, International Youth Fellowship (IYF) and Gracias Choir-Rev. Dr. Ock Soo Park (R) delivers his special lecture on Mindset with the help of his interpreter (R) during the Mind Education Workshop on 6th November 2020.

He concluded his presentation with the illustration of Koi’s law. Koi is a Japanese fish whose growth is proportional to the environment it is kept in. In a fish bowl, it grows to from 5 to 8cm, while in a pond it grows from 12 to 25cm. However, when the same fish is placed in a river it grows to a whooping 90 to 120cm. “The environment in which we keep our minds will determine where (how far) we go.”

Prof. Kim reassured that once the youth acquire a strong and positive mindset through Mind Education, the way they look at their country is bound to change. “Through Mind Education, we shall be able to move the mindset of our young people from the fishbowl to the pond to the river.”

As participants were still absorbing Prof. Kim’s fascinating presentation, it was time to be treated to yet another captivating performance, this time by the Gracias Choir, an orchestra and choral ensemble founded by Rev. Dr. Ock Soo Park in the year 2000. Their melodious and well-assembled performance of the Ugandan National anthem and Yansumulula Nze; a Luganda gospel song, amazed the participants.

Following this spectacular performance, the Keynote Speaker Rev. Dr. Ock Soo Park “took to the stage” to deliver his Special Lecture on Mindset with through is his proficient translator. He began by stressing the importance of applying ones heart to scenes that play out daily, noting that people who’d mastered the art of taking care of and using their heart were a world apart.

Like a true Evangelist, Rev. Dr. Park delivered his special lecture in storytelling fashion, starting off with his own life as a nineteen year old and the difficulties he faced to the story of the beautiful, well-educated young lady who against all advice chose to marry a crippled uneducated young man.

He captivated his audience by painting a picture of the uphill task faced by the girl in breaking the news to her parents, to the suspicion she aroused from the young man’s family, which suspicion melted into pure bliss when they discovered how serious she was. Rev. Dr. Park had us all eating out of the palm of his hand as he narrated how this love story progressed into marriage, complete with all the facial expressions, appropriate sounds and hand gestures, leading us past blooming flowers up the mountain to the peak.

Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe delivers the closing remarks at the Workshop organised by CHUSS in partnership with IYF.

Suddenly, the beautiful tale veered off, taking a dark ghastly turn. Happily ever after gave way to ominous foreboding as the young man’s envy and rage overwhelmed his sense of reason. Mistaking his beautiful bride’s market errands for moments spent cavorting with other able-bodied men, he resorted to violent assault, shattering body and heart, a sad turn of events, a bitter end.  

The Evangelist now had us where he wanted. It was time to deliver his blow, or so we thought. He then switched gears, shifting to a tale of South Korean car manufacturers and how the power of Mind Education had turned this sector’s fortunes around. Having depended on the Japanese to supply car engines for their brands for years, the South Koreans felt that they had gained sufficient experience to assemble their own and therefore asked their former supplier to teach them this skill. This request had been met with persistent “it’s too hard” responses year after year. When the South Koreans threatened to make their own engines, this announcement was received as the joke of the century by the Japanese.

Frustrated and insulted, the South Koreans had returned home, assembled their teams, shared their vision to build their own engines going forward and embarked on the herculean task. As fate would have it, they were pleasantly surprised to learn assembling car engines wasn’t as hard as the Japanese had made it seem. The rest as they say is history. Today South Korean car exports are worth billions of dollars.  

“If you think more deeply, you get to think of things other people don’t. Leave behind your first level of thought and try to embrace deep thinking. If you go about life thinking deeply, you will live a blessed glorious life” concluded Rev. Dr. Park.

In the reactions that followed, a participant wondered why mindset change has been less experienced in Africa and whether the environment had any effect on this. In response, Prof. Kim noted that South Koreans too were in the past more concerned about basic living (eating and sleeping), and quitessentially focused more on how to become rich. “Many people in Africa are focusing on the materialistic or hardware more than the software part of our life. We need a lot of awareness through Mind Education especially for the youth so that they can think more in terms of development than daily needs.”

Another participant sought to find out whether frustration plays a role in mindset change. Prof. Kim responded by sharing that a weak heart and mindset are the primary reason why people are easily frustrated or stressed by anything. “This is because such a person is usually avoiding burdens or difficulties of life. When we continuously allow our mindset to collide with burdens and difficulties, our hearts become stronger. As such, we are able to easily overcome hardship when it comes our way.”

Part of IYF’s Technical Team that coordinated the Mind Education Workshop at work in CTF1, Makerere University

Delivering the closing remarks, the Host, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe shared that civilization started in Africa 5,000 years ago and for over 800 years, the Moors occupied Spain. Whereas these ancient civilizations had collapsed, the Vice Chancellor opined that it was still possible for Makerere University to be inspired by the South Korean success and as the top black University lead the mindset change campaign. “For the last few weeks, I have seen a lot coming out of Makerere University in the form of research and innovations from every college. This is commendable.”

Prof. Nawangwe observed that whereas our population is exploding, our resources are not and as such a quick solution is needed to address this. As a first step, the School of Psychology was working closely with IYF to explore how to incorporate Mind Education into the curriculum. The Vice Chancellor also shared that a second workshop was in the offing and staff would be informed about the dates accordingly.

He thanked Rev. Dr. Park for delivering the keynote, as well as Dr. Ahikire, Dr. Kibanja and the IYF representatives, Prof. Kim and Pastor Part for organizing the Workshop. He equally thanked all participants taking time off to attend the workshop. “We cannot continue leaving our fate to chance; we have this fate in our hands.”

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Mak Charts the Way Forward for a Solid IP Management Office

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Front row: The Vice Chancellor-Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe (C) and Registrar General-Mr. Bemanya Twebaze (3rd L) with R-L: Dr. Robert Wamala, Dr. Umar Kakumba, Ms. Mercy Kainobwisho, Can. Goddy M. Muhumuza, Ms. Ritah Namisango and Members of Management and URSB Staff (Back row) after the meeting on 1st December 2020, CoBAMS, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda.

A team from Makerere University headed by the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe on Tuesday 1st December, 2020 met with the Registrar General, Mr. Bemanya Twebaze and a team from the Uganda Registration Services Bureau (URSB) and held discussions aimed at operationalising the Intellectual Property Management Office (IPMO) at Mak. The meeting held in the College of Business and Management Sciences (CoBAMS) Conference Room was attended by the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic Affairs), Dr. Umar Kakumba, Acting (Ag.) Deputy Vice Chancellor (Finance and Administration), Dr. Josephine Nabukenya and Ag. University Secretary, Mr. Yusuf Kiranda.

Also present were the Ag. Director Legal Affairs, Mr. Hudson Musoke, Interim Chairperson Intellectual Property Management Committee and Principal College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology (CEDAT), Prof. Henry Alinaitwe, Deputy Director, Directorate of Research and Graduate Training (DRGT), Dr. Robert Wamala and Interim Manager IPMO, Can. Goddy Muhanguzi Muhumuza. URSB Staff-Ms. Mercy K. Kainobwisho, Mr. Agaba Gilbert and Mr. Dominic Ddamulira were also in attendance.

Acknowledging Intellectual Property (IP) as a vital component of the knowledge economy, the Interim IPMO Manager, Can. Muhanguzi Muhumuza applauded the Vice Chancellor and Members of Management for recognizing the need to protect and commercialize Mak‘s research and innovations by setting up the office. He thanked the Registrar General and his team for sparing time to be part of this initiative right from the start and pledged to do his part to ensure that the office takes off.

In his welcome remarks, Prof. Nawangwe congratulated the Mr. Twebaze upon his recent election as Director General of the African Regional Intellectual Property Organisation (ARIPO) for a five year period. He also applauded him for making the URSB brand more visible nationally and internationally.

He noted that whereas the University has since inception been acclaimed as a beacon of research and innovation in Africa, the amount of IP and startup companies attributed to the institution were still very low. “Makerere University staff and students are highly innovative. The IPMO will therefore help us to commercialise these innovations into ventures that can create much-needed employment for our exploding young population.”

The Vice Chancellor in this regard appreciated the Registrar General for sparing time to personally attend the operationalisation meeting and his willingness to help commercialize IP at Makerere University. In the same breath, he thanked the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MoSTI) for offering to support the IPMO and second experienced staff to the Mak unit where necessary.

“The University has allocated ample office space to the IP Management Office and Resource Centre as an asset not only for Makerere but other Universities as well. Makerere has highest concentration of PhDs in the country and we have absolutely no reason why we cannot transform this country” said the Vice Chancellor.

Introducing the Registrar General, URSB’s Director IP-Ms. Kainobwisho shared that Mr. Twebaze is not only the incoming Director General ARIPO but also a Member of the International Trademark Association (INTA) and President of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) Advisory Committee on Enforcement. She added that Mak‘s IPMO will greatly benefit from the Registrar General’s national and international experience.

Mr. Twebaze in his remarks thanked Prof. Nawangwe his invitation, noting that it was a great honour and privilege for him as an alumnus from the School of Law and proud Lumumbist to visit his alma mater. “I am happy to always introduce myself as an alumnus of Makerere everywhere I go in the world and I thank the Vice Chancellor and his leadership for the great visibility they have brought to this University in so many ways.”

He applauded the Vice Chancellor for recognising that the IPMO will not only serve Makerere but also other established and upcoming Ugandan Higher Education Institutions. The Registrar General expressed happiness that his alma mater had taken the lead nationally by formulating an institutional IP Policy. The Makerere University Intellectual Property Management Policy was approved by the University Council on 13th March 2008.

“The National Intellectual Property Policy was launched by His Excellency the President in September 2020 but the only way we shall be able to demonstrate that IP actually works is by translating our good ideas and innovations into solutions that solve local problems, create jobs and wealth and enable the people to thrive” shared Mr. Twebaze.

The Registrar General equally took note of the recognition accorded by the President during the aforementioned launch to Ugandan scientists and Makerere University for taking the lead in finding solutions to societal problems, despite challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. “Makerere University has been at the forefront of Uganda’s response to COVID-19 and I commend the leadership and researchers for this.”

In 2018, URSB set up a Technology Innovation Support Centre (TISC) at the Mak Main Library to help promote quality research and innovations by providing access to patent information, scientific journals and training on Intellectual Property (IP) laws and patents. Mr. Twebaze shared that URSB has since then set up over 20 other TISCs in Uganda and urged the Interim IPMO Manager and Deputy Director DRGT to help popularise the facility.

In the interactive session that followed, Dr. Robert Wamala shared the proposed IPMO process flow. The steps include; Sensitization, Disclosure, Audit, Application (Form Filling and Submission to URSB), Grants Management, Commercialization and Enforcement. The URSB team pledged to support the IPMO along every step of the proposed process and reiterated the need for students and staff to make the most of the TISC if they were to come up with innovations that can be commercialized.

The meeting agreed to; establish a fully fledged resource centre at the IPMO manned by a team that can undergo further training by ARIPO and WIPO, share the Mak IP Policy currently under review with the URSB team for input, and periodically review the use of the TISC, applications for IP and other goals.

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One of the PWD graduands at the 69th Graduation on the Session of 17th January 2019.

The Academic Registrar, Makerere University invites persons with disability who applied for admission to public universities under the Disability Scheme for 2020/2021 academic year to appear for medical/review exercise at Makerere University, Senate Building, Level Two (2) in the Telepresence Centre.

Note: Only those who have the minimum entry Requirements of at least two principal passes at A’level and at least five (5) Passes at O’level will be interviewed.

The exercise will be conducted on 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th December, 2020 respectively from 9.00 a.m – 1.00 p.m. each day.

Important: If you fail to appear on any of the given days above, there will be no other chance for you.

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Prof. Bazeyo Hands over DVCFA Office to Dr. Nabukenya

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Incoming Ag. DVCFA-Dr. Josephine Nabukenya (3rd R) and outgoing Ag. DVCFA-Prof. William Bazeyo (2nd R) are joined to cut cake by Prof. Bazeyo’s daughter (R) as staff from the Office of the DVCFA (Rear) applaud at the handover ceremony on 30th November 2020, CTF1, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda.

The outgoing Acting (Ag.) Deputy Vice Chancellor (Finance and Administration)-DVCFA on 30th November 2020 officially handed over office to the incoming Ag. DVCFA Dr. Josephine Nabukenya at a ceremony presided over by the Chairperson of Mak Council Mrs. Lorna Magara. The event held in the Central Teaching Facility 1 (CTF1) was guided by the Ag. University Secretary-Mr. Yusuf Kiranda and witnessed by the Chairperson Finance, Planning, Administration and Investment Committee (FPAIC) of Council-Mr. Bruce Kabaasa, the Vice Chancellor-Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic Affairs)-Dr. Umar Kakumba, Members of University Management and Prof. Bazeyo’s family.

In his remarks, the Vice Chancellor paid tribute to Prof. Bazeyo for the tremendous achievements registered which made his own job very easy.

“One of Prof. Bazeyo’s tremendous achievements has been to move the University out of huge debt, with the most outstanding one; the In-House benefits scheme, almost completely settled,” remarked Prof. Nawangwe.

He also commended Prof. Bazeyo for his negotiation skills, which enabled the University to secure the Research and Innovations Fund (Mak-RIF) from the Government of Uganda. Mak-RIF is the first of its kind Government funding dedicated purely to supporting research and innovations at Makerere University, and is open to competitive bidding by any member of staff.

L-R: Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, Mr. Yusuf Kiranda and Prof. William Bazeyo chat at the handover ceremony

Prof. Nawangwe thanked the outgoing DVCFA for his exemplary service and accepting to continue chairing the inaugural Grants Management Committee (GMC) of Mak-RIF. This selflessness, he noted would help Makerere to become a truly research-led university.

The Vice Chancellor equally expressed gratitude that Prof. Bazeyo was handing over to Dr. Nabukenya who is known for her steadfastness, prolific research and grant winning abilities. “Dr. Nabukenya has been very responsive when called upon to serve on various University Committees and we pledge to continue according you all the necessary support until a substantive DVCFA is appointed.”

In his handover speech, Prof. William Bazeyo thanked God for the negotiation and other skills that have enabled him to be a contribution to Makerere University right from his date of appointment on 23rd August 1993 until he attained the mandatory retirement age on 22nd June 2017. Now serving on a post-retirement contract valid until May 2021, Prof. Bazeyo shared that these skills had enabled him to transform the School of Public Health (MakSPH) from being virtually unknown to the second-best School of Public Health on the African continent.

Speaking about what motivated him to take up the role of DVCFA, Prof. Bazeyo outlined; the Media coverage of Makerere’s indebtedness, need to achieve research-led status, need to improve staff remuneration, unpaid retirement benefits and the absence of an institutional grants policy as some of the challenges that spurred him on.

“On the research front, I am glad to say that today, we have 595 project groups concurrently engaged with full funding by Government under Mak-RIF. And whereas Government had initially committed to avail this funding for only five years, they are now willing to funding every financial year having seen Makerere’s demonstrated capacity,” Prof. Bazeyo said.

Addressing Dr. Nabukenya, the outgoing Ag. DVCFA said, “I have never seen an office as challenging as this but the fact that I have tried means that you too can do the same through initiatives like strategic planning, participatory budgeting and a host of others as outlined in my handover report. I pledge that I will be available to introduce you and support you where you need me.”

Outgoing DVCFA-Prof. WiIliam Bazeyo (L) prepares to handover a copy of his report to Dr. Josephine Nabukenya (R) during the ceremony

In conclusion, Prof. Bazeyo thanked the Chairperson and Members of Council for entrusting him with the role of DVCFA and Prof. Nawangwe for always listening to his proposals and offering much-needed guidance. He thanked Dr. Kakumba for always speaking honestly and Dr. Eria Hisali for continually stepping-in to act on his behalf whenever he was out of office. Prof. Bazeyo equally thanked rest of the members of Management for their support throughout his term of office and staff in the Office of the DVCFA for enabling him to serve efficiently.

In her acceptance speech, Dr. Josephine Nabukenya thanked the University Council for giving her the opportunity to act as DVCFA, a role she pledged to use wisely. “I thank the Chairperson Council, Mrs. Lorna Magara, Vice Chancellor, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic Affairs) and all members of Management for being part of this handover ceremony. I am humbled to be assigned the role of next Acting DVCFA, a great responsibility and at the same time, a great honour.”

She paid tribute to her predecessor Prof. Bazeyo for the achievements registered during his term of leadership and for not losing sight of his goals especially in research, despite the challenges faced. She attributed this to Prof. Bazeyo’s passion for Makerere University, which has been a good driving force during his three years in office.

Dr. Nabukenya nevertheless made appealed to her outgoing colleague to continue working with the institution to cement the successes that had been registered during his term. She pledged to work hand in hand with her colleagues in Top Management to ensure that several projects currently being undertaken such as automation of services are accomplished.

Mrs. Lorna Magara (C) chats with Dr. Umar Kakumba (L) and Prof. William Bazeyo after the handover ceremony

In her remarks, the Chairperson Council thanked Prof. William Bazeyo for his selfless service to Makerere University, especially for his role in spearheading negotiations with Government to secure the remainder of funds owed to the Makerere University Retirement Benefits Scheme (MURBS). Mrs. Magara noted that the University Council is still looking forward to working with Prof. Bazeyo in various capacities.

Turning to Dr. Nabukenya, the Chairperson noted that the University Council celebrates her as a woman who has ascended to a top position of University Management. She nevertheless noted that Dr. Nabukenya’s prolific record made her a good candidate for the position. “Drawing on the gender card was never a necessity in considering your candidature because your past attainments in research and especially automation made you a perfect fit for the role.”

Quoting Proverbs 22:1 “A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, Loving favor rather than silver and gold”, Mrs. Magara urged Dr. Nabukenya focus on leaving a legacy in Makerere University because her legacy would outlive her. She added that Council’s expectations of the DVCFA role are high but nevertheless expressed confidence that Dr. Nabukenya would deliver as much as Prof. Bazeyo had and hopefully, exceed expectations.

The Chairperson noted that whereas the University aspires to be research-led, the institution should not conduct research just for the sake. “Our drive must be to conduct research that responds to the National Development Agenda” remarked Mrs. Magara before posing a question, “What do we need to do to ensure that Makerere becomes the Think Tank for the National Development Agenda?”

She concluded her remarks by pledging the University Council’s and her personal support to the new Ag. DVCFA and urged Dr. Nabukenya to stay focused on her duties.

Members of Management also present included the University Librarian-Dr. Helen Byamugisha, University Bursar-Mr. Evarist Bainomugisha, Director Estates and Works Directorate-Eng. Christina Kakeeto, Director Internal Audit-Mr. Walter Yorac Nono, Ag. Director Legal Affairs-Mr. Hudson Musoke, Representing the Ag. Director Human Resources-Mr. Deus Mujuni Tayari and other officials.

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