The African continent has been lauded for having the world’s leading entrepreneurial spirit as well as having the highest global female entrepreneurship rates. Youth entrepreneurial activity in many African countries is higher than the global average with, for example, on average 40% of youth in Ghana, Uganda and Zambia involved in one form of early state of entrepreneurial activity. These young enterprises are vulnerable to turbulence in the national, regional and international markets that impose undue constraints on their performance. While some enterprises are thriving and others sprouting, many are sinking and closing up. The COVID-19 pandemic has been transformative as well as catalytic in the last few months of its occurrence. Young entrepreneurs-startups as well as established enterprises have had to rapidly adapt to the ‘new normal’ to keep afloat. The established enterprises have had a good responsive capacity to tap into opportunities that have emerged especially with support from governments and development partners. Conversely, emerging and informal enterprises that make a sizeable number in many African countries have not benefited from this COVID-related support.
This report covers key highlights and emerging issues from Webinar 8 organized by RUFORUM on “Entrepreneurship in a pandemic situation: taking opportunities and realigning for future” held on 21st August, 2020.
The Webinar on brought together African and global audiences to deliberate on:
- i. Building on the foundations of existing entrepreneurship to valorize COVID-19 opportunities;
- ii. Harnessing technology driven innovation and the role of incubators and accelerators as catalyzers of opportunity entrepreneurship;
- iii. Africa’s Private Sector Response to COVID-19: Lessons for the future pandemics; and
- iv. Financing SMEs and start-ups in a Post COVID-19.
This Webinar was moderated by Dr. Maurice Bolo, CEO, Scinnovent, Kenya. The presentations and discussions were given by:
- i. Mr. Charles Ocici, Executive Director, Enterprise Uganda
- ii. Dr. Alaoui Soulimani Adnane, Director IMPULSE, UM6P Morocco
- iii. Prof Patience Mshenga, Egerton University, Njoro-Kenya
- iv. Mr. Tunde Adeyemi, Bookers International Schools, Nigeria
Innovations using low cost locally available materials for point of use water treatment system unveiled
The College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology (CEDAT) conducted a Research Dissemination of two studies aimed at the Development of Materials for point of use water treatment systems.
The investigations were conducted by a team of researchers comprised of P. W. Olupot, H. M. Kalibbala, E. Menya, G.M. Wangi, J. Jjagwe, J. Wakatuntu, M. Turyasingura, R. Walozi, C. Kanyesigye and R. N. Kulabako.
The dissemination event held on Wednesday 29th November 2023 follows the successful completion of two MakRIF supported Research projects namely; Development of rice husk based granular activated carbon for point-of-use water treatment systems and Development of zeolite-based nanocomposite filters for drinking water treatment.
Apac District gains from CEDAT’s Research on Piloting a Rural Broadband Connectivity Model and Efficacious patient management system
The School of Engineering at the College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology (CEDAT) shared findings of research that was conducted in Apac Districts through two projects namely Piloting a Rural Broadband Connectivity Model (RCBM) and Efficacious patient management system (EPMS).
The findings of the research sponsored by the Government of Uganda through the Makerere University research and Innovation Fund(MakRIF) were disseminated during a dissemination seminar held in the College on Friday 24th November 2023, where it was revealed that Apac the host District greatly benefited from the services that not only led to the increased uptake of internet services but also gained through other socio economic areas.
Application Forms for Admission to Public Universities 2024/2025
The Academic Registrar, Makerere University informs all Head Teachers of A ‘Level schools that application forms for admission to public universities for senior six candidates (UACE 2023) for the 2024/2025 academic year will be ready for collection from the university from Monday 4th December, 2023.
The application forms should be collected from the Office of the Academic Registrar, Senate Building, Level 3, Makerere University.
Issuing of the application forms will start on Monday, 4th December 2023 on payment of a non-refundable application fee of Uganda Shs. 52,000/=(fifty two thousand Uganda shillings only) per application form.
You are advised to get a pay reference number (PRN) using the ACMIS system (http://pay.mak.ac.ug) to enable you pay the application fees in any bank used by Uganda Revenue Authority (URA).
The forms are for Ugandans only.
Please note that only Head Teachers or their authorized representatives will be served.
The closing date for submitting the completed application forms will be Wednesday 31st January, 2024.
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