Kiira Motors Corporation (KMC), a state enterprise established to champion value addition in the domestic automotive industry has a launched their latest product -the Kayoola Diesel Bus.
The 47-seater executive coach, the first of a kind in the East and Sub Saharan -Africa that was unveiled by the automotive industry leaders Kiira Motors at UPDF’s Luwero Industries in Nakasongola on 17th February 2021. The bus had just returned to Kampala from a 900 kilometers roadshow trip in western Uganda where it was showcased to excited Ugandans- who applauded the Ugandan engineers for proving to the world that the country can now produce commercial vehicles locally. Kiira Motors is led by the Executive Chairman Prof. Sandy Stevens Tickodri-Togboa. Prof. Tickodri-Togboa taught at and served as a Deputy Vice Chancellor(Finance and Administration).
The KMC Chief Executive Officer Mr. Paul Isaac Musasizi said that while designing and building this unique bus the company’s team of engineers ensured better aerodynamic performance , fuel efficiency and safety of passengers. The bus is configured to a luxury interior featuring 47 reclining leather seats (43 Executive + 2VIP + 1 Guide + 1 Driver), a lavatory (toilet), on board Wi-Fi, refrigerator and CCTV cameras. The bus conforms to EURO 111 emissions standards.
Makerere University Vice Chancellor Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe is one of the prominent Ugandans who have had a ride on the Kayoola Diseal Bus . He stated thus ; “It feels good to be aboard the ultra modern Kiira Kayoola Diesel bus, designed by Makerere University trained engineers and built in Uganda by Ugandan engineers with more than 50% indigenous parts. Finally we are on the move.”
While flagging off the bus from Nakasongola to Kampala , Maj Gen Sabiiti Muzeyi, the Luweero Industries General Manager appealed to Ugandans to support the state owned nascent car manufacturer in order to develop the country’s automotive industry.
“Ugandans need to support our own because when we produce and no one consumes the products, we put their work down. This bus is the best I have ever seen. It has the finest features, it consumes only 22 litres of diesel per 100 kilometers and I don’t know whether there’s any part of the country this coach doesn’t reach,” Gen Sabiiti stated .
Kiira Motors and the partners plan to produce and deploy 1,030 Buses by end of 2021, 50 of which will be electric. Makerere University is one of the equity partners of KMC.
3 Mak Teams in Efficiency for Access Design Challenge Grand Final
The Efficiency for Access Design Challenge is a global, multi-disciplinary competition that empowers teams of university students to help accelerate clean energy access.
To provide universal energy access, we urgently need to enhance the efficiency and affordability of high performing appliances for off and weak-grid settings in low to middle income countries. The Challenge
invites teams of university students to create affordable and high-performing off-grid appliances and supportive technologies.
This year, 21 universities from Bangladesh, Ethiopia, India, Kenya, Nepal, Uganda, Sweden and the UK will participate. Three teams from Makerere University are taking part in the Challenge.
This year’s Grand Final will be happening on the 23rd June at 11:00am BST (1:00pm EAT) includes:
- A showcase of some of the amazing submissions we have received this year.
- An awards ceremony for teams with the most innovative designs
- Panel discussion: ‘How do we truly achieve inclusive energy access?’, giving you the chance to hear insights into the future of the off-grid industry
The event also gives participants the opportunity to network with specialists working in the off-grid appliance sector.
You can register here to attend the event.
CEDAT Annual Report 2020
Africa Centre of Excellence in Materials Product Development and Nanotechnology (MAPRONANO). The Center was developed out of the need to strengthen research and training in the thematic areas of materials science and engineering, nanotechnology and nanomedicine in order to develop human resource capacity in applied science engineering disciplines for the development of the great lakes region.
MAPRONANO ACE offers highly specialized short courses in welding technology, health safety engineering, Oil & gas, Monoclonal and Nanobodies generation, Bioinformatics & Next Generation sequencing techniques. Nanomedicine Program is implemented in partnership with College of Health Sciences (MakCHS).
The centre is supported by the World Bank to the tune of USD 6 million.
The centre has registered a number of success/ achievements during the last 3 years, some of which include;
- 1 PhD student & 110 MSc students were enrolled in the academic year 2019/2020.
- 50 students attended the Short Course in Tablet development of which 22 were regional students from University of Nairobi.
- 3 MOUs with Vaal University, Sefako Makgatho University of health Sciences South Africa and industrial partner CODEK Engineering Ltd have been signed, budgets and work plans submitted
Peer Reviewed publications
- 7 peer reviewed publications in high impact journals have been published and 4 conference papers have been presented by the faculty and students.
- MAPRONO ACE conducted industry engagement and student placements in the Eastern and Western region to promote University-private partnerships. A total of 30 manufacturing industries have participated and over 20 internship placements have been secured for the students.
Gender Awareness and Career Guidance in High School
- MAPRONANO ACE conducted career guidance and gender awareness in high schools in Eastern and Western Uganda to encourage students mostly girls to take up STEM subjects. Over 35 high schools and over 1,500 students participated.
Revenue Generation (Grants/Contracts at Various Stages)
- Viral load determination and antibody profiling among Covid-19 patients UGX 60,000,000 ($16,216.2), Prof. Charles Ibingira (PI)
- Perfecting the design and testing the feasibility of disinfecting gloves (D-Gloves) UGX 60,000,000 ($16,216.2) Prof. John Baptist Kirabira (PI)
- Valorization of cassava peels for abatement of active pharmaceutical contaminants from water systems in Uganda UGX 219,720,000 ($59,383.7) Prof. John Baptist Kirabira (PI)
- Up-cycling plastic wastes by incorporation of agricultural residues for the development of environmentally friendly packaging products, UGX 104,310,000 ($28,191.9) Dr. Michael Lubwama (PI)
- Nanobody based point of care diagnostic kit for cervical cancer UGX 194,000,000 ($52,432) Prof. Charles Ibingira (PI)
CEDAT Swears-In New Student Leaders
The College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology (CEDAT) on Friday May 21, 2021 witnessed the handover and swearing-in of new student leaders of the various associations at the college.
The college has 6 associations each with a president and a cabinet.
The associations include Makerere Engineering Society (MES), Makerere Association of Construction Management (MAC), Makerere University Fine Art Students Association (MUFASA), Makerere University Association of Surveying Students, Makerere University Planners Association, Makerere Architecture Student Association.
The handover was witnessed by the Principal, Prof. Henry Alinaitwe, the Dean of the School of the Built Environment, Prof. Moses Musinguzi, Dr. Eng. Anthony Rucukye, who represented the patron of MES, the Deputy Principal, Dr. Venny Nakazibwe, the Principal Communication Officer, Ms. Betty Kyakuwa and the Web Administrator, Mr. Mark Rujumba as well as parents of the new student leaders.
In his remarks, Prof. Alinaitwe thanked the out-going leadership for working with the college to improve student welfare and also organize academic events.
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