By Harriet Adong, Communications Officer, Mak-RIF
Makerere University College of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Languages Literature and Communication, Department of Journalism and Communication (DJC), in partnership with Ultimate Multimedia Consult (UMC), has completed the first phase of training the beneficiaries of the Makerere University Research and Innovations Fund (Mak-RIF) in multimedia production skills.
The Principal Investigator of the “Multimedia Production Hub” (MPH) project, Dr. William Tayeebwa, said the main objective of the project was to harness the potential of digital media to increase uptake and visibility of Makerere University’s research and innovations.
In his opening remarks at the inaugural workshop on Monday, February 1st, 2021, Dr. Tayeebwa noted that Makerere University was producing vast research and innovation outputs that are often “kept on the shelves or in laboratories”. He said the MPH project was geared at ensuring that every researcher in the Government of the Republic of Uganda-funded Mak-RIF program acquires skills to transform complex scientific research into easily accessible formats for ordinary users. In so doing, we shall be realizing last-mile communication. He thanked the Government of the Republic of Uganda for funding this training amongst other over 500 cross-disciplinary research and innovation projects.
Dr. Sabrina Kitaka, who represented the Mak-RIF Grants Management Committee (GMC), applauded Dr. Tayeebwa and his team members for conceiving a project offering to assist researchers and innovators to transform the often complex science into easy-to-disseminate formats for easy uptake by the communities to achieve the best societal impact. She urged workshop participants to look beyond the conventional research dissemination avenues amongst peers in conferences, academic journals, and books.
Bulage Immaculate emerges best in Journalism and Communication
Ms. Bulage Immaculate has always wished to be one of the best writers and news anchors on international channels like BBC and Fox news. With a First Class Degree and the skills acquired during the four years of training in Journalism and Communication at Makerere University, she is optimistic she can make it. Ms. Bulage scored a CGPA of 4.42 emerging best in her class. She is one of the students who will be awarded degrees and diplomas at the 71st Graduation Ceremony of Makerere University set for 17th-21st May 2021.
Excited about her achievement, Ms. Bulage (25 years old) plans to advance to other academic levels with hope of becoming a professor and one of the best public relations strategists in the world. She is most grateful to God, her lecturers in the Department of Journalism and Communication, fellow students, and her parents, Mr. Timothy Pande and Mrs. Gertrude Pande who went out of their way to ensure she attains quality education.
Ssebaggala Stuart the best student in Community Psychology
23-year-old Ssebaggala Stuart scored a CGPA of 4.66 to emerge the best student in the Bachelor of Community Psychology programme of Makerere University. Ssebaggala is grateful to his family, lecturers and friends but above all God who made it possible for them to contribute to his success. Having studied Geography, History, Luganda and ICT at A’ Level, Ssebaggala drew inspiration to study Psychology from the desire to understand how a human mind operates, a factor that would enable him relate well with all categories of people but also contribute to solutions to the numerous social challenges affecting humanity. Although he wished to study Law or at least business courses, Ssebaggala does not regret studying Community Psychology. He says the knowledge and skills acquired through the programme expose students to a broad range of employment opportunities.
Attaining a First Class degree is no mean achievement for Ssebaggala. He views his success as a firm foundation for him to pursue further studies and establish himself as a prolific academic and researcher in the field of Mental Health.
As soon as he graduates in May 2021, Ssebaggala hopes to enroll for further studies. He plans to enroll for a Masters and later a PhD in Clinical and Neuro Psychology and wishes to have attained his doctorate by the age of 30.
Best Bachelor of Social Work & Social Administration Student does not regret missing out on Law
Mutoni Faiby emerged best in the Bachelor of Social Work and Social Administration programme with a CGPA of 4.59. She is one of the students who will be awarded degrees and diplomas at the 71st graduation ceremony set for 17th-21st May 2021. It is gratifying to note that the same student was the best at her school (Makerere High School Migadde) at A’ Level with 19 points in History, Entrepreneurship, Divinity and ICT.
Although her initial plan was to study Law, the 23-year-old does not regret missing out on the programme, due to the enormous opportunities she has been exposed to as a social work and social administration student. As a leader of the Makerere University Social Work Students Association, Mutoni had the opportunity to work on numerous projects consequently building her social capital. She is the proud founder of “Social Work Spotlight” a magazine aimed at availing a platform for social work students to learn more about their profession and to improve their writing and research skills.
As a person who experienced challenges raising school fees, to the extent of almost dropping out of school and being exposed to early marriage, Mutoni has turned out to be a strong advocate for the rights of a girl child. In addition to sensitizing parents and community leaders about the importance of educating the girl child, and the challenges associated with child marriages, Mutoni moves to various schools educating girl children about their rights and the importance of education.
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