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Norway helps Uganda take lead in journalism training

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By Conan Businge

The NUFU provided immense support to Makerere University in infrastructural development, graduate scholarships, and research funding.

KAMPALA – On any day, for any news bulletin or any newspaper publication in Uganda, a student from Makerere University is most likely involved. 

This reality is partly just because the university is one of the longest-serving journalism training institutions in the country, having over three decades of history in Uganda’s education system. 

The country’s oldest university, Makerere University, started a Mass Communication course in 1988 to professionalize journalism and communication.

The Department has grown in the last three decades from a handful of lecturers with Bachelors and Masters degrees; to ones with Doctors of Philosophy (PhD) and Professors; working as lecturers in this Department; thanks to initiatives such as the Norwegian Programme for Capacity Development in Higher Education and Research for Development (NORHED). 

Other support came previously to Makerere University through the Norwegian Programme for Development, Research and Education (NUFU) that run from 1991 to 2012. 

The NUFU provided immense support to Makerere University in infrastructural development, graduate scholarships, and research funding. 

NUFU was phased out and replaced in 2013 with the Norwegian Programme for Capacity Development in Higher Education and Research for Development (NORHED). 

Alongside NORHED, however, several other academic institutions can also benefit from others, such as the Norwegian Partnership Programme for Global Academic Cooperation (NORPART) and the NORAD Master Studies Programme (NOMA).

The former head of Makerere University‘s Department of Journalism and Communication, Dr. William Tayeebwa says that after 33 years, ‘Journalism and Communication’ is now a separate department offering Ugandans the chance to develop their print, broadcasting, photography, communication, and public relations talents. 

Dr. Tayeebwa has also been for six years the Principal Investigator and overall coordinator of the NORHED project. 

‘This is a culmination of the university and other projects’ investment in journalism education and training, in this institution in the last two decades,’ remarks the university’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor for academic affairs, Assoc. Prof. Umar Kakumba.

 ‘It has been through the great support of Government and foreign funders like the Government of the Royal Kingdom of Norway.’ 

In 2004, the Department started a Master’s programme in Journalism and Communication, and this answered the need for an advanced journalism degree, and non-journalists have also applied to this course, as the course would equip them with the right skills and qualifications needed at work.

The department was the first establishment, to offer a degree programme in Mass Communication in East Africa. 

For years, the Government of the Royal Kingdom of Norway provided millions of dollars in bilateral support to countries in the global south, including Uganda.

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Nawangwe named African Educationist of the Year

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The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe

By Charles Etukuri

Makerere University Vice Chancellor Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe is the African Educationist of the Year. 

The award was given to Prof. Nawangwe by the African Leadership Magazine.

On Monday evening, an elated Nawangwe said he was humbled by the recognition.

“I am humbled by the recognition of my efforts by the African Leadership Magazine. This gives me more energy to serve my continent better,” Nawangwe said.

Last year’s winner of the award was Prof. Samuel Edoumiekumo, vice-chancellor, Niger Delta University in Nigeria.

The African Leadership Magazine persons of the year, which is in its 10th year, is an annual award reserved for distinguished Africans, who have blazed the trail in the year under review.

Several Makerere University staff led by the university secretary Yusuf Kiranda congratulated Nawangwe on his well-deserved recognition.

Professor Stefan Peterson Swartling who is a health specialist at the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and an honorary professor at Makerere School of Public Health said, Nawangwe was a “well-chosen awardee”

Don Wycliff Wodelo said, “Professor your hard work is actually evident and a good example for us to follow.”

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100 WOMEN FIXING UGANDA: Dorothy Okello, Dean, School of Engineering, CEDAT

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Eng. Dr. Dorothy Okello, School of Engineering, College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology (CEDAT), Makerere University.

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Dorothy Okello is Dean, School of Engineering, College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology (CEDAT), Makerere University since August 2019. She is also a Senior Lecturer, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering & Researcher with netLabs!UG that seeks to be a leader in collaborative research, development and solutions on innovative telecommunication and networking technologies, strengthening the innovation ecosystem in Uganda and across East Africa and Adjunct Member of Faculty, Institute of Technology Carlow, Ireland.

Since May 2013, Dorothy has been a Senior Lecturer at College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology at Makerere University where she is involved in teaching and research in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering specializing in Telecommunications. Courses taught include Introduction to Electrical Engineering, Telecommunication Systems, Wireless Propagation, and Wireless Technologies. Research interests include community wireless networks, cognitive radio, gender & ICT for Development, innovations for affordable and accessible ICTs (information and communication technologies).

She also serves as Adjunct Member of Faculty, Institute of Technology Carlow, Ireland and Director of Innovation, Resilient Africa Network (RAN) hosted by Makerere University.

Supported by USAID, RAN is a multi-disciplinary network of 18 Sub-Saharan African universities that seek to identify, develop and scale innovative solutions to strengthen resilience of African communities.

Dorothy is a Member, Uganda Institution of Professional Engineers (UIPE), and registered by Engineers Registration Board (ERB). Served as UIPE President 2016-2018. Member, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and have served on 2017 – 2019 IEEE Ad Hoc Committee on Africa (AHCA).

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100 WOMEN FIXING UGANDA: Dr. Sabrina Bakeera Kitaka, CHS

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Dr. Sabrina Bakeera-Kitaka, Senior Lecturer, Department of Pediatrics and Child Health, School of Medicine, College of Health Sciences (CHS), Makerere University. Source: Twitter/@SabrinaKitaka

By Alphred Rhyman Agaba

Dr. Sabrina Bakeera Kitaka is a Senior Lecturer of Paediatrics and Adolescent Health at the College of Health Sciences, Makerere University Kampala, Uganda.

Prior to that appointment, she was a Medical Officer Special Grade at the Mulago National Referral Hospital in Kampala, as well as a Sewankambo Research Scholar.

She has extensive experience in scholarship, education, and clinical practice. Her current research interests relate to health systems (specifically patient-centered outcomes) and infectious diseases (particularly among HIV infected adolescents).

Her clinical interests are infectious diseases and growth and development outcomes, particularly the challenges of children transitioning into adolescence and then adulthood. She serves on various Boards and Technical Working Groups based in the Ministry of Health and is a reviewer of several journals.

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