Makerere University Business School (MUBS)’ Mr. Biryomumaisho Wiston has been recognised as the best overall and best student in the Humanities of the 71st Graduation Ceremony during the fourth session of the five-day event. Mr. Biryomumaisho who obtained a CGPA of 4.91 out of 5.0 in the Bachelor of Business Administration becomes the sixth consecutive MUBS graduand to bag the Convocation Award of UGX 1 Million and a plaque.
Addressing the congregation, the Chancellor, Prof. Ezra Suruma commended the MUBS leadership for the various training programs conducted both physically and virtually that mentored the graduates in leadership, creativity, entrepreneurship as well as building both public and private enterprise.
Taking note of the political and economic fluctuations that have affected Uganda over the last 60 years, the Chancellor urged the graduands to never be discouraged. “We must rise up to resolve both the endogenous and exogenous challenges that often come, so that we persevere to build a more peaceful and a more prosperous Uganda.”
Quoting Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the Chancellor equally encouraged the congregation not to wallow in despair, but instead trust in God who is all powerful and able to reconcile, transform hands of war into hands of peace and bring light where there is darkness.
“He is able and He will turn Uganda into a land of love, a land of freedom and a land of prosperity. And you and I will be the instruments that He will use to transform Uganda into a great brotherhood” reassured Prof. Suruma.
In his address, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe lauded the MUBS Management for their determination to improve the engagement of staff in research. MUBS staff secured grants for five projects under the Makerere University Research and Innovations Fund (Mak-RIF). They include;
- Management of polymers waste in slum areas in Kampala: A randomised control experiment;
- The Governance Forum (GF): A culturally based model for building grass root governance structures;
- The Design and implementation of an innovative Milestone-based program monitoring system for the universities;
- Policy and regulatory compliance with Smart Grid Technologies; and
- Post electricity sector reform in Uganda.
“Some of the research undertaken will very well support implementation of the Parish Development Model, the brainchild of our Chancellor and I encourage you to get interested in this very important initiative” added Prof. Nawangwe.
The Vice Chancellor concluded his remarks by congratulating the Principal MUBS, Prof. Waswa Balunywa and his Management for ably steering the institution to its current level of success. “I wish to assure all our stakeholders, that Makerere University and Makerere University Business School, one of the best schools of business, are united in purpose.”
Please see Downloads for the detailed speeches.
The recording of Live proceedings from the Fourth Session may be accessed by clicking the embedded video below.
UNMA Advisory on Agriculture and Food Security Jun-Aug 2021
The Uganda National Meteorological Authority (UNMA) on 7th June 2021 released the seasonal rainfall outlook for the June-July-August (JJA) 2021 period. Contained in the outlook were advisories to various strategic sectors of the economy.
Particularly, the advisory to the Agriculture and Food Security sector was;
- JJA season is often part of the normal dry season in the areas of South-western, western, parts of the eastern, and central Uganda. The farming communities in these areas are therefore advised to be vigilant during post-harvest handling by considering proper drying of the harvest on clean surfaces, use of tarpaulins and drying on racks;
- Preparation of good storage facilities of produce to avoid compromising on quality and safety;
- Channeling of the run-off water into the gardens in order to maximize on the soil moisture conservation;
- For those areas where near normal to above normal rainfall is expected (most parts of northern and eastern Uganda), farmers are encouraged to continue with regular weeding, pest and disease surveillance and control;
- Due to the expected enhanced rainfall in those areas, water logging and proliferation of fungal and bacterial crop diseases are likely to occur.
- Open drainage channels around household and gardens to reduce risks from stagnant water causing damage to root tuber crops;
- Flash floods and waterlogging are highly anticipated to occur in low lying areas expected to receive enhanced rainfall such as Katakwi and Kapelebyong. Therefore, communities are encouraged to keep watch over their crops, animals and property;
- In Karamoja sub-region, where wetter conditions are expected, the pastoral communities are advised to diversify into boosting the production of cereals (sorghum, millet, and maize), beans, and ground nuts and sustain pasture availability for livestock.
Please see Downloads for the detailed outlook.
4th Call For Applications: MURBS Departmental Ambassadors
In February 2018, the Makerere University Retirement Benefits Scheme (MURBS) launched the Departmental Ambassadors Programme. MURBS hopes to use this Ambassadors Programme to engage more directly with its membership and enhance member education. MURBS further perceives this Programme as a means to mitigate succession planning risks.
MURBS Fund Value continues to grow, and as at 31st March 2021, it stood at Ushs 235.5bn as compared to Ushs 209.6bn as at 30th June 2020. Given this growth, there is increased need for prospective Trustees, who are well equipped with relevant knowledge and skills, and with practical exposure to the management and governance of MURBS.
- Must be employed by the University on permanent terms
- Must be an Active Member of the Scheme (currently contributing to the Scheme) and appear on the Official Register of the MURBS Active Membership as at 30th April 2021.
- Must be willing to commit time to trainings and other ambassadorial activities organised by the Scheme.
Mode of training for 4th Cohort of Ambassadors
Training for this (4th) Cohort of Ambassadors is envisaged to be conducted over the zoom online platform only, due to Covid-19 restrictions. The Scheme does not envisage any face-to-face interactions.
Tenure of Office & Termination or Withdrawal
There is no tenure of office for the Departmental Ambassador. As long as a member is willing to continue serving as an Ambassador, and the Ambassador continues to satisfy the eligibility criteria above, she or he will remain a MURBS Ambassador.
How to Apply
Interested members should complete the MURBS Departmental Ambassador Application Form 01-0218. The completed Form together with the requested attachments should be sent to info[at]murbs.mak.ac.ug and copy to wilber.naigambi[at]mak.ac.ug no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, 14th June 2021. We discourage hand delivery of applications.
MURBS shall acknowledge receipt of each application received within 12 hours and will respond to the applicants to confirm the status of their application in writing (by e-mail). Upon approval of the application, the name of the approved Ambassador together with the Department and School/Unit will be updated on the list of the MURBS Departmental Ambassadors in the Group 4 category and published on the MURBS website.
NOTE: There is no limit as to the number of ambassadors that MURBS can have in a department.
Please see Downloads for the detailed call and application form.
Chair Council Communication on Closure of Makerere University
7th June 2021
All Members of Staff
All Students and Stakeholders
RE: CLOSURE OF MAKERERE UNIVERSITY
Following the address to the Nation by H.E. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, President of Uganda, on 6th June 2021, this is to inform you that the University will be closed with effect from today 7th June 2021 for 42days.
During the closure, the University shall observe a 30% physical presence of staff while other faculty and administrative staff shall continue to work online.
Management will inform staff and students on the implementation of teaching, learning, and research activities online. Construction activities shall continue as per the President’s directives and with strict adherence to the COVID-19 SOPs.
Lorna Magara (Mrs.)
Chairperson, Makerere University Council
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