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Taking Mak Research to Communities Using Famous VJs – Bukedde TV

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Following successful airings on Saturday 13th March, 2021 for Western Uganda audiences on TV West and Saturday 1st May, 2021 for Northern Uganda audiences on Wan Luo TV, this week the campaign to create public awareness of Makerere University’s research will focus on Central Uganda.

Held under the theme “Communicating Science”, the campaign is part of a project by the Department of Journalism and Communication, College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHUSS) funded by the Makerere University Research and Innovations Fund (MakRIF).

The project titled: Using Video Jockeys (VJs) To Promote Public Engagement and Awareness of Makerere University Science will shine a spotlight on some of the innovations from various colleges using at least five languages (Acholi, Ateso, Luganda, Lugbara and Runyankore).

“I am happy to share that the 22-minute documentary titled: THE SCIENCE OF MAKERERE UNIVERSITY – PART 1: POLLUTION, will air this week on Thursday 6th May, 2021 between 7:30 pm and 8:00 pm on Bukedde (1) TV Station in Luganda,” explained the Project Principal Investigator (PI), Dr. Brian Semujju.

In addition to TV stations, the campaign will extend to makeshift video halls, local video libraries, a YouTube channel, and social network sites.

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TRF Canada Announces Endowment for Mak Rotary Peace Centre

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Director of the International Rotary Peace Centre at Makerere University, Dr. Helen Nambalirwa Nkabala with colleagues at a meeting.

The Rotary Foundation (TRF) Canada has on behalf of Canadian Rotarians announced an endowment fund to support the annual capstone seminar at Rotary’s newest Peace Centre at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda.

The endowment was established with a gift of CAN$125,000.00 (US $100,000) to The Rotary Foundation. The seminar is an opportunity for peace fellows to reflect and report on their social change initiative efforts to an audience of peers, Rotarians, and experts in the field. The year long certificate courses at Makerere overlap allowing current and incoming fellows  the opportunity to network and build fellowship.

We congratulate the Director of the International Rotary Peace Centre at Makerere University, Dr. Helen Nambalirwa Nkabala upon yet another meritorious award.

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Prof. Mamdani Shortlisted for 9th British Academy Book Prize 2021

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The Vice Chancellor-Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe (C), Director MISR-Prof. Mahmood Mamdani (3rd R) and other members of Management tour the MISR Library on 5th June 2019, Makerere University.

Professor Mahmood Mamdani, Director of the Makerere Institute of Social Research (MISR)’s book Neither Settler nor Native: The Making and Unmaking of Permanent Minorities has been shortlisted as one of four for the British Academy Book Prize for Global Cultural Understanding (2021).

According to the announcement released on Tuesday 7th September, 2001 on the British Academy website, the international book prize, worth £25,000, rewards and celebrates the best works of non-fiction that have contributed to public understanding of world cultures.

The other books shortlisted among Prof. Mamdani’s include; Islands of Abandonment: Life in the Post-Human Landscape by Cal Flyn, Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America and its Urgent Lessons for Today by Eddie S. Glaude Jr. and Waves across the South: A New History of Revolution and Empire by Sujit Sivasundaram.

The four 2021 shortlisted writers will be brought together from around the world for a special live online event, in partnership with the London Review Bookshop, on Wednesday 13 October and the winner will be announced on Tuesday 26 October.

Click here for the full announcement.

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Mak Launches Multimedia Production Hub to Improve Research Dissemination

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The Vice Chancellor-Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe (L) with L-R: Ag. DVCFA-Dr. Josephine Nabukenya, Principal CHUSS-Dr. Josephine Ahikire, HoD-Dr. Aisha Nakiwala Sembatya & PI-Dr. William Tayeebwa at the 7th September 2021 Launch, Lincoln Flats, Makerere University.

By Hasifa Kabejja

Makerere University through the Department of Journalism and Communication has set up a Multimedia Production Hub to improve research dissemination. Established with funding from the Government of Uganda through the Makerere University Research and Innovations Fund (Mak-RIF), the Hub is intended to equip Makerere researchers and innovators with practical skills to transform their research and innovations into publicly-oriented multimedia content.  It is one of the outputs of a wider research project titled, “Harnessing Multimedia Production for increased uptake and visibility of Research and Innovations at Makerere University”.  

The Hub was officially launched by the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe at the research dissemination seminar for the project held at Makerere University on 7th September 2021. Addressing participants, the Vice Chancellor commended the project team for the great initiative. He said disseminating research was paramount for addressing challenges affecting society. “Many people are struggling to address issues that have been widely researched. If we disseminate all the work done at this University, we can transform the economy of our country very fast. The Hub is a great opportunity for us to do so.  I implore the Mak-RIF to make this a permanent project so as to boost our research dissemination efforts,” he noted. He appreciated the Government of Uganda for the continued support towards research and innovations at Makerere University. “In the midst of shortage of funds, the Government has continued to fund research and infrastructure development at Makerere University. We are deeply indebted”. Since 2019, the Government of Uganda has funded 580 research projects in various fields at Makerere University. The Vice Chancellor applauded Mak-RIF for rigorously managing the Fund and ensuring it achieves its intended objective. “As a University, we must demonstrate why the Government must continue supporting research. We should therefore do research in a way that positively impacts our economy. On behalf of Management, we commit to continue supporting all staff whose projects demonstrate ability to make Makerere a research-led University,” he explained.

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