Q: Why is the College of Humanities and Social Sciences fundamental in the realization of the University mandate of teaching, research, and knowledge transfer partnerships?
Firstly, I congratulate the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHUSS) on organizing this National Humanities Conference. CHUSS is a pivotal college in our University because it addresses issues that affect people directly, and that is why we call them the human sciences. CHUSS, which is constituted by the former Faculty of Arts and Faculty of Social Sciences, has been making a tremendous contribution to the name of Makerere University, to the production of key human resource for the entire region, but also to research that has made Makerere a great institution.
Q: In your view, how do the humanities fit into the core values of our University?
The core values of Makerere University are basically saying three important things; Integrity, Professionalism and Inclusivity. These are issues that are essentially taught in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHUSS). So we have issues that are handled by Psychology, Social Sciences, Sociology, as well as the other Arts.
So if we talk about the core values of Makerere University, what we are talking about is ‘what is a Makererean expected to be in society?’ We are supposed to be the example to the rest of the community. The rest of the community should be looking to us to say ‘What should a person be like? What should a Ugandan, what should an East African be like?’ And so the values that are taught within CHUSS very directly relate to the values that we cherish as a University.
Q: You have talked about CHUSS existing for quite some time and we also understand that University is about to mark 100 years. Where does the National Humanities Conference fit within the preparations that are leading up to those celebrations?
The humanities are very much part of the history of Makerere University. Actually, you can say a great part of the good history of Makerere University is attributed to the humanities. So if you talk about people like Ali Mazrui and writers like Rubadiri and others, these are the people who made Makerere the great University we are.
So the conference is coming at the right time when we are celebrating a century of good service to our country, our region and to humanity in general. So I would say that the National Humanities Conference is very well positioned to reflect on what we have gone through, the contribution we have made as a university to humanity and looking forward to what our country, our region and the world should be and hence addressing those issues – learning from history in order to pave the future.
Q: We also understand that the University is now shifting focus to become a research-led institution. How will the humanities contribute to the realization of this strategic focus?
Makerere University is aligning herself to be a more research-led university. Currently, we are considered to be the second most research-intensive university on the African continent. We believe that we have created such capacity that we can do even much more and hence our new strategic plan seeks to make us even more research-led and more research-intensive. That calls for everybody in the university to rally behind this cause.
The College of Humanities and Social Sciences being our largest college with the most diverse disciplines has a big role to play in ensuring that we achieve this goal. The humanities have been, as I have already said, a pivotal part of the university not only in teaching but even in research and publications. So we expect that the humanities which over the last two or three years have become revitalized as far as research and publications are concerned, will put in even more effort to raise Makerere’s flag higher as far as research and publications are concerned.
The region, the country, is going through very important stages of our development and it will need our humanities experts to research into all the issues that will ensure that we consolidate our gains over the years, continue developing along the right lines, that we consolidate gains of human rights and issues like our integrity, accountability, and make our society even more resilient to the many factors that are going to affect our society as we grow.
Q: Why would the public and other stakeholders of this great institution including private students be interested in attending this conference?
I call upon all our students, our faculty, alumni and the public at large to take keen interest in the National Humanities Conference that is directly addressing what affects us every day. It would be very important that we all follow the conference virtually, in the current circumstances, and that of course gives us even a better opportunity that we can have as many people as possible attending the conference, which would not have been the case if it had been a purely physical event.
I call upon all those stakeholders to listen to what the experts say about our current status and where we are heading as a country and as a people, and may be contribute their ideas so that together we can create an atmosphere that is conducive to the wellbeing of our people.
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Innovations using low cost locally available materials for point of use water treatment system unveiled
The College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology (CEDAT) conducted a Research Dissemination of two studies aimed at the Development of Materials for point of use water treatment systems.
The investigations were conducted by a team of researchers comprised of P. W. Olupot, H. M. Kalibbala, E. Menya, G.M. Wangi, J. Jjagwe, J. Wakatuntu, M. Turyasingura, R. Walozi, C. Kanyesigye and R. N. Kulabako.
The dissemination event held on Wednesday 29th November 2023 follows the successful completion of two MakRIF supported Research projects namely; Development of rice husk based granular activated carbon for point-of-use water treatment systems and Development of zeolite-based nanocomposite filters for drinking water treatment.
Apac District gains from CEDAT’s Research on Piloting a Rural Broadband Connectivity Model and Efficacious patient management system
The School of Engineering at the College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology (CEDAT) shared findings of research that was conducted in Apac Districts through two projects namely Piloting a Rural Broadband Connectivity Model (RCBM) and Efficacious patient management system (EPMS).
The findings of the research sponsored by the Government of Uganda through the Makerere University research and Innovation Fund(MakRIF) were disseminated during a dissemination seminar held in the College on Friday 24th November 2023, where it was revealed that Apac the host District greatly benefited from the services that not only led to the increased uptake of internet services but also gained through other socio economic areas.
Application Forms for Admission to Public Universities 2024/2025
The Academic Registrar, Makerere University informs all Head Teachers of A ‘Level schools that application forms for admission to public universities for senior six candidates (UACE 2023) for the 2024/2025 academic year will be ready for collection from the university from Monday 4th December, 2023.
The application forms should be collected from the Office of the Academic Registrar, Senate Building, Level 3, Makerere University.
Issuing of the application forms will start on Monday, 4th December 2023 on payment of a non-refundable application fee of Uganda Shs. 52,000/=(fifty two thousand Uganda shillings only) per application form.
You are advised to get a pay reference number (PRN) using the ACMIS system (http://pay.mak.ac.ug) to enable you pay the application fees in any bank used by Uganda Revenue Authority (URA).
The forms are for Ugandans only.
Please note that only Head Teachers or their authorized representatives will be served.
The closing date for submitting the completed application forms will be Wednesday 31st January, 2024.
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