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Dr. Martin Aliker to Prof. Maggie Kigozi: The Legacy of MakEF



The Outgoing Chairperson, Makerere University Endowment Fund (MakEF) Board of Trustees, Dr. Martin J. Aliker has in his handover speech reported that the Inaugural Board grew the onshore fund from scratch to UGX 1.2 Billion by the end of their tenure in 2019. This was at a function presided over by the Chairperson of Council, Mrs. Lorna Magara on 30th September 2021 in the Central Teaching Facility 2 (CTF2) Auditorium to inaugurate the new MakEF Board.

Dr. Aliker’s remarks read on his behalf by member of the Pioneer Board, Mr. Barnabas Tumusingize reported that this growth was made possible through several income generating activities including the MakEF Run (MakRun).

“The onshore return on investment during our tenure was 14.5 percent. All this investment was undertaken through treasury bills, bonds, equities and cash deposits. Our Board considered investing in securities as the primary approach to growing the Fund through capital appreciation” read Dr. Aliker’s speech.

During their tenure, the Inaugural Board appointed a fund administrator, fund manager and custodian for the efficient management of the onshore endowment fund. The onshore fund is complemented by an offshore fund managed in the United Kingdom (U.K.).

Dr. Martin Aliker (2nd L) shakes hands with the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe (2nd R) at the successful conclusion of the Second Edition of the Makerere University Endowment Fund (MakEF) Run (MakRun) on Sunday 25th March 2018 as Prof. William Bazeyo (L) and Dr. Florence Nakayiwa (R) witness.
Dr. Martin Aliker (2nd L) shakes hands with the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe (2nd R) at the successful conclusion of the Second Edition of the Makerere University Endowment Fund (MakEF) Run (MakRun) on Sunday 25th March 2018 as Prof. William Bazeyo (L) and Dr. Florence Nakayiwa (R) witness.

Dr. Aliker nevertheless noted that despite its popularity in the global north, the idea of university endowment funds was nascent in Makerere and the African continent. “For instance, there are a few studies that have been conducted to examine the utility and systematic trends that bear useful lessons for the Board and other stakeholders” he added.

He concluded by wishing the incoming board chaired by Professor Maggie Kigozi success. “We commit our availability for consultations as and when the need arises, as We Build for the Future.”

The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe who was represented by the Principal College of Business and Management Sciences (CoBAMS), Dr. Eria Hisali in his remarks extended sincere gratitude to the outgoing MakEF Board for the pioneer efforts and dedication, despite the fact that the concept of endowment funds is yet to be fully appreciated in this part of the world.

Prof. Nawangwe commended the outgoing board for;

  1. Identifying and entering into contract with two fund managers; GenAfrica Asset Management Limited for the onshore fund and Crown Agents Investment Management for the offshore fund based in the UK.
  2. Their oversight that enabled prudence in investment that resulted in a commendable return on investment. The onshore fund grew from nothing in 2014 to the current UGX 1.5 Billion, while the offshore fund is now valued at 1.5 Million GBP (approximately UGX 7.1 Billion)
  3. Popularising MakEF through various activities such as the MakRun held in 2017, 2018 and 2019.
  4. Reaching out and encouraging Colleges at the University to contribute to the fund. CoBAMS positively responded by establishing a college fund.
  5. Reaching out to institutions affiliated to Makerere University such as Makerere College School and encouraging them to contribute to the fund in response to a resolution by the University Council.

The Vice Chancellor acknowledged that whereas endowment was still in its infancy, the Management looks forward to a future where MakEF would be able to support; the University’s academic endeavours, financial aid to deserving students from humble backgrounds, the University’s research agenda and the University’s long-term strategic planning.

“I would like to start by inviting everyone to join me in appreciating the contribution of Dr. Martin Aliker and the members of the outgoing Board of Trustees, whose dedicated service has led us to this day” remarked Mrs. Lorna Magara, the Chairperson of Council as she commenced her address.

The Chairperson of Council-Mrs. Lorna Magara (6th R) with the New Chairperson-Prof. Maggie Kigozi (7th R) as well as incoming and outgoing members of the MakEF Board of Trustees and Staff after the Inauguration ceremony on 30th September 2021, CTF2, Makerere University.
The Chairperson of Council-Mrs. Lorna Magara (6th R) with the New Chairperson-Prof. Maggie Kigozi (7th R) as well as incoming and outgoing members of the MakEF Board of Trustees and Staff after the Inauguration ceremony on 30th September 2021, CTF2, Makerere University.

The Board chaired by Dr. Aliker was also made up of; Ambassador Edith Sempala, Mr. Martin Owiny, Mr. Barnabas R. Tumusingize, Mr. Grace Isabirye, Prof. John Ddumba-Ssentamu and Hon. Gerald Karuhanga.

She observed that it was over seven years since the University Council established MakEF at its 130th Meeting held on 20th February 2014, motivated by the dream to build a sustainable financial base for Makerere and diversify revenue beyond the reliance on student fees and Government subvention.

“The motivation to set up Makerere University Endowment Fund is much more critical today than it was then. The financial demands of the University will continue to rise following the current and future ambitions in research and innovation, along with the need to implement new technologies for teaching and learning” remarked the Chairperson Council.

She added that although MakEF was still modest in comparison to the initiatives of Makerere’s international peers, she was confident that the Fund was on the right path, thanks to the strong foundation laid by Dr. Aliker and the pioneer Board of Trustees.

“It will be up to the new Board to pursue the multiple opportunities available amongst alumni, local and international philanthropists, the private sector, government and development partners to raise the Fund to greater heights” added Mrs. Magara.

She congratulated the new Board upon their appointment and wished them a fruitful tenure. “It is my greatest honour to inaugurate the new Board of Trustees, as We build for the Future” she concluded.

In her acceptance speech, Prof. Maggie Kigozi admitted that it was a great honour to serve as the second Chairperson of Board of Trustees of MakEF, following in the footsteps of Dr. Martin J. Aliker and the commendable work done by his pioneer Board.

Makerere University is not only a premier institution of higher learning in Africa but also my alma mater.” Professor Kigozi enthused before adding, “It was truly an honour and a privilege to have been selected. So many people would have loved to be with us here and so we do not overlook the privilege of having been given those years to study at Makerere.”

Professor Maggie Kigozi, the New Chairperson of the Makerere University Endowment Fund (MakEF) Board of Trustees.
Professor Maggie Kigozi, the New Chairperson of the Makerere University Endowment Fund (MakEF) Board of Trustees.

Turning to the Mrs. Magara, the first female Chairperson of Council in Makerere’s history she said, “To be here working with you will be such an honour and the young girls out there watching us, watching you, watching me are motivated. They know they can aim for the highest.”

Prof. Kigozi shared that the incoming board would deliberate and agree upon a robust visibility and mobilization campaign hinged on the following;

  1. A digital platform to profile alumni from all over the world and mobilize them to contribute to ongoing activities such as the MakRun
  2. Increasing MakEF’s online presence through a dedicated website that highlights the Fund’s projects and various ways through which contributions can be made

She added that her board would develop an investment plan for the purpose of diversifying MakEF’s investment portfolio so as to grow the asset selection and minimise potential investment risks.

“From my experience in the investment world, I am aware that an investor’s asset allocation decision has a strong bearing on portfolio performance of a Fund. Together with my colleagues, we will review the asset allocations and in consultation with existing policies, determine the best options for the Fund” pledged Prof. Kigozi.

As she concluded her remarks, the Incoming MakEF Board Chairperson highlighted that there was a lack of empirical studies specific to the nascent endowment fund terrain on the continent, which made it difficult for institutions like MakEF to systematically examine trends in the endowment sector as a whole. She therefore implored the university to invest in research in this area, which would eventually benefit both the Board and MakEF’s portfolio.

The new members of the MakEF Board of Trustees are;

  1. Professor Maggie Kigozi – Chairperson
  2. Associate Professor Umar Kakumba – Member
  3. Mr. Martin Owiny – Member
  4. Ms Anne Juuko – Member
  5. Mr. Kenneth Mugambe – Member
  6. Mr. Barnabas R. Tumusingize – Member
  7. Mr. William Ndoleriire – Member

Please see Downloads for brief profiles of the new MakEF Board and Speeches from the event.


Advert: Mature Age Entry Scheme – Private Sponsorship 2024/2025



Students sit for an exam in the pre-COVID era, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda.

The Academic Registrar, Makerere University invites applications for the Undergraduate
Programmes under the Mature Age Entry Scheme only for Private Sponsorship for
2024/2025 Academic Year.
Non-Refundable Application fee of Shs. 50,000/= for Ugandans OR $75 Equivalent for
Internationals, plus bank charge should be paid in any of the banks used by Uganda
Revenye Authority after generating a Payment Reference Number (PRN).

  • Apply using the Institution’s Applications Portal URL:https: //
  • Application is for candidates who passed the Mature Age Entry Examinations of December 17, 2022 and February 24, 2024 only.
  • Any candidate who passed the examinations in mentioned above and was not admitted on Government/ Private sponsorship for December 17, 2022 sitting, and for Government sponsorship for February 24, 2024 sitting, is eligible to apply for admission on Private Sponsorship for 2024 /2025 Academic Year.

The closing date for applying will be Friday 26th July, 2024.

Further details can be accessed by following this link.

Prof. Mukadasi Buyinza

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Diploma/Degree Holders Admission Lists 2024/25



Main Library, Makerere University. Photo taken on 29th February 2016.

The Office of Academic Registrar, Makerere University has released lists of Diploma/Degree Holder applicants admitted under Private/Self Sponsorship for the academic year 2024/25. Please note that admission is subject to verification of academic documents by the awarding institutions.

The admission list is displayed here below:

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African Futures Research Leadership Program: Cohort 5 – Call for Scholars



Participants at the initial AAP convening participate in design-thinking exercises to help imagine the future of partnerships between MSU and Africa. Photo: AAP

The Alliance for African Partnership (AAP) is seeking applicants for the fifth cohort of the AAP African Futures Research Leadership Program. This competitive visiting scholar program supports early career researchers from the AAP consortium to work for one year under the mentorship of faculty members from MSU and their home institution, focusing on building skills in research for impact, writing scholarly and/or policy publications, disseminating of research results, and developing grant proposals for external support. Scholars will also participate in a structured professional development program while building bridges and lasting connections with MSU contacts and across their cohort. 

The main objective of the African Futures program is to strengthen the capacity of a cadre of African researchers to return to their home institutions and become scientific leaders in their community, establish long-term partnerships with MSU faculty, co-create innovative solutions to Africa’s challenges, and in turn become trainers of the next generation of researchers. This program aims to address the gender gap in Africa, where only 30% of researchers are women, so scholars selected for the program will be women, or men who can demonstrate they are committed to support efforts towards gender equity in higher education institutions in Africa. The research areas that the scholars will engage in during the program should be aligned to AAP’s research priority areas

The AAP Management Team requests applications from early career researchers to participate in the next cohort, with work to begin virtually in February 2025. Scholars will spend September – December 2025 at MSU for the in-person portion of the program, followed by another period of virtual collaboration, ending in early 2026. The scholar and mentor team will receive a small grant for research and professional development activities including conference attendance and publication. Scholars will also receive a stipend during their time at MSU, visa application support, and round-trip travel from their home institution.


  • Citizen of an African country 
  • Completion of a PhD degree within the last 10 years 
  • Employed as an Academic Staff member at one of the AAP African consortium universities including Egerton University, Makerere University, University of Dar es Salaam, Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Botswana, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, University Cheikh Anta Diop, University of Arts and Humanities, Bamako, United States International University-Africa, and University of Pretoria 
  • Have documented approval of leave or sabbatical to participate in the program for the in-person period 
  • Have a mentor at their home institution that will serve as a collaborator and mentor
  • Research must be in one of the AAP priority areas
  • Applicants may only submit one proposal to AAP in this round of funding. Prior scholars are not eligible to apply. 

To learn more about the program, including how to apply, click below

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Applications to be an African Futures scholar are due August 18, 2024

Additional program dates:

  • Program start date (virtual): February 2025
  • In-person program: Sept – Dec 2025
  • Program end date: February 2026

Please contact Jose Jackson-Malete at or +1 517-353-6989 with any questions.

Source: AAP

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