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First Year Bachelor of Defence Studies students undergo orientation at Mak library



By Hasifa Kabejja

A total of 73 cadets recently admitted for the Bachelor of Defense Studies of Makerere have today, 15th October 2021 undergone orientation at the University Main Library. 

According to the Head of Team and UPDF Head Academics Col. Santurino Tumuranzye, Uganda Military Academy (UMA), Kabamba, an affiliate institution of Makerere University under the School of Social Sciences has made it a tradition for all cadets admitted for the programme to undergo orientation on the use of library services before embarking on their studies. Introducing the students to the Library staff, Col Tumuranzye, on behalf of Uganda Peoples Defence Forces appreciated Makerere University for the support rendered towards professionalizing the Army. He specifically thanked the University Librarian, Prof. Helen M. Byamugisha and the Dean, School of Social Sciences, Dr Andrew Ellias State for always being supportive with the orientation.

University Librarian Prof. Byamugisha

Led by University Librarian Prof. Byamugisha, Makerere University Main Library staff including, Deputy University Librarian Dr Ruth Nalumaga, Mr. Patrick Sekikome and Ms Caroline Kobusingye have sensitized the students on a number of issues including catalogue and database searching strategies.

Deputy University Librarian Dr Ruth Nalumaga .

Addressing the students, Prof. Byamugisha emphasized the importance of the library as a critical source of information. She pointed out that Makerere University Main Library was one of the biggest on the African Continent, with all sorts of information materials required for various programmes.

In his remarks, the Dean, School of Social Sciences, Dr Andrew Ellias State appreciated the leadership of Makerere University Main Library for tirelessly supporting the School with the orientation programme. He cautioned the students to make good use of the library in the course of their studies. “The library is the most important institution at the University that cannot be avoided. The University allows you to think and generate knowledge. You cannot claim to have done resourceful research without visiting the library,” he stated.

Following the training, the students were taken on a tour of the University Library.

About the Bachelor of Defence Studies

The Bachelor of Defence Studies of Makerere University is an interdisciplinary programme with courses broadly from Political Science. The three-year programme introduced in 2019 is in line with the East African Community Defense Protocol signed by governments to improve on the training of cadets in the region. The programme is also intended to professionalize the army.

Hosted under the School of Social Sciences at Makerere University, the programme is taught by staff from the Department of Political Science and Public Administration, as well as other Units within the Social Sciences. The programme is strictly taught at Uganda Military Academy, Kabamba but the students attain a degree of Makerere University.


Launch of Mak-RIF Round 4 Awards & PhD Call for Proposals



Mak-RIF 4 Awards and PhD Call For Proposals, 29th September 2022, 9:00 to 10:00 AM EAT.

Makerere University received funding from the Government of the Republic of Uganda, earmarked to support high impact Research and Innovations. This unique initiative arose after engagements between the top University Management and the Government of Uganda. This fund illustrates the increasing importance that the Government attaches to Research and Innovation as a driver of development and transformation. The objective of the fund is to increase the local generation of translatable research and scalable innovations that address key gaps required to drive Uganda’s development agenda. 

In the Financial years 2019/2020, 2020/2021 and 2021/2022 the Government of the Republic of Uganda through Mak-RIF has funded implementation of over 750 multidisciplinary research and innovations within the various Colleges, while engaging multiple stakeholders within and outside Makerere University. The Grants Management Committee (GMC) has finalized the award process for the Mak-RIF round 4 call for funding for this Financial Year 2022/2023.

The Grants Management Committee (GMC) hereby invites you to the Launch of the Mak-RIF Round 4 awards and PhD Call for Proposals scheduled to take place tomorrow Thursday 29th September 2022 from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. EAT. 

Please use the following details to join the launch.

Register in advance for this meeting: 
Meeting ID: 884 5662 9992
Password: 292624

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Notice: Makerere Disability Scheme 2022/23 Medical Review Exercise



One of the PWD graduands at the 69th Graduation during the Session held on 17th January 2019.

The Academic Registrar, Makerere University invites persons with disability who applied for admission to public universities under the disability entry scheme for 2022/2023 Academic Year to appear for medical/review exercise at Makerere Unive, Senate Building, Level Two (2) in the Telepresence Centre.

NOTE: Only those who have the minimum entry requirements of at least two principal passes at A’ Level or its equivalent and at least five (5) passes at O’ Level or its equivalent will be interviewed.

 Only candidates who sat ‘a’ level in 2020, 2019 and 2018 are eligible for admission.

THE EXERCISE WILL BE CONDUCTED ON 3rd, 4th and 5th October, 2022 respectively from 9.00 A.M – 1.00 P.M each day.


(i) If you fail to appear on any of the given days above, there will be no other chance for you.

(ii) Applicants with Government Scholarship for the previous years are not eligible for admission



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Uganda’s policymakers implored to address forest loss, plastic & water pollution



Left to Right: Prof. Gunnar Köhlin, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, Amb. Maria Håkansson, Commissioner Julius Mafumbo and Prof. Edward Bbaale posing for a group photo before the opening ceremony on 22nd September 2022: Photo by EfD-Mak Centre.

The Vice Chancellor Professor Barnabas Nawangwe on Thursday 22nd September, 2022 participated in the opening of the EfD Annual meeting hosted by Makerere University at Speke Resort Munyonyo where he appealed to government to implement the ban on kaveera and address other environmental issues.

The opening ceremony moderated by the EfD Global Hub Manager Gunnar Köhlin and was graced by Uganda’s Minister for Water and Environment represented by the Commissioner for Water, Mr. Julius Mafumbo and the Swedish Ambassador to Uganda, H.E. Maria Håkansson.

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