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President Museveni Appreciates Mak Research, Launches Mak@100 Celebrations

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The President of the Republic of Uganda and Visitor of Makerere University H.E. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni on Saturday 9th October, 2021 unveiled the Mak@100 Logo and officially launched the year-long Centenary commemoration as part of the 59th Independence Day celebrations held at the Kololo Ceremonial Grounds.

The #MakerereAt100 Logo that was unveiled by H.E. President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni during the 59th Independence Day Celebrations on 9th October 2021 at Kololo Ceremonial Grounds. Photo credit: Harriet Adong
The #MakerereAt100 Logo that was unveiled by H.E. President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni during the 59th Independence Day Celebrations on 9th October 2021 at Kololo Ceremonial Grounds. Photo credit: Harriet Adong

Prior to the launch, the President who was in the company of the First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports (MoES), Hon. Janet Museveni toured an exhibition of eighteen (18) projects –twelve (12) funded by the Government of Uganda through Makerere University Research and Innovations Fund (Mak-RIF) and six (6) funded by International Agencies – designed to drive Uganda’s development Agenda. They included;

  1. Advancing Tissue and Organ Biobanking in Uganda led by Prof. Moses Joloba
  2. Up scaling the Usefulness of Ugandan Moringa oleifera and Aloe barbadensis through Formulation and Clinical Development of Novel cosmetics and pharmaceutical products led by Dr. Lutoti Stephen
  3. Development of an open design Low-Cost Ventilator in Response to the COVID-19 Need
  4. A low-cost Device for Decontamination of Personal Protective Equipment Towards Safe Reuse led by Dr. Cosmas Mwikirize
  5. Kiira EV and Kiira EVS led by Prof. Sandy Stevens Tickodri-Togboa assisted by Mr. Paul Isaac Musasizi and Mr. Dominic Semukuttu.
  6. Engine Proof of Concept prototype developed from locally available materials in Uganda by MAPRONANO ACE in collaboration with Kevoton Motion Engineering Limited (KMEL)
  7. A Pedal-Operated Seed Cleaner (PoS-Cleaner) To Boost Post Harvest Grain and Legume Quality, Increase School-Study time and Create Financial Freedom in Rural-Uganda led by Dr. Peter Tumutegyereize
  8. Development of a Green Low-Cost Touchless Hand Wash Technology (TW-20 Kit) For Public Shared Spaces led by Dr. Joshua Wanyama
  9. Strengthening Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Using Gamification in Primary Schools (GamePlus) led by Dr. Benjamin Kanagwa
  10. Makerere University Electronic Human Resource Management System (eHRMS) led by Assoc. Prof. Josephine Nabukenya
  11. Covid-19 and Learning from Home: Parental involvement in the learning of Primary School going Children led by Prof. Betty A Ezati.
  12. Pathogen Economy: Microbial Probiotics for Improved Pig Health and Productivity led by Prof. Samuel Majalija
  13. Design of an Improved Cooking Stove for Clean Energy, Electricity Generation, Food Security and Climate Change Mitigation led by Mr. Hussein Kisiki Nsamba
  14. Practicals to the Home for the Rural Student led by Dr. Taddeo Ssenyonga
  15. Wekebere Medical Device development led by Mr. Stephen Tashobya
  16. Eco Mobile water purifier
  17. EpiTent Limited: A “portable habitation solutions” provider
  18. KUNGULA (Winnowing Thresher): Aggregated Post-Harvest Solutions led by Mr. Ssekanyo Stephen

The President and First Lady were received at the exhibition by the Chairperson of Council, Mrs. Lorna Magara, Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe and Prof. William Bazeyo, Head Grants Administration and Management Support Unit (GAMSU) and Chairperson Mak-RIF Grants Management Committee (GMC).

Following his tour of the exhibition, the President acknowledged and appreciated the work being done by Makerere University, especially to front research and innovations, capacity building as well as providing solutions to community challenges.

Prof. Nawangwe in his remarks thanked the President for entrusting the research fund to Makerere University, which has over the years extended the fund to other institutions through partnerships. He thanked the researchers and innovators for doing a good job and urged them to continue producing solutions that benefit communities.

The University leadership pledged their continued commitment to realizing more community-targeted research and innovation outputs, with the aim of improving their livelihoods.

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Mak Claims Lion’s Share of Jim Leech Fellowship Cohort 1 2020-2021 Awards

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Female graduands pose for the camera in January 2018 after a session of the 68th Graduation Ceremony, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda. Photo credit: GMD

Makerere University Alumni have claimed the lion’s share of fellowships awarded by Cohort 1 of the Jim Leech Mastercard Foundation Fellowship on Entrepreneurship 2020-2021. According to the recently concluded selection by Queens University, Canada, sixteen (16) out of the sixty (60) Jim Leech Fellows selected are from Makerere University, seven (7) of them being Mastercard Foundation Scholars/Alumni.

Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (Ghana) at eleven (11) had the second highest number of fellows awarded followed by University of Pretoria (South Africa) with seven (7). The University of Abomey Calavi (Benin) followed with four (4) fellows in the program that selected fellows from twenty one (21) institutions.

These included; Africa Nazarene University (Kenya), African Institute for Mathematics (South Africa), Ashesi University (Ghana), Carnegie Mellon University (Rwanda) and Covenant University (Nigeria). Others were Enugu State University of Science and Technology, Federal University of Technology and Ladoke Akintola University of Technology all from Nigeria, McGill University (Canada) and Moi University (Kenya).

Mphohadi College (South Africa), Obafemi Awolowo University (Nigeria), Southern New Hampshire University (United States) and United States International University (Kenya) were the others. The list was completed by University for Development Studies (Ghana), University of Gondar (Ethiopia) and University of Cape Town (South Africa).

We congratulate all Jim Leech Fellows 2020-2021 from Makerere University upon their successful selection.

Please see Downloads for the full list.

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Makerere University 87th Guild President, GRCs Sworn In

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Mrs Winfred Kabumbuli and 87th Guild President Shamim Nambassa during the Swearing in Ceremony. Photo by Alex Mugalu

The newly elected Makerere University Guild President, Cabinet and Guild Representatives have been sworn in today, 26th November 2021 to effectively commence duties.

The swearing-in-ceremony took place at the CTF 2 Auditorium, presided over by the Dean of Students Mrs. Winifred Kabumbuli who represented the Vice Chancellor Professor Barnabas Nawangwe.

On a brilliant event graced by many elders, both the outgoing and incoming students’ representatives, a number of guild representatives from Halls of Residence, Colleges, Schools, Persons with Disabilities, Dag Hammarskjold Hall, Kabanyolo hostels and Galloway Hall were sworn in. The Guild President Ms. Shamim Nambassa and her Guild Cabinet were also sworn in.

87th Guild President Shamim Nambassa taking Oath. Photo by Alex Mugalu
87th Guild President Shamim Nambassa taking Oath. Photo by Alex Mugalu

At the beginning of this month, Ms. ShamimNambassa won the Guild Presidential race after garnering 5,610 Valid Votes, representing 54.16% of the total ballot count. Ms. Nambassa replaced Ivan Ssempijja in the office.

After swearing in, H.E. Nambassa said she is excited to lead the student guild that will usher in Makerere’s 100 years of existence celebrations. “I assume office at a very critical time when Makerere University is about to celebrate 100 years. For the 87 years of the 100 the students’ guild has been around but I am only the 5th lady out of the 87,” Nambassa briefly stated.

Representing the Vice Chancellor, the Dean of Students Mrs. Winifred Kabumbuli applauded the outgoing Guild leadership for the good leadership they have exhibited during their term of service.

GRCs taking Oath. Photo by Alex Mugalu
GRCs taking Oath. Photo by Alex Mugalu

“I thank the outgoing guild leadership led by Ivan Ssempijja for the outstanding performance. I must admit that they contributed to quality enhancement of academic and social well being of students.”

Mrs. Kabumbuli also acknowledged the central role played by the guild electoral commission led by chairman William Kananga for organising a petition-less election. “The electoral commission, thank you very much, you are exceptional, excellent much less unsurpassed, indeed you were fit for the purpose, you deserve all the accolades,” she said.

Students With Disabilities swearing in. Photo by Alex Mugalu
Students With Disabilities swearing in. Photo by Alex Mugalu

In a speech read by the Dean of Students, the Vice Chancellor Professor Barnabas Nawangwe congratulated the newly elected leaders for the triumph. “I congratulate all those who stood for various posts and were successfully elected as well as those who have been appointed in various positions of the executive leadership of the guild, I warmly congratulate you. I also thank the voters who turned up to vote in big numbers”.

Professor Nawangwe also appealed to the newly sworn-in leaders to cooperate with University administration to ensure the wellbeing of students.

 “To the new guild leadership, I appeal to you to begin your work with dedication and humility knowing very well that you have been called upon to serve your university beyond self. Please pay special attention to the University Council, the Senate, the College Boards and other statutory organs, the GRC as well as policies, procedures and regulations of the University. In particular, the guild leadership should join Management to encourage students to pay fees in the remaining time,” Prof Nawangwe added.

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School of Statistics and Planning receives ICT equipment worth $500,000

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The School of Statistics and Planning today received a consignment of ICT equipment worth $500,000 from the East African Community. The purchase of the equipment was facilitated by funding from the World Bank to the East African Community.
The equipment was this morning received by Dr. JB Asiimwe, the HoD of Planning and Applied Statistics, Mr David Kisitu, the Systems Administrator and Mr Frank Namugera from the Department of Planning and Applied Statistics.
The equipment includes 153 desktop computers, laptops, digital cameras, computer tables, power banks, UPS, cooling systems, security cameras, network accessories and computer chairs among other things.
The equipment will go a long way in improving teaching and learning as the university moves to be a research led institution.

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