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Rotary to Fund ECD Center at Makerere University

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By Loreen Seera

The Rotary Clubs of Uganda have partnered with Makerere University to establish an Early Childhood Development (ECD) Center worth millions of shillings. “The Center will focus on early childhood education, maternal and child health” said PDG Mike Kennedy Sebalu.

PDG Sebalu revealed that the initiative will focus on basic education and promoting literacy. He thanked Makerere University for partnering with Rotary Uganda to establish the Center.

Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, the Vice Chancellor Makerere University welcomed the initiative and informed the Rotarians that the proposal will be brought to the attention of the committee responsible for establishment of structures at Makerere University.

“We will present the proposal to the appropriate committee for proper decision making in terms of allocation of the site for setting up the structure for the ECD project. What is important is for us to express support towards development of the project at Makerere University,” Prof. Barnabas added.

May Virji, the Country Representative, Institute for Rural Education and Development said the proposed structure will host the ECD center and a resource center to support learning and expansion of ECD programs.

Rotarian Fredrick Kitakule informed that Rotarians envision the project as a resource center and a satellite towards developing Early Childhood Development. He revealed that Rotary has supported the establishment of 17 ECDs spread out through the country.

“We envision that the establishment of the Early Childhood Resource Center will support the other institutions affiliated to Makerere University to empower teachers and staff,” Rotarian Kitakule said.

Prof. Nawangwe revealed that the project has come at the time when the Ministry of Education and Sports is rolling out the early childhood development program in institutions of higher learning. He added that the program has been already approved by Makerere University, pending presentation to Management for implementation.

Loreen Seera is the Communications & Engagement Officer, Makerere University Rotary Peace Center

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Dissolution of the 2020/2021 GRC and Guild Executive

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The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe (L) hands over an assortment of Mak souvenirs to the 86th Guild President Mr. Ssempijja Ivan (L) after their meeting, June 2021, CTF1, Makerere University.

To All Students

Communication from Dean of Students

This is to inform you that the Guild Representative Council and Guild Executive were dissolved on 08th October, 2021 by the Rt. Hon. Guild Speaker in accordance with Article 17(4) (e) to pave way for the Guild Presidential and Guild Representative Council elections for 2021/2022.2. The Electoral Commission was elected and begun its work.

Following the dissolution,- the guild matters are under the Care TakerGovernment provided for by Article 50 of the Guild Constitution.

The composition of the Care Taker Government is:

a) Dean of Students

b) Guild Speaker

c) Guild Advisor

d) Deputy Guild Speaker

e) Guild Legal Advisor

Winfred Kabumbuli
DEAN OF STUDENTS

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Call for Applications: PhD Thesis Completion Grants

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The Director DRGT, Prof. Buyinza Mukadasi interacts with some of the 80 PhD Candidates attending the Training in Scholarly Writing and Communication Skills on 19th August 2019 at the Main Library, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda

From the University’s annual budget allocation FY 2021/22, the Directorate of Research and Graduate Training (DRGT) established the PhD Thesis Completion Grants Program to support outstanding doctoral candidates on the verge of finalizing their thesis/dissertation, who have no other source of funding for the requested period.

The scheme is intended to help candidates make significant progress toward the completion of their thesis/dissertation and/or substantial improvement in the quality of their dissertation. The scheme is designed to enable candidates to focus full time on the writing of their theses, improving the quality of the dissertation and shortening the time required to complete the doctoral degree.

In effect, the grant is intended to decrease time to degree and to support higher quality outcomes among students nearing graduation where relatively modest resources will make a large difference.

Applications from PhD candidates who demonstrate a clear ability to impact mainstream academia and whose projects reflect, and contribute to, the aims of the DRGT are welcomed to apply.

  • Applicants should review the eligibility criteria specified below as those not meeting these criteria will not be considered.
  • No grant will be awarded for a Thesis/dissertation which has already been submitted for preliminary examination.

Awards:

A total of 10 grants will be awarded during the period of July 1 to December 31, 2021 to Fully Admitted and Registered students.

The total budget support will depend on the strength of the application but in any case not exceeding Shillings Ten million (UGX 10,000,000/=), which will be disbursed upon submission of a realistic activity-based budget.

Application Procedure

  1. Electronic submission of application with supporting documents saved under one file using the following format: last name_PhDgrant2021.doc
  2. Submit to the Director, Directorate of Research and Graduate Training, Makerere University; Email: conference[at]rgt.mak.ac.ug Copy to: director[at]rgt.mak.ac.ug
  3. Three (3) Hard copies should be addressed to:
    The Director, Directorate of Research and Graduate Training,
    Senate Building Level 4, Room 410, Makerere University; P.O.BOX 7062, Kampala.
  4. Application Deadline: FRIDAY NOVEMBER 5TH, 2021; 5.00PM East African Time

NB: Only Successful applicants will be contacted.

Applications submitted to any other Email address other than the one above will not be accepted.

Inquiries:

For further information, please contact Mr. Nestor Mugabe, Research Grants Officer, DRGT Makerere University, via e-mail: nestor.mugabe[at]mak.ac.ug; Cell: +256-782-770032

Please Download below for the eligibility criteria and other details

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Mak Leadership Commends MURBS Fund Value Growth ahead of 11th AGM

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Assoc. Prof. Sarah Ssali (5th L) who represented the Chairperson Council with Members of Council, US-Mr. Yusuf Kiranda (6th L), URBRA's Mrs. Ritah Nansasi Wasswa (4th L), Chairperson MURBS BoT-Dr. Godwin Kakuba (7th L), MURBS Trustees, Representatives of Management as well as the Chairman MUASA and Representatives of Staff Associations at the presentation held on 19th October 2021, Senate Building, Makerere University.

The University Council and Management have commended the Makerere University Retirement Benefits Scheme (MURBS) Board of Trustees (BoT), Service Providers and Secretariat on the Scheme’s fund value growth from UGX 209 Billion to UGX 255 Billion during the Financial Year 2020/21. The commendations were delivered on Tuesday 19th October 2021 in the Telepresence Centre, Senate Building at the presentation of MURBS’ performance for the aforementioned period ahead of the 11th Annual General Meeting (AGM) scheduled to take place on Thursday 21st October 2021.

“The Chairperson of MURBS has told us that the Scheme now has assets worth UGX 255 Billion and has shown a rising trend of members’ benefits over the last few years. It is quite remarkable that 200 University employees have crossed into the group having over UGX 200 million in a space of one year!” exclaimed the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe in his remarks.

The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe delivers his remarks.
The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe delivers his remarks.

Earlier, Dr. Godwin Kakuba the Chairperson MURBS BoT had in his communication shared that the Scheme recorded two (2) members whose benefits crossed into the UGX 350-400 Million range, while four (4) members’ benefits crossed into the UGX 300-350 Million range within the period 30th June 2021 to 30th June 2021. Furthermore, within the same period, members with benefits in the UGX 250-300 Million range grew from six (6) to seventy eight (78), while those in the UGX 200-250 Million range grew from seventy three (73) to two hundred seventy three (273).

“These are good performance indicators and I am sure members of MURBS are pleased about them. We too welcome these results and hope that they will result into something positive for the University” said Prof. Nawangwe.

The Chairperson Board of Trustees, Dr. Godwin Kakuba presents the Statement of MURBS' Performance for the FY 2020/21.
The Chairperson Board of Trustees, Dr. Godwin Kakuba presents the Statement of MURBS’ Performance for the FY 2020/21.

On this note, the Vice Chancellor urged members of MURBS to serve the University with dedication and contribute generously towards the reconstruction of the Main Building. He equally appealed to staff to actively participate in celebrations to mark 100 years of Makerere University’s existence. The year-long celebrations were launched by the President H.E. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni on 9th October 2021 during the 59th Independence Day commemorations at Kololo Ceremonial Grounds.  

The Chairperson, Makerere University Council, Mrs. Lorna Magara who was represented by Council Member and Dean School of Women and Gender Studies, Assoc. Prof. Sarah Ssali in her remarks thanked God for MURBS’ notable achievement despite a Financial Year characterized by lockdowns and COVID-19 infection waves.

“These (performance indicators) are well above the objectives of the scheme and have added real growth to every individual member’s funds. I also congratulate the Trustees on this achievement” lauded Mrs. Magara.

Assoc. Prof. Sarah Ssali represented the Chairperson of Council, Mrs. Lorna Magara.
Assoc. Prof. Sarah Ssali represented the Chairperson of Council, Mrs. Lorna Magara.

At 77.79%, Treasury Bonds form the largest Asset Class in MURBS’ investment portfolio. This is followed by Investment property at 7.96%, Quoted shares (East Africa Equities) at 5.58%, Guaranteed Fund at 4.45%, Fixed Deposits at 2.15%, Treasury Bills at 2.01% and Corporate bonds at 0.07%.

The Chairperson congratulated MURBS upon winning an additional two accolades at the Financial Reporting (FiRe) Awards in November 2020. Earlier, the Chairperson Board of Trustees reported that MURBS had emerged winner in the retirement benefits category of the FiRe Awards for four consecutive years.

Assoc. Prof. Sarah Ssali (3rd L), URBRA's Mrs. Ritah Nansasi Wasswa (2nd L), University Secretary Mr. Yusuf Kiranda (C) and Chairperson MURBS BoT Dr. Godwin Kakuba (3rd R) with Trustees R-L: Mr. Wilber Grace Naigambi, Ms. Franco Angida Mugyema and Mr. Joseph Ikarokok.
Assoc. Prof. Sarah Ssali (3rd L), URBRA’s Mrs. Ritah Nansasi Wasswa (2nd L), University Secretary Mr. Yusuf Kiranda (C) and Chairperson MURBS BoT Dr. Godwin Kakuba (3rd R) with Trustees R-L: Mr. Wilber Grace Naigambi, Ms. Franco Angida Mugyema and Mr. Joseph Ikarokok.

“That is something that brings me, and Makerere University Council as a whole, lots of joy. I am confident that those awards testify about the strength of the Scheme and the level of transparency that you put into this work. Please keep it up” complimented the Chairperson.

Mrs. Magara thanked the Government of Uganda for creating an investment climate that is conducive to good performance of retirement benefits schemes, as well as continuing to pay the salaries of Makerere University Staff from which the scheme receives monthly contributions to invest. She equally thanked the University administration for supporting MURBS by paying most of the staff benefits on time.

Members of the MURBS Secretariat led by Principal Pensions Office (PPO) Ms. Susan Khaitsa (C), and L-R: Assistant PPO (APPO) Mr. Patrick Sempijja, APPO Mrs. Juliet Nabukeera Kitaka, Office Administrators Ms. Rhona Asingwire and Mr. Marvin Kakuba.
Members of the MURBS Secretariat led by Principal Pensions Office (PPO) Ms. Susan Khaitsa (C), and L-R: Assistant PPO (APPO) Mr. Patrick Sempijja, APPO Mrs. Juliet Nabukeera Kitaka, Office Administrators Ms. Rhona Asingwire and Mr. Marvin Kakuba.

The Chairperson concluded by reiterating Council’s support to MURBS as a model scheme in the country and commitment to ensuring that the balance of the In-house debt is cleared.

“I am satisfied that the University Council is achieving the objectives of setting up MURBS. I would like to again advise the Trustees to continue exercising due diligence in all matters of the Scheme” she summed up.

URBRA's Director Legal Mrs. Ritah Nansasi Wasswa represented the CEO Mr. Martin Nsubuga.
URBRA’s Director Legal Mrs. Ritah Nansasi Wasswa represented the CEO Mr. Martin Nsubuga.

Representing the CEO Uganda Retirement Benefits Regulatory Authority (URBRA) Mr. Martin Nsubuga, the Director Legal-Mrs. Ritah Nansasi Wasswa commended the Board of Trustees on the timely submission of financial statements, application for Trustee licences, quick responses to queries raised by the regulator and general adherence to the legal framework that governs the sector.

“URBRA is working tirelessly to support all licensed schemes in the promotion of good governance and overall management of the schemes’” added Mrs. Wasswa.

The URBRA representative thanked MURBS Trustees for working with the regulator to facilitate the development the Trustee Training and Certification Programme. Launched by URBRA in 2021, the programme is aimed at improving and enhancing professionalism of trustees.

Assoc. Prof. Sarah Ssali (2nd L) with L-R: URBRA's Mrs. Ritah Nansasi Wasswa, University Secretary Mr. Yusuf Kiranda and Chairperson MURBS BoT Dr. Godwin Kakuba at the presentation of MURBS’ performance for FY 2021/21 held on 19th October 2021 in the Telepresence Centre, Senate Building, Makerere University.
Assoc. Prof. Sarah Ssali (2nd L) with L-R: URBRA’s Mrs. Ritah Nansasi Wasswa, University Secretary Mr. Yusuf Kiranda and Chairperson MURBS BoT Dr. Godwin Kakuba at the presentation of MURBS’ performance for FY 2021/21 held on 19th October 2021 in the Telepresence Centre, Senate Building, Makerere University.

She commended MURBS on its new status as the mandatory retirement benefits scheme of Makerere University. “Given the new status of the scheme, we implore the Trustees to ensure strict compliance with the law, scheme trustee deed and the rules.”

The Chairperson Board of Trustees (BoT), Dr. Godwin Kakuba while presenting the Scheme’s performance reiterated MURBS’ commitment to ensuring that all practices of good governance are adhered to.

“For the Financial Year 2020/21, and in accordance with the Board Charter, the BoT engaged Profiles International Uganda Limited to evaluate its performance. This is the fourth time such an evaluation is being done and the results show that on the whole, the Board was rated very highly with an overall performance rating of ‘Excellent’.

The Secretary MURBS Board of Trustees Mr. Wilber Grace Naigambi.
The Secretary MURBS Board of Trustees Mr. Wilber Grace Naigambi.

“The Trustees will continue to work towards the realization of MURBS’ medium to long-term targets, such as, individual member holding reaching the UGX 500 Million band by 2024 and achieving 100% income replacement ratio by 2027” remarked Dr. Kakuba.

The Chairperson concluded by thanking the Chairperson and members of the University Council as well as the Vice Chancellor and members of Management for supporting MURBS to become a fully-fledged Employer Mandatory Scheme.

The presentation was moderated by Mr. Wilber Grace Naigambi MURBS Secretary BoT and Principal Public Relations Officer Ms. Ritah Namisango.  

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