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Director EfD Global Network Assoc. Prof. Gunnar Kohlin Visits Mak

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A delegation of Swedish environmental economists on 22nd November 2021, visited Makerere University to discuss collaborative academic and research initiatives in environment and sustainable development.

The delegation was  led by  the Director EfD Global Network Assoc. Prof. Gunnar Kohlin from the University of Gothenburg.

The team paid a courtesy call on the office of the Director of Graduate Research and Training, the Office of the Vice Chancellor, Office of the Principal College of Business and Management Sciences (CoBAMS). The team also held a meeting with EfD-Mak research fellows during which the Director, EfD-Mak Centre Prof. Edward Bbaale addressed the guests and participants virtually from Ghana.

The Swedish team was in Uganda to attend the three-day IGE cross-country National Policy Review and Training Workshop in Speke Resort Munyonyo Hotel, from November 23-25, 2021.

Director EfD Global Network Assoc. Prof. Gunnar Kohlin (2nd R) and his team are received upon arrival at CoBAMS by the Principal-Prof. Eria Hisali (2nd L) and the EfD-Mak Team
Director EfD Global Network Assoc. Prof. Gunnar Kohlin (2nd R) and his team are received upon arrival at CoBAMS by the Principal-Prof. Eria Hisali (2nd L) and the EfD-Mak Team

The function is being organized by the EfD-Mak Centre, Uganda in collaboration with University of Gothenburg, as part of the activities of the Inclusive Green Economy (IGE) capacity building programme for senior civil servants and policy makers sponsored by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida).

The purpose of the National Policy Review (NPR) training is to strengthen cross-country peer learning by conducting an analytical review of their neighboring country’s NPR, and strengthen networks on Inclusive Green Economy in the region.

The visit by the Swedish team was also in preparation for the EfD Global Annual conference to be hosted by EfD-Mak-Centre at Makerere University next year 2022.

Prof.Gunnar met with the university top officials including the Director Graduate Research and Training Prof. Buyinza Mukadasi, the Vice Chancellor Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, the Principal College of Business and Managemnet Sciences Assoc. Professor Eria Hisali before meeting the EfD-Mak research fellows.

The EfD Team during their meeting with the Director DRGT-Prof. Buyinza Mukadasi (3rd R) in his office.
The EfD Team during their meeting with the Director DRGT-Prof. Buyinza Mukadasi (3rd R) in his office.

Prof. Gunnar Kohlin who was making his maiden visit to Uganda and Makerere University since the inception of the centre in 2019, commended the EfD-Mak Centre for being active and progressive in implementing the activities across the country including policy dialogues, training researchers and civil servants.

Prof. Gunnar appreciated the collaborative efforts between the School of Agricultural Sciences in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and the School of Economics in the College of Business and Management Sciences for nurturing the EfD-Mak-Centre and implementing a number of activities.

In different meetings with university officials Prof. Gunnar discussed ideas of how to move the EfD research agenda forward.

“The clock is ticking and we have just started a decade to move the global Agenda 2030 and to deal with the implementation of the Paris Agreement to address many challenges such biodiversity loss, climate change, deforestation among others”

Assoc. Prof. Gunnar Kohlin (2nd L) and his team during their interaction with Prof. Buyinza Mukadasi.
Assoc. Prof. Gunnar Kohlin (2nd L) and his team during their interaction with Prof. Buyinza Mukadasi.

Prof. Gunnar emphasised the need for the academia to join the global efforts to implement the conventions and commitments. Academia in the past choose to stand aside and not actively join the policy discussions but now, given the urgency of the global challenges academia needs to be brought on board and commit to the implementation of national and international agreements.”

Prof. Gunnar said this can be done through intensification of research, building academic programs and forming multidisciplinary research teams to conduct joint research to effectively solve the problems.

Other strategies discussed include the development of short term and full-blown academic training programmes tailored to the country’s need, integrating short and  long term training programs in the university curriculum, having new standalone  programs  and expanding the needs assessment  on what capacities are needed to deliver.

Prof. Gunnar and the university officials agreed on the need to institutionalize the EfD-Mak Centre beyond just being a project, bringing on board more international funding

Part of the institutionalization and sustainability efforts discussed included the move to engage government to take over the EfD initiative and streamlining it in the budgeting process, integrating the center activities within the university curriculum and research.

Research Fellows pose for a group photo with the Swedish delegation after their interaction.
Research Fellows pose for a group photo with the Swedish delegation after their interaction in the EfD-Mak Centre, Central Teaching Facility 2 (CTF2), Makerere University.

The other idea is integrating the center activities in the college and unit levels for instance formulating policy labs, and developing  a student internship model and  to equip students to be able to  them conduct outreach and advocacy activities on environment in communities.

It was also suggested that besides international funding, there is need for university commitment to create and integrate the EfD initiatives into the university financial system so that the center is part and parcel of the university.

Researchers were also called upon to leverage institutional support from EfD secretariat to bring in more international funding to the university. Key priority areas of focus in the Swedish collaboration with Uganda according to Prof. Gunnar are Human Rights, democracy and rule of law, gender equality, and environment. Climate change, inclusive economic development, quality health and reproductive rights.

Prof. Gunnar applauded Makerere University for ensuring interdisciplinary approach in implementing the activities of the center saying, this EfD is not a project to take away but to build institutions saying, the Global hub was focusing on building capacity and ready to support this.

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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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