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Dr. Nabukenya hands over DVCFA Office to Prof. Alinaitwe

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Dr. Josephine Nabukenya has after one year of service as Acting (Ag.) Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Finance and Administration (DVCFA) handed over office to Prof. Henry Alinaitwe, Principal College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology (CEDAT). Dr. Nabukenya’s appointment was with effect from 16th November 2020 to 15th November 2021.

In her handover remarks, Dr. Nabukenya thanked the Chancellor, Prof. Ezra Suruma for considering her fit to serve her Alma mater in such a capacity. “For the last twelve months, I have had my singular honour to contribute to elevating of Makerere University in its pursuit to optimise its potential as a knowledge hub.”

She acknowledged the support of the University Council as led by the Chairperson Mrs. Lorna Magara and Vice Chairperson Rt. Hon. Daniel Fred Kidega as well as the top organ’s professionalism in playing it’s oversight role over Management.

Dr. Nabukenya equally thanked colleagues in Management for the team spirit and collegial support rendered to her throughout her term as DVCFA. She particularly thanked the Vice Chancellor for his leadership.

“I exceedingly appreciate my immediate supervisor, the Vice Chancellor Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe for the technical and moral support, and confidence entrusted in me, as well as his judicious steering of the affairs of the University Management” she said.

During her tenure, Dr. Nabukenya provided leadership to the School of Computing and Informatics Technology (CIT) in the development of an in-house Academic Records Information System (MakARIS), an electronic Human Resource Management System as well as an electronic voting system for students. Both systems are up and running with the latter having used during both the 86th and 87th Guild and Senior Common Room (SCR) Elections.

Prof. Eng. Henry Mwanaki Alinaitwe is an eminent Engineer and Academician, newly appointed Ag. Deputy Vice Chancellor Finance and Administration, Makerere University effective 16th November 2021. He has served at senior management level in the University and as Principal in the College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology (CEDAT) since August 2013, a position he assumed rising from the ranks as Deputy Principal, Dean School of the Built Environment, Associate Dean of the then Faculty of Technology. He has been in Senate for more than 10 years. He has previously served as Chairman and member of the University Contracts Committee and he has chaired a number of various university committees.

Prof. Alinaitwe is a widely published, well-read professor in Civil and Construction Engineering with his research interests in the areas of areas of structures, construction materials, and construction project management. He is currently working on the project of redesigning the Main Administration Building at Makerere University.  He is a registered and practicing Engineer. He is a Fellow of Uganda Institution of Professional Engineers, Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers (UK), and a Fellow of the Uganda National Academy of Sciences.

He attended some of the prestigious Universities in the world that include Lund University in Sweden where he obtained a PhD in Engineering as well as a Licentiate degree in Engineering. He obtained anMSc in Construction Management from Loughborough University, UK and a Master of Engineering Studies in Civil Engineering (Structures) degree from the University of Sydney, Australia. Prof. Alinaitwe obtained his Bachelor of Science in Engineering (Civil option) from Makerere University. He holds a post graduate certificate in Public Administration and Management and another in Project Planning and Management.

Due to his good performance at Primary Leaving Examinations, Prof. Alinaitwe studied on state scholarship for his entire secondary education. At senior six, he emerged the best Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education examinations candidate which achievement enabled him to earn double boom at the University when Government was still paying for upkeep of students.

Prof. Alinaitwe is an assiduous manager who pays attention to detail, a trait that has earned him a track record in leadership and management at various levels, where as many will agree, he exudes efficiency and effectiveness in practice. He is gentle, calm and displays a demeanor of a great academic leader. At the College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology where he has served most, his effort is evident from the effective working environment where staff are benefiting from his sense of purpose, mentorship and aspirations as demonstrated from the number of new and ongoing innovations and research projects.

He serves on a number of Boards and Management Board Committees notably Kiira Motors Corporation, Technology Consults Ltd., Mulago National Referral Hospital, and Kyogo Senior Secondary School. With Prof. Henry Alinatwe being part of the team at the helm of the stewardship of the University, there is no doubt that the institution will take wider strides in realizing the development agenda.

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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.

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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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