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Mak enters Research & Training Partnership with Somali National University

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Makerere UniversityMak and Somali National University (SNU) on Monday 21st November 2021) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that will commence a collaboration between the two African Universities.

The signing ceremony took place at Makerere University between Professor Hassan Omar Mahadalle, the Rector of Somalia National University and his Ugandan counterpart Professor Barnabas Nawangwe, the Vice Chancellor of Makerere University. The Somali Ambassador to Uganda, H.E. Ali Mohamud Mohamed witnessed the signing.

Professor Barnabas Nawangwe said the two institutions have agreed to collaborate in research and training.

The agreement will enable Makerere University through its School of Public Health (MakSPH) under the College of Health Sciences support Somali National University which is currently pioneering its public health training and research program at its Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.

In a group photo after signing the MOU
A team from Makerere University led by Professor Barnabas Nawangwe, the Vice Chancellor exchange MoU after its signing with a delegation of Somali National University. The signing ceremony was witnessed by The Somali Ambassador to Uganda, H.E. Ali

Makerere has since 1984 implemented training and research in public health and will through this partnership support efforts to enhance Somali National University’s capacity to provide high quality graduate and undergraduate training in public health and facilitate collaborative research by both students and faculty at both universities.

Speaking at the signing ceremony, Professor Buyinza Mukadasi the Director, Directorate of Research and Graduate Training, Makerere University said he was happy that Somali National University had chosen Makerere University as a potential collaborator.

“We are not the only University but we are an old University with very important lessons we can share with you. We are happy that now you have come to formally establish working relations with us,” said Prof. Buyinza.

Professor Buyinza Mukadasi, the Director, Directorate of Research and Graduate Training, speaking at the signing ceremony at the Vice Chancellor's Office on Monday November 22. Looking on is Dr. Rhoda Wanyenze, Professor and Dean Makerere University School of Public Health
Professor Buyinza Mukadasi, the Director, Directorate of Research and Graduate Training, speaking at the signing ceremony at the Vice Chancellor’s Office on Monday November 22. Looking on is Dr. Rhoda Wanyenze, Professor and Dean Makerere University School of Public Health

He further expressed Makerere’s readiness to support SNU through this partnership and hailed Professor Rhoda Wanyenze, the Dean of MakSPH for initiating discussion with the embassy and University.

He cited that the Embassy of Sweden in Uganda had already interested Makerere University to work with and support universities in Somalia especially in areas of research.

Makerere University is a very old institution and we want to really work together with institutions in the region that have the same vision and mission. Ours is not only to build research capacity but actually how do we inform national policy. I am happy that Rector has requested us to set up a research office and systems. We are very much willing and available, once you formally make that request to the Vice Chancellor,” he said.

The Vice Chancellor walked his visitors through a brief history of Makerere University and how it started as a humble technical institution in 1922, citing that it has trained thousands of people and impacted a lot of lives through edge cutting research.

“We currently have 37,000 students. We had actually reached 50,000 students a few years back but there was an outcry that we did not have the facilities to manage the numbers so we started reducing the numbers. And we are still reducing gradually because we want to reduce the number of undergraduates and increase the number of graduates. We think that the optimum number will be about 25,000,” said Prof. Nawangwe said.

According to Prof. Nawangwe, Makerere University wishes to collaborate with Somali National University in every area in order to learn from each other. “You have chosen to start collaboration in the area of public health which is a very important area for our region because of our very fast population growth and the challenges we are going to face, climate change and new diseases and so on. But we are open to collaborate in all the other areas,” he said.

Dr. Mohamed Gedi Qayad, Dean Faculty of Health Science & Tropical Medicine SNU alongside MakSPH Dean Professor Rhoda Wanyenze signs MoU in witness of Amb. Ali Mohamud Mohamed and Mak VC Professor Nawangwe plus the entire delegation  .
Dr. Mohamed Gedi Qayad, Dean Faculty of Health Science & Tropical Medicine SNU alongside MakSPH Dean Professor Rhoda Wanyenze signs MoU in witness of Amb. Ali Mohamud Mohamed and Mak VC Professor Nawangwe plus the entire delegation 
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Sweden through SIDA has supported Makerere University to develop capacity and research, supporting over 400 staff to acquire PhDs.

Prof. Hassan Omar Mahadalle, the Rector of Somalia National University requested Makerere University to support the university in establishing research systems

“We appreciate the hospitality. We look forward to working with Makerere University. Somali National University was created in 1950, about 28 years after Makerere University was created. We were one of the largest universities in Sub-Saharan Africa before a civil war broke out in 1991. At that time, we had about 11 schools. When war broke out, everyone who was involved in education left for overseas. The University was reopened in 2014 after relative peace and stability and since 2014, we have established 12 Faculties and I am here now six months as a Rector,” said Prof. Omar Mahadalle.

Prof. Hassan Omar Mahadalle, the Rector of Somalia National University (right) and Dean Faculty of Health Science & Tropical Medicine SNU. Dr.Mohamed Gedi Qayad reading Makerere information pack
Prof. Hassan Omar Mahadalle, the Rector of Somalia National University (right) and Dean Faculty of Health Science & Tropical Medicine SNU Dr.Mohamed Gedi Qayad reading Makerere information pack

He added that; “We were very shy when we were asking for this MoU and we limited ourselves in public health but in fact we need help in every College. We need support in Medicine, we need support in Education, we need support in Engineering, we need support in general Sciences, all our faculties need capacity building support. We will appreciate”

The Somali Ambassador to Uganda, H.E. Ali Mohamud Mohamed said Somalia has stabilized and the country is resuming to empower universities to continue training and research.

“Somalia is now a peaceful country courtesy of countries with troops under bodies like AMISOM, and one of them is Uganda. We thank President Museveni and all the Uganda government for the support. Now 80% of Somalia is peaceful. There is nothing to worry about if your teams wish to come to Mogadishu,” said H.E. Ambassador Mahamud Mohamed.

He also said it was a great privilege for Somali National University to partner with one of the best universities on the continent citing that it has produced several of the region’s leaders as well as those in currently under the Somali government.

“I am glad and privileged today to witness the signing of the MOU between two great institutions and I thank everyone who has been able to see this come through.”

Professor Rhoda Wanyenze said the School of Public Health at Makerere University is a founder member of the Association of School of Public Health in Africa, citing that it would be important for SNU to join as well.

She added that MakSPH is working towards integrating Sustainable Development Goals, being a member of SDG Cluster 3 of the International Association of Universities (IAU), created under the auspices of UNESCO.

“IAU has mapped out clusters for each Sustainable Development Goal and we are a set of universities that are doing this. We coordinate the Cluster and we represent Africa on that Cluster for SDG3. There are also other members from other continents like Western Sydney University, Karolinska Institutet several others. Each continent has a University,” said Professor Wanyenze.

L-R: Dr. Mohamed Gedi Qayad, Dean Faculty of Health Science & Tropical Medicine, Prof. Hassan Omar Mahadalle Rector Of Somalia National University (SNU), Dr. Rhoda Wanyenze, Professor and Dean MakSPH and Mr.Abdulwahab M. Salad, Director School of Public Health & Research (SNU) and Ismail Abdullahi Ibrahim Director of Social & Student Affairs Office at New Mulago Complex, home of MakSPH
L-R: Dr. Mohamed Gedi Qayad, Dean Faculty of Health Science & Tropical Medicine, Prof. Hassan Omar Mahadalle Rector Of Somalia National University (SNU), Dr. Rhoda Wanyenze, Professor and Dean MakSPH and Mr.Abdulwahab M. Salad, Director School of Public Health & Research (SNU) and Ismail Abdullahi Ibrahim Director of Social & Student Affairs Office at New Mulago Complex, home of MakSPH 

The Somali delegation also had Dr. Mohamed Gedi Qayad, Dean Faculty of Health Science & Tropical Medicine, Mr. Abdulwahab M. Salad, Director School of Public Health & Research, Mr. Ismail Abdullahi Ibrahim, Director of Social & Student Affairs Office at Somali National University and Mr. Liban Hussein, the Educational Attache Somali Embassy.

MakSPH staff together Somali National University delegation in a group photo
MakSPH staff together Somali National University delegation in a group photo

Dr. Fredrick Makumbi, the Deputy Dean MakSPH said; “We are very excited about the MoU with you. The School of Public Health where you are is one of the 29 Schools in the 10 Colleges with nine academic programs with more than 800 students. We are proud of being part of public health research and innovations and we have extensive partnerships. We proud that you are going to be part of this amazing network of partners.”

In this three-day visit, the delegation of Somali National University paid a courtesy call to Principal, Deputy Principal, and other Deans in the College of Health Sciences, Mrs. Winifred Kabumbuli, the Dean of Students Makerere University (Mak) and held talks with MakSPH Heads of Department to discuss way forward as well as interfacing with Somali Embassy and Makerere University Somali Students.

Mak VC sees off the Somali Ambassador to Uganda and the delegation from Somali National University at Makerere University, Kampala -Uganda
Mak VC sees off the Somali Ambassador to Uganda and the delegation from Somali National University at Makerere University, Kampala -Uganda

Article originally posted on MakSPH website.

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Graduate Admission Lists 2021/22

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An earlier photo of the Senate Building, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda, taken 4th February 2009

The Directorate of Research and Graduate Training (RGT)Makerere University has released the admission lists for applicants successfully admitted for postgraduate programs for the 2021/22 Academic Year. The lists include postgraduate diplomas, PhD and Masters programmes.

Please see Downloads for details.

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Admission Lists: Appeals and Re-advert for internationals 2021/2022

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The Office of Academic Registrar, Makerere University has released lists of applicants who appealed and have now been admitted.

The following candidates have been admitted as follows;

  • MOP-UP Cases (Government)

Index No.                Name                       Sex           Course    Results  

(i)    U0025/667      HANS Murungi      M                       LAW       58          National Merit  

(ii)   U0004/631      AINE Aaron Amanya     M              ELE Sports Scheme

  • MOP UP Cases (Private Mature Entry Scheme)

NAME                      Sex    Mature results   Pre-entry Results      Programme

ARINAITWE Job    M                70                           55                            LAW (Private)

The lists for the successful appeals for Private Sponsorship Scheme, Re-advert and mop-up for International applicants can be accessed below:

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Fees Waiver Scholarships for First Year Female Students for the Academic Year 2021/2022

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The Chancellor-Prof. Ezra Suruma (Right) presents the Female Scholarship Foundation Class of 2020 Award to Ms. Aheebwa Mukonyezi Bridget (Kneeling) as her parents and Ag. Director Gender Mainstreaming Directorate-Dr. Euzobia Mugisha Baine (2nd L) witness on 15th January 2020 during Session 2 of the 70th Graduation Ceremony, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda.

In 2010 Makerere University established a Fees-Waiver Scholarship Scheme managed by the Gender Mainstreaming Directorate. The Scheme supports academically bright female students from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds to study various undergraduate degree programmes at Makerere University. The scholarship is administered by waiving off tuition and functional fees ONLY for the duration of study programmes of the scholarship beneficiaries. The applicant must be able to meet other costs by herself (for their feeding, accommodation and other learning necessities required by the University) for the duration of the scholarship and study period.  

The Gender Mainstreaming Directorate is pleased to announce 40 Fees Waiver scholarships for the academic year 2021/2022.  All Programmes in the 10 Colleges of Makerere University are eligible for this scholarship support and each College has four slots.

Eligibility

Scholarship applicants should meet the following criteria:

  1. Should be female of Ugandan Nationality
  2. Should be a first-year student admitted at Makerere University Main Campus for the academic year 2021/2022 under the Direct Entry Scheme, i.e. from A level
  3. Should be from a genuinely disadvantaged socio-economic background.
  4. Should not have been admitted on Uganda Government sponsorship to any public university.
  5. Should not be a beneficiary of any other scholarship e.g. District Scholarship, the Higher Education Students Financing Board (HESFB)
  6. Must be willing to participate in a selection process as shall be determined by the Gender Mainstreaming Directorate Scholarship Committee
  7. Female students with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

An application shall be deemed complete once it contains the following attachments; 

  1. Photocopies of ‘O’ and ‘A’ level Academic Documents.
  2. Three Passport size photographs of the applicant.
  3. A copy of the applicant’s Birth Certificate
  4. In case of deceased parents, copies of death certificate(s)
  5. A hand drawn physical map of the applicant’s home/residence with clear directions of how to get to that home or residence from the nearest main road (indicate approximate distances in kilometres).
  6. A copy of the admission letter to Makerere University.
  7. A copy of ‘A’ Level fees payment slips for at least two terms

Interested and eligible applicants can download the application form from our website: www.gendermainstreaming.mak.ac.ug

OR pick an application form in Room 402 Senate Building, Level 4, Gender Mainstreaming Directorate. The deadline is Friday, 28th January 2022 at 5:00 pm.

NOTE:  Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

Euzobia Mugisha Baine (PhD)
DIRECTOR

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