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Mak-Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT), India discuss collaboration

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Makerere University on Monday, 15th November 2021 hosted a delegation from the Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT), Odisha – India as a precursor to collaboration especially in the areas of health sciences and engineering. The two-man delegation consisting of Mr. Rahul Varma the Assistant Director International Relations and Mr. Harshit Aggarwal were received by the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic Affairs), Dr. Umar Kakumba at his office in the Senate Building.

Dr. Kakumba welcomed the delegation to Makerere and thanked them for choosing to collaborate with the University.

Mr. Varma in his brief shared that KIIT has a student population of 30,000, including over 1,400 international students from 54 different countries around the globe. The institution offers more than 120 academic Undergraduate and Postgraduate programs in Engineering, Law, Biotechnology, Medical Sciences, Applied Sciences, Business Administration, Architecture, Film and Media Science, Fashion Technology, Humanities and Yoga.

KIIT also has several Centres of Excellence (CoEs) that perform research and development activities, as well as future innovation in various fields of engineering and industrial  technology. He added that KIIT is highest ranked private university in India located in the capital city of Odisha, Bhubaneswar which is in the mineral-rich part of eastern India.

Mr. Varma shared that KIIT has emerged as a leading private institution of quality education and skill development in India within a period of 29 years. In 2019 KIIT was recognised as an INSTITUTION OF  EMINENCE (IOE) by India’s Ministry of Education (erstwhile Ministry of Human Resource Development-HRD), and it is one of seven private universities to receive this recognition. The University has been conferred “Category A” status by India’s Ministry of Education.

KIIT wishes to collaborate with Makerere University in the areas of student and staff exchange, joint research, with a priority areas of collaboration in healthcare and engineering” concluded Mr. Varma.

In his remarks, Dr. Kakumba informed the delegation that Makerere University is the oldest in the region and has embarked on year-long celebrations to mark 100 years of existence this year.

Makerere teaches every area of knowledge. We are currently running eighty five (85) undergraduate programmes and awarding close to 100 doctorates per year. We are the best in tropical medicine and infectious diseases research on the continent. Our strategic plan focuses on enabling us to become a research-intensive university and we are moving towards 70% of faculty being PhD holders”, Dr. Kakumba added.

He informed the delegation that Makerere is keen on strategic institutional collaborations and has signed memoranda of understanding with leading universities globally, as well as esteemed institutions like the Carnegie Corporation of New York, Sida – Sweden’s government agency for development cooperation, The Rockefeller Foundation, NORAD – Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation among others.

“Some of these institutions have partnered with the university for periods spanning over 20 years” he added.

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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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