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E-Learning Platform Launched for African Agriculture Universities

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The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM), has launched a regional e-learning platform that will help facilitate universities use ICT to improve teaching and learning among the continent’s higher learning institutions.

The organisation made up of 147 universities in 38 African countries, is piloting the plat- form in universities spread across the countries of Uganda, Malawi and Zambia, and is targeted at priority agriculture education course programmes.

The platform is the first and one of the pillars of the Africa Digital Agriculture Programme (AfriDAP), an initiative meant to harness digital technologies for agricultural transformation of Africa, and enhance higher agricultural education in the continent’s universities. The Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa (BADEA) is supporting the digi tal learning platform, with a number of co- funders also coming on board to supplement the bank’s seed money, said Dr Francis Otto Knowledge Hub manager at RUFORUM. “Although many higher education institutions world-wide have moved towards adoption of e-learning, many universities in Africa still lag behind and have been severely affected by especially the COVID-19 pandemic,” he told the Seventh African Higher Education Week and RUFORUM Triennial Conference 2021 taking place in West African country of Benin.

Some 13 universities both public and privately owned have been picked for the pilot, explained Dr. Otto.

“From the needs assessment survey conducted, 13 institutions were identified for strengthening infrastructure to operate e-learning platforms as they have demonstrated the need to implement e-learning”, he explained on selection of the pilot universities.

The Commonwealth of Learning, Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Mastercard Foundation, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation are the other co-funders of the platform, he disclosed.

So far promoters of the platform have developed blended educational material, and even more important, identified and selected “market-demanded courses” for different universities, to be offered on the platform.

A total of 13 courses have been selected in research, science, ICT, project management, and in agriculture fields, for inclusion in the e-learning platform. They include Research Methods, Scientific Data Management, and popular agriculture fields such as Plant Breeding, Agri-business, Climate-smart Agriculture and in Biotechnology and Seeds Systems.

RUFORUM is working with two ‘focus’ universities Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources of Malawi and Uganda’s Makerere University and 10 others to support capacity building in online teaching and learning for both staff and students, Dr. Otto disclosed.

Going forward the official noted, training a pool of content developers will be escalated and as well as that of course instructors. Skills development training in use of digital technologies for university administrative staff will also be conducted.

Deployment of ICT for remote learning has become urgent in Africa since the advent of COVID-19, However numerous challenges including lack of electricity, poor broadband connectivity, lack gadgets and low human capacity to conduct online teaching has impeded this.

Read more in the RUFORUM Newsletter December 2021

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Launch of Mak-RIF Round 4 Awards & PhD Call for Proposals

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Mak-RIF 4 Awards and PhD Call For Proposals, 29th September 2022, 9:00 to 10:00 AM EAT.

Makerere University received funding from the Government of the Republic of Uganda, earmarked to support high impact Research and Innovations. This unique initiative arose after engagements between the top University Management and the Government of Uganda. This fund illustrates the increasing importance that the Government attaches to Research and Innovation as a driver of development and transformation. The objective of the fund is to increase the local generation of translatable research and scalable innovations that address key gaps required to drive Uganda’s development agenda. 

In the Financial years 2019/2020, 2020/2021 and 2021/2022 the Government of the Republic of Uganda through Mak-RIF has funded implementation of over 750 multidisciplinary research and innovations within the various Colleges, while engaging multiple stakeholders within and outside Makerere University. The Grants Management Committee (GMC) has finalized the award process for the Mak-RIF round 4 call for funding for this Financial Year 2022/2023.

The Grants Management Committee (GMC) hereby invites you to the Launch of the Mak-RIF Round 4 awards and PhD Call for Proposals scheduled to take place tomorrow Thursday 29th September 2022 from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. EAT. 

Please use the following details to join the launch.

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwpcu-urDIjE9ZgxdsbEmA2IkNMMiJVECt_ 
Meeting ID: 884 5662 9992
Password: 292624

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Notice: Makerere Disability Scheme 2022/23 Medical Review Exercise

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One of the PWD graduands at the 69th Graduation during the Session held on 17th January 2019.

The Academic Registrar, Makerere University invites persons with disability who applied for admission to public universities under the disability entry scheme for 2022/2023 Academic Year to appear for medical/review exercise at Makerere Unive, Senate Building, Level Two (2) in the Telepresence Centre.

NOTE: Only those who have the minimum entry requirements of at least two principal passes at A’ Level or its equivalent and at least five (5) passes at O’ Level or its equivalent will be interviewed.

 Only candidates who sat ‘a’ level in 2020, 2019 and 2018 are eligible for admission.

THE EXERCISE WILL BE CONDUCTED ON 3rd, 4th and 5th October, 2022 respectively from 9.00 A.M – 1.00 P.M each day.

IMPORTANT:

(i) If you fail to appear on any of the given days above, there will be no other chance for you.

(ii) Applicants with Government Scholarship for the previous years are not eligible for admission

ALFRED MASIKYE NAMOAH

Acting. ACADEMIC REGISTRAR

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Uganda’s policymakers implored to address forest loss, plastic & water pollution

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Left to Right: Prof. Gunnar Köhlin, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, Amb. Maria Håkansson, Commissioner Julius Mafumbo and Prof. Edward Bbaale posing for a group photo before the opening ceremony on 22nd September 2022: Photo by EfD-Mak Centre.

The Vice Chancellor Professor Barnabas Nawangwe on Thursday 22nd September, 2022 participated in the opening of the EfD Annual meeting hosted by Makerere University at Speke Resort Munyonyo where he appealed to government to implement the ban on kaveera and address other environmental issues.

The opening ceremony moderated by the EfD Global Hub Manager Gunnar Köhlin and was graced by Uganda’s Minister for Water and Environment represented by the Commissioner for Water, Mr. Julius Mafumbo and the Swedish Ambassador to Uganda, H.E. Maria Håkansson.

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