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Highlights of AR & ICT Support at Makerere Jinja Campus

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The Academic Registrar (AR) and Directorate for ICT Support (DICTS) team went to the Makerere University Jinja Campus on Friday the 11th of March 2022. The trip was aimed at supporting the Academic and administrative staff on their ICT usage on the new Academic Management Information System (ACMIS)

AR has been implementing the system with support from DICTS for the past 6-7 months. Training of both registrars and academic staff in all the colleges has been conducted and continuous support continues to take place.

College registrars have been trained on how to support students on the system by doing their cardinal roles of ensuring the curriculum for the various programs are set and right, academic staff have been and continue to be trained on how to use the system for various purposes including uploading results, etc. Students too have been trained on how to activate their portals, register, generate payment reference numbers, etc. on the system.

AR and DICTS team arrive at Jinja Campus

The building that houses Makerere University Jinja Campus and the National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC) Jinja Office.
The building that houses Makerere University Jinja Campus and the National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC) Jinja Office.
Left to Right: Ruth Iteu Eyoku, Samuel Wamukota, David Kiganda and Arthur Moses Opio.
Left to Right: Ruth Iteu Eyoku, Samuel Wamukota, David Kiganda and Arthur Moses Opio.

The Jinja campus is located in the heart of Jinja City. The Campus shares premises with the National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC) Jinja Office.

Find out more about the Jinja campus from this link.

Training of academic staff

The academic staff were convened and trained on how to use the system to support their work.

Jinja Campus Academic staff accessing the ACMIS portal.
Jinja Campus Academic staff accessing the ACMIS portal.

Training and support to students

Students were trained on how to activate their portals and use the system to generate payment reference numbers.

They were also trained on how to create email addresses using the SSO system.

A female student creates her University email address.
A female student creates her University email address.

Student support is critical to the usage of the ICT system. Students were given access and this enables digital learning

Capturing of Photos

David Kiganda from the AR Department capturing a female student's photo.
David Kiganda from the AR Department capturing a female student’s photo.

The students who were on ground were able to get the services like capturing of photos for their student profiles.

They were also told about the online resources like the YouTube videos and knowledge base that is rich in information that can enable them get quick ICT support through knowledge that has already been documented.

Support highlights

  • Generating provisional admission letters for those who did not get their admission letters.
  • Capturing photos for their student profiles.
  • Generation of One Time Passwords (OTPs) for those who could not activate their portals.
  • Enabling access to provisional admission letters.
  • Updating their student profiles.
  • Creation of Makerere University E-Learning Environment (MUELE) accounts
  • Guiding students and registrars on support resources.

The AR and DICTS teams are grateful to the Academic Registrar and Management for the support given to facilitate the successful trainings and support. We thank the Jinja Campus team for the reception and good work ethic as many got acquainted fast on the system. 

We continue to Build For The Future by building capacity.

Article by Arthur Moses Opio, End User Support Administrator, DICTS.

Originally posted on DICTS Website

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A Successful Ph.D. Defense by Vianney Andrew Yiga

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The CEDAT community is proud to share our congratulations to Vianney Andrew Yiga following his successful Ph.D. defense that happened yesterday Monday 3rd October 2022 at the College of Engineering, Design, Art, and Technology (CEDAT).

His Thesis was titled; Thermal Stability of Fiber- Reinforced Polylactic Acid Composites for Flameretarded Applications.

The candidate was supervised by Eng. Dr. Michael Lubwama and Eng. Dr. Peter W. Olupot both from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, at CEDAT.

Dr. John Wasswa, Department of Chemistry, College of Natural Sciences (CONAS), Makerere University was the opponent that interrogated the candidate to enable a clear understanding of the study.

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Makerere University Launches National Parenting Draft Manual

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The Director of Culture at the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development, Ms. Juliana Naumo Akoryo (Centre) and Dr. Godfrey Siu, the Principal Investigator from Mak-CHDC (Right) interact with a participant at the workshop on 22nd July 2022, Kampala.

By Agnes Namaganda

On July 22nd 2022, Makerere UniversityChild Health and Development Centre (MakCHDC) launched a draft manual for the National Parenting Standards. The Centre has been working together with the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development (MGLSD) with funding from UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund), to develop standards that are agreeable to all organisations in the country that are involved in parenting work. The draft manual was being presented to members of a consortium that brings together all these organisations together, called the Parenting Agenda Consortium.

“We produce many documents and they are shelved,” Irene Ayot Chono, who was speaking on behalf of UNICEF said. “We hope that this document will not be one of them,” she emphasized.

Irene Ayot Chono-UNICEF, urging participants to utilize the manual once it is complete.
Irene Ayot Chono-UNICEF, urging participants to utilize the manual once it is complete.

Dr. Godfrey Siu, the Principal Investigator from Mak-CHDC who presented the draft manual to participants, emphasized that if any organization is doing parenting work, there should be a minimum package that they should offer.

Draft Manual Content

The manual which will have several modules. These modules will be delivered face-to-face in 1.5 hour sessions. Some of these include; Module 6 which will focus on “understanding responsible masculinity and fatherhood” and on “understanding the concept of head of family.”The draft manual also proposed that Module 11 focuses on Parenting in the 21st Century. Some of the sessions in this module will include Children and Technology, Contemporary Influence on Children and Modernity, Culture and Morality.Module 9 will focus on Parenting for Adolescents and some of the suggested sessions within this module are Needs for Adolescents and The Art of Communicating with Adolescents. Module 5 will focus on Preventing Violent Parenting and Promoting Alternative Discipline Strategies while Module 10 will be about Parenting to Address the Mental Health for Children and Adults.

Dr. Godfrey Siu, the Principal Investigator from Mak-CHDC presenting the contents of the National Parenting Standards Draft Manual.
Dr. Godfrey Siu, the Principal Investigator from Mak-CHDC presenting the contents of the National Parenting Standards Draft Manual.

Participants’ suggestions

After the presentation, participants raised several suggestions for discussion and consideration. These included whether there should be a module on spirituality since Uganda is a strongly religious nation. There was also the concern of how children in remand homes should be parented. Another concern raised by a participant was as to whether teachers who make an undeniable contribution to parenting, should be taken through the parenting manual.

A participant gives her input at the National Parenting Standards Draft Manual launch.
A participant gives her input at the National Parenting Standards Draft Manual launch.

In her closing remarks, Ms. Juliana Naumo Akoryo, the Director of Cultural Affairs at the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development (MGLSD) said that the manual is for the parenting organisations to utilize and not for MGLSD.

The Director of Culture at the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development, Ms. Juliana Naumo Akoryo making closing remarks at the workshop.
The Director of Culture at the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development, Ms. Juliana Naumo Akoryo making closing remarks at the workshop.

Ms. Chono also adjured the team behind the manual to use picture illustrations in the manual that can be relatable by the Ugandan parents.

Contact: Agnes Namaganda – agnesvioletnamaganda@gmail.com

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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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