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Highlights of Freshers Orientation & Training of Student Leaders at Colleges

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In the month of February 2022, the Directorate for ICT Support (DICTS) was involved in the orientation of first year students/Freshers and training of student leaders.

It has been a productive, engaging and fruitful month where we had face-to-face and virtual sessions to introduce students to the key ICT services they will be accessing while they study at the University.

Key things Trained On

  1. How to activate their student portal
  2. How to create a University email address
  3. How to create a MUELE account for E-learning
  4. How to connect to MAKAIR and Eduroam WiFi
  5. How to be Cyber Alert

A Fresher’s orientation guide was documented and uploaded on our knowledge base and may be accesed using the Title and Link below:

Freshers’ Orientation – ICT at Makerere University | Answers at Makerere (Knowledge Base)
<https://answers.mak.ac.ug/support-and-training/freshers-orientation-ict-makerere-university>

The guide is loaded with content about DICTS; how students can access ICT services, how they can use the student portal for Payment Reference Number (PRN) generation to facilitate payments in the bank, via mobile money and through VISA. It also shows students how to activate their student portal, enrol and register for their programmes and course units.

DICTS worked closely with Exploits Fellowship; a group of students from the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHUSS). We also had the opportunity to work with another group of students from CHUSS led by Clinton Wandera. The students were trained on the
different ICT services at DICTS’ College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology (CEDAT) office. They were then equipped with tools (Laptops) to be able to support fellow students.

To broaden our reach, we set up a tent at the Freedom Square and publicized the engagements using our social media presence. Over 2,234 students were supported through this setup at the Freedom Square.

This article linked below highlights what we did through the Digital Literacy Program, February 2022
<https://dicts.mak.ac.ug/articles/digital-literacy-program-february-2022>

Student leaders

We equipped over 173 student leaders with skills in ICT services that enabled them better support students within their colleges. This training was groundbreaking as students got first hand information from their colleagues about the different challenges of the ICT services. This made them both good candidates and beneficiaries of the training.

Key observations

  1. Student leaders can do a great deal in enabling students to embrace the ICT services through knowledge sharing.
  2. Persons with Disabilities (PwDs) were not well catered for except for one orientation held at the Central Teaching Facility 1 (CTF1) for students of Social Sciences where an interpreter was present. DICTS will arrange for specialized training that will bring them up to speed.
  3. A number of students faced difficulty with digital literacy, basic reading of instructions and technophobia, which was at high play. These factors will be addressed through continuous training.
  4. Many students have embraced social media as a way of getting support. DICTS has a strong social media presence where we do not only give support but ensure students enjoy a good customer experience.

We thank the University Management, College Principals and Leadership, Student Leaders, the DICTS team, College ICT teams and our Director for enabling this to happen successfully.

Arthur Opio
End User Support Administrator
Directorate For ICT Support(DICTS)
Twitter @DICTSMakerere Facebook @MakDICTS
Email: arthur.opio@mak.ac.ug
Phone: 0782294711

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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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