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Highlights of Freshers Orientation & Training of Student Leaders at Colleges



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)

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

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
Phone: 0782294711


Advert: Mature Age Entry Scheme – Private Sponsorship 2024/2025



Students sit for an exam in the pre-COVID era, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda.

The Academic Registrar, Makerere University invites applications for the Undergraduate
Programmes under the Mature Age Entry Scheme only for Private Sponsorship for
2024/2025 Academic Year.
Non-Refundable Application fee of Shs. 50,000/= for Ugandans OR $75 Equivalent for
Internationals, plus bank charge should be paid in any of the banks used by Uganda
Revenye Authority after generating a Payment Reference Number (PRN).

  • Apply using the Institution’s Applications Portal URL:https: //
  • Application is for candidates who passed the Mature Age Entry Examinations of December 17, 2022 and February 24, 2024 only.
  • Any candidate who passed the examinations in mentioned above and was not admitted on Government/ Private sponsorship for December 17, 2022 sitting, and for Government sponsorship for February 24, 2024 sitting, is eligible to apply for admission on Private Sponsorship for 2024 /2025 Academic Year.

The closing date for applying will be Friday 26th July, 2024.

Further details can be accessed by following this link.

Prof. Mukadasi Buyinza

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Diploma/Degree Holders Admission Lists 2024/25



Main Library, Makerere University. Photo taken on 29th February 2016.

The Office of Academic Registrar, Makerere University has released lists of Diploma/Degree Holder applicants admitted under Private/Self Sponsorship for the academic year 2024/25. Please note that admission is subject to verification of academic documents by the awarding institutions.

The admission list is displayed here below:

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African Futures Research Leadership Program: Cohort 5 – Call for Scholars



Participants at the initial AAP convening participate in design-thinking exercises to help imagine the future of partnerships between MSU and Africa. Photo: AAP

The Alliance for African Partnership (AAP) is seeking applicants for the fifth cohort of the AAP African Futures Research Leadership Program. This competitive visiting scholar program supports early career researchers from the AAP consortium to work for one year under the mentorship of faculty members from MSU and their home institution, focusing on building skills in research for impact, writing scholarly and/or policy publications, disseminating of research results, and developing grant proposals for external support. Scholars will also participate in a structured professional development program while building bridges and lasting connections with MSU contacts and across their cohort. 

The main objective of the African Futures program is to strengthen the capacity of a cadre of African researchers to return to their home institutions and become scientific leaders in their community, establish long-term partnerships with MSU faculty, co-create innovative solutions to Africa’s challenges, and in turn become trainers of the next generation of researchers. This program aims to address the gender gap in Africa, where only 30% of researchers are women, so scholars selected for the program will be women, or men who can demonstrate they are committed to support efforts towards gender equity in higher education institutions in Africa. The research areas that the scholars will engage in during the program should be aligned to AAP’s research priority areas

The AAP Management Team requests applications from early career researchers to participate in the next cohort, with work to begin virtually in February 2025. Scholars will spend September – December 2025 at MSU for the in-person portion of the program, followed by another period of virtual collaboration, ending in early 2026. The scholar and mentor team will receive a small grant for research and professional development activities including conference attendance and publication. Scholars will also receive a stipend during their time at MSU, visa application support, and round-trip travel from their home institution.


  • Citizen of an African country 
  • Completion of a PhD degree within the last 10 years 
  • Employed as an Academic Staff member at one of the AAP African consortium universities including Egerton University, Makerere University, University of Dar es Salaam, Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Botswana, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, University Cheikh Anta Diop, University of Arts and Humanities, Bamako, United States International University-Africa, and University of Pretoria 
  • Have documented approval of leave or sabbatical to participate in the program for the in-person period 
  • Have a mentor at their home institution that will serve as a collaborator and mentor
  • Research must be in one of the AAP priority areas
  • Applicants may only submit one proposal to AAP in this round of funding. Prior scholars are not eligible to apply. 

To learn more about the program, including how to apply, click below

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Applications to be an African Futures scholar are due August 18, 2024

Additional program dates:

  • Program start date (virtual): February 2025
  • In-person program: Sept – Dec 2025
  • Program end date: February 2026

Please contact Jose Jackson-Malete at or +1 517-353-6989 with any questions.

Source: AAP

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