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Israeli Amb. H.E. Lotem Visits Mak, Offers to Deepen Collaboration

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On Tuesday 29th March, 2022 the Ambassador of Israel to Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi and Seychelles H.E. Michael Lotem visited Makerere University and paid a courtesy call on the Vice Chancellor Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe. Ambassador Lotem was accompanied by his Deputy H.E. Dvora Dorsman Yarkoni. The call was attended by Members of Management namely; the University Librarian Assoc. Prof. Helen Byamugisha, Director Internal Audit Mr. Walter Yorac Nono, Dean of Students Mrs. Winifred Kabumbuli and the Principal College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) Assoc. Prof. Gorettie Nabanoga.

Prof. Nawangwe welcomed H.E. Lotem on his inaugural visit to Makerere University and expressed the institution’s appreciation to the Government and people of Israel for the longstanding collaboration in the form of the Agrostudies Internship programme. Makerere is the coordinating institution for the programme in East and Southern Africa.

Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe (L) assisted by Mr. Agaba Issa Mugabo (C) presents an assortment of Makerere branded souvenirs to H.E. Michael Lotem (R) during the courtesy call.
Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe (L) assisted by Mr. Agaba Issa Mugabo (C) presents an assortment of Makerere branded souvenirs to H.E. Michael Lotem (R) during the courtesy call.

“With Uganda being a country whose economy is still very much agriculture-based, this kind of training is extremely important for us because it directly impacts on the knowledge that our farmers would require to improve their agricultural practices… our population is growing very fast, the country is already densely populated and we are told this population is likely to double in the next 30 years. And so we need to learn how to increase productivity of the limited land” remarked Prof. Nawangwe.

The Vice Chancellor expressed Makerere‘s desire to expand collaboration with Israeli Universities especially in areas such as production of electric vehicles and IT-related fields such as Artificial Intelligence among others. He added that Makerere is a comprehensive university that undertakes research in virtually all disciplines.

Contributing to the discussion, Assoc. Prof. Nabanoga shared that her college has received back over 200 graduates of the Agrostudies and was desirous of setting up a demonstration site at the Makerere University Agricultural Research Institute Kabanyolo (MUARIK). The site, she noted, would act as a platform for the returning interns to practice the skills they learnt in Israel, and pass them on to peers who didn’t have the chance to attend the programme. Currently, over 60% of returning students are engaged in farming as a business and various agriculture-related activities.

Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe (R)  presents an assortment of Makerere branded souvenirs to H.E. Dvora Dorsman Yarkoni (L) during the courtesy call.
Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe (R) presents an assortment of Makerere branded souvenirs to H.E. Dvora Dorsman Yarkoni (L) during the courtesy call.

Acknowledging the warm welcome, H.E. Lotem said the way forward on expanding collaboration would be for Makerere to specify particular areas of interest and where available, previous research publications that can be referred to. He further informed the meeting that the Israeli Embassy in Nairobi is planning to hold a seminar in September or October 2022 that will bring together various actors from East African Countries as well as the U.S.A, China, Turkey, Russia among others. Participants will discuss politics, security, economic development and a host of other topical issues.

The seminar, said the Ambassador, will bring on board Israeli academia to help them better understand the East African region, as there are not too many experts on East Africa in Israel. “We will invite you to participate,” graciously offered H.E. Lotem, adding that “this will be a venue to meet with Israeli counterparts from different institutions.”

The Vice Chancellor thanked the Ambassador for his visit and offer to help deepen collaboration between the University and Israeli institutions. He presented an assortment of branded souvenirs to the Ambassador and Deputy Ambassador and invited the Diplomats to attend the climax of Makerere‘s year-long celebration of 100 years of impactful existence on 8th October 2022.

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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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