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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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Prof. Buyinza Mukadasi Appointed Acting DVC Academic Affairs

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Prof. Buyinza Mukadasi, The Academic Registrar, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda, East Africa.

The Academic Registrar, Professor Buyinza Mukadasi has been appointed Acting Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic Affairs) of Makerere University, for a period of six (6) months effective 11th July 2024 to 10th January 2025 or until a substantive First Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic Affairs) is appointed whichever comes earlier.

He is a Professor of Forestry Resource Economics and served as the Director, Directorate of Research and Graduate Training (DRGT), Makerere University from 2014 to October 2022. Buyinza holds a PhD in Forest Economics from Gadjah Mada University (UGM), Yogyakarta Indonesia. He holds a number of professional enhancement certificates and Diplomas.

As Director DRGT he was charged with the oversight responsibility of all institutional research grants and graduate training in the university. Prof Buyinza served as the Deputy Director in Charge of Administration and Graduate Training (2010 – 2013); Head, Department of Community Forestry and Extension, Faculty of Forestry and Natural Resources (2003 – 2005, 2008-2010) at Makerere University.  Buyinza grew though the University ranks from a Tutorial Assistant (1993 – 1998) at Gajah Mada University, Indonesia to becoming a Lecturer (1999); Senior Lecturer (2004); Assoc. Professor (2007) and Full Professor (2010) at Makerere University.  He has over 20 years experience of University research and teaching in the field of Forestry and Natural Resource Economics.  He has successfully supervised over 50 MSc. and 10 PhD students in the fields of forestry, environment and natural resources. He has also acted as an external examiner in many regional and international universities. He is a member of many professional bodies and served as the Chairperson, Board of Directors of the National Forestry Authority (2007 – 2013). He was the Institutional Focal person (2010-2022) and Chair of the Board of Management of the Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa (CARTA), 2014 – 2018.

Buyinza has published widely in the field of forest resource economics, environmental incomes, economics of biodiversity conservation, and Environmental Incomes for Rural Income and livelihoods. He has authored more than 150 papers in International peer-reviewed referred journals, 4 book Chapters, attended more than 70 conference proceedings and has presented in more than 140 conferences/seminars/workshops.

Buyinza has built a very strong international network of collaborations in research administration and has tremendous capacity for resource mobilization. He has been Principal investigator (PI) of 15 research projects and as Co-Principal Investigator in many other institutional research grants. He is the Coordinator of various externally funded research capacity building initiatives at Makerere University. He has a wealth of research management experience with special focus on in the field of natural resources economics, and environmental governance.

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

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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: //apply.mak.ac.ug
  • 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
ACADEMIC REGISTRAR

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Diploma/Degree Holders Admission Lists 2024/25

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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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