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Main Building Reconstruction Commences



Reconstruction of the Main Administration Building that was gutted by fire in September 2020 officially kicked off on Monday 14th March 2022 with the site handover to the contractor Messrs Excel Construction Limited.

Addressing the Media on 16th March 2022, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe alongside the Acting (Ag.) Deputy Vice Chancellor (Finance and Administration)-DVCFA, Prof. Henry Alinaitwe and Director Estates and Works, Eng. Christina Kakeeto revealed that Excel submitted the winning bid worth UGX 20.5 Billion.

The reconstruction is fully funded by the Government of Uganda which committed UGX 21 billion. “I would like to thank the Government of Uganda, particularly His Excellency the President and our Minister of Education and Sports who is also the First Lady, for their efforts in ensuring that we receive the money required to restore this icon of Higher Education” remarked the Vice Chancellor. “I equally want to thank the Parliament of Uganda for availing the funds through a supplementary to enable the works begin this year” he added.

The Vice Chancellor shared that the reconstruction will adopt modern building methods, with a reinforced concrete frame as opposed to the original block work structure, while maintaining its distinct outward appearance. “The interior of the building has been completely redesigned but the exterior architecture must be exactly what it was before the fire.”

Prof. Nawangwe added that the contractor was under instruction to use every resource at their disposal to ensure that the main external works are completed by 8th October 2022, the date when the climax of the year-long celebrations marking 100 years of Makerere University‘s existence will be held.

“I want to thank all the alumni from around the world who expressed their concern following the tragic gutting of the Main building, and who are ready to contribute to the restoration” remarked the Vice Chancellor.

He noted that this readiness of alumni to contribute will be greatly appreciated when the time to refurnish and re-equip the restored building comes, because the funding from Government will only cater for the structural works.

“From our analysis, we lost more than UGX 4 billion in furniture and equipment; most of this furniture was quite old. And so we have come up with new furniture schedules, which will go through bidding to get the real cost, which we expect will be more than UGX 4 billion because we have to refurnish the building with modern furniture and equipment” explained the Vice Chancellor.

Prof. Nawangwe thanked members of the press for their support in sharing the news of the tragic fire with alumni all over the world as well as giving publicity to all efforts aimed at restoring the iconic Main Building.

Responding to a question from the Media about the bidding process, the Ag. DVCFA, Prof. Henry Alinaitwe explained that Excel Construction Limited emerged the best bidder, “and that is why we have signed the contract with Excel.”

“We shall introduce some new facilities that will enhance the functionality of building,” remarked Eng. Christina Kakeeto in response to a question on what the totally redesigned interior will come with. “We shall have facilities for Persons with disabilities, more fire escape routes, and ensure that the fire hydrants around the premises are functional” she elaborated.

The Director Estates and Works added that systems that aid fire detecting and firefighting as well as automated systems to improve utility consumption through optimum consumption of water and modern light switching will be installed in the reconstructed building. She concluded that the building will be modern, energy efficient and well aerated.

The Principal Public Relations Officer, Ms. Ritah Namisango moderated the press conference that was organised by Makerere University Public Relations Office.


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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