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Mak signs Agreement with CIVIS-An Alliance of 10 European Universities

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Introduction

The Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic Affairs), Associate Prof. Umar Kakumba, together with the Deputy Director Directorate of Research and Graduate Training (DRGT), Associate Prof. Robert Wamala and the International Relations Officer, Ms Martha Muwanguzi attended an event , New Horizons for a European –African Partnership at Aix-Marseille University, France. The event was on the invitation of the Vice –President of International Relations of Aix-Marseille University.  Held from 8th to 12th March, 2022, the event was organized by CIVIS ; a European University Alliance – and punctuated by conferences and workshops with a focus on importance of the Alliance in strengthening Europe-Africa partnerships.

The Opening ceremony was held in the Amphi Gastaut. the Main Hall of Aix Marseille University. In his welcoming remarks, the Rector Aix Marseille University, Prof Eric Berton was delighted to receive participants especially those from Africa. CIVIS wants to create socially justifiable partnerships and Africa is an essential part of the Alliance with the European universities.

The Opening Ceremony in Amphi Gastaut Hall at Aix Marseille Université
The Opening Ceremony in Amphi Gastaut Hall at Aix Marseille Université

The Director of Strategic Projects and Networks at Aix Marseille, Ms. Camille de Garidel-Thoron introduced the participants to CIVIS. This was followed by another presentation by the Coordinator, CIVIS African and Mediterranean partnerships, University of Tübingen, Germany, Dr Christian Möllman.

Background to CIVIS-A European Civic University

In his remarks, the Coordinator explained that CIVIS is a European Civic University formed by the alliance of ten leading research higher education institutions across Europe namely: Aix-Marseille Université (France); Universite of Bucharest (Romania); Sapienza Universitá di Roma (Italy); Stockholm University (Sweden); Université libre de Bruxelles (Belgium); Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Spain), Eberhard Karls Universitӓt Tubingen (Germany), University of Glasgow (United Kingdom); The Paris Lodron University of Salzburg (Austria) and the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (Greece).

Dr. Christian Möllmann, University of Tubingen/Coordinator, CIVIS African & Mediterranean partnerships (Left) and Ms. Camille de Garidel-Thoron (Right)
Dr. Christian Möllmann, University of Tubingen/Coordinator, CIVIS African & Mediterranean partnerships (Left) and Ms. Camille de Garidel-Thoron (Right)

The Alliance brings together a community of more than 470,000 students and 58,000 staff members including 35,000 academics and researchers. The CIVIS member universities actively contribute to the social, cultural and economic  activities of the urban environments they are situated in and also promote inclusiveness, gender equality, non-discrimination and social equity. CIVIS strengthens interactions, knowledge production and skills amongst its members and with citizens, the communities, businesses, social and cultural associations. These interactions help reduce inequalities, increase access to quality training and opportunities  for students and staff.

CIVIS is governed by a Board of Rectors, headed by a President and two Vice Presidents who make decisions. It has a Steering Committee headed by the President and a CIVIS Administration with a Project Team.  There are three councils namely, Global Participant Council, Global Student Council and a Global Consultative Council.

Alliance between CIVIS and African Universities

Humanity now faces global problems such as climatic change, diseases and epidemics, unplanned cities  and settlements, to mention but  a few. It is important to note that these challenges cut across borders and continents.  Therefore, collaboration and partnerships with African Higher Education Institutions (HEI) would be crucial and important to establish. It is on this basis that particular African universities were invited by CIVIS to participate in the events with the aim of extending the partnership to the African continent. Six universities were invited:  (i) Makerere University (Uganda);  (ii) University of Sfax (Tunisia);   (iii) University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa); (iv) Université Hassan II de Casablanca (Morocco); (v) Universidade Eduardo Mondlane (Mozambique), and (vi) Université Cheikh Anta Diop de Dakar (Senegal).

The collaboration and partnership broadens the network for student and staff mobilities as well as study visits. Further, it also supports equitable research partnerships in higher education agreed upon in the European Union and African Union Innovation Agenda which opens up new channels for South-South cooperation. University partnerships have also become powerful vehicles for promoting civic and democratic engagement as well as international economic development.

Presentation by Makerere University

The Vice Chancellors in the African countries presented information about their universities, including identification of areas where they could work together with the European counterparts in the Alliance.

The Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic Affairs), Associate Prof. Umar Kakumba (extreme left) giving his remarks at the EU-Africa Partnership Conference hosted at Aix-Marseille University, France
The Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic Affairs), Associate Prof. Umar Kakumba (extreme left) giving his remarks at the EU-Africa Partnership Conference hosted at Aix-Marseille University, France

In his remarks, the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic Affairs), Associate Prof.  Umar Kakumba thanked the organizers of the event and the invitation extended to Makerere University in particular.  He supported the idea of a European-African Universities partnership and believes that it will contribute to the Africa Agenda 2063 and its attendant action plan. The aim should be to support research collaboration in selected fields among Africa and the member universities and to strengthen the research infrastructure at the member universities such as Science laboratory and training equipment; research in agricultural value addition and food security; infrastructure planning and management; research in public health and infectious diseases management as well as research in refugee and migration issues.

Prof. Kakumba emphasized that signing an MoU is a great step in the right direction. This should follow a statement of clear roles and responsibilities, and mutual benefits. Furthermore;

  • There is need to plan big but start small.
  • There should be options of choosing a low cost, simple activity with high impact such as seminars, workshops, regular partnership meetings, student/staff exchange to give partner institutions a chance to learn about each other’s systems, processes and stakeholders.
  • There is need to plan and understand the individual institution’s responsibilities and obligations in the partnership and set up timelines, deliverables and milestones.
  • It is crucial to establish exactly who will be involved, how communication should happen and what decisions need to be taken in the short term.
Associate Prof. Umar Kakumba (2nd left) and Associate Prof. Robert Wamala (Left) during one of the sessions.
Associate Prof. Umar Kakumba (2nd left) and Associate Prof. Robert Wamala (Left) during one of the sessions.

Following presentations by all the six African Universities, a discussion was made to explore common grounds on how the European Alliance can serve African partners. In his remarks, Associate Prof. Robert Wamala emphasized the need to document the roles and expectations of the African in the Alliance. In his remarks, Robert Wamala noted that Universities in the CIVIS Alliance were at a higher advantage in regards to research capacity when compared  to the African counterparts. Therefore, the need to build an equal partnership in an unequal world needed to be prioritized.

The Deputy Director, Directorate of Research and Graduate Training, Associate Professor Robert Wamala making a submission during the Conference at Aix-Marseille University.
The Deputy Director, Directorate of Research and Graduate Training, Associate Professor Robert Wamala making a submission during the Conference at Aix-Marseille University.

Ms. Camille  de Garidel-Thoron, Director of Strategic Projects and Networks, Aix Marseille Université (left) and Prof. Mohamed Moola, Head Strategic Partnerships Office, University of the Witwatersrand at the Conference.
Ms. Camille de Garidel-Thoron, Director of Strategic Projects and Networks, Aix Marseille Université (Left) and Prof. Mohamed Moola, Head Strategic Partnerships Office, University of the Witwatersrand (Right) at the Conference.

Expectation(s) of the Collaboration

Collaboration in CIVIS is organized around hubs in five multidisciplinary research areas linked to CIVIS values where multiculturalism and multilingualism are encouraged and emphasized , working together to address UN Sustainable Development Goals. The four Hub Chairs made presentations of respective hubs:  (i) Hub One focuses on Climate, Environment and Energy; (ii) Hub Two focuses on  Society, Culture and Heritage; (iii) Hub Three focuses on Health; and (iv) Hub Four focuses on Cities, Territories and Mobilities. Hub Five is yet to be established. Activities in the Hubs include webinars, workshops, summer schools, field camps and course offerings.  Each Hub must have at least three or more CIVIS universities.

All participating universities agreed that there was need to move from unilateral projects to multilateral partnerships and provide input into AU-EU Innovation  Agenda and establish advanced study centres. It was noted that in order to have successful international partnerships, equity, trust, transparency and mutual respect for the needs and interests of partners were key to their success and sustainability.

Research collaboration is very important with European universities. The funding received is normally from Erasmus+ but there is need to move further to funding agencies that provide support for education such as CIVIS. It was further noted that mobility and exchanges of students and staff is there to stay and cannot replace human interaction, and other forms of education need to be developed and blended with virtual mobility. Furthermore, what is good for our students is good for our partnerships“Together we are stronger”. In this partnership, there is need to have a joint practical collaboration by “Building an equal partnership in an unequal world”

Signing of Agreements 

At the end of the three- day conference, the Vice Chancellors  of the African universities signed a Strategic Partnership Agreement with CIVIS (A European Civic University Alliance) to lay a foundation for collaboration in research and education focusing on societal challenges, mobilities and institutional development.

Associate Prof. Umar Kakumba (middle) signing the EU-Africa Strategic Partnership Agreement with the President of CIVIS, Prof Annemie Schaus as foundation for close collaboration in research and education on the 3rd day of the Conference.
Associate Prof. Umar Kakumba (middle) signing the EU-Africa Strategic Partnership Agreement with the President of CIVIS, Prof Annemie Schaus as foundation for close collaboration in research and education on the 3rd day of the Conference.

Associate Prof. Robert Wamala witnessed the signing of the Agreement on the 3rd day of the conference.
Associate Prof. Robert Wamala witnessed the signing of the Agreement on the 3rd day of the conference.

 

Expectations of Makerere University

Similar to the rest of the African Universities, Associate Prof. Umar Kakumba presented the expectations of Makerere University from the Alliance. These included, but were not limited to the following:

  1. Potential for staff and student mobility within member universities in the Alliance
  2. Development of joint degree programs around the hub themes
  3. Mobilization of international funding for research
  4. Cross disciplinary activities including workshops, seminars and Conferences
  5. Improving research infrastructure in partner universities in the Alliance

Photo Gallery

Associate Prof. Umar Kakumba (Left) decorates Dr. Christian Möllmann, Director of Strategic Partnerships, Université of Tubingen, Germany (Right) with a Makerere University lapel badge.
Associate Prof. Umar Kakumba (Left) decorates Dr. Christian Möllmann, Director of Strategic Partnerships, Université of Tubingen, Germany (Right) with a Makerere University lapel badge.

Associate Prof. Kakumba with Dr. Camille de Garidel-Thoron, Director of Strategic Projects and Networks at Aix Marseille University and Conference Organiser.
Associate Prof. Kakumba with Dr. Camille de Garidel-Thoron, Director of Strategic Projects and Networks at Aix Marseille University and Conference Organiser.

Ms Martha Muwanguzi, International Relations Office with her counterpart from Stockholm University.
Ms Martha Muwanguzi, International Relations Office with her counterpart from Stockholm University.

Ms Martha Muwanguzi, Mak International Office with Aix Marseille Université staff of International Relations Office after their meeting.
Ms Martha Muwanguzi, Mak International Office with Aix Marseille Université staff of International Relations Office after their meeting.

Ms Martha Muwanguzi, Mak International Officer contributes to the discussion.
Ms Martha Muwanguzi, Mak International Officer contributes to the discussion.

Compiled by Ms. Martha Muwanguzi, International Officer, Makerere University

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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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