There is urgent need to come up with a framework paper, which will be translated into a policy that can guide the provision of robust career services at Makerere University. This consensus was reached by a stakeholders’ meeting convened by the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic Affairs), Professor Umar Kakumba on Thursday 17th March 2022.
The meeting aimed at generating ideas on strengthening career services brought on board over 70 participants who included Members of Management, College Principals, Deans of Schools, Heads of Departments, Directors of Units, College Principal Communications Officers and Web Administrators, Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program (MCFSP) staff, Counseling and Guidance Center (CGC) staff, as well as the Public Relations Office of the University.
In his opening remarks, Prof. Kakumba thanked all the Stakeholders who responded to his invitation geared at strengthening Career Services at Makerere University. Sharing his observations, he said that whereas Colleges and Schools were engaged in organizing various sessions on career services, there was need to align and formalize these activities at institutional level.
Prof. Kakumba emphasized that it was high time that the university made a deliberate effort to offer career services so that students can right from the onset have a sense of what their professional lives would entail.
He informed the participants that in his capacity as Chairperson of the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program Steering Committee, he had taken note of the strong mentorship program developed for Scholars, which he would like to see emulated and implemented across the entire University.
“All our students need mentorship and career guidance right from the beginning of their academic Programs. In addition to the one week of orientation and the several career sessions at the different colleges or unit levels, we need to do more. We are therefore convening here today to harmonise those efforts,” Prof. Kakumba pointed out.
The Program Coordinator, Dr. Justine Namaalwa informed participants that the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at Makerere University prides itself in supporting and cascading good practices across the entire University. She pledged the Scholars Program’s unwavering support for Career Services at the University. She shared that whereas the Scholars Program had supported about three Career Fairs for the entire University, the attendances had been low due to competing activities. Her interactions with some of the students had revealed that whereas they were keenly interested in the career fairs, their primary obligation was to attend lecturers held at the same time.
Dr. Namaalwa pointed out a number of initiatives the Scholars Program had come up with in order to build capacity of the Scholars, such as the mentorship Program, Summer Leadership camp, Summer School, Monthly capacity building workshops and trainings. She urged the University leadership and staff to adopt such programs whenever resources permit.
Mr. Henry Nsubuga, the Manager Counseling and Guidance Centre, informed the participants that over time, the Centre has reached out to and worked with different units that offer career services to students. That notwithstanding, the services offered were inadequate due to limited resources and staffing for such a critical service at the University.
He also observed that whereas different units were involved in the provision of career guidance services, there was no proper planning for career services across different colleges. Furthermore, there was weak linkage between the University and prospective employers who could offer employment and internships to graduates of the University.
Mr. Nsubuga called upon all stakeholders across different Colleges to support the annual career day, which is a good platform for the students to meet with the industry and private sector, in order to get some career guidance before they transition to the world of work.
The Facilitator, Dr. Betty Ezati, former Dean School of Education, highlighted the importance of career services. She singled out four major advantages that career services offer to the students;
- Enhance authentic learning and build knowledge of the world of work and oneself.
- Help students develop their career identity and in turn support learning.
- When students understand where the degree might take them, the relevance of the learning becomes clearer, and engagement with the curriculum is strengthened.
- Strengthen learners’ capacity to navigate careers and the world of work, including how to obtain work and advance in careers.
Dr. Ezati called upon all stakeholders at the university to reflect on the issue of career services across the different colleges and Schools and come up with an institutionalized approach embedded within the University calendar.
From the highly interactive group discussions, it was evident that although career services were being offered, there was need to better the game by coming up with a planned and deliberate approach. The stakeholders highlighted the need to incorporate the Annual Career Fair/Day within the University calendar and budget. The participants also emphasized the need to budget and allocate realistic resources to career services.
The Stakeholders meeting was organized by Counseling and Guidance Centre of the University with support from Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program.
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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.
Prof. Nawangwe urges Makerere University community to support the Mastercard Foundation E-learning Initiative
By Bernard Buteera
Makerere University has launched a two million dollar E-learning Project, dubbed The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program E-learning initiative.
The launch was held on Tuesday 20th September 2022 at Makerere University, Yusuf Lule Central Teaching Facility Auditorium. It attracted over 200 participants, who included members of University Management, College Principals, School Deans, Academic and Administrative staff, students and the general university community.
While addressing the gathering, the Chief Guest, Prof. Mary Okwakol, the Executive Director of National Council for Higher Education (NCHE), congratulated Makerere University for winning such a huge grant, which will go a long way in transforming the eLearning infrastructure at Makerere University.
“I am happy to be joining you in launching a project that is at the heart of National Council for Higher Education. Online learning is at the heart of the Council, not only because of the challenges presented by the Covid-19 pandemic, but also the world is now a digital world.” Prof. Okwakol remarked.
Prof. Okwakol thanked Mastercard Foundation and other development partners who have continued to support initiatives that help transform higher institutions of learning in Uganda.
“I sincerely thank the Mastercard Foundation and other partners who have continued to support higher education in Uganda, especially in the area of research and online learning. Globally, the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, greatly disrupted education systems forcing learners and some schools to shift to virtual learning to curb the spread of the pandemic.” Prof. Okwakol pointed out.
On his part, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe urged the university community, especially the academic staff to take advantage of the Mastercard Foundation E-learning initiative to develop e-content across all Colleges of the University, to enhance capacity for eLearning at Makerere University.
”I appeal to the Colleges to embrace this project and have as many courses adopt this pedagogy development system, even though students will continue with face-to face and phyisical learning, they should be allowed the option of online learning. The platforms that are going to be built, will give our students an opportunity to interact with international students, scholars, teachers and with each other.” Prof. Nawangwe applealed.
The Vice Chancellor, further called upon all other development partners to emulate Mastercard Foundation in supporting Makerere University and other universities on the entire African continent in strengthening digital literacy, so that Africa is not left behind.
”In 2018 I attended a conference on E-learning in Beijing China, where a critical question was asked; Will Africa be left behind again? This was in reference to many advancements that were taking place in the western world, in which Africa had been left behind.” The Vice Chancellor reminded the audience.
Prof. Nawangwe further emphaised the importance of e-learning as one of the critical modes of teaching and learning in the 21st first century.
”Ladies and Gentlemen, I cannot over emphasise the importance we attach to e-learning the 21st Century, that is why we took a decision to elevate the Department of Open and Distance Learning into an Institute of Open and Distance E-learning with an intention of having e-learning extended to other Colleges of the university.” Prof. Nawangwe pointed out.
The Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic Affairs, and Chairperson of the Steering Committee of the E-learning Initiative, Prof. Umar Kakumba, rallied the University community to support the implementation of the project in the University.
“The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program E-learning initiative could not have come in at a better time than post COVID19 era. A pandemic, which exposed our systems and methods of teaching and learning. You all recall, when were hit by the pandemic, with lockdowns and closures of institutions of learning, we all went into a panicky mode on how were going to cope with online learning. I therefore call upon every member of the university to give this project the support it deserves.
Prof. Kakumba reminded the audience the importance and relevancy of online learning at Makerere University and other universities in Uganda.
“The online method of learning is best suited for everyone. This digital revolution has led to remarkable changes in how the content is accessed, consumed, discussed, and shared. Office goers and stay home mothers can take up online educational courses too, at the time that suits them. Depending on their availability and comfort, many people choose to learn at weekends or evenings.” Prof. Kakumba remarked.
Prof. Paul Birevu Muyinda, the Coordinator of the Mastercard Foundation E-learning Initiative, informed the audience the importance of the project and the expected outcomes for the University.
“The Mastercard Foundation e- Learning Initiative is a Project funded by Mastercard Foundation aimed at addressing the negative impact of COVID-19 pandemic that constrained access and continuity of teaching, learning, research and community engagement activities at Makerere University” Prof. Muyinda pointed out.
Prof. Muyinda further thanked the team that he worked with in putting up the proposal in a very short time that yielded such an important grant for the University.
“I thank the team that spent sleepless nights putting together the proposal that resulted into this project. I must report that Makerere University is privileged to be having the most highly qualified persons in online instruction design and online pedagogy at the IODeL and beyond. It is now up to Makerere University in particular and the Country in general to make use of these persons to transform the terrain of online, blended distance and e-learning education.” Prof. Muyinda remarked.
Prof. Justine Namaalwa, the Program Coordinator for Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at Makerere University, informed the audience, that the E-learning initiative was one of the many partnerships between Mastercard Foundation and Makerere University geared at supporting the young people to succeed on the African continent.
“The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program continues to recognize that in order to enable young people across Africa to succeed, there is need to; Address systemic barriers in Higher education, Strengthen the capacity of Institutions that serve the Young People, and Support innovative solutions across critical sectors.” Prof. Namaalwa remarked.
The colourful launch ended with a panel discussion in which panelists digested the importance and opportunities for open distance and eLearning in higher institutions of learning.
Bernard Buteera is the Communications Officer of the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at Makerere University.
Supplementary Admissions to Bachelor of Laws Under Private Sponsorship 2022/23
The Academic Registrar, Makerere University, informs applicants wishing to be admitted to Bachelor of Laws Private for 2022/2023 Academic year but failed to submit their application online to submit their applications from Friday 23rd to Friday 30th September, 2022 at a non-refundable fee of 50,000/= (Fifty thousand shillings only).
The applicants MUST have passed the Pre-entry Examinations for Bachelor of Laws.
Diploma/Degree holders should submit certified copies of their academic transcript to Room
315 Level 3, Senate Building.
Applicants who have already been admitted need not apply.
For any additional information, contact Undergraduate Admissions Offices 301/303 for A’Level Applicants and Office 315 for Diploma/Degree holders.
ALFRED MASIKYE NAMOAH
AG. ACADEMIC REGISTRAR
Date: 22nd September, 2022
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