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WUN’s Prof. Lennie Visits Mak, Applauds Impactful Membership

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The Executive Director, Worldwide Universities Network (WUN), Prof. Peter Lennie who is on a two-day fact-finding visit to Makerere has applauded the University’s impactful membership since she joined the network on 20th September 2020. Makerere has since joining WUN partnered on six successful applications, and is lead partner on one of them courtesy of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES)’ Dr. Isaac Newton Alou.

Founded in the year 2000, the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) is a leading global higher education network of 25 research-intensive universities. These are drawn from Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Ghana, Ireland, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, South Africa, Switzerland, Thailand, Uganda, United Kingdom, and the United States.

Prof. Lennie’s visit to Makerere started off with a morning engagement with the University Management on Monday 21st March 2022, where he was welcomed by the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe.

“We thank you very much for the invitation to join WUN. Our staff are now applying for research grants with member universities. This is aligned to enhancing the internationalization of higher education as well as Makerere University’s implementation of strategies to become a research-led University” said the Prof. Nawangwe in appreciation.

The Vice Chancellor-Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe (3rd L) and WUN ED-Dr. Peter Lennie (4th R) with DVCAA-Assoc. Prof. Umar Kakumba (3rd R), Ag. DVCFA-Prof. Henry Alinaitwe and Members of Management after the interaction on 21st March 2022 in the Council Room, Makerere University.
The Vice Chancellor-Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe (3rd L) and WUN ED-Prof. Peter Lennie (4th R) with DVCAA-Prof. Umar Kakumba (3rd R), Ag. DVCFA-Prof. Henry Alinaitwe and Members of Management after the interaction on 21st March 2022 in the Council Room, Makerere University.

The WUN Executive Director thanked the Vice Chancellor and members of Management for the warm welcome and commended Makerere for uniquely contributing to the network. He explained that the network focuses on research in universities capitalizing on the university potential with respect to comparative advantage in regions, disciplines, fields and culture. He added that WUN distinguishes itself from other networks by focusing on research as opposed to education, as well as engagements with international bodies and organisations such as the UN agencies.

Prof. Lennie added that WUN through its Research Development Fund provides support to establish collaborative research under four globally significant themes of; climate change, public health, global higher education and research, and understanding cultures.  

Following the engagement with University Management during which the Vice Chancellor presented an assortment of souvenirs to Prof. Lennie, the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic Affairs), Prof. Umar Kakumba chaired a session during which the Executive Director met with the Directorate of Research and Graduate Training (DRGT), College Principals, Deans and researchers.

The DVCAA, Assoc. Prof. Umar Kakumba (L) introduces Dr. Peter Lennie to the Principals and Deans.
The DVCAA, Prof. Umar Kakumba (L) introduces Prof. Peter Lennie to the Principals and Deans.

Introducing Prof. Lennie to the audience in the Telepresence Centre, Senate Building, the DVCAA said the Executive Director is a Professor and Neuroscientist at the University of Rochester. Prof. Lennie is the founding Chair of the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at Rochester, where he has also served as Vice President and Provost.

The DVCAA acknowledged that staff and students had greatly benefited from Makerere’s WUN membership. “Four of our students have been able to participate in the Summer School programme at the University of York, Dr. Dorothy Okello has been working with a team to support the WUN and as a result of initiatives by member universities, a team from the School of Food Technology, Nutrition and Bioengineering as well as the School of Psychology were supposed to go to South Africa before COVID interrupted.”

Prof. Kakumba then introduced Associate Prof. John Mango from the College of Natural Sciences (CoNAS) who has been appointed as WUN Coordinator for Makerere University, with support from the Office of the DVCAA.

During the interaction that followed his presentation, Prof. Lennie clarified that although the WUN’s support to collaborative research falls in the four aforementioned globally significant themes, researchers were free to propose a new theme through their WUN Coordinator for consideration for funding under the Research Development Fund (RDF). The RDF has invested over £2.4 million in the last 13 years, with awards of £10,000 to each successful applicant.

Assoc. Prof. John Mango (3rd R) and Dr. Peter Lennie (4th R) with CAES Deans and Researchers at MUARIK.
Assoc. Prof. John Mango (3rd R) and Dr. Peter Lennie (4th R) with CAES Deans and Researchers at MUARIK.

Prof. Lennie’s interaction with Principals and Deans was followed by a visit to the College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology (CEDAT) and thereafter the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) and Makerere University Agricultural Research Institute Kabanyolo (MUARIK). Facilities toured at MUARIK included the Makerere University Regional Centre for Crop Improvement (MaRCCI), Dairy Farm, Poultry Farm, Agricultural Engineering Lab, Smart Green House – Hydroponics facility established with support from Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), and students and staff hostels.

On Tuesday 22nd March 2022, Prof. Lennie will conclude his fact-finding visit to Makerere University with a trip to the School of Public Health (MakSPH), College of Health Sciences (CHS).

Written by:  Ritah Namisango, Mak Public Relations Office

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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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