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First Lady Hon. Janet Museveni Commends Two-Decade Swedish Support

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The First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports, Hon. Janet Kataaha Museveni, represented by the State Minister for Primary Education Hon. Dr. Joyce M. Kaducu, has this morning Monday 9th May, 2022 officially opened the International Conference commemorating over two decades of research cooperation between Uganda and Sweden.

Present at the opening ceremony were the Minister of Science, Technology and Innovations, Dr. Monica Musenero, the Head Development Cooperation, Embassy of Sweden in Uganda, Mr. Ola Hällgren, the Chairperson Makerere University Council, Mrs. Lorna Magara, the Vice Chancellor Makerere University, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe and the First Secretary Research Cooperation at the Embassy of Sweden, Dr. Gity Behravan. The Session was moderated by the Director, Directorate of Research and Graduate Training and Overall Programme Coordinator for the Sida-Makerere University Cooperation, Prof. Buyinza Mukadasi.

Prof. Buyinza Mukadasi moderates the Opening Session.
Prof. Buyinza Mukadasi moderates the Opening Session.

On behalf of the Government of Uganda, the Minister thanked the Royal Government of Sweden for the unconditional and generous support towards the advancement of research and innovations in Ugandan institutions of higher learning. To-date, there have been four consecutive research agreement periods with a total support of SEK 813M (USD 116M). Initially started with Makerere and a few Swedish Universities, the collaboration has grown over the years to include more than 17 Swedish Universities and four other Ugandan Public universities. These are Kyambogo University, Busitema University, Gulu University and Mbarara University of Science and Technology.

“Two decades of Swedish support have greatly improved our research culture and through the numerous research projects conducted, the Government of Uganda has been able to formulate well informed policies that will lead to sustainable development,” said Hon. Janet Museveni.

Hon. Dr. Joyce Kaducu represented the First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports, Hon. Janet Kataaha Museveni.
Hon. Dr. Joyce Kaducu represented the First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports, Hon. Janet Kataaha Museveni.

The Minister further reiterated government’s commitment to continue supporting initiatives aimed at promoting research and innovation development.

“Government has made significant impact through the Presidential Initiative on Science and Technology. The President committed UGX 25 billion to support research and innovations in science-based colleges at Makerere University,” she said, adding that this was supplemented in 2020 with the establishment of the research and innovations fund at Makerere University, with an annual budget support of UGX.30billion.

“The fund illustrates the increasing importance that the government of Uganda attaches to research and innovation as a driver for socio-economic transformation,” she added.

The First Lady noted that whereas this successful research partnership is scheduled to come to an end after 30th June 2022, Ugandan universities lost much of their research and academic calendar due to the COVID-19 pandemic, necessitating a structured recovery plan.

“Our prayer is that this great partnership can be renewed for purposes of continuity and sustainability of our joint achievements. This renewal of our Research Cooperation Agreement for another five years would enable the Universities successfully recover from the adverse effects of the pandemic,”  the Minister implored.

Hon. Dr. Monica Musenero makes her remarks.
Hon. Dr. Monica Musenero makes her remarks.

On behalf of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MoSTI), Hon. Dr. Musenero, pledged to ensure that the capacity built by the research collaboration between Swedish and Ugandan universities would be put to good use in line with national development priorities.  

“Transformation of research into enterprise remains a core target of my Ministry, and in this regard the government has committed funds to enable researchers to continue doing research. Examples include the research and innovation fund at Makerere and the research and innovation fund at MoSTI.

“Embracing innovation is not only critical to the future of our economy but also key to improving the wellbeing of our society. We have the advantage of building on world leading research already carried out in our universities,” said Hon. Dr. Musenero.

She called upon Makerere and other public universities to review and integrate the innovation and cluster component into academic programmes and partner with business development and research institutions such as Uganda Industrial Research Institute (UIRI) to establish a local technology and resource centre. Such initiatives, she noted, would help universities to effectively incubate clusters, nurture product innovation, enhance product quality and stimulate enterprise growth.

the Head Development Cooperation, Embassy of Sweden in Uganda, Mr. Ola Hällgren,
the Head Development Cooperation, Embassy of Sweden in Uganda, Mr. Ola Hällgren,

On behalf of the Swedish Embassy, Mr. Ola Hällgren noted that in addition to the research and innovation outputs, solid relationships with the capacity to outlive the duration of the programme have been built between Swedish and Ugandan researchers and institutions. “The cooperation has indeed been successful in terms of developing capacity both at institutional and individual levels and has contributed to both university and national policies in different sectors.”

He highlighted some of the figures from the collaboration as; 263 Masters, over 400 PhDs and 85 Post-doctoral staff trained from the five public universities, in addition to 98 small research grants awarded. Furthermore, quality assurance policies and structures for research and graduate training have been established at all collaborating Ugandan universities. Additionally, thematic multidisciplinary networks have also been setup with the aim of attracting new collaborators with new funding.

Mrs. Lorna Magara addresses delegates at the Opening Ceremony.
Mrs. Lorna Magara addresses delegates at the Opening Ceremony.

The Chairperson Makerere University Council, Mrs. Lorna Magara, said the need for Makerere University to play a more deliberate and purposeful role in national development is more prominent than ever before, especially as the institution celebrates 100 years of existence with only 17 years left to the attainment of Vision 2040.

“This fast approaching national milestone requires Makerere to constantly refine her strategies and outputs to meet both current and emerging demands in Education, Agriculture, Industry, Health, Law and Science, among other spheres. The Covid-19 pandemic demonstrated to us that Uganda has the potential to address a number of its domestic needs and lay strategies to meet the needs of its citizens in the future,” remarked Mrs. Magara.

On behalf of Makerere University, the Chairperson thanked His Excellency the President for his visionary leadership in endorsing the Makerere University Research and Innovations Fund (Mak-RIF), which has augmented the capacity built over two decades by the Uganda-Sweden Research Cooperation.

The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe (L) contributes to the discussion as the Chairperson of Council, Mrs. Lorna Magara (R) listens.
The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe (L) contributes to the discussion as the Chairperson of Council, Mrs. Lorna Magara (R) listens.

The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe thanked the Royal Government of Sweden for the support that has led to tremendous achievements in capacity development and research outputs with great impact on Makerere University and other communities in Uganda.

“Swedish government support has included PhD training at Makerere and four other public universities, facilitation of supervisors to do research with their counterparts in Sweden, Faculty research funds and independent university-wide research,” he said.

Prof. Nawangwe shared that the funding has also supported the improvement of research laboratories in units such as the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, the College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology, the College of Health Sciences, and the College of Veterinary Medicine, Animal Resources and Bio Security. Support was also extended to the Geographical Information Systems and Cross-cutting Biomedical Laboratory, ICT Infrastructure and Library Services, as well as administrative costs for the programme.

Reiterating the Minister’s request for an additional phase of collaboration, the Vice Chancellor said, “We all know that the support is supposed to be coming to its end but I will not tire to say, I think it is a bit too early and it does no harm to reconsider this decision”.

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HEST Graduate Programme: Internship Placement Advert

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Students from the College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology prepare to showcase their innovations as part of the Presidential Initiative for Science and Technology Stakeholders Forum on 31st July 2014, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda.

Purpose

The program aims to improve graduates’ skills by placing them into selected partner industries for skills gain, facilitating the process and supervising placed interns. Graduates will be placed in their areas of study accordingly.

Time frame

The phased recruitment and placement will start from 1st December 2022 for a period of three months. Recent university graduates and those awaiting graduation should apply for this opportunity.

Eligibility

The project mainly focuses on university graduates from Makerere University (Mak), Makerere University Business School (MUBS) and Kyambogo University (KYU) who have undertaken the following courses

Makerere University and Kyambogo University

  1. Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering
  2. Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering
  3. Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering
  4. Bachelor of Science in Telecommunication Engineering
  5. Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering
  6. Bachelor of Architecture
  7. Bachelor of Science in Construction Management
  8. Bachelor of Science in Land Economics
  9. Bachelor of Science in Quantity Surveying
  10. Bachelor of Science in Land Surveying and Geomatics
  11. Bachelor of Visual Communication Design
  12. Bachelor of Science in Actuarial Science

Makerere University Business School

  1. Bachelor of Arts in Economics
  2. Bachelor of Science in Business Statistics
  3. Bachelor of Business Administration
  4. Bachelor of Commerce
  5. Bachelor of Real Estate Business Mgt.
  6. Bachelor of Science in Accounting
  7. .Bachelor of Science in Finance
  8. Bachelor of Human Resource Mgt.
  9. Bachelor of Leadership and Governance
  10. Bachelor of Procurement and Supply Chain Mgt.
  11. Bachelor of Transport & Logistics Mgt.
  12. Bachelor of International Business
  13. Bachelor of Catering and Hotel Mgt.
  14. Bachelor of Science in Marketing
  15. Bachelor of Travel and Tourism Mgt.
  16. Bachelor of Entrepreneurship and Small Business Mgt.
  17. Bachelor of Business Computing
  18. Bachelor of Office and Information Mgt.

They should not be employed anywhere and should have gone through the traditional internship placement required by their respective universities.

How Students join

Interested university graduates shall submit an online application and contact the designated university contact or focal persons. Successful applicants will be required to complete the three (3) months internship pgoram uninterrupted to fully benefit from the program. Apply here: https://bit.ly/HEST2022

How companies participate

A company interested in hosting interns under the program can fill out an internship acceptance form and forward it to the internship placement officer.

Contacts of University focal persons

Makerere University (Mak)
Dr. Christine Amito
Tel: +256-771-321384
Email: amitoxtine@gmail.com

Makerere University Business School (MUBS)
Ms. Christine Nantambi
Tel: +256-772-654454/+256-703-878277
Email: cnantambi@mubs.ac.ug

Kyambogo University (KYU)
Ms. Nandugwa Harriet
Tel: +256-786030640
Email: hnandugwa@kyu.ac.ug

Contacts of IEED Project Team

Makerere University School of Public Health (MakSPH)
Ms. Mary Kaakyo,
IEED Project Coordinator
Email: mkaakyo@musph.ac.ug
Tel: +256-706-960075

Makerere University School of Statistics and Planning (MakSSP)
Ms. Afazali Zabibu,
HEST Study Coordinator
Email: zabibu.afazali@gmail.com
Tel: +256-779-912365/+256-705-587072

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Advert: Admissions for Diploma/Degree Holders under Private Sponsorship 2023/24

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The Academic Registrar, Makerere University invites applications from Ugandan, East African and international applicants for the undergraduate under the private sponsorship scheme for the 2023/2024 Academic Year.

Each applicant should:

EITHER

Hold at least a Second Class/Credit (or equivalent classification) Diploma or otherwise as specified in the Diploma Holders’ requirements from a recognised chartered institution, relevant to the programme applied for. Certified copies of academic transcripts and certificates (not photocopies of certified copies) from the awarding institutions and one passport size photograph must be submitted to Office 315 level three (3) Senate Building after applying online. Details of the Diploma holders’ admission requirements for the 2021/2022 academic year can be found here: https://www.mak.ac.ug/application-procedures/diploma-holders

OR

Be a Graduate from a RECOGNISED CHARTERED UNIVERSITY. Certified copies of academic transcripts and certificates (not photocopies of certified copies) from the awarding Institutions and one Passport size photography MUST be submitted to Office 315, Level three (3) Senate Building after applying online.

N.B. Applicants will be responsible for verification of their academic documents from the awarding Institutions after admission.

 Other relevant information can be obtained from UNDERGRADUATE ADMISSIONS OFFICE, LEVEL 3, SENATE BUILDING OR CAN BE found on the University Website

Diploma Holder applicants who hold class three (3) diploma certificates or pass Diplomas are not eligible for admission and therefore should not apply, except where stated in the Diploma Holders requirements. 

HOW TO APPLY                                                    

Applications shall be submitted online using the ACMIS system for all applicants. Diploma/degree holders and internationals will have to submit certified copies of their transcripts and certificates and a passport size photograph to Office 315, Level 3, Senate Building after submitting the application online and payment of application fees.                                                    

OTHER RELEVANT INFORMATION CAN BE OBTAINED FROM UNDERGRADUATE ADMISSIONS OFFICE, LEVEL 3, SENATE BUILDING, MAKERERE UNIVERSITY WITH EFFECT FROM MONDAY 9th JANUARY, 2023.  

A NON-REFUNDABLE APPLICATION FEE OF SHS.50,000/= FOR UGANDAN AND EAST AFRICAN APPLICANTS OR $75 OR EQUIVALENT FOR INTERNATIONALS, (UGX.281,250=) PLUS BANK CHARGE SHOULD BE PAID IN ANY OF THE BANKS USED BY UGANDA REVENUE AUTHORITY (URA)                                           

CANDIDATES WHO HOLD GRADES X, Y, Z, 7 AND 9 OF ‘O’LEVEL RESULTS SHOULD NOT APPLY BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT ELIGIBLE FOR ADMISSION.     

ONLINE APPLICATION PORTAL USER GUIDE                                                

Applicants should access the Institution’s Admissions URL https://apply.mak.ac.ug

Signup using full name, e-mail and Mobile Number.  Please note that your name must be similar to the one on your supporting academic documents for your application to be considered valid.  If you changed your names please go to Senate Building Office 611 with a deed poll and gazette supporting the name change.                                       

A password will be sent to both your e-mail and mobile number.                                         

The system will prompt you to change the password to the one you can easily remember.             

To fill a form (all form sections must be filled)the applicant clicks on the APPLY NOW button displayed on the running scheme.

Obtain a pay reference nunber(PRN)  after submitting the application.

Make a payment at any of the banks used by Uganda Revenue Authority.                                        

MOBILE MONEY PAYMENT STEPS:                                                 

1           Dial *272*6\\ on Mtn or Airtel                             

2           Select option 3-Admission                                     

3           Select option 3 Pay Fees                          

4           Enter reference number obtained from Application portal                                      

5           Details of Application form will be confirmed                                

6           Enter PIN to confirm payment                              

The closing date for applying will be Tuesday 28th February, 2023 

Further details including course codes, tuition fees for the available courses can be found in the document below:

WARNING                                                 

(i)   Applicants are strongly warned against presenting forged or other people’s academic documents to support their applications for admission as this will lead to automatic cancellation of admission, revocation of award where applicable and prosecution in the courts of Law.

(ii)  Applicants are advised to use the right names and right programme codes.  The University will not be responsible for any wrong information entered in the system by applicants.                                                  

(iii)  Do not buy any other documents not originating from the Academic Registrar’s Office.  Those who buy them do so at their own risk.                                             

(iv) The Academic Registrar has not appointed any agent to act on his behalf to solicit for additional funds other than the application fee stated above.                                               

PROF. BUYINZA MUKADASI
ACADEMIC REGISTRAR.  
DATE:  9th JANUARY, 2023

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Applications for admission to Bachelor of Education External (BED) 2023/24

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The Academic Registrar, Makerere University invites applications for admission to a three-year BACHELOR OF EDUCATION EXTERNAL (BED) degree programme for the 2023/24 Academic Year.

Requirements:

  1. Each applicant should hold at least a credit or second class diploma in education from a recognised institution, plus UCE with at least 5 passes or its equivalent and UACE with at least one principal pass and two subsidiary passes of the relevant principal subjects or its equivalent. Candidates whose “O” and “A” level results are of grades “Y”, “Z”, “7” AND “9” should not apply because they are not eligible for admission, and candidates who hold 3RD CLASS OR PASS DIPLOMAS need not apply.
  2. A certified copy of diploma academic transcript from the awarding institution must be attached to the application form. Each applicant should also attach a copy of her/his birth certificate to the application form.

NB: Candidates will be responsible for verification of their academic documents from the awarding institutions after admission.

  1. Candidates are warned against submitting forged academic documents as this will lead to automatic cancellation of admission, revocation of award where applicable and prosecution in the courts of law.

The fees payable by Ugandan applicants which are subject to review are as follows:

Tuition Fees – Shs.699,603/= Per Semester
Registration Fee – Shs.132,250/= Per Year
Examination Fee – Shs.132,250/= Per Year
Development Fee – Shs.163,329/= Per Year
Field Attachment Fee – Shs.132,250/= Per Semester For Year One Only
Technology Fee – Shs. 66,125/= Per Year
Research Fee – Shs. 26,450/= Per Year
Library Fees – Shs. 26,450/= Per Year
University Identity Card – Shs.45,000/=
Academic Gown – Shs.21,160/=
Medical Fee – Shs.57,500/= Per Year
Caution – Shs.2,645/=
Guild Fee – Shs.13,225/= Per Year
Senior Common Room Fee – Shs.6,613/= Per Year
Sports Contribution – Shs.19,838/= Per Year
Endowment Fee – Shs.13,225/= Per Year
National Council For Higher Education Fee – Shs. 20,000/= Per Year (Payable to NCHE)
UNSA Subscription Fee – Shs. 2,000/= Per Year (Payable to UNSA)

Available subject combinations for the Bachelor of Education (External) degree programme, for the 2023/2024 Academic Year and other details can be accessed by following this link.

A non-refundable application fee of Shs.50,000/= plus the bank charges using a Payment Reference Number should be paid to any bank before submitting the system generated Application Form to the ADMISSION OFFICE (ROOM NO. 315), LEVEL 3, Academic Registrar’s Department in the Senate Building, Makerere University, from where additional information may be obtained.

The closing date for submission of applications is Tuesday 28th February, 2023.

1. HOW TO APPLY

Application will be submitted online using the ACMIS System after obtaining a payment reference number but you will have to submit certified copies of your Diploma transcripts and
certificates and a passport size photograph to office 310, level 3 Senate Building
after payment of application fees.

2. MAKERERE UNIVERSITY ONLINE APPLICATION PORTAL USER GUIDE

  1. Applicants should access the Institution’s Admissions URL https://apply.mak.ac.ug
  2. Sign up using full name, e-mail and Mobile No. Please note that your name must be
    similar to the one on your supporting academic documents for your application to be
    considered valid. If you changed your names please go to Senate Building Office
    301 with an affidavit supporting the name change.
  3. A password will be sent to both your e-mail and mobile number.
  4. The system will prompt you to change the password to the one you can easily
    remember.
  5. To fill a form the applicant clicks on the APPLY NOW button displayed on the running
    scheme.
  6. Obtain a payment advice slip by clicking on “Pay for Form” button
  7. Make a payment at any of bank used by URA
  8. Print the filled form and attach certified copies of your academic documents.

WARNING

(i) Applicants are strongly warned against presenting forged or other people’s academic documents to support their applications for admission. The consequences, if discovered, are very grave indeed.

(ii) Do not buy any other documents not originating from the Academic Registrar’s Office. Those who buy them do so at their own risk.

(iii) The Academic Registrar has not appointed any agents to act on his behalf to solicit for additional funds other than the application fee stated above.

Prof. Buyinza Mukadasi
ACADEMIC REGISTRAR

9th January 2023

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