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VC Launches Mak-NC STATE “HIV/AIDS in Uganda” Book

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The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe on Friday 13th May, 2022 launched an eleven-chapter book titled “HIV/AIDS in Uganda: Achievements and Challenges” edited by alumnus Prof. James Kiwanuka-Tondo and published by the Makerere University Press (MUP). The book that chronicles the history of the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Uganda also traces the public policies and infrastructure put in place by the Government and other actors to respond to the disease as well as the campaigns designed to raise awareness and reduce its spread.

Prof. Kiwanuka-Tondo who obtained is Bachelor of Arts degree from Makerere University is a Professor of Communication at North Carolina State University (NC STATE) and a College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHUSS) Alumni Distinguished Graduate Professor 2019/2020. Speaking at the launch, he noted that the book makes a significant contribution to the literature and understanding of one of the major challenges of our time, which still has neither cure nor vaccine.

“In 1986 with the help of the World Health Organisation, the country established the AIDS Control Programme as a model for the rest of Africa. And now it is not just a model for the rest of Africa but the whole world… Consequently, the Government established the Uganda AIDS Commission to oversee policies, organisations, mobilisation of resources to respond to the pandemic. Moreover, Uganda was the first country in Africa to acknowledge the problem and come up with vigorous campaigns to respond to HIV/AIDS” said Prof. Kiwanuka Tondo.

Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe (L) receives a dummy of the book from Prof. James Kiwanuka-Tondo (R) shortly after he officially launched it.
Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe (L) receives a dummy of the book from Prof. James Kiwanuka-Tondo (R) shortly after he officially launched it.

He added that he was inspired to embark on the book because Uganda’s success story in reducing the prevalence of HIV/AIDS was against the backdrop of limited Government resources and an impoverished population. “Nevertheless, Uganda was able to do something about it without much money despite having the highest HIV prevalence rates in the 1980s.”

Dr. Stephen Watiti, the Chairperson of the National Forum of People Living with HIV/AIDS Networks in Uganda (NAFOPHANU) is one of the most resounding voices for positive living in Uganda. Delivering the keynote address at the event, he congratulated Prof. Kiwanuka-Tondo for documenting this journey, noting that it was important to learn from the past.

He added that the recent fight against COVID-19 stood to gain a lot from the well-documented approach, expertise gained and interestingly, mistakes made by health practitioners and other actors in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Dr. Watiti therefore commended Makerere University for publishing the book, which he opined will offer valuable insight into Uganda’s fight against HIV/AIDS in the face of looming pandemics associated with the rising incidence of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) and other diseases.

Dr. Stephen Watiti (L) shows off his personal copy of the book, "HIV/AIDS in Uganda: Achievements and Challenges".
Dr. Stephen Watiti (L) shows off his personal copy of the book, “HIV/AIDS in Uganda: Achievements and Challenges”.

“The reason why I publish in the New Vision every Monday is because I found that there was either a lot of trivialisation or fearmongering of things about HIV. And so I convinced the Editor that I was going to start by sharing my personal experience and I must confess that it hasn’t been an easy job” admittted Dr. Watiti.

He concluded his keynote by tasking his audience, especially the younger ones to read more and, upon developing the culture, document their personal stories for the benefit of future generations.

“Professor Kiwanuka-Tondo is a very good example of a patriotic Ugandan and a proud alumnus of Makerere University. Thank you for loving your country. With this book you have given us a gift as we celebrate 100 years of existence and set a good example for the very many Ugandans living in the diaspora” said the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe as he delivered his remarks.

He thanked Prof. Kiwanuka-Tondo for initiating and collaborating the visit of Professors from NC STATE to Makerere, which birthed an MoU between the two institutions, signed on 16th September 2015. As a result of the agreement, students from Makerere are currently pursing PhDs at NC STATE, and 11 journal articles have been jointly published in various disciplines. The book by Prof. Kiwanuka-Tondo is the latest product of the Makerere-NC STATE collaboration.

The Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic Affairs) and Chairperson, Makerere University Press (MUP) Editorial Board, Prof. Umar Kakumba.
The Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic Affairs) and Chairperson, Makerere University Press (MUP) Editorial Board, Prof. Umar Kakumba.

The Vice Chancellor equally thanked Dr. Watiti for delivering the day’s Keynote Address and for his column in the New Vision, which has over the last sixteen (16) years reassured the public that contracting HIV/AIDS is not a death sentence. He equally congratulated the MUP Managing Editor, Dr. Samuel Siminyu upon his resilience in reviving the activities of the Press.

The Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic Affairs), Prof. Umar Kakumba in his capacity as Chairperson Editorial Board affirmed MUP’s readiness to rejuvenate the publishing culture at Makerere.

“We in the Press are trying hard to prioritise documentation of research, which if followed up with engagement, will help to close the gap between the University and wider stakeholder community” said Prof. Kakumba. He thanked Prof. Kiwanuka-Tondo for entrusting the publication of his book with the Makerere University Press.

Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe (L) witnesses as Prof. James Kiwanuka-Tondo (R) autographs a copy of his book after the official launch.
Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe (L) witnesses as Prof. James Kiwanuka-Tondo (R) autographs a copy of his book after the official launch.

Representing Dr. Bernard Etukoit, Executive Director, The AIDS Support Organisation (TASO), Mr. Samuel Isiko informed the audience that although his organisation has gathered a lot of data, models and best practices over the last 30 years of its existence, it lacks the expertise to convert it into material beneficial to academia. He therefore called upon Makerere and other institutions to continue from where Prof. Kiwanuka-Tondo had left off, by partnering with TASO to publish even more materials that will benefit future generations of decision makers.

The book launch was also graced by the Acting Deputy Vice Chancellor (Finance and Administration) Prof. Henry Alinaitwe and the Director, Directorate of Research and Graduate Training, Prof. Mukadasi Buyinza, represented by his Deputy, Assoc. Prof. Robert Wamala. Dr. Samuel Siminyu in commending Prof. Kiwanuka-Tondo’s academic effort quoted his former Professor of Literature Timothy Wangusa’s famous line, “the faintest ink is stronger than the strongest memory”.

The event was organised by the Head, International Office, Ms. Martha Muwanguzi and moderated by the Department of Journalism and Communication’s Dr. Fred Kakooza, who also authored a chapter in the book.

The book may be purchased form the Makerere University Press at a fee of UGX 25,000. Inquires: Contact Enos 0771 563469

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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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African Futures Research Leadership Program: Cohort 5 – Call for Scholars

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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.

Eligibility

  • 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 jacks184@msu.edu or +1 517-353-6989 with any questions.

Source: AAP

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