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Rt. Hon. Kadaga Sensitises Mak on EAC Integration Agenda

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On 16th June 2022, Makerere University welcomed the First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of East African Community (EAC) Affairs Rt. Hon. Rebecca Kadaga to her Alma Mater to deliver a Keynote on the EAC Integration Agenda. The Speaker Emeritus of the 9th and 10th Parliament of Uganda and distinguished Alumna of the School of Law was received upon arrival by Dr. Helen Nambalirwa Nkabala who represented the Chairperson of Council, Mrs. Lorna Magara and the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe.

Also in attendance were the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of EAC Affairs (MEACA) Mrs. Edith N. Mwanje, Members of Council, Senate and Management, Principals and College Academic Leadership, as well as Professors and the Student Guild.

The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe makes his remarks.
The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe makes his remarks.

Originally founded in 1967 by Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania, the EAC was dissolved in 1977. It was revived on 7th July 2000 after the Treaty for the Establishment of the East African Community came into force. The EAC is made up of six Partner States namely; Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Uganda, and the United Republic of Tanzania. On 29th March 2022, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) was admitted into the EAC as its seventh member and is expected to be full member by September 2022 after completion of the ratification process.

Rt. Hon. Kadaga in her Keynote address noted that the strategic importance for EAC integration is guided by four factors namely;

  1. Creation of a Large Regional Market
  2. Strengthening the Security of the Community
  3. Enhancing Fraternal Relations
  4. Political Unity
The  Permanent Secretary, Ministry of East African Community Affairs (MEACA) Mrs. Edith N. Mwanje addresses the congregation.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of East African Community Affairs (MEACA), Mrs. Edith N. Mwanje addresses the congregation.

Furthermore, she outlined the Customs Union, Common Market, Monetary Union and Political Federation as four pillars of the EAC. She shared that apart from Political Federation, each of the other three pillars has a signed Protocol that provides a framework of cooperation. The Minister nevertheless said that the Partner States are in the final stages of discussing the critical aspects of Political Confederation as a transitional stage of Political Federation.

To date, the following have been achieved in line with the Political Confederation.

  1. A regional team of constitutional experts is drafting the EAC Political Confederation Constitution
  2. The EAC has continued to Monitor and observe elections in all Partner States
  3. National Early Warning Centres have been put in place
  4. Women and Youth have been engaged in peace and security initiatives in line with EAC Youth and Gender Policies
  5. A major EAC Armed Forces Integrated Field Training Exercise is conducted annually

Rt. Hon. Kadaga concluded by stating that the expanded membership of the EAC will provide a big market that will not only increase Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) but also employment opportunities especially for the for the youth. Additionally, the integration would lead to better management of shared natural resources of Partner States such as Lake Victoria, Mountain Elgon and the Rwenzori Mountains.

Members of Council, Senate and Management, Principals and College Academic Leadership, as well as Professors and the Student body listen to the Keynote Address.
Members of Council, Senate and Management, Principals and College Academic Leadership, as well as Professors and the Student body listen to the Keynote Address.

Furthermore, the First Deputy Prime Minister noted that integration would lead to adoption of the new Common External Tariff that will increase protection of local industries. Citing the East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP) Project as an example, she added that integration will help exploit economies of scale and combine resources to invest in transboundary infrastructure. Estimated to cost USD 3.55 billion the 1,443km EACOP Project will ferry crude oil from Kabaale, Hoima in Uganda to the Indian Ocean Port of Tanga in Tanzania.

She concluded by noting that most importantly, integration will give Partner States a bigger voice when negotiating with giants like China, the European Union (EU) and Russia on matters such as mitigating the negative effects climate change.

In her remarks, Dr. Nkabala thanked Rt. Hon. Rebecca Kadaga for commencing her Ministry’s senstisation programme at her alma mater and paid tribute to the leadership of the EAC Partner States for their vision and commitment to integration and federation.

Representative of the Chairperson of Council-Dr. Helen Nambalirwa Nkabala (R) and the Vice Chancellor-Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe (L) present an assortment of Makerere University souvenirs to Rt. Hon. Rebecca Kadaga (C) after her Keynote Address.
Representative of the Chairperson of Council-Dr. Helen Nambalirwa Nkabala (R) and the Vice Chancellor-Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe (L) present an assortment of Makerere University souvenirs to Rt. Hon. Rebecca Kadaga (C) after her Keynote Address.

She shared that through her College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHUSS), Makerere University was contributing to the Integration Agenda by training men and women in the armed forces on the implementation of the UN Security Council Resolutions (UNSCR) 1325, 1820 and 2250. UNSCR 1325 urges all actors to increase the participation of women and incorporate gender perspectives in all United Nations peace and security efforts while UNSCR 1820 condemns the use of sexual violence as a tool of war. UNSCR 2250 emphasises the importance of youth as agents of change in the maintenance and promotion of peace and security.

Dr. Nkabala concluded by underlining Makerere University‘s readiness and willingness to undertake a formal agreement with MEACA to carry out research that informs responses to challenges that we are facing as a regional bloc.

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PUJAB Notice to Schools for 2023-2024 Academic Year

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The Main Building, Makerere University against an almost clear blue sky. Date taken 15th March 2013, Kampala Uganda.

The Academic Registrar, Makerere University informs all Head Teachers of A’ level schools that the Public Universities Joint Admissions Board (PUJAB) application forms for UACE 2022 Senior Six candidates for the 2023/2024 Academic Year admissions are ready for collection from the university from Friday 2nd December 2022.

The application forms should be collected from the Academic Registrar’s Office, Senate Building, Level 3, Makerere University. Application forms are issued on payment of a non-refundable application fee of UG Shs. 52,000/= per applicant.

You are advised to obtain a payment Reference Number(PRN) to enable you pay the application fees following the procedure below:

  1. Go to https://pay.mak.ac.ug
  2. Fill in the details of the school i.e. name (including Centre Numbers) e.mail, and phone number. Click ‘next’.
  3. On the next page scroll through the items and click on PUJAB.
  4. Adjust the Unit to the number of forms required.
  5. Generate PRN, print and present to any bank near you with the amount and pay.
  6. Present receipt to the issuing officer at Makerere University.

The forms are for UGANDANS only.
Please note that only Head Teachers or their authorised representatives will be served.

The closing date for receiving the completed application forms is Friday 20th January 2023.

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Prof. Mukadasi Buyinza
ACADEMIC REGISTRAR

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Mr. Lawrence Alionzi elected 88th Guild President

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Allionzi Lawrence

On Wednesday 30th November 2022, Mr. Lawrence Alionzi (Reg. No.19/U/0486) from the College of Engineering, Design Art and Technology was elected the 88th Guild President in elections conducted virtually.

According to the Guild Statute, elections of the Guild President and all other guild leaders shall be conducted by the guild electoral commission in accordance with the provisions in section 7 of the students guild statute.

The Chairperson of the Guild Electoral Commission Mr. Nsobanyi Edrine declared the results of the elections in the document below:

Swearing in of Guild President, Guild Representative Councilors, Senior Common Room, College Councils, Debating Union and Games Union will be conducted on Monday 5th December  2022 according to the standing election guidelines.

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Prof. Nawangwe applauds the partnership between Makerere University & Mastercard Foundation

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Scholars posing in a group photo with the offcials at the end of the luncheon on 29th November 2022, Makerere University Guest House.

By Bernard Buteera

The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, has applauded the partnership that exists between Makerere University and Mastercard Foundation. He said this during the Networking luncheon he hosted in honour of Mastercard Foundation Scholars at Makerere, who won the Resolution Fellowship project at Baobab summit in Kigali.

“Mastercard Foundation is one of the biggest partners for Makerere University and we are so proud of this partnership which has borne a lot of fruit” Prof. Nawangwe said.

The Vice Chancellor thanked the Scholars of Mastercard Foundation for being creative and innovative, and for making Uganda and Makerere University proud, when they won 6 out of the 9 Resolution projects that were given grants at the Baobab summit in Kigali.

Prof. Nawangwe addressing the guests at the event.
Prof. Nawangwe addressing the guests at the event.

“I would like to thank the young people whom we are celebrating today, who made me proud as the Vice Chancellor of Makerere, when they swept almost all the awards at the global stage” Prof. Nawangwe said. He further revealed that during the summit in Kigali, they kept reading Makerere University during the awarding of projects, and at some point he pretended not to be happy, because he was in the company of other Vice Chancellors, but inside of him he was beaming with joy.

”The Resolution social venture projects are extremely important in many ways; Firstly, they encourage young people to be creative and innovative, so that they are able to come with initiatives and projects, which enable them to create their own jobs, instead of moving around looking for jobs which have become fewer, while the population is growing.” Prof. Nawangwe emphasised.

On his part, the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs, and also the Chairperson of the Steering Committee of Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at Makerere University, Prof. Umar Kakumba, applauded Mastercard Foundation for the support it renders to young people not only in Uganda and Makerere University, but also all over the world.

Prof. Kakumba addressing the guests at the event.
Prof. Kakumba addressing the guests at the event.

Prof. Kakumba further enumerated the different initiatives Mastercard Foundation at Makerere University which had created profound effect to the young people in Africa and Uganda in particular.

“As a country and specifically as Makerere University, we cannot run away from the idea of developing young people, because they are the current and next generation of leaders, innovators and change makers. We have a duty to skill, mentor and provide them with the continuous capacity to innovate and create economic opportunities for themselves and other young people.” Prof. Kakumba said.

Prof. Kakumba called upon the Makerere University community to emulate what Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program was doing in terms training and skilling the young people at Makerere University.

Prof. Kakumba inspecting some of the products produced by Scholars.
Prof. Kakumba inspecting some of the products produced by Scholars.

”The rest of the university faculty should emulate what Mastercard Foundation ScholarsProgram was doing, for instance every student of Makerere University should have a mentor, and also undergo entrepreneurship training.” Prof. Kakumba pointed out.

Prof. Kakumba further revaled that going forward Makerere University was going to adopt a strategy where the University would make Entrepreneurship as a first choice career pathway.

”We are all aware  of the challenges of youth unemployment in Africa and Uganda in particular. As an institution of learning, Makerere University needs to normalize entrepreneurship as a first choice career pathway for all the graduates.” Prof. Kakumba said.

The Country Director, Mastercard Foundation – Uganda, Mr. Adrian Bukenya, revealed the Foundation was happy with the partnership with Makerere University, which  dates back to 2013 with the establishment of the Scholars Program.

Mr. Adrian Bukenya speaking at the event.
Mr. Adrian Bukenya speaking at the event.

”Mastercard Foundation is proud of the partnership with Makerere University, which began with the Scholars Program in 2013, that has educated and empowered over 1000 young people to study at Makerere University.” Mr. Bukenya said.

Mr. Bukenya pointed out that the Foundation was happy to support young  people beyond the Scholars Program, to ensute that every young person transitions to diginified and fullfilling work.

”As a Foundation we want a world where young people are included and are thriving and their leadership and contributions matter. A future where young people are driving transformative change and achieving their full potential.” Mr. Bukenya said.

Ms. Pauline Gangla,the Head of  the Scholars Program, Eastern and Southern Africa Partner Network at Mastercard Foundation, thanked Makerere University for both the academic and entrepreneurship the university had imparted on the Scholars of Mastercard Foundation.

Ms. Pauline Gangla, addressing the gathering at the event.
Ms. Pauline Gangla, addressing the gathering at the event.

“I would like to thank the University for the Academic Support and entrepreneurship training given to the Scholars of Mastercard Foundation, here at Makerere University. During the summit it was evident in the way the Scholars pitched their projects, the level of confidence they exhibited was very high.” Ms. Gangla revealed.

Ms. Gangla pointed out that the Foundation was very keen on safe guarding measures, to ensure safety and security of the young in the University.

“The Foundation was keen on safe guarding measures, where there is zero tolerance to any form of misconduct against young people. Young people should be treated with respect and dignity within the University and their communities.” Ms. Gangla pointed out.

Prof. Namaalwa speaking during the event.
Prof. Namaalwa speaking during the event.

Prof. Justine Namaalwa, the Program Coordinator, Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at Makerere University, thanked the University and the Foundation for the visionary partnership which has created profound impact in the University and the country in general.

“We are here to celebrate innovation and creativity exhibited by Mastercard Foundation Scholars over time since 2017, when Scholars started competing in the Resolution Venture Challenge, and all these are fruits of the visionary partnership between Mastercard Foundation and Makerere University.” Prof. Namaalwa revealed.

Prof. Namaalwa pointed  out the Scholars Program at Makerere University was proud of the 21 Resolution Social Venture (SVC) projects and 46 Scholars Entrepreneurship Fund (SEF) which Scholars has established and were making profound impact in their communities. She further revealed that projects had created both personal social development for the Scholars and their communities. She thanked the Vice Chancellor and the entire management, the Steering Committee, the Mentors and all other stakeholders who had supported scholars to grow their projects.

Bernard Buteera is the Communications Officer, Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at Makerere University.

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