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JKUAT & JICA to Partner with Makerere

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A delegation from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) and the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) visited Makerere University on Tuesday 5th July 2022. The delegation was led by the Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic Affairs (DVCAA), Prof. Robert Kinyua who was accompanied by Prof. Daniel Sila, the Dean School of Food and Nutrition Sciences, Prof. Stephen Kimani, an Associate Professor in School of Computing and Information Technology; Associate Professor Shohei Aoki (JICA expert) from the Department of Mechatronics Engineering and Ms. Mai Toda Nakano, the JICA Project Coordinator/Higher Education and Research Institution Network based at JKUAT.

The visitors were received by the Acting Deputy Vice Chancellor Finance and Administration (DVCFA) Prof. Henry Alinaitwe who was represented by Prof. Tonny Oyana, the Principal College of Computing and Information Sciences (CoCIS). The Director, Directorate of Research and Gradate Training, Prof. Mukadasi Buyinza gave a brief on Makerere University, highlighting that the institution is celebrating 100 years of existence this year.

“Currently, we have a student population of approximately 40,000; 32,000 undergraduate and 8,000 postgraduate. Unlike previous intakes, the number of postgraduate students admitted has increased as Makerere is now working towards becoming a research-led university, cognizant that it is these students who drive the research agenda. We now graduate about 100 PhDs every year and all disciplines are represented. Makerere has about 1,500 academic staff of whom 80% have PhDs” remarked Prof. Buyinza.

The visiting DVCAA Prof. Kinyua thanked the hosts for the warm welcome and informed the DVCFA that they were here to work together with Makerere University with support from JICA through the project Africa-ai-Japan, which is based at their university. JKUAT had done a lot of research with other universities and organizations. Established in 1994, JKUAT currently has 5 Colleges with the core mandate of training in Agriculture and Engineering. JKUAT has a student population of 3,500 and 1,000 teaching staff with 200 part-time staff.

JKUAT houses the Pan African University, Institute of Basic Sciences, Technology and Innovation (PAUSTI) which is a hub for education and research in Science, Technology and Innovation through collaboration with communities, industries and higher education institutions in Africa.

Ms. Mai Toda informed the hosts that the Africa-ai-Japan project was founded on four pillars namely; 1) Capacity Development through skills development and trainings 2) Enhancement of the Research environment with modernization of equipments for research 3) Dissemination of research outputs through seminars and conferences and 4) international linkages. JICA supports wholesome prototype development that entails modeling, design and prototyping.

L-R: Ms. Mai Toda Nakano, Prof. Stephen Kimani, Ag. DVCFA-Prof. Tonny Oyana, Head of the JKUAT-JICA delegation-Prof. Robert Kinyua, Prof. Mukadasi Buyinza, Prof. Daniel Sila, Associate Professor Shohei Aoki and Ms. Martha Muwanguzi pose for a photo in the DVCFA’s Office during the visit on 5th July 2022 in the Frank Kalimuzo Central Teaching Facility, Makerere University.
L-R: Ms. Mai Toda Nakano, Prof. Stephen Kimani, Ag. DVCFA-Prof. Tonny Oyana, Head of the JKUAT-JICA delegation-Prof. Robert Kinyua, Prof. Mukadasi Buyinza, Prof. Daniel Sila, Associate Professor Shohei Aoki and Ms. Martha Muwanguzi pose for a photo in the DVCFA’s Office during the visit on 5th July 2022 in the Frank Kalimuzo Central Teaching Facility, Makerere University.

JICA is supporting JKUAT and PAUSTI through employing modern technologies in developing African indigenous knowledge and wisdom into products and services. Linkages are important when it comes to exchange of experts from other universities. Prof Sili the Dean School of Food Technology at JKUAT informed the hosts that his School started an International Masters in Food Science and is already working with Dr. Abel Atukwase, the Dean School of Food Technology, Nutrition and Bioengineering, Makerere University.

Prof. Kimani informed the hosts that his School of Computing was working with Dr. Engineer Bainomugisha from CoCIS in the area of Information Technology (IT) and would like to expand and strengthen this collaboration.

Dr. Shohei Aoki said that Africa-ai-Japan project was in Phase Two 2020-2025 and during this phase, they seek to have more interdisciplinary collaborations with other institutions and build synergies in the science, technology and innovations, hence the visit to Makerere, a premier university in the region. Through the project, JICA offers scholarships to staff to do PhDs in Japan and also provides state-of-the-art laboratories and equipment. Prof Kinyua emphasized the need to widen the network and share infrastructure and resources for the benefit of both institutions. He proposed that activities such as joint application for funding for research grants and infrastructure be undertaken.

Makerere is well endowed and rich in all disciplines. The University is investing more in research to build capacity to solve national and regional problems. Over the last two decades, Makerere has been involved with the Swedish government in the area of capacity building where students and staff have received support to do Masters and PhDs through the Swedish International Cooperation Agency –SIDA.

The Acting DVCFA, Prof. Oyana expressed his excitement at the prospect of a tripartite collaboration with JICA and JKUAT. He concluded that the way forward would be to initiate a Memorandum of Understanding outlining how the three parties would work together; defining the roles of each party in the agreement, areas of collaboration and the time frame within which to collaborate. He proposed that signing of the tripartite agreement be undertaken as part of the climax of Makerere‘s year-long centenary celebrations scheduled for October 2022. Implementation would then commence after October.

Writer:  Martha Muwanguzi, Head-Mak International Office

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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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