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Ms. Claudia Frittelli – Carnegie Corporation of New York visits Mak

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The Program Officer, Higher Education and Research in Africa, International Program of the Carnegie Corporation of New York (CCNY) Ms. Claudia Frittelli was on Thursday 1st September, 2022 hosted by the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe at a special Top Management Meeting as part of her institutional visit. Ms. Frittelli’s interaction with Makerere goes back to 2006 when she was part of the team that oversaw the implementation of CCNY’s Institutional Strengthening grant to the University.

In his welcome remarks, the Vice Chancellor thanked Carnegie for being one of entities that helped Makerere University regain her footing after the turbulent years of political upheaval. He particularly singled out the Corporation’s role in revitalising the construction industry in the 1990s through supporting the introduction of programmes in quantity and valuation surveying. The same concept, he noted, was used to introduce the Bachelor and later Master of Science in Construction Management.

“At that time there were few quantity surveyors in Uganda and they were almost no valuation surveyors… since the introduction of those programmes, the construction industry has greatly improved… and almost all the people heading the Departments in Government dealing with these issues are all coming out of the programme which the Carnegie Corporation supported” highlighted Prof. Nawangwe, who served as Head of the Department of Architecture and Physical Planning from 1987 to 2002.

The Vice Chancellor also paid to tribute to CCNY for supporting Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM), the Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa (CARTA) and the African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA), which he currently chairs. ARUA aims at enhancing research and graduate training in Africa through, among other channels, the establishment of Centres of Excellence (CoEs) in sixteen (16) member universities spread across ten (10) countries. The Alliance currently has thirteen (13) multidisciplinary CoEs tackling thematic areas of

Citing the World Bank recommendation for the African continent to produce at least 100,000 PhDs within the next ten years in order to achieve Agenda 2063, Prof. Nawangwe outlined that the current Makerere University Strategic Plan seeks to make the institution more research-led by among other activities, training more more graduate students, who will contribute to the target. Makerere‘s membership to consortia such as ARUA, through which it hosts the Centre of Excellence in Notions of Identity in Africa it is anticipated, will enhance the attainment of this strategic thrust.

The Vice Chancellor further outlined Makerere‘s plans to establish an innovation hub to support the huge capacity that has been built over the years. “We now have a lot of trained researchers who have the potential to come up with innovations and we are working with UNDP to establish the innovation hub.”

The Acting Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic Affairs) and Director, Directorate of Research and Graduate Training (DRGT), Prof. Buyinza Mukadasi in his remarks thanked Ms. Frittelli for being an eminent and longtime friend of Makerere. He noted that whereas CCNY started relations with Uganda in 1946, the post-independence political turmoil resulted in decades of suspension of operations by the Corporation, which resumed 2001-2004 with support to institutional research management at Makerere.

L-R: Prof. Buyinza Mukadasi, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, Ms. Claudia Frittelli and Prof. Sarah Ssali during the meeting with Top Management.
L-R: Prof. Buyinza Mukadasi, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, Ms. Claudia Frittelli and Prof. Sarah Ssali during the meeting with Top Management.

Prof. Buyinza added that this was followed by programmes from 2006-2008 and 2008-2011 aimed at strengthening research capacity at Makerere. The programme on nurturing the Next Generation of African Academics (NGAA) followed from 2010-2012, and subsequently the 2013-2016 NGAA Phase II that focused on retention of nurtured academics. 2017 marked the beginning of a phase on Nurturing Emerging Research Leaders through Post-Doctoral (NERLP) Training, which was followed by the 2019-2021 Supporting Early-Career Academics (SECA) programme.

“Currently, we are consolidating the Supporting Early-Career Academics (SECA) programme at Makerere, albeit innovatively. We have gone beyond the boundaries of Makerere and are working with four partner public Universities in this country… We identified Kyambogo, Busitema, Gulu and Mbarara University of Science and Technology” he explained.

Prof. Buyinza said that the current programme is supporting 25 post-doctoral fellowships; 15 from Makerere and 10 from the partner public universities. The support is aimed at consolidating the research capacity of early-career academics to enhance their research productivity and ability to contribute effectively to global knowledge generation.

He added that efforts are underway to prioritise research communication so as to enable dissemination of academic results to policy makers, while contributing to capacity building and opportunities of female academics. “The gender dimension is key and in this phase we have moved from 10% to 30%, and now Makerere is implementing 50% share-out.”

Ms. Frittelli in her remarks acknowledged the warm reception by Management, admitting that it was a pleasure to be back at Makerere where she participated in the institutional strengthening programme. The programme supported the formation of directorates to oversee Research and Graduate Training, Gender Mainstreaming, ICT and stregthened components in Distance Education. She added that it was good to witness Principal Investigators of projects that Carnegie had supported taking up Vice Chancellor roles in other universities as well as other Senior Administrative positions.

The Program Officer paid tribute to Vartan Gregorian, the late President under whose over 20-year tenure until his sudden death in April 2021, CCNY supported and continues to support higher education and research in Africa. She informed Management that the CCNY Board after a search appointed Prof. Louise Richardson, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford, to serve as the corporation’s next President effective January 2023. Her hope, she said, was that the new President who has a background in higher education would continue supporting Africa’s undertakings in the same sector.

“…these kinds of meetings are coming at a very important time as it is interesting to hear how the grant is evolving, so that we can also inform her of the role of Makerere in the country, the continent and your participation in all these networks” added Ms. Frittelli.

The Program Officer during her visit interacted with members of the SECA Project Implementation Committee (PIC) in various colleges as well as post-doctoral grantees.

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Launch of Mak-RIF Round 4 Awards & PhD Call for Proposals

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Mak-RIF 4 Awards and PhD Call For Proposals, 29th September 2022, 9:00 to 10:00 AM EAT.

Makerere University received funding from the Government of the Republic of Uganda, earmarked to support high impact Research and Innovations. This unique initiative arose after engagements between the top University Management and the Government of Uganda. This fund illustrates the increasing importance that the Government attaches to Research and Innovation as a driver of development and transformation. The objective of the fund is to increase the local generation of translatable research and scalable innovations that address key gaps required to drive Uganda’s development agenda. 

In the Financial years 2019/2020, 2020/2021 and 2021/2022 the Government of the Republic of Uganda through Mak-RIF has funded implementation of over 750 multidisciplinary research and innovations within the various Colleges, while engaging multiple stakeholders within and outside Makerere University. The Grants Management Committee (GMC) has finalized the award process for the Mak-RIF round 4 call for funding for this Financial Year 2022/2023.

The Grants Management Committee (GMC) hereby invites you to the Launch of the Mak-RIF Round 4 awards and PhD Call for Proposals scheduled to take place tomorrow Thursday 29th September 2022 from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. EAT. 

Please use the following details to join the launch.

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwpcu-urDIjE9ZgxdsbEmA2IkNMMiJVECt_ 
Meeting ID: 884 5662 9992
Password: 292624

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Notice: Makerere Disability Scheme 2022/23 Medical Review Exercise

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One of the PWD graduands at the 69th Graduation during the Session held on 17th January 2019.

The Academic Registrar, Makerere University invites persons with disability who applied for admission to public universities under the disability entry scheme for 2022/2023 Academic Year to appear for medical/review exercise at Makerere Unive, Senate Building, Level Two (2) in the Telepresence Centre.

NOTE: Only those who have the minimum entry requirements of at least two principal passes at A’ Level or its equivalent and at least five (5) passes at O’ Level or its equivalent will be interviewed.

 Only candidates who sat ‘a’ level in 2020, 2019 and 2018 are eligible for admission.

THE EXERCISE WILL BE CONDUCTED ON 3rd, 4th and 5th October, 2022 respectively from 9.00 A.M – 1.00 P.M each day.

IMPORTANT:

(i) If you fail to appear on any of the given days above, there will be no other chance for you.

(ii) Applicants with Government Scholarship for the previous years are not eligible for admission

ALFRED MASIKYE NAMOAH

Acting. ACADEMIC REGISTRAR

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Uganda’s policymakers implored to address forest loss, plastic & water pollution

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Left to Right: Prof. Gunnar Köhlin, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, Amb. Maria Håkansson, Commissioner Julius Mafumbo and Prof. Edward Bbaale posing for a group photo before the opening ceremony on 22nd September 2022: Photo by EfD-Mak Centre.

The Vice Chancellor Professor Barnabas Nawangwe on Thursday 22nd September, 2022 participated in the opening of the EfD Annual meeting hosted by Makerere University at Speke Resort Munyonyo where he appealed to government to implement the ban on kaveera and address other environmental issues.

The opening ceremony moderated by the EfD Global Hub Manager Gunnar Köhlin and was graced by Uganda’s Minister for Water and Environment represented by the Commissioner for Water, Mr. Julius Mafumbo and the Swedish Ambassador to Uganda, H.E. Maria Håkansson.

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