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Makerere University Researchers at the Forefront of Tackling Climate Change

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A new case study series highlights Makerere University projects tackling climate related issues through collaborative research in Africa

On November the 6th, world leaders will meet in Egypt for the 27th United Nations Climate Change Conference – COP27. In celebration of COP being held in Africa, the Low Carbon Energy an Environment Research Network Wales have compiled a set of case studies highlighting Africa – Wales climate focused research collaborations which include two case studies involving Makerere University.

Africa is a key player in the battle against climate change. The continent is home to 18% of the world’s tropical forests giving it a vital role in mitigating climate change. With rapidly growing populations seeking economic growth, African countries are also forced to think outside the box for ways to achieve development in climate friendly way leading to new innovations.

As well as mitigation, Africa is also an important place for climate adaption research. Despite having played only a small role in the causes of climate change, the United Nations Environment Programme points out that Africa is currently the most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change as many on the continent lack the resources to buffer themselves from the effects of climate change.

Researchers from Makerere University were involved in two of the projects highlighted. The first was a collaboration between Makerere University and Bangor University, Wales, that has taken the leftover materials from Maize production, known as stover, and converted it into products that replace single use plastics, such as fruit packaging.

Plastic, particularly single use plastic, can damage the environment in several ways, from the harmful plastic pollution to its contribution to climate change through the petrochemicals used in its production. The products that the project has developed offer huge environmental benefits whilst also creating additional employment in rural areas. The team are currently trialling tree seedling wraps in collaboration with the Mount Elgon Tree Growing Enterprise and the National Agricultural Research Organisation.

“The biodegradable seedling wraps will revolutionise the way we plant our trees by providing environmentally sound seedling potting material that is sustainable, reducing plastic load and reducing damage to the ecosystem,” says Ephraim Nuwamanya of the National Agricultural Research Organisation, Uganda.

The second project highlights the work of former Makerere University student Jalia Packwood who now works at Bangor University. In her role as the International Sustainability Collaborations Project Officer, Packwood developed collaborative projects to share knowledge between Bangor University, Makerere University, and private and public sector organisations in Uganda. The project established links between the two universities and was so wide-reaching that is drew the attention of the Ugandan High Commissioner.

“It’s about making links,” says Packwood. “The research is out there but I was able to act as an intermediary between the university and people on the ground 4,000 miles away.”

For both these projects, as with all of the case studies highlighted by the network, a collaborative approach to solving the global problems brought about by climate change was key.

“The partnership with the University of Bangor brought research into action,” said Florence Nakayiwa, former Director of the Planning and Development Department at Makerere University. “It has infused appreciation of collaboration as a way of life for staff and students at Makerere University – the ethos and values imparted at the time have continued to influence the sustainability program at Makerere University.”

Welsh universities are well known for their collaborative research with more than 50% of Wales’s research output having been produced by international collaborations. The case studies chosen highlight the importance of links between Africa and Wales in tackling climate related issues. For the full details and more great examples of climate focussed research from across Africa and Wales please head over to www.lceernw.ac.uk/wales-in-africa

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Re-advertisement: Undergraduate Programmes 2024/2025

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A section of the University Road

The Academic Registrar, Makerere University invites applications from Ugandan, East African, and international applicants for the undergraduate programmes under Government Sponsorship (BVL) and private sponsorship scheme for the 2024/2025 Academic Year.

Each applicant should:

a) Have the Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE) with at least five passes, or its equivalent and at least two principal passes at Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE) obtained at the same sitting. For day programmes only candidates who sat A’ Level in 2023,2022 and 2020 are eligible to apply. For evening, afternoon, and external programmes, a candidate is not restricted on the year of sitting A’ Level.

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d) Degree from a recognised/Chartered Institution

Further details on the re-advertised programmes , fees structure, and the procedure of submitting applications can be accessed from the document below:                                            

The closing date for receiving applications for undergraduate admissions is Friday 26th July 2024.                                                           

WARNING:                                                             

  1. 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.
  2. Do not buy any other documents not originating from the Academic Registrar’s Office.  Those who buy them do so at their own risk. 
  3. 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.    
  4. Applicants are advised to use the right programme names and codes. The university will not be responsible for any wrong information entered in the system by applicants.     

Prof. Mukadasi Buyinza
ACADEMIC REGISTRAR

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Freshers’ Orientation and Registration For 2024/2025 Academic Year

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To All First Year Students;
First Year students (Freshers) are by tradition given an “acclimatization” period of one week
which is referred to as the “Orientation Week”. The Freshers report on Campus one week
earlier than the Continuing students and during this week they are introduced to the key facilities in the University as well as other important aspects of life at the University.

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Admission Lists -Disability, Sports and District Quota Schemes 2024/25

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The Office of Academic Registrar, Makerere University has released the admission list of candidates admitted under the Disability, Sports and District Quota Schemes with Government sponsorship 2024/25 Academic Year.

Kindly follow the links below to access the lists:-

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