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Campus France visits Makerere University: Pledges to strengthen partnerships

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By Ritah Namisango
On Wednesday 15th March 2023, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe received a delegation from Campus France and the French Embassy in Uganda to discuss matters of common interest including strengthening partnerships between Makerere University and Universities in France, research, study opportunities as well as staff and student mobility.

The visiting team consisted of Mr. Olivier Chiche-Portiche, Director in charge of Geographical Coordination at Campus France and the Head of the Delegation, Ms. Oumou Diakite- Assistant Head of Africa Department at Campus France, in charge of sub-saharan Africa, Mr. Yves Mercier- Head of Cooperation at the French embassy in Uganda, Ms  Léa Tracol – Education Attaché at the French Embassy in Uganda and Ms. Mercy Twinomujuni-Head of Campus France Uganda.

The delegation is holding a five-day visit (15th to 19th March 2023) to explore more collaboration opportunities in Uganda. The Campus France delegation, accompanied by members of the French Embassy has scheduled meetings with several senior Ugandan ministerial and academic officials, CEOs of foreign companies, diplomatic missions and agencies, and alumni.

Campus France, an operator of the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs, is the French agency in charge of promoting higher education and hosting and managing the international mobility of students, researchers, experts and guests. Campus France is present in 124 countries (including Uganda) around the world, relying on a network of over 250 Campus France Spaces and Antennas. 

Mr. Chiche-Portiche who handles international promotions and foreign funded scholarships informed the Vice Chancellor, Central Management and College Principals that Campus France is interested in ensuring that Makerere University students and staff access study opportunities in France. He stated that the tuition fees in universities in France were affordable and greatly subsidized throughout the Universities in France compared to other Universities in the USA and United Kingdom. On the issue of accommodation, Mr. Chiche-Portiche notified the University Management that the hostel fees are affordable and international students are accorded the equal treatment as the nationals (French students).

Ms Oumou Diakite, Deputy Director of the Africa Department said that increased collaborations and partnerships between Makerere University and Campus France would facilitate the process of ensuring that Ugandans access affordable education services in France.

The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe commended the good working relationship between Makerere University and the French Embassy in Uganda. He noted that the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (School of Languages, Literature and Communication) was working closely with the Embassy to promote the teaching of the French language. The Vice Chancellor also pointed out the existing working relationship between Campus France and Makerere University International Office.

Some of the members of University Management who attended the meeting

Prof. Nawangwe mentioned that such partnerships are anchored in the internationalization agenda of the University as well as internationalization of higher education in general. The Vice Chancellor welcomed the idea of strengthening the existing collaborations and partnerships and strategies aimed at widening the collaboration scope to the wider university community. He expressed his commitment to supporting avenues and programmes aimed at enhancing staf and student mobility.

He however, noted the need to address the issue of language if Makerere University is to attract students and staff to access opportunities in France. “Most of us in Uganda speak English. That means that we need to put up mechanisms for students and staff to learn French. Professors and researchers at Makerere University need to learn some basics in the French language to undertake joint research with counterparts in Universities in France,” said Prof. Nawangwe.

During the interaction, the audience was informed that the College of Business and Management through its capacity building programme had finalized an agreement with Alliance Francaise, Kampala to train staff in the French language.

Inspired by the ongoing efforts, the Vice Chancellor commended the Principal of the College of Business and Management Sciences, Dr. Eria Hisali and his team, for the initiative aimed at ensuring that staff in that College study and learn the French Language. Prof. Nawangwe reiterated that learning the French language would facilitate access to research opportunities.

Noting that the visiting delegation had highlighted the School of Law-Public Interest Law Clinic as an area of interest, the Vice Chancellor requested Dr. Ronald Naluwairo, the Acting Principal, School of Law to pursue this matter for the mutual benefit of students and staff. To facilitate the flow of information between Makerere University and Campus France, the Academic Registrar, Prof. Buyinza Mukadasi emphasized the need for Campus France to establish information spaces/centres in Uganda.

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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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