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Finance Dept. & DICTS to Digitize Requisitions and Vouching System

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The Finance Department and Directorate for ICT Support (DICTS) are in the final stages of developing a system to electronically manage the hitherto manual process of generating requisitions and vouchers. Code-named RAVIS (Requisitions and Voucher Information System), the system will upon completion also enable the Finance Department and Management to monitor budget performance and generate reports at the click of a button.

Addressing staff from the Finance Department, DICTS and other units in the Council Room on 28th March 2023, the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Finance and Administration), Prof. Henry Alinaitwe commended the Project Coordinator and Manager Accounts and Reporting, Mr. Lubowa Gyaviira upon the progress made on RAVIS. He noted that automation of these processes will facilitate seamless transactions and provide a digital backup of all transactions.

“As a key stakeholder, I want to see this system operational as it will help us to efficiently track balances on various votes, reduce on procurement delays due to missing vouchers and enable the units at the centre to efficiently monitor their budget lines” added Prof. Alinaitwe.

L-R: Mr. Evarist Bainomugisha, Mr. Yusuf Kiranda and Mr. Lubowa Gyaviira consult during the meeting.
L-R: Mr. Evarist Bainomugisha, Mr. Yusuf Kiranda and Mr. Lubowa Gyaviira consult during the meeting.

The University Secretary, Mr. Yusuf Kiranda commended the initiative and advised that the system should make it as simple as possible for users to attach all supporting documents. He also cautioned the Finance Department Staff at Units to ensure that originators of the requests provide hard copies of the same for reference and future audit purposes.

As with all Information Systems, notifications are generated with each transaction to alert users of the system of pending actions on their part or to update on actions taken. Owing to the number of transactions a system processes, these can turn out to be too numerous to the point of being overwhelming. In light of this, Mr. Kiranda advised the developer DICTS to ensure that all notifications remain on RAVIS and not be sent via email as is the case with some systems.

The University Bursar, Mr. Evarist Bainomugisha welcomed the intervention, noting that it would not only automate but also proved a fallback position in the event damaged or missing physical vouchers. He added that unlike the physical requisitions and vouchers, their digital equivalents will be easier to backup and search in the event of follow-up.

Some of the staff that attended the RAVIS evaluation meeting follow proceedings.
Some of the staff that attended the RAVIS evaluation meeting follow proceedings.

“This system is going to great help us and our hope is that it will be implemented efficiently and effectively. I thank DICTS for stepping forward and working with the Finance Department to develop the system” added the University Bursar.

The Project Coordinator, Mr. Lubowa thanked members of the University Management for sparing time to attend the meeting, noting that development of RAVIS was an important milestone in the University’s financial management initiatives. He added that the system will facilitate the smooth management of budgets, especially for units at the centre where it will be pioneered.

“With this system in place, each unit especially at the centre will be able to monitor its budget performance and quickly address any mischarges or promptly provide any supporting documents that can aid quick processing of requisitions” added Mr. Lubowa.

Mr. Juma Katongole (2nd L) with colleagues from DICTS during the meeting.
Mr. Juma Katongole (2nd L) with colleagues from DICTS during the meeting.

Representing the Director DICTS, Mr. Samuel Mugabi, the Principal Systems Administrator, Mr. Juma Katongole shared that the system was developed after several interactions with the Finance Department and users at the Colleges. “These back and forth interactions were aimed at ensuring that we have a true record of requirements from the user units so as to develop a fitting system.”

He added that DICTS looked forward to more interactions with users of the system as part of the current baseline assessment of all information systems at Makerere University. DICTS in partnership with some developers from the College of Computing and Information Sciences (CoCIS) is at the heart of digital transformation of university business processes. This is one of the core objectives of the Makerere University Strategic plan 2020-2030.

The partnership between DICTS and CoCIS has over the last six years led to the automation of a number of fourteen business processes such as: Human Resource Management, Student Academic Business Management, Student Electoral Business Management, Integrated Financial Management, Electronic Learning Management,  Library Business Management, Grants Management, Student Documents Management, Customer Relationship Management, Hospital Business Management, Motor Vehicle Management, Requisitions and Payment Management, Teaching Time Table Management and Alumni Management.

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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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