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Mak 89th Guild Sworn in, Urged to Uphold Dialogue

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By Ritah Namisango

Commissioning the Makerere University 89th Guild Government under the leadership of H.E. Robert Maseruka, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe urged the newly elected student leaders to uphold dialogue and work with the University Management to deliver services to students.

Prof. Nawangwe, who was represented by Prof. Henry Alinaitwe, Acting Deputy Vice Chancellor (Finance and Administration), made the remark during the swearing-in-ceremony of the 89th Guild leadership held on Monday 24th April 2023 at the Makerere University Yusuf Lule Central Teaching Facility Auditorium.

Prof. Henry Alinaitwe (Right) and the Acting Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic Affairs)-Prof. Gorettie Nabanoga (Left) with one of the candidates at the Swearing-In Ceremony.
Prof. Henry Alinaitwe (Right) and the Acting Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic Affairs)-Prof. Gorettie Nabanoga (Left) with one of the candidates at the Swearing-In Ceremony.

Upon taking the oath, H.E. Robert Maseruka promised to serve in the best interest of Makerere University students and work closely with University Management to ensure that students’ affairs are attended to diligently. Robert Maseruka was sworn-in together with some cabinet members namely Mariat Namiiro (Vice Guild President), Dreamer Elizabeth (Deputy Prime Minister), Kiranda Sharifah (Finance minister), Nyangoma Emmaheart (Minister of Gender), Adron Rodney (Minister of Estates and Production) and Nambazira Patience (Academic Affairs Minister).

The Vice Chancellor congratulated H.E. Robert Maseruka upon being elected the 89th Guild President. Maseruka is a third year student pursuing the Bachelor of Journalism and Communication under the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHUSS). Prof. Nawangwe expressed the readiness of the University Management to work with the Guild President and the 89th Students’ Guild to transform livelihoods and society in general. He commended the Chairperson of the Students’ Electoral Commission, Mr. Levi Tshilumba and his team for holding free, fair and peaceful elections. He acknowledged the out-going Guild President, H.E. Lawrence Alionzi for not only steering the 88th Students’ Guild Government, but also handing over power peacefully.

Left to Right: University Secretary-Mr. Yusuf Kiranda, Ag. DVCAA-Prof. Gorettie Nabanoga, Dean of Students-Mrs. Winifred Kabumbuli and St. Francis Chaplian-Rev. Dr. Lydia Nsaale Kitayimbwa chat at ceremony.
Left to Right: University Secretary-Mr. Yusuf Kiranda, Ag. DVCAA-Prof. Gorettie Nabanoga, Dean of Students-Mrs. Winifred Kabumbuli and St. Francis Chaplian-Rev. Dr. Lydia Nsaale Kitayimbwa chat at ceremony.

Emphasizing that the university cannot exist without students, the Vice Chancellor highlighted that the University Management would continue to prioritise issues that holistically impact students such as teaching and learning, research and innovations, renovation of Halls of residence, infrastructure development as well as students’ welfare.

He stated that Makerere is a publicly funded University and commended the Government of Uganda for the ongoing construction of the perimeter wall fence to enhance security at the Main Campus, the reconstruction of the Main Building that is expected to be completed by the end of the year, and for committing funds to kick start the renovation of Lumumba and Mary Stuart Halls of Residence.

Part of the audience that included Hon. Joel Ssenyonyi, Member of Parliament for Nakawa West (Front Row: Red necktie) follow proceedings.
Part of the audience that included Hon. Joel Ssenyonyi, Member of Parliament for Nakawa West (Front Row: Red necktie) follow proceedings.

Commenting on the delay in the release of Living-Out Allowances for government sponsored students, the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Finance and Administration) said: “The University is adjusting to the normal calendar following disruptions brought about by Covid-19. This financial year, we are going to have three semesters. We have discussed this matter with the Government and we have been assured that the students’ allowances for the third semester are going to be paid.”

On the issue of governance, Prof. Alinaitwe pointed out that the Guild President and Vice Guild President are members of Makerere University Council, the supreme governing body of the University. With this representation, they will be in position to present the interests of the students. Additionally, the Students’ Guild is represented on several university organs and committees including the University Senate and the Students’ Affairs Committee, among others.

H.E. Robert Maseruka takes oath as the Chairperson of the Students’ Electoral Commission for the 89th Guild, Mr. Levi Tshilumba (Right) and his supporters witness.
H.E. Robert Maseruka takes oath as the Chairperson of the Students’ Electoral Commission for the 89th Guild, Mr. Levi Tshilumba (Right) and his supporters witness.

The Vice Chancellor advised the Guild President and the entire students’ body to avoid confrontations and violence. He appealed to the Students’ leadership to always uphold dialogue in the management of issues with different stakeholders. “Bring the issues on the table, we discuss them and reach a common position,” he said.

He encouraged the new Guild President, H.E. Robert Maseruka to emulate the out-going Guild President, H.E. Lawrence Alionzi who led the student body in a peaceful manner. “The 88th Students’ Guild upheld peace and worked with the University Management and other organs of the university to execute students’ affairs. Thank you, the 88th Students’ Guild for the commendable job. Thank you for Mr. Lawrence Alionzi for your contribution,” he remarked.

The Dean of Students, Mrs. Winifred Kabumbuli makes her remarks.
The Dean of Students, Mrs. Winifred Kabumbuli makes her remarks.

The Dean of Students, Mrs. Winifred Kabumbuli applauded the outgoing Guild under the leadership of H.E. Lawrence Alionzi for rejuvenating intellectual dialogue among students. She implored the new Guild to embrace dialogue and jointly work with the University administration to leverage Makerere University’s leading position in the provision of higher education services. The Dean of Students pledged to work with the 89th Guild to ensure that students’ concerns are addressed on time.

In his remarks, the outgoing Guild President, Lawrence Alionzi urged the newly elected Guild President, Robert Maseruka to always front the interests of students before those of the political groups and individuals close to him.

The 88th Guild President, H.E. Lawrence Alionzi delivers his address.
The 88th Guild President, H.E. Lawrence Alionzi delivers his address.

“Focus on students. Be careful not to serve the interests of those around you or the political class. At the end of the day what truly matters is that common student who probably has never seen you,” he advised.

One of the dignitaries who came to witness the swearing-in-ceremony, Hon. Joel Ssenyonyi, Member of Parliament of Nakawa West congratulated H.E. Robert Maseruka upon his victory and tasked him to work for the students. “The students are the ones who have entrusted you with the mandate. So, always prioritise the students.”

Part of the audience enjoys a light moment during the Swearing-In Ceremony.
Part of the audience enjoys a light moment during the Swearing-In Ceremony.

Hon. Ssenyonyi encouraged the University administration to always engage the alumni to contribute to some of the development programmes at the University.

The colourful ceremony was graced by the Acting Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic Affairs)-Associate Professor Gorettie Nabanoga, University Secretary-Mr. Yusuf Kiranda, the Chaplain of St. Francis Chapel-Rev. Dr. Lydia Nsaale Kitayimbwa, Mother of the Guild President-Ms. Nanfuka Joseline, Ms. Ruth Eteu Eyoku-Member of staff from the Department of the Academic Registrar, Principal Warden-Mr. Peter Rivan Muhereza, Guild Administrator-Ms. Norah Nalubowa, Wardens and staff from the Dean of Students’ Department, staff from Public Relations Office,  the media and other invited guests. Mr. Muhammad Kiggundu, an alumnus of Makerere University, who graduated during the 73rd Graduation ceremony moderated the Swearing-in-Ceremony.

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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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