Makerere University to focus on Research for Development
We are now living in the era of knowledge-based economies. Those in the know are the ones who develop. Those not in the know will not develop. Knowledge comes from research. Research leads to innovations and it is these innovations that change the world. We have excellently produced human resources for the country and the region for the last 100 years.
However, we don’t not only want to be the university that produces good human resources, but also an institution that accelerates national development through research and innovation like many leading universities around the world have done. It is universities through research and innovation that made America what it is today. Universities are no longer places where people produce knowledge for the sake of it, but places where people do research that leads to national development through innovation. That is what we have resolved to do in the next 100 years, starting in 2023. We must be different.
We must be led by research and innovation. Being a research-led university means that all undertakings by our staff at the various levels are guided by research. When you are guided by research you address current issues.
To enable us to achieve this, our research budget has increased to $120m from $30m in the last four years. Subsequently, our research publication output has increased to 1,200 from 600 papers. Most importantly, we have used our research to solve our national problems.
That came out clearly during COVID-19 pandemic when Makerere made enormous contributions to the innovations and guidelines that were being used by the Government to manage the situation. Beyond COVID-19, of course, there have been groundbreaking innovations in agriculture, engineering and other areas including the social sciences. We are fully committed to undertaking new research and innovations in 2023.
Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe
Innovations using low cost locally available materials for point of use water treatment system unveiled
The College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology (CEDAT) conducted a Research Dissemination of two studies aimed at the Development of Materials for point of use water treatment systems.
The investigations were conducted by a team of researchers comprised of P. W. Olupot, H. M. Kalibbala, E. Menya, G.M. Wangi, J. Jjagwe, J. Wakatuntu, M. Turyasingura, R. Walozi, C. Kanyesigye and R. N. Kulabako.
The dissemination event held on Wednesday 29th November 2023 follows the successful completion of two MakRIF supported Research projects namely; Development of rice husk based granular activated carbon for point-of-use water treatment systems and Development of zeolite-based nanocomposite filters for drinking water treatment.
Apac District gains from CEDAT’s Research on Piloting a Rural Broadband Connectivity Model and Efficacious patient management system
The School of Engineering at the College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology (CEDAT) shared findings of research that was conducted in Apac Districts through two projects namely Piloting a Rural Broadband Connectivity Model (RCBM) and Efficacious patient management system (EPMS).
The findings of the research sponsored by the Government of Uganda through the Makerere University research and Innovation Fund(MakRIF) were disseminated during a dissemination seminar held in the College on Friday 24th November 2023, where it was revealed that Apac the host District greatly benefited from the services that not only led to the increased uptake of internet services but also gained through other socio economic areas.
Application Forms for Admission to Public Universities 2024/2025
The Academic Registrar, Makerere University informs all Head Teachers of A ‘Level schools that application forms for admission to public universities for senior six candidates (UACE 2023) for the 2024/2025 academic year will be ready for collection from the university from Monday 4th December, 2023.
The application forms should be collected from the Office of the Academic Registrar, Senate Building, Level 3, Makerere University.
Issuing of the application forms will start on Monday, 4th December 2023 on payment of a non-refundable application fee of Uganda Shs. 52,000/=(fifty two thousand Uganda shillings only) per application form.
You are advised to get a pay reference number (PRN) using the ACMIS system (http://pay.mak.ac.ug) to enable you pay the application fees in any bank used by Uganda Revenue Authority (URA).
The forms are for Ugandans only.
Please note that only Head Teachers or their authorized representatives will be served.
The closing date for submitting the completed application forms will be Wednesday 31st January, 2024.
Prof. Buyinza Mukadasi
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