By Elvis Lubanga
The Grants Administration and Management Support Unit (GAMSU) on 29th June 2023 trained accountants and project administrators at Makerere University on finance policies and procedures regarding grant administration and management, so as to ensure transparency and smooth processes in the auditing of grants.
The training was conducted during a workshop at the Telepresence Conference Hall in the Senate building, Makerere University, which was attended by College Accountants, Project Accountants, and Project Administrators, who gained valuable insights from prominent figures in the university’s financial leadership.
Professor Sylvia Antonia N. N. Tamusuza, the head of GAMSU emphasized the importance of empowering accountants and project administrators with the necessary knowledge and skills to facilitate grant acquisition and ensure compliance. She noted that “GAMSU intends to facilitate the acquisition of grants and promote adherence to policies. “
Evarist Bainomugisha, the University Bursar, highlighted the university’s grant policies and procedures while emphasizing the crucial role of the financial team in supporting grant administration. He cautioned the administrators and accountants to refrain from projects that are not appropriated by the government of Uganda, to avoid adverse consequences during audits.
George Turyamureba, the head of Finance at GAMSU, emphasized the significance of adhering to policies and procedures governing quarterly reporting, which are imperative in grant management. He added that timely and accurate reporting was highlighted as vital, with accountants playing a pivotal role in providing and updating ledgers on behalf of Principal Investigators.
During the workshop, Turyamureeba highlighted several challenges encountered in the consolidation of the quarterly reports, such as inconsistent reports and information, non-compliance with reporting formats, inadequate knowledge to perform assigned tasks, and mixing reporting currencies, among others.
CPA Christine Ninsiima, an accountant at GAMSU, who facilitated a session on data entry on to the GAMSU database emphasized the need for cooperation among all stakeholders to simplify the reporting process, stating, “If we collaborate, it will be to our advantage.”
Attendees expressed their appreciation for the knowledge shared, which they said it has not left them the same. Mr. Walter Odoch, the College Bursar at COVAB, said that the workshop deepened their understanding of the university’s grant administration policies and provided practical tips for improving the financial reporting process.
Throughout the workshop, interactive sessions and discussions allowed participants to raise questions and seek clarification on specific challenges they faced. The expertise of the GAMSU finance team and administrators, proved instrumental in addressing these concerns and offering practical solutions.
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.
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