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Mak Deans Forum Deliberates on Safeguarding Policy, Career Guidance & Mentorship

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The Makerere University Deans’ Forum (MUDF) was inaugurated on 14th June 2019 following a sensitisation workshop for academic leaders aimed at building a sustainable research culture and research management systems for quality and relevant research output. The Forum, it was further envisaged, would create a platform for Deans to share and network beyond the University Senate Meetings. Four years down the road, these interactions have borne fruit, with several collaborations across the board.

“The Deans Forum has accorded us the opportunity to initiate new Deans, share reports, and embark on collaborative projects between; the Makerere University School of Public Health and the School of Statistics and Planning, as well as with the School of Computing and Informatics Technology, the School of Engineering and the School of Business, and the School of Biomedical Sciences working with a host of other Schools,” explained Prof. Umar Kakumba, the Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Academic Affairs (DVCAA) and Patron MUDF.

The Patron further congratulated the outgoing MUDF Chairperson-Prof. Rhoda Wanyenze, Vice Chairperson-Prof. Arthur K. Tugume and Executive Committee members for serving the Forum wholeheartedly. He reiterated that academic leadership in Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) rests on the shoulders of Deans as they are “focal people when it comes to building the strengths of the University’s core service delivery.”

Prof. Umar Kakumba addresses the Deans Forum that deliberated on enhancement of safeguarding at Makerere University and the Draft Career Guidance and Mentorship Policy. Hotel Africana, Kampala Uganda, East Africa.
Prof. Umar Kakumba addresses the Deans Forum that deliberated on enhancement of safeguarding at Makerere University and the Draft Career Guidance and Mentorship Policy.

Prof. Umar Kakumba made the remarks at the Forum held on 28th September 2023 aimed at onboarding the Deans on the process of enhancing safeguarding at Makerere University through co-creation of the applicable policy. The same Forum was also aimed at validating the Draft Makerere Policy on Career Guidance and Mentorship, currently in its final stage of formulation.

“Today is a great opportunity to highlight the enhancement of safeguarding at Makerere” remarked the DVCAA. He emphasized that safeguarding is a contemporary and important aspect for Makerere University because “It builds the University we expect for everybody to thrive, be they staff, students and all those that come to seek or provide services”.

He added that any incidents that happens in the environs of the University affect the Makerere brand and in the absence of a safeguarding policy, the institution may face harm and all forms of prejudice, while individuals are at the risk of harassment, discrimination and bullying. Prof. Kakumba informed the Deans that Makerere had put in place a drafting team for the safeguarding policy and enlisted a local partner; the Optimal Safeguarding Centre of Excellence (Optimal-SCOE), to conduct an environmental scan and support the technical aspects. “I thank the Mastercard Foundation for supporting our efforts to enhance safeguarding at Makerere University.”

The eight policy frameworks that have been identified for review during the safeguarding policy drafting exercise include; 1) The Policy and Regulations against Sexual Harassment, December 2018, 2) The Gender Equality Policy, December 2021, 3) The Policy on Students Accommodation, August 2021, 4) The Human Resources Manual (As amended), December 2022, 5) The Makerere University Risk Management Policy, February 2022, 6) The Makerere University Policy on Persons with Disabilities, May 2022, 7) The Makerere University Students Regulations, 2015, and 8) The Makerere University Communications Policy, March 2013.

Part of the drafting team for the safeguarding policy and members of the Optimal Safeguarding Centre of Excellence (Optimal-SCOE) at the Deans Forum. Hotel Africana, Kampala Uganda, East Africa.
Part of the drafting team for the safeguarding policy and members of the Optimal Safeguarding Centre of Excellence (Optimal-SCOE) at the Deans Forum.

The drafting team in their presentation reported that the policies were analysed based on five elements of safety and protection and eleven forms of harm/risk recommended in safeguarding frameworks in HEIs. The five elements include; 1) Identification, 2) Prevention, 3) Reporting, 4) Response and 5) Management. Similarly, the eleven forms of harm/risk include; 1) Physical harm/risk, 2) Emotional harm/risk, 3) Neglect, 4) Discrimination, 5) Cybersecurity threats, 6) Financial exploitation, 7) Material loss, 8) Sexual exploitation, abuse, and harassment (SEAH), 9) Academic misconduct, 10) Substance abuse, and 11) Protection of academic freedoms of staff and students.

On validation of the Draft Makerere Policy on Career Guidance and Mentorship, Prof. Kakumba emphasized that it was important to institutionalize and customize these two closely linked aspects so as to produce graduates that not only have good grades but also possess the moral fabric and productivity that boosts their employability. Accordingly, the office of the DVCAA appointed a three-member team to support the policy development process, which is in line with the Makerere University Strategic Plan, 2020-2030. The Plan’s strategic focus on Innovative Teaching and Learning seeks to create an appropriate environment that supports students to meet their academic and professional aspirations.

A presentation from the drafting team revealed the goal of the policy as to “Ensure all students at Makerere University access career guidance and mentorship support that enables them to make informed-career choices and builds their capability to effectively transition into the world of work.” The policy will be implemented at college level, with support from the Career Guidance and Mentorship Desk under the office of the DVCAA.

The two polices were welcomed by the Deans as essential and timely. Feedback from the Forum further called for the need to; consider adding the notion of identities to the Safeguarding Policy, integrate a framework for positive passive mentorship for students as well as staff, and factor in two levels of active mentorship at basic and specialized levels.

Prof. Arthur K. Tugume, Dean School of Biosciences, College of Natural Sciences (CoNAS) and Chairperson Makerere University Deans Forum Executive Committee. Hotel Africana, Kampala Uganda, East Africa.
Prof. Arthur K. Tugume, Dean School of Biosciences, College of Natural Sciences (CoNAS) and Chairperson Makerere University Deans Forum Executive Committee.

The Deans further called for the; inclusion of Graduate mentorship fellows in the framework, continuous retooling of staff on mentorship and career guidance, and holding weekly mentorship workshops for students and staff. Mechanisms for identification and orientation of international and industry-based mentors for specialized areas as well as the need to take advantage of staff trained on mentorship and career guidance were also proposed in response to staffing shortages or areas where there was lack of expertise.

Furthermore, the Forum called for the inclusion of; The Makerere University Information and Communication Technology Policy Framework, March 2020 and The Open, Distance and eLearning (ODeL) Policy among the policies identified for review. The feedback also called for the establishment of well-facilitated student support centres to help boost mentorship and career guidance efforts.

The day’s forum concluded with the election of new office bearers for some of the positions of the MUDF Executive Committee. The former Vice Chairperson, Prof. Arthur K. Tugume was successfully elected to the position of Chairperson, while Committee Member, Prof. Saudah Namyalo was elected Vice Chairperson. Dr. Martin Baluku, Dr. Claire Mugasa and Dr. Justus Twesigye were elected as new committee members.

Delivering his acceptance remarks, Prof. Tugume thanked fellow Deans for entrusting him with the Forum’s leadership and called for the promotion of multidisciplinary research. He recognized that whereas the Deans lead different disciplines, their leadership style should increase consensus both within their Schools and with other schools. “If we did that even the work of Senate would be much easier” he added.

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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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