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Students Offer Insightful Feedback on Courses, Lecturers & Teaching for Semester 2 of 2022/23

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On Friday, 24th November 2023, the Quality Assurance Directorate (QAD) hosted a dissemination meeting at which results of the Students Evaluation of Course and Teaching (SECAT) for Semester 2 of the academic year 2022/2023 were shared with Management as well as Academic and Student leaders. According to QAD, SECAT is one of the mechanisms for engaging students to have a say about the course they have enrolled for, the lecturer who teaches the course and how the course has been delivered so as to generate evidence that can be used for progressive improvement towards to attainment of the University’s strategic plan.

Delivering the welcome remarks at the event, the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic Affairs), Prof. Umar Kakumba noted that SECAT is a standard requirement for institutions all over the world and expressed appreciation to QAD for undertaking the exercise. He was particularly appreciative that SECAT is an authentic tool that offers confidentiality to students and provides objective areas and metrics. Furthermore, he noted that since the mechanism is not cast in stone, it can be modified to cater for the unique or emerging teaching and learning needs of some academic units.

Prof. Umar Kakumba signs a copy of the report at the launch event. Launch of SECAT Report for Semester Two 2022/2023 by the Quality Assurance Director, 24th November 2023, Yusuf Lule Central Teaching Facility Auditorium, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda, East Africa.
Prof. Umar Kakumba signs a copy of the report at the launch event.

“The quality of learners is not a problem because from our cut off points, we take the best performers annually. However, how are the students prepared to learn? What is their attitude and what are their expectations?” pondered the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic Affairs).

Prof. Kakumba therefore appreciated the appropriateness of SECAT as a tool for receiving feedback from a tech-savvy generation that is not only good at juggling various tasks but also has a short attention span. He noted that it was important to evaluate whether the courses taught, the lecturers who conduct them and the methods of delivery all meet students’ expectations.

Presenting findings from the SECAT, the Director QAD, Dr. Cyprian Misinde noted that the exercise is essential for assessing teaching quality, aligning course expectations with outcomes, optimizing the timing of evaluations, influencing faculty teaching practices, and evaluating the effectiveness of instructional technology. “By providing valuable feedback and insights, student evaluations contribute to the continuous improvement of educational practices and the overall learning experience.”

Dr. Cyprian Misinde presents findings from the evaluation exercise. Launch of SECAT Report for Semester Two 2022/2023 by the Quality Assurance Director, 24th November 2023, Yusuf Lule Central Teaching Facility Auditorium, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda, East Africa.
Dr. Cyprian Misinde presents findings from the evaluation exercise.

It is against this background that Dr. Misinde urged all faculty members from all ten constituent colleges of Makerere University and the Jinja Campus to encourage their students to evaluate their courses. “When we send out the tools, encourage your students to complete them.”

Presenting results from the evaluation, Dr. Misinde reported that overall, 60.2% respondents strongly agreed that the course they took had positive impact on their learning, while 54.7% strongly agreed that courses undertaken improved their capacity to think and learn independently. In terms of courses’ impact on professional practice and relevance to career prospects, respondents were 52.7% and 57% respectively in strong agreement, while 55.9% strongly agreed that courses improved their knowledge and understanding.

As Makerere aspires to be a more research-led University, it was encouraging to learn that 45.9% of students strongly agreed that the courses improved their research skills. Additionally, 55.8% of students strongly agreed that the courses they took encouraged them to read widely.

The Academic Registrar-Prof. Buyinza Mukadasi (Right) and Dean School of Biosciences, CoNAS (Left) discuss sections of the report. Launch of SECAT Report for Semester Two 2022/2023 by the Quality Assurance Director, 24th November 2023, Yusuf Lule Central Teaching Facility Auditorium, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda, East Africa.
The Academic Registrar-Prof. Buyinza Mukadasi (Right) and Dean School of Biosciences, CoNAS (Left) discuss sections of the report.

With regard to the lecturers’ conduct the students strongly agreed that 60.8% of lecturers gave clear descriptions of course objectives, 52.6% were punctual, 51.4% strictly followed the timetable and 59.3% encouraged discussions and participation. Furthermore, students strongly agreed that 64.3% of lecturers were knowledgeable and resourceful on the subject matter, 46.6% assessed and gave timely feedback, 56.1% had a cordial and professional relationship with students, and 66.7% strongly agreed that lecturers dressed appropriately and decently.

On the methods of delivery of courses, students strongly agreed that 53.9% had clear outlines as well as up-to-date reading lists and references, 44% were taught with a variety of teaching methods, tutorials, and aids e.g. ICTs, and 47.1% of teaching and learning environments were conducive for academic pursuit. On the contrary over 50% disagreed that a variety of tools was offered during assessments.

Qualitative results from the evaluation also showed that students enjoyed diverse methods of course delivery, particularly the hands-on experiences, with some acknowledging that “We were sent out into the field to go and do research as groups, this improved on our student to student relationship as it encouraged teamwork and also helped us to do more research”. Additionally, students noted that “…We had to do a survey on marriages in Uganda and on top of the knowledge we attain from the syllabus, we also gained socioeconomic knowledge.”  

Mr. Matsiko Timothy speaks on behalf of the Student body. Launch of SECAT Report for Semester Two 2022/2023 by the Quality Assurance Director, 24th November 2023, Yusuf Lule Central Teaching Facility Auditorium, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda, East Africa.
Mr. Matsiko Timothy speaks on behalf of the Student body.

Representing the 89th Guild Academic Affairs Minister Hon. Patience Nambaziira and student body in general, Mr. Matsiko Timothy expressed happiness that QAD invited the student leaders to participate in rollout of SECAT. Furthermore, he was pleased that SECAT demonstrated the University Management’s appreciation of the changing trends and keenness to receive feedback from the student body on their experience and expectations. “This is surely something to help us build for the future as the Makerere University motto says.”

Concluding the day’s remarks, Dr. Misinde recommended that all units should study the evaluation report and set targets for improvement. He further urged that courses should be grounded in students’ real life situations by evaluating and implementing the suggestions they provided. The Director further recommended that lecturers should take particular note of aspects of courses, their own conduct and methods of delivery that the students enjoyed and seek to inculcate more of these best practices going forward.

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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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