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Mak News Magazine: January 2024



Our Pursuit of Research-led status firmly anchored

Makerere University has continued to excel in research, teaching, learning and knowledge transfer partnerships. A survey conducted by our experts revealed that between 2017 and 2021, our faculty published more than 7,000 articles in peer reviewed journals. Furthermore, a number of staff and students have won several awards in recognition of their excellence in research and teaching. I salute all staff and students involved in organizing scientific conferences and seminars, as well as exhibitions.

Our main goal for the next few years remains to transform Makerere University into a research-led University. Makerere must indeed respond to the changing paradigm of a modern university that is expected to not only create new knowledge through research, but to also put the findings to uses that benefit humanity in the form of goods and services.

To promote this strategy, we have put in place the Intellectual Property Management Office, the Makerere University Innovation Hub, and the Writing Centre, which is a joint venture between Makerere University and Michigan State University. Together with the Grants Administration and Management Support Unit (GAMSU), these initiatives are expected to propel Makerere to a modern global research and entrepreneurial university.

I commend the Government of Uganda led by H.E. President Yoweri K. Museveni for prioritizing research through the Makerere University Research and Innovations Fund. We have registered several patents, copyrights, and trademarks. Our international reputation and global linkages are at unprecedented levels. Makerere University was ranked quite highly by the Times Higher Education in the inaugural sub-Saharan impact ranking. We are indeed on the right track.

I congratulate our students from the College of Computing and Information Sciences who have continued to win the Huawei Global competition in IT as well as students from the School of Law for winning global moot competitions year after year. I applaud Associate Prof. Susan Kiguli from the Department of Literature for being the first African to win the Lifetime Achievement award of the International Civil Poetry Festival, and Prof. Rhoda Wanyenze, Dean of the School of Public Health on being appointed a Member of the WHO Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Advisory Group and Alternate Board Member of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, representing Research and Technical Health Institutes.

I thank the Government, Parliament and our development partners for supporting all programmes aimed at making Makerere a more research-led University.

Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe


Advert: Mature Age Entry Scheme – Private Sponsorship 2024/2025



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: //
  • 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

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Diploma/Degree Holders Admission Lists 2024/25



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



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.


  • 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 or +1 517-353-6989 with any questions.

Source: AAP

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