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2024 Career Fair Tips Students on how to seize available job opportunities

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By Bernard Buteera

On Friday 15th March 2024, Makerere University held its Annual Career Fair, an event that brings together students from universities and other tertiary institutions to meet and interact with industry experts to share information about existing career opportunities and the new skills needed by the job market. The 2024 Annual Career Fair was held under the theme; Breaking Barriers to Employment Opportunities, and brought together over 2,000 students from the University and Secondary schools around Kampala.

While presiding over the event that was held at Makerere University Freedom Square, the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic Affairs), Prof. Umar Kakumba, who represented the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, hailed the many companies that had come on board to support the University in preparing the young people for transition and career progression.   

Representatives from Mastercard Foundation-Uganda listening attentively during the Career Fair. Career Fair, 15th March 2024, Freedom Square, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda, East Africa.
Representatives from Mastercard Foundation-Uganda listening attentively during the Career Fair.

“On behalf of the Vice Chancellor Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, and my own behalf, I would like to thank the 20 companies that have partnered with us to support this year’s annual career affair, an event we believe will go a long way in providing career guidance and career mentorship for our students.” He remarked.

 Prof. Kakumba highlighted the importance of the Career Fair or Career Mentorship and why students should take advantage of it. He pointed out that career mentorship provides the most lucrative asset in the life of an individual, which is inspiration.

A cross-section of University students who attended the Career Fair. Career Fair, 15th March 2024, Freedom Square, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda, East Africa.
A cross-section of University students who attended the Career Fair.

“The idea of a Career Fair or Career interaction is very important because it inspires young people to aspire to achieve more than they ever dreamt. For most people who have excelled in life, it is not because they were the most brilliant in school, it is because of the career mentorship and guidance they received.” Prof Kakumba pointed out.

On his part, the Chairperson of the Organizing Committee of the Career Fair 2024 and Dean School of Computing and Informatics Technology, Dr. Joseph Balikuddembe thanked the University Management for coming up with the Annual Career Fair.

“I would like to thank the University Management under the leadership of the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, and the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic Affairs), Prof. Umar Kakumba in whose docket the Career Fair falls, for the vision and foresight that birthed the Career Fair, a critical event that brings university students and industry partners to interact to break barriers and find purpose,” Dr. Balikuddembe remarked.

Dr. Joseph Balikuddembe addresses the gathering at the Career Fair. Career Fair, 15th March 2024, Freedom Square, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda, East Africa.
Dr. Joseph Balikuddembe addresses the gathering at the Career Fair.

Dr. Balikuddembe spelled out the salient objectives of the career fair as being two-fold;

“The first one is creating strong relationships with both national and international organizations that will continuously support university students to get more opportunities for experiential learning through internships, voluntary roles and job placements, and the second one is for the university to offer career guidance to the students to address the fears related to the transition to the world of work and face the world of work with confidence.” Dr. Balikuddembe pointed out.

In her welcome remarks, Prof. Justine Namaalwa, the Program Coordinator of the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at Makerere University, thanked other partners who had joined the University and the Scholars Program to make the 2024 Career Fair a bigger and even better event.

Prof. Justine Namaalwa, addressing the gathering at the event. Career Fair, 15th March 2024, Freedom Square, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda, East Africa.
Prof. Justine Namaalwa, addressing the gathering at the event.

“I would like to add my voice to that of the previous speakers and thank the many organizations and companies that have joined us to support and make this year’s annual Career Fair possible, and I call upon more organizations and companies out there to support the young people to transition to the world of work by breaking barriers to employment opportunities.” Prof. Namaalwa remarked.

Prof. Namaalwa further thanked the young people who took off time to attend the career fair, a very important designed to help them get information and connections for internship and employment opportunities.

Some of the students from secondary schools that attended the Career Fair. Career Fair, 15th March 2024, Freedom Square, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda, East Africa.
Some of the students from secondary schools that attended the Career Fair.

“I would like to thank young people who have made the right decision to be here today, you have stepped away from the crowd that is less informed and less connected in terms of transition.” Prof. Namaalwa further remarked.  

The 2024 Annual Career Fair was organized by Makerere University in conjunction with the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at Makerere with support from 20 organizations, companies, and exhibitors. The organizations and companies that supported the event were The Mastercard Foundation, ABSA Bank, Bank of Africa, Centenary Bank, Coca-Cola, Chinese Communication Construction Company, Chinese Chamber of Commerce, Infectious Diseases Institute, Makerere University Confucius Institute, Post Bank, Stanbic Bank, Pearl Mariner Investments, Mirembe Villas-Kigo, Good brothers, Star Times, ZTE, Tiang Tang Group among many others.

Students visiting the Coca-Cola stall, one of the exhibitors at the Fair. Career Fair, 15th March 2024, Freedom Square, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda, East Africa.
Students visiting the Coca-Cola stall, one of the exhibitors at the Fair.

The event was characterized by several activities such as; onsite graduate and internship placements, interaction with industry experts, panel discussions, exhibitions, and moderate entertainment. The next Career Fair will be held in March 2025.

Bernard Buteera is the Communications and Public Relations Officer of the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at Makerere University.

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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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