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MURBS Registers 16% Growth Despite Volatile 2016-17 Markets

Chairperson and Secretary MURBS Board of Trustees-Hajati Fatumah Nakatudde and Dr. John Kitayimbwa (Centre) flanked by MURBS Staff, Trustees, and representatives of the Scheme Administrator, Fund Managers, Custodian, Bankers and Auditors after the 6th AGM, 27th October 2016, Main Hall, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda

The Makerere University Retirement Benefits Scheme (MURBS)’s total fund value has grown from UGX 67.46billion as at 30th June 2015 to UGX78.2billion as at 30th June 2016 representing a 16% growth, despite declines in the money and equity markets over the same period. This was the latest update shared by Hajati Fatumah Nakatudde the Chairperson, Board of Trustees, MURBS at the 6th Annual General Meeting (AGM) held on Thursday 27th October 2016 in the Main Hall, Makerere University.

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Reaching The Farmer

Mrs. Norah Asio Ebukalin, Executive Director, Popular Women’s Knowledge Initiative (P’KWI) Image:RUFORUM

Several discussions on Thursday last week were dominated by conversations around the best ways of connecting with farmers.

Keynote speaker Prof Patrick Okori (ICRISAT) told delegates despite the increased reach of communication technology, over 500 million people are not benefiting that much from agriculture due to limited access to relevant information and market knowledge, adding:

“The farming landscape has not changed, despite technological changes such as the proliferation of mobile phones…”

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Fulbright celebrates 70 years of partnership and achievements

L-R Susan Parker-Burns, Public Affairs Officer at the US. Embassy, U.S Ambassador to Uganda Her Excellency Deborah R. Malac, Makerere University Chancellor Prof. Ezra Suruma and  Vice Chancellor Prof. John Ddumba-Ssentamu at the function.

The Makerere University Chancellor Prof. Ezra Suruma has commended the tremendous efforts of the U.S government in developing the academic and social-economic sector of Uganda through the Fulbright scholarship program. This was during the celebration of the 70th Anniversary of the Fulbright program organized by the U.S Mission in Uganda together with the Uganda-US Exchange Alumni Association and hosted by Makerere University under a theme; 70 years of partnership and achievements.

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Mak Scoops Top Positions in HESN Photo Contest 2016

1st Place Winner HESN Photo Contest 2016 "From Garden to Store" by Mark Ibanda-RAN. Photo Credit:USAID HESN.

Makerere’s star has once again shone brightly after Mr. Mark Ibanda’s and Mr. Israel Muwanguzi’s entries took first and second places respectively at the USAID Higher Education Solutions Network (HESN) Photo Contest 2016. Mr. Ibanda is an undergraduate student and 2016 Intern at RAN while Mr. Muwanguzi is a Multimedia Assistant at RAN.

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Mak marks national breast cancer awareness month: Students join fight against breast cancer

The Chief Runner Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu and his Wife Barbra Kyagulanyi flags off students during the  Makerere University Cancer Awareness Run.

Over 400 Makerere University students assembled in the Freedom Square on Sunday 23rd October 2016 to participate in the Breast Cancer Awareness Run.

The Breast Cancer Awareness Run kick started the “MAK Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign” organized by Makerere University 82nd Guild Cabinet to disseminate information on breast cancer screening and treatment in several parts of Uganda.

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Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa Fellowships-2017 Call

Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa Fellowships-2017 Call

The Next Generation Social Sciences program, launched in 2011, is aimed at supporting the next generation of African researchers working on peace, security and development issues. The program responds to an emerging dilemma within higher education in the global South caused by the extraordinary emphasis on increasing undergraduate enrolment without proportionate investment in faculty development.

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Mak’s MPIM Nurtures Uganda Vision 2040 Change Agents

Front: Chief Guest-Dr. Henry Rubarenzya, UNRA (3rd L), Dean School of Business-Dr. Umar Kakumba (4th L), Dr. Peter Turyakira-Coordinator, Graduate Programs & Research-School of Business (R) with current and former students as well as industry stakeholders after the 3rd Study Tour Dissemination Seminar, 14th October 2016, School of Business, CoBAMS, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda

The Master in Public Infrastructure Management (MPIM) is a Pan-African Capacity Building Programme (PACBP), supported by the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA), the International Development Corporation (IDC) and the French Agency for Development (AFD).

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Centralised Teaching Facilities Transform Mak Skyline

An artistic impression of the completed Central Teaching Facility 2 currently under construction next to CoBAMS with funding from the US$29.2million AfDB-HEST project

Cognizant of the changing skyline of Makerere University, the Public Relations team interacted with the Planning and Development Department (PDD); the Unit coordinating the US$29.2million AfDB-HEST project, to get the latest details.

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Call for CAPREx Fellowships 2017-18

Call for Applications

CAPREx(Cambridge-Africa Partnership for Research Excellence) is a three-way partnership between the University of Ghana, Legon, Makerere University, Ugandaandthe University of Cambridge, UK,and is funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the Isaac Newton Trust.

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RAN conducts an invigorating Innovation Bootcamp in DR Congo

RAN's EA RILab Director-Nathan Tumuhamye and Engagement Manager-Deborah Naatujuna pose with the Minister of Gender and Education-Hon Adele Bizizane and other officials in Goma, DRC

The Eastern Africa Resilience Innovation Lab (EA RILab), one of RAN’s regional labs recently concluded an exciting and energizing Innovation Bootcamp at University of Goma in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) from September 19th – 21st, 2016.  The event drew over 120 participants who are key players in the domain of sexual and gender based violence (SGBV).