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Press Release: RUFORUM, World Bank Jointly Launch “Call for Proposals” for Strengthening Higher Agricultural Education for Agri-Food Systems Transformation in Six African countries

RUFORUM Secretariat Offices, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda

In collaboration with the governments of Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi and  Mozambique, and, The World Bank Group (WBG) and the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) are pleased to launch the call for proposals for the regional programme for Strengthening Higher Agricultural Education for Agri-Food Systems Transformation in Africa (SHAEA).  The purpose of this Call is to invite universities from the above-mentioned six African countries, who meet the eligibility criteria and are interested in becoming a Regional Anchor University (RAU), t

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Mak Acquires US$ 3 million Modern Poultry Unit Funded by KOICA IBS Program

DVCFA-Prof. William Bazeyo (5th L) joined by The Korean Ambassador's Representative-Lee Jun-hee (4th R), Principal CAES-Prof. Bernard Bashaasha (4th L), IBS Project Manager-Cho Jin-Kook (2nd L), Chief Director Eagle Vet Uganda (3rd L), Country Director KOICA (3rd R) and other officials cut the tape to mark the KOICA IBS Program Launch on 30th August 2018 at MUARIK, CAES, Makerere University, Wakiso Uganda

Makerere University College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) has opened up a modern poultry unit at the Makerere University Agricultural Research Institute Kabanyolo (MUARIK) worth US$ 3 million.

70% of this budget is funded by the Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and another 30% by Eagle Vet. Additionally, Shinhan A-Tech is funding 30% of the horticultural enterprise.

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Mak graduate students advised on network development and research skill enhancement

The Deputy Director for Research and Graduate Training Prof. David Okello Owiny addressing the students during the Orientation.

The Director of Research and Graduate Training, Prof. Buyinza Mukadasi has appealed to Makerere University Graduate students to develop their networks and heighten their research skills. This was during the Makerere University Graduate Student’s Orientation that was held on 24th August 2018 in the Big Lab 2 of Makerere University College of Computing and Information Sciences. Over 3000 students were admitted at Makerere University on the graduate programme for the academic year 2018/2019.   

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Ugandan STEM Promoter-Yiya in MIT 2018 Solve Challenge Finals

Yiya Engineering Solutions are MIT 2018 Solve Challenge Finalists. Image:Yiya

Yiya Engineering Solutions is a Ugandan Project on a mission to revolutionize the East African Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education by transforming teaching and learning from a lecture-based, teacher-centered 1950s-style institution dependent on rote memorization, to a project-based student-centered journey focused on learning crucial 21st-century skills. This it aims to achieve through engineering, experimentation, and the real-world application of math and science skills.

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Growth performance of larvae of Nile Tilapia fed on Napier Grass plant protein extract as a replacement for fish meal extract

The Department of Zoology, Entomology and Fisheries Sciences, School of Biosciences, College of Natural Sciences (CoNAS), Makerere University, Kampala Uganda

A six-week experiment was conducted to evaluate the effect of partially and completely replacing fish meal with a plant protein from Napier grass. Five diets of varying inclusion levels of Napier; 0% Napier, 25%Napier, 50% Napier,75% Napier and 100% Napier were tested on Nile Tilapia fry. The growth performance was best in 0% Napier inclusion level and 25% Napier inclusion level.

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Source: College of Natural Sciences (CoNAS)

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Mak Students Win Accountability Sector Debate

Mr. Luyombu Abbasi and Ms. Awino Mercy receiving an award.

Makerere University students have emerged winners in the Accountability Sector Debate that attracted participants from both public and private universities in Uganda.

Eight (8) Universities presented candidates to compete in the Accountability Sector Debate, which was aimed at promoting dialogue among the youth on matters of accountability, and interesting them in advocating for accountability. 

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Agro Supply Uganda Wins Best Startup at Seedstars Kampala 2018

Agro Supply Uganda Limited's CEO-Ogwal Joseph (3rd L) and IT Specialist-Watson Atwine (4th L) with competition judges shortly after been crowned Best Startup on 24th August 2018, Outbox Hub, Soliz House, Lumumba Avenue, Kampala Uganda. Image:Seedstars

On 24th August 2018, during Seedstars Kampala, Agro Supply Uganda Limited won the Uganda round of Seedstars World and will represent the country at the Seedstars Summit in Switzerland to compete for up to USD 1 million in equity investment.

Seedstars World, the global seed-stage startup competition for emerging markets and fast-growing startup scenes, brought its Uganda round to a successful close during Seedstars Kampala. The event took place at Outbox Hub, and ten selected startups were invited to present their companies in front of the local jury panel.

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Prof. Bazeyo appeals to international students to embrace the Students-Management open door policy

Some of the in the international students during the orientation meeting.


The Deputy Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration Prof. William Bazeyo has appealed international students to embrace the students-management open door policy that allows students to interact freely with Makerere University Management. This was during the Orientation Meeting for Makerere University international students of Academic Year 2018/2019. Addressing over 200 students on 20th August 2018, Prof. William Bazeyo said students should be free to meet any member of the University Management in case they need help. 

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MakSPH Launches Project to Enhance Data Analysis Capacity and Use in East and Southern Africa

The Dean MakSPH-Prof. Rhoda Wanyenze (In Green) and Principal CHUSS-Prof. Edward Kirumira with participants at the two-day PERSuADE inception meeting and project launch, 21st - 22nd August 2018, ResilientAfrica Network (RAN) Kololo Offices, MakSPH, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda

On August 21st and 22nd, 2018, Makerere University School of Public Health (MakSPH) held a two-day inception workshop that brought together six universities in Africa and the respective Ministries of Health from their countries to review and agree on the implementation approach for a Global Fund grant. This project grant aims at supporting Ministries of Health to review and analyze data at national and subnational levels for well-informed decision-making.

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South Africa Names 12 Star-studded Team for the WUNC

The South Africa Netball Team. Image:WUNC

World University Netball Championships - September 17 to 21

South Africa has named its 12-star team that will battle for the World University Netball Championship title at Makerere University from 17th to 21st September, 2018.

The team features a huge bulk of influential players from the University of Pretoria.

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