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Makerere iGEM 2018 - Uganda’s First iGEM Team Turns Waste Plastic into Fuel

The iGEM Team 2018 poses for a group photo with one of their College Advisors, Dr. Anne Kazibwe (Extreme Right) and Instructor Mr. Otim Geoffrey (Rear 2nd Right), CoVAB, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda

“iGEM” stands for the international Genetically Engineered Machine. This annual, globe-spanning synthetic biology competition invites teams of university and high school level scientists to spend their summers designing, undertaking, and honing their synthetic biology research projects.

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Assistant Lecturers Advised to Work with Passion at 5th Pedagogical Skills Training

Acting Director, Gender Mainstreaming-Dr. Euzobia Baine Mugisha listens to input during the Pedagogical Skills Training on 17th October 2018, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda

The Acting Director Gender Mainstreaming Directorate (GMD) Dr. Euzobia Baine Mugisha has urged Makerere University Assistant Lecturers to work with passion while delivering their services, as this will help stand out as ethical professionals. This was during the 5th Pedagogical Skills Training for Makerere University Assistant Lecturers held on Wednesday, 17th October 2018 in the Quality Assurance Tele-presence Center, Senate Building, Makerere University.

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Prof. Sewankambo, Prof. Kiguli Win 5-Year Fogarty International Center Awards

Prof. Nelson Sewankambo (Left) and Prof. Sarah Kiguli (Right) from the College of Health Sciences, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda are winners of 5-Year Fogarty International Center Awards

The former Principal, College of Health Sciences (CHS) and Professor of Internal Medicine, Prof. Nelson K. Sewankambo and Prof. Sarah Kiguli, a Professor of Pediatrics and Child Health in the School of Medicine, CHS, Makerere University have been awarded five-year grants by the Fogarty International Center. Prof. Sewankambo’s African Association for Health Professions Education and Research project award was received under the Infectious Diseases Institute while Prof.

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Mak Holds Memorial Symposium for Prof. Rubadiri

Prof. David Rubadiri (Seated Left) with his wife and members of his family. Makerere University held a commemorative symposium in the Main Hall on 12th October 2018

Hundreds of literary scholars converged in the University Main Hall on 12th October 2018 to commemorate the life of Prof. David Rubadiri. Prof. Rubadiri, an iconic literary scholar, celebrated poet, playwright and novelist died on 15th September 2018 and was buried at his ancestral home in Malawi. Remembered by many for his poetic ingenuity and scholarly acumen as well as his simplicity and humane character, Prof.

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RAN's EpiTent Limited Listed in WHO Compendium of Innovative Health Technologies, 2016-2017

Makerere University RAN Lab's EpiTent; the tent that breathes listed in WHO's Compendium of Innovative Health Technologies, 2016-2017 Image:EpiTent

The Makerere University ResilientAfrica Network (RAN) Lab's EpiTent Limited has been listed among the World Health Organization (WHO) compendium of innovative health technologies for low-resource settings, 2016- 2017. The Compendium contains information about novel advancements that offer a new solution to address unmet health needs. It celebrates the work of those who create inexpensive tools that can be used effectively even in challenging care delivery environments.

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MURBS Declares 17% Return to Members Ahead of 8th AGM

The Chairperson Council-Eng. Dr. Charles Wana Etyem and Vice Chancellor-Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe (Centre in Mak ties), DVCFA-Prof. William Bazeyo (Next to Chair Council) and Chairperson MURBS Board of Trustees-Mr. Wilber Grace Naigambi (Next to Prof. Bazeyo) with MURBS Departmental Ambassadors, Service Providers and Staff after the Press Conference on 16th October 2018, Senate Building, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda

The Makerere University Retirement Benefits Scheme (MURBS) has declared a rate of 17% return to Makerere University Staff members which was above their target by three points. This was revealed during a press conference held on Tuesday, 16th October 2018 in the Quality Assurance Tele-presence Centre, Senate Building, Makerere University.

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Mak 84th Guild Promotes Students, Staff and Community Health

A PSI Staff Member educates female students about family planning as the 84th Guild Annual Health Camp kicked off on 16th October 2018, Freedom Square, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda

Hundreds of Makerere University students were drawn the Freedom Square on Tuesday, 16th October 2018 to receive free services as the Annual Makerere Guild Health Camp kicked off. A number of health service providers such as the University Hospital, IAA Healthcare, Uganda Cares, Population Services International, Abii Clinic and Uganda Blood Transfusion Services among others set up camp to provide services to the students, staff and communities surrounding Makerere University.

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Mak Students Showcase Amazing Innovations at CoBAMS Expo

An aerial photo of the Main Library (Left) and College of Business and Management Sciences (CoBAMS)-Right, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda

Students from Makerere University College of Business and Management Sciences (CoBAMS) have showcased their amazing innovations at the Third Annual Entrepreneurship Expo. The Colorful exhibition took on Friday, 12th October 2018 in the Makerere University Freedom Square. Among the many ideas showcased were the five top innovations that won awards.  These included:

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Mak One Health Institute - Cohort 2019 Graduate Fellowship & Field Attachment

Student Responders on a boat off Lutembe Beach wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) go out on the lake to collect a dead bird during the Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza outbreak in February 2017 Image:OHCEA

The Makerere University One Health Institute is due to run over the Semester I Christmas recess (December 2018 to January 2019). This is inter-disciplinary training using a “One Health” approach targeting both students and faculty of programs that contribute to improved health outcomes.

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Project Research Funding: Enhancing Crop Productivity on Smallholder Farms

Sorghum under evaluation on a plot at the Makerere University Agricultural Research Institute Kabanyolo (MUARIK), CAES, Wakiso, Uganda

National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) in collaboration with the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES), Makerere University, and Nature Palace Foundation (NPF) invite applicants to participate in the project based collaborative research grant.


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