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October 2019

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Management Statement on Current Situation at Makerere University Campus

The Main Building and Freedom Square as seen from the Main Library walkway, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda. The Main Building will host the EfD-Mak Launch on 29th August 2019 starting at 8:00am.

For close to one week, there have been demonstrations on Main Campus by students protesting the fees structure approved by Council in 2018.  These demonstrations started after a meeting between the University Management and the Guild Representative Council.  At that meeting, Management had conceded to practically all the student demands, including suspension of surcharges for late payment of fees and late registration.  Management had however requested the students to await a meeting of Council, which would discuss the petition submitted to the Chairperson of

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Management Disciplinary Action

The Main Building as seen from across the Freedom Square, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda.

In light of the recent student unrests and protests against the Fees Policy, Management has taken disciplinary action against some students.

The following have been suspended and others warned. Affected students are requested to collect their letters from the Office of the Dean of Students


1.    Mr. Frank Bwambale
Reg. No: 16/U/4500/PS
Bachelor Journalism and Communication
School of Languages, Literature and Communication
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

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Professorial Inaugural Lecture Unlocks the Wealth of Environmental Science

The Acting Vice Chancellor and DVCAA-Dr. Umar Kakumba (Left) presents a framed certificate to a beaming Prof. James Okot-Okumu (Right) following the successful delivery of his Professorial Inaugural Lecture on 25th October 2019, Main Hall, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda

The field of Environmental Science plays a very important and yet not often talked about role in society today. For example, did you know that Lake Nabugabo is scientifically considered very safe for recreation by WHO, US-EPA (World Health Organisation, United States-Environmental Protection Agency) standards owing to its natural inability to sustain snails; the intermediate hosts for bilharzia? Thanks to research by Environmental Scientist; Prof. James Okot-Okumu, we have access to such information, as well as more worrying trends.

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Fueling the Future: An Engine That Runs on Water and Ethanol

THE SHMUELI FAMILY – developers of the new engine – together with Joe Nakash, who serves as MayMaan CEO. (photo credit: DANIEL GODOY) via The Jerusalem Post

The company is called MayMaan Research, LLC, and it has developed a system to operate a traditional piston engine with a combination of 70% water and 30% ethanol (or any other alcohol) – no gasoline or diesel required. This revolutionary system can be applied, say its founders, with simple yet sophisticated modifications of existing engine designs, and saves 50% on fuel costs, produces far fewer emissions than gasoline or diesel, and is up to 60% more efficient than gasoline. MayMaan has built four operating prototypes to date, including a car, a generator and various engines.

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Meeting Prof. Ole Petter Ottersen-President KI

L-R: Former Swedish Minister of Health, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, Prof. Charles Ibingira and Prof. Ole Petter Ottersen at the meeting

It was good meeting friends from Sweden, former Swedish Minister of Health and President of the Karolinska Institute, Dr. Ole Petter Ottersen. The Minister is a strong advocate for global health for all and a good friend of Makerere University.

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Mak Receives World Health Summit International Presidency

The Principal CHS-Prof. Charles Ibingira (Right) and Principal CoCIS-Prof. Tonny Oyana (2nd Right) receive the baton representing the World Health Summit International Presidency from Tehran University of Medical Sciences officials (Left) as Prof. Dr. Detlev Ganten, President of the World Health Summit (Centre) witnesses in Berlin, Germany on 28th October 2019.

I am glad to report that The World Health Summit International Presidency has passed from Tehran University of Medical Sciences to Makerere University through the Principal, College of Health Sciences (CHS), Prof. Charles Ibingira. Makerere University will host the first regional meeting on African soil in April 2020.

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Press Release: Seedstars World Partners with AfDB to Propel Youth Startups and Jobs

A Cassava and Sweet Potato Slicer, Fruit Pulper, Maize Sheller, Cocoa Grinder and a host of other machinery assembled by the Department of Agricultural and BioSystems Engineering on display at the Agricultural Day and Exhibition, 25th September 2019, Freedom Square, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda

Seedstars World, a Swiss-based startup competition in emerging markets, and the African Development Bank on Tuesday (22nd October 2019) announced a strategic partnership to implement its innovative ‘job creation track’ model to support youth employment and entrepreneurship in Africa.

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Last Call: Invitation to Exhibit at the JASH-GDC-AMR Conference 2019

The Joint MakSPH JASH-GDC-AMR Conference, 6th to 8th November 2019, Hotel Africana, Kampala Uganda

1. MAKERERE UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF HEALTH SCIENCES (MAKCHS) - 15th Joint Annual Scientific Health (15th JASH) Conference
2. UGANDA MEDICAL ASSOCIATION - 4th Grand Doctors’ Conference (4th GDC)

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BMGF, KI, GW Plege to Support World Health Summit 2020

The Vice Chancellor-Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe (2nd Right) and Principal CHS-Prof. Charles Ibingira (2nd Left) at the World Health Summit 2019 in Berlin, Germany

At the ongoing World Health Summit in Berlin, the Makerere University delegation has held discussions with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) Director, the President of Karolinska Institute (KI), the Vice President of George Washington (GW) and many others. They have all agreed to support and attend the World Health Summit to be held in April 2020 in Kampala.

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University of Queensland: Earmarked Scholarships to Support Category 1 Project Grants

A Male MUBS PhD Graduand strides down the red carpet shortly after being conferred upon his award on Day 3 of the 69th Graduation Ceremony, 17th January 2019, Freedom Square, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda

These scholarships are funded by the Australian Government to assist PhD students with their living costs. Scholarships are offered for projects that are aligned with recently awarded Category 1 research grants. They offer students the opportunity to work with leading researchers and contribute to large projects of national significance.


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