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RUFORUM’s Journey: Galvanizing Capacities in African Universities to support Rural Transformation in Africa

The Article Author, Prof. Adipala Ekwamu, Executive Secretary of the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM). Photo credit: RUFORUM/Unfinished Journey

Africa has had a mixed growth patterns and so has its growth trajectory in education. In the early post-independence period, education played a key role in economic growth and stability of African   economies. In the 1950-1960s, several African economies were better performing compared to the Asian tigers.

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Mak Council and Senate Toast to a Blissful 2019 and Harmonious 2020

The Vice Chairperson of Council Rt. Hon. Daniel Fred Kidega making a toast with the Vice Chancellor Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe.

At a colorful ceremony that was organized by the Vice Chancellor of Makerere University Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, on Friday 20th December 2019, Members of Council; led by the Vice Chairperson of Council Rt. Hon. Daniel Fred Kidega, and Senate toasted to a blissful end of 2019.

Geusts treated to a sumptuous dinner prepared by Makerere University Guest House.

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Mak-UDSM-SUA-COSTECH-Private Sector Pilot Commercial-Grade Organic Fertilizer

A technician displays some of the Pelletised and Biologically Nitrogen-enhanced organic fertilizer piloted by Mak and partners during the farmers' training on 20th December 2019, MUARIK, CAES, Makerere University, Wakiso Uganda.

Makerere University in partnership with Tursam (U) Ltd., Sokoine Unversity of Agriculture (SUA) Guavay Company Ltd (Tanzania) and the Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH) are piloting a technology for industrial-scale production of Pelletised and Biologically Nitrogen-enhanced organic fertilizer in Uganda.

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H.E. Dr. Ruto Hails Mak Over New Leadership Institute

H.E. the Deputy President of the Republic of Kenya-Dr. William Samoei Ruto (Left) shakes hands with the Vice Chancellor-Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe after unveiling the Foundation Stone for the WSR Institute at Makerere University, Kampala Uganda on 21st December 2019.

The Deputy President of Kenya, H.E. Dr. William Samoei Ruto, has lauded Makerere University for championing the setting up of Leadership Institute named after him that will inspire students to become great leaders.

He said this during the laying of the foundation stone for William Samoei Ruto Leadership Institute at the Department of Performing Arts and Film Grounds at Makerere University on Saturday 21st December 2019.

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Genetic diversity and genotype × environment interaction of advanced elite soybean genotypes in Uganda

Soybean varieties on display during the release of the MakSoy 3N variety by the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF) in Entebbe on 25th November 2013.

Soybean is an important food and cash crop in Uganda. Despite its importance, soybean production is highly affected by ever-changing biotic and abiotic stresses. The main objective of this study was to enhance soybean production and productivity through the use of adapted and diverse soybean germplasm in Uganda. The first study was specifically carried out to determine the degree of genetic diversity that existed among advanced elite soybean genotypes and released varieties.

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Balancing Gender in Higher Education. What will it take?

The article author Dr. Florence Mayega Nakayiwa, Deputy Executive Secretary – Planning, Resource Mobilisation and Management, RUFORUM (2nd Left) in a group photo with the State Minister for Higher Education-Hon. Dr. John Chrysostom Muyingo, the DVCAA-Dr. Umar Kakumba (Rear 4th Right), Prof. Adipala Ekwamu- Executive Secretary, RUFORUM (Left) and other officials.

More often than not I find myself in a room full on men seated at the high table with a scatter of women in the audience. I often wonder what it will take to balance the divide beyond the rhetoric of gender mainstreaming. Some strides have been made and increasingly we have seen enrollments in universities with more girls taking up education. But the boardrooms are still male dominated and  it will be a long time before gender balance can be attained at that level.

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End of Year Cocktail

The Deputy Chairperson of Council-Rt. Hon. Daniel Fred Kidega (Right) and Vice Chancellor-Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe (Left) prepare to toast at the End of Year Cocktail held on 20th December 2019 at the Vice Chancellor's Official Residence, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda.

I have had the pleasure to host Colleagues (Council and Senate members) at the official Makerere University Vice Chancellor's residence for an end-of-year cocktail. I cannot forget the amazing performances by our students from the Department of Performing Arts and Film, College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHUSS).


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Launch of the William S. Ruto Institute of African Studies

H.E. the Deputy President of the Republic of Kenya – Dr. William Samoei Arap Ruto, will preside over the groundbreaking ceremony for the William S. Ruto Institute of African Studies on Saturday 21st December 2019, PAF Grounds, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda. Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons, User: Magiondolo.

Makerere University will on Saturday, 21st December 2019 at 10:30am host His Excellency the Deputy President of the Republic of Kenya - William Samoei Arap Ruto as Chief Guest at the ceremony to lay the foundation stone for the William S. Ruto Leadership Institute.

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Call for Participation: 2019/20 IUCEA Staff Mobility Programme

PhD Students attend a training course in Scholarly writing and Communication Skills in the Main Library, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda on 19th August 2019.

The Inter-University Council for East Africa (IUCEA) wishes to announce a call for applicants to participate in the 2019/2020 staff mobility programme in the EAC Partner States for member universities.

IUCEA is an institution of the East African Community (EAC) whose mission is to promote the strategic and sustainable development of Higher Education systems and research in support of East Africa’s Socio-economic development and regional integration.

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USAID: Two New Addenda Open under STIP APS

Two New Addenda Open under STIP APS. Concept Notes are due by 5pm EST on January 31, 2020. Photo credit: USAID Global Development Lab

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