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Mak Sets Out to Enhance Behavioural Change Among Boda-Boda Riders Using Mobile Learning

L-R: ACP Charles Ssembambulidde, Principal CEES-Prof. Fred Masagazi Masaazi and other officials including the Mayor Namayingo Town Council, Eng. Ronald Amanyire and Dr. Jessica Aguti who attended the Public Dialogue organised by the Enhancing Behavioral Change of Boda-boda Riders in Uganda Using Mobile Learning (EBoML) Project on 27th February 2020, AVU Room, CEES, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda.

At their advent on the Uganda-Kenya frontier in the late 80s and early 90s, many saw Boda-Bodas as a heaven-sent remedy to all the transport bottlenecks facing petty traders operating between the two East African Community (EAC) nations. One of Uganda’s celebrated musicians, Elly Wamala, in fact dedicated a song entitled “Boda-Boda” in praise of their great work.

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Attending MakSPH Groundbreaking Ceremony

The Vice Chancellor-Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe (Forefront) leads officials including Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Uganda-H.E. Henk Jan Bakker (Right) to the groundbreaking ceremony for the New MakSPH home at the Main Campus, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda on 28th February 2020.

I congratulate the Makerere University School of Public Health (MakSPH) upon the successful groundbreaking ceremony for their new building at Main Campus, to which the staff of the School have contributed from their personal savings. I pledge the total support of Management to completing this important building for our university.

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Harnessing AI's Transformative Power to Make Food Systems More Efficient, Sustainable & Inclusive

FAO is using drones to fight hunger, improve nutrition and counter the effects of climate change and extreme weather events. Photo Credit: FAO

28 February 2020, Rome - FAO Director-General QU Dongyu became today one of the first signatories of a ethical resolution on Artificial Intelligence (AI) endorsed by Pope Francis, stressing the importance of minimizing this new technology's risks while exploiting its potential benefits.

"Artificial Intelligence needs to be transparent, inclusive, socially beneficial and accountable," Qu said, adding: "We need to ensure the human-centric approach in designing and implementing artificial intelligence today and in the future."

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CAES Installs the US$40k Spermvision to Analyse Quality of Semen

Mr. Sepp Weigert, Technical Product Specialist, Minitube Software Company, Winscosin USA (in blue) takes Staff and Students through training on the use of the Spermvision after its installation on 25th February 2020. Right is Dr. Sadhat Walusimbi, Physiologist and In-charge of the Central Biotechnology Laboratory, CAES, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda.

Makerere University College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) has installed the Spermvision in the University’s Central Biotechnology Laboratory, Department of Agricultural Production, School of Agricultural Sciences, that was renovated and equipped by the Government of Uganda under the AfDB-HEST project.

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Dr. Agbahoungba’s Post-Doctoral Fellowship Under RUFORUM and What it means for Benin

Dr. Symphorien Agbahoungba, a Beninese PhD Graduate of Makerere University, Kampala Uganda in the Field. Photo Credit: RUFORUM

Dr. Ir. Symphorien Agbahoungba – is a Beninese and holds a PhD in Plant Breeding and Biotechnology from Makerere University, Uganda. He holds a MSc. in Natural Resources and Biodiversity Management, an Engineer Agronomist Diploma and a BSc. in Agricultural Sciences in the Faculty of Agronomic Sciences of the University of Abomey-Calavi, Benin.

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Generation of Future Science Leaders through Mentorship and Research: Carnegie Post-Doctoral Fellowship

Dr. James Mwololo, the article author and Carnegie Post-Doctoral Fellowship recipient teaches a class. Photo Credit: RUFORUM

I am a beneficiary of the Carnegie postdoctoral fellowship awarded to support my research focusing on grain legumes and dryland cereals. Training of young scientists towards masters and doctor of philosophy (PhD) degrees was embedded within the fellowship. Collaborative networking to exploit research potential by leveraging on available resources across institutions was adopted, whereby a multi-institutional framework to cater for regional and or international collaboration in training and research was embraced.

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CAES Awards Ms. Sarah Namayengo-Best Overall Science Student

Ms. Sarah Namayengo (Kneeling) receives the plaque and cash reward from the Principal CAES-Prof. Bernard Bashaasha (Centre) flanked by L-R: Dr. Fred Babweteera, Deputy Principal CAES-Dr. Gorettie Nabanoga and the Head FBT-Dr. Edward Nectar Mwavu during the College Academic Board Meeting, 27th February 2020, Conference Room, School of Agricultural Sciences, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda.

Makerere University College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) has recognized Ms. Sarah Namayengo with a plague and shs. 500,000 for her outstanding academic performance as Best Science student at Makerere University during the 2018/2019 Academic year.

Ms. Namayengo was recognized on 27th February 2020 during the College Academic Board Meeting held at the Conference Room, School of Agricultural Sciences.

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Dr. Karubanga a post-Doctoral Fellow Shares His Engagement at Makerere University

Dr. Gabriel Karubanga (3rd Left) the article author and Post-Doctoral Fellow at Department of Extension and Innovation Studies, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda engages in a Focus Group Discussion. Photo Credit: RUFORUM

I am Dr. Karubanga Gabriel, Lecturer at the Department of Extension and Innovation Studies, School of Agricultural Sciences, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at Makerere University. I hold a PhD in Agricultural and Rural Innovation of Makerere University, Uganda.

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EfD-Mak Centre Conducts Policy Tour of Mukono District

Mukono District Resident District Commissioner (RDC) Fred Bamwine (Centre Black Suit) with the Director, EfD-Mak Centre-Dr. Edward Bbaale (4th Left), Mak Staff and Councilors during the dialogue held at the District Administrative Hall on 20th February 2020, Mukono, Uganda.

Environmental Economists from the Environment for Development-Makerere University (EfD-Mak) Centre on Thursday 20th February 2020 conducted a policy tour of Mukono District Local Government headquarters where they a had a dialogue with councilors on how Natural resources were being managed in the district.

The purpose was to discuss the status of the environment and natural resources in the district and debate how to accelerate economic growth while preserving the environment

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Flagging Off Surgical Masks to Xiangtan University

The Vice Chancellor-Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe (Right) hands over a sample of the donation of surgical masks to co-Director of the Confucius Institute-Dr. Gilbert Gomoshabe (Left) on 24th February 2020, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda.

I have had the pleasure to flag-off 4,000 pieces of surgical masks donated by the Makerere University community to Xiangtan University, our main collaborating university in China where more than 60 Ugandans mostly from Makerere University are studying. ‬


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