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The Prime Minister of Uganda, Rt. Hon. Ruhakana Rugunda on 27th October 2015, laid the foundation stone for the construction of a multi-billion complex in honour of the Governor of Bank of Uganda, Prof. Emmanuel Tumusiime-Mutebile at Makerere University Private Sector Forum grounds. Hon. Ruhakana Rugunda represented the President of Uganda, His Excellency Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.

Prof. Emmanuel Tumusiime-Mutebile also unveiled the artistic impression for the Mutebile Centre of Excellence at the same grounds. The Centre of Excellence, estimated at $5,000 is a tribute to Prof. Mutebile's commitment to national and international development.

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Mak Honours Governor Tumusiime Mutebile with Multibillion Complex


Mak- North Carolina State University sign collaboration MoU

mak-north-calorina-mouMakerere University signed a five year Memorandum of Understanding with North Carolina State University on Wednesday 16th September 2015. The MoU spells collaboration in the areas of research and student exchange in seven colleges including the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, the College of Computing and Information Sciences, the College of Veterinary Medicine, Animal resources and Bio-Security, the College of Health Sciences, the College of Natural Sciences, the College of Engineering Design Art and Technology and the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

The MoU was signed by the Makerere University Vice Chancellor, Prof. John Ddumba-Ssentamu and Dr. Jeffery Braden, Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at North Carolina State University- who led the delegation.

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Mak-UoNBI Partnership to Develop Best EAC ICT Knowledgebase

Ag. VC and DVCAA Assoc. Prof. Ernest Okello Ogwang (L) hands over branded Makerere items to UoNBI VC Prof. Peter Mulwa Felix Mbithi after the 28th August 2015 courtesy call, Makerere University, Kampala UgandaThe Vice Chancellor of University of Nairobi (UoNBI) Prof. Peter Mulwa Felix Mbithi on Friday, 28th August 2015, paid a courtesy call on the Acting Makerere University Vice Chancellor Assoc. Prof. Ernest Okello Ogwang. During the meeting Prof. Mbithi expressed his desire to a strong collaboration between University of Nairobi, Kenya and Makerere University, Uganda.

He further reiterated that a strong Mak-UoNBI Partnership can pave way for developing a strong ICT platform for East Africa, that can act as a launch pad for other universities to collaboratively develop ICT software among other innovations.

“With the technical support, Makerere University and University of Nairobi can pursue the initial stages of this project. We can start with ICT and at a later stage extend the program to academic collaboration starting with the Bachelors level then to Masters and PhD level,” he said.

A technologist and an expert in Clinical Veterinary Medicine and Orthopaedic Surgery, Prof. Mbithi also pointed out that it was high time that regional universities developed an initiative that will help them to continue tapping into the skills of experts and professors even after retirement from their respective institutions. He observed that universities had lost connections with their erstwhile Professors and other experts, a situation that further widened knowledge-skills gap between them and their younger colleagues.  

“We the seniors are retiring and leaving the young generation in control. However they still need help and guidance from us,” said Prof. Mbithi, further adding “We should therefore devise a way of maintaining contact with these people so that in case the universities need their knowledge and expertise they can easily contact them.”

Assoc. Prof. Okello Ogwang thanked Prof. Mbithi for visiting Makerere University and warmly welcomed his proposition. “The idea you are proposing is very important to the young generation. Creating an ICT platform to collate knowledge and skills for East Africa will be very beneficial to not only academicians but also to experts in the other sectors such as economists, businessmen and politicians.”

He also acknowledged the idea of retaining professors and experts of the University for Academic Consultation and capacity building since this will help the young generation to learn more from them. The Acting Vice Chancellor however emphasized the need for the initiative to bring on board academia and experts from all universities in East Africa right from the start.

Article: Mak Public Relations Office.

Last Updated ( Monday, 31 August 2015 13:32 )

Celebrating the life of a friend and strategic partner

Prof-Ehrenberg-Bar-llan-University-5th-April-2013Makerere University Council, Senate, Management, Staff and Students join the rest of the world in celebrating the life of a friend to Makerere University, Prof. Benjamin Ehrenberg. Words cannot adequately express our shock upon receiving the news of Prof. Ehrenberg's untimely death. We extend our sincere condolences to the entire family.

We celebrate Prof. Ehrenberg's contribution to Makerere University's core functions of Research and Innovations and Partnerships and Networking. He was instrumental in advocating for collaboration between Makerere University and Bar-Ilan University. Both Universities had already identified a number of areas for staff and students to collaborate, especially in the Sciences. In the Memorandum of Understanding [MoU] signed between Makerere University and Bar-Ilan University in April 2013, three Colleges of Makerere University including the College of Health Sciences; College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology and the College of Natural Sciences were identified to partner with Bar-llan's Faculties of Exact Sciences; Life Sciences; Medicine; and Engineering. This Memorandum of Understanding [MoU] is ongoing.

Prof. Ehrenberg's vision went deeper. He looked at the collaboration as an opportunity for both universities to competitively bid for projects with the World Bank and other international drivers of change. He was indeed instrumental in advancing the ongoing Agrostudies students exchange programme between Israel and institutions of higher learning in Uganda. Colleagues in the university who were blessed to have interacted and worked closely with Prof. Ehrenberg have described him as warm, enthusiastic, simple, kind and very committed to the promotion of partnership across the entire African continent.

Makerere University will pursue the full implementation of our collaboration with Bar-Ilan University and ensure that it stands tall as one of the inalienable testimonies of Prof. Ehrenberg's selflessness.

Prof. Ehrenberg, will live on in Makerere University.

May his soul rest in eternal peace.

Prof. John Ddumba-Ssentamu
Vice Chancellor

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