MAK signs a Memorundum of Academic Cooperation with University of Western Sydney, Australia: Prof. Elly N. Sabiiti appointed Co-ordinatorThe Vice Chancellor, Makerere University Prof. John Ddumba - Ssentamu has appointed Prof. Elly N. Sabiiti as coordinator towards the operationalisation of the Memorundum of Understanding (MoU) of Academic cooperation between Makerere University and University of Western Sydney, Australia.
This was contained in the letter written by Prof. John Ddumba -Ssentamu to the Ag. Vice Chancellor and President, University of Western Sydney Prof. Scott Holmes, dated February 17, 2015
“Following the signing of a Memorandum of Academic cooperation between our two universities dated February 2, 2015; I am pleased to appoint Prof. Elly N.Sabiiti as Makerere University’s Coordinator towards the operationalisation of the memorandum”, Part of the letter copied to the Principal College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES), Dean School of Agricultural Sciences and Prof. Elly N. Sabiiti read.
Residents of Kanyonyi village, Wanzogi – Subcounty, Kalungi Parish in Nakasongola district have all reasons to celebrate following a successful project that has in this dry season relieved several households from shifting in search for water for their animals and domestic use. No animal deaths resulting from water scarcity has been recorded.
Kanyonyi village is one of the villages in Kalungi parish that is always severely hit by drought from November to March. The parish is composed of seven villages including Kabandi, Kanyonyi, Wanzogi, Kaombe, Katugo and Iremya with over 30, 000 animals affected every dry season. Residents used to trek for 13 km to Lake Kyoga to get water for their animals and human use. During this movement, 40 animals in a herd of 100, used to die, calves not counted.
The pump attendant Mr. Abel Kiiza fixing the pump in preparation for watering animals
The first dam in this area was constructed by government in 1960’s to help residents access water for domestic use but the water reservoir was filled with mud and eventually closed due to poor management practices.
Makerere University launches the Students’ Entrepreneurship Club under the project Solve the Equation East Africa (SEE)
The Makerere University Students’ Entrepreneurship Club was on Friday 7th March, 2015 launched at the School of Agricultural Sciences. The club is an initiative under the project, “Solve the Equation East Africa (SEE). SEE is a collaborative project within the member universities in East Africa trying to change the mindset of University graduates from thinking about job seeking to job creation by imparting several skills including entrepreneurship.
Basing on the success projects in Rwanda, SEE philosophy of change is to conduct training for innovation entrepreneurship, supporting business skills, pilot innovative ideas, commercialise successive piloted ideas and follow up teams in the field.
The launch of the Makerere University Students’ Entrepreneurship Club and SEE project activities was spearheaded by the Project Coordinator for East Africa Mr. Paul Serumaga who is also a lecturer at the University of Rwanda. Mr. Serumaga is also a college Alumni who graduated with a BSc. Food Science and Technology in 2001. He is being assisted by Makerere University SEE project coordinators Prof. Felix Bareeba and Dr. Peter Walekhwa. The function was presided over by the Dean, School of Agricultural Sciences, Prof. Johnny Mugisha.
The Dean, Prof. Johnny Mugisha launching the the club and project
The Professor received the award letter dated 28th February, 2015 from the Executive Curator, NEF Dr. Nkem Khumbah on the results of NEF Fellows Program Applications. On behalf of the NEF Scientific Program Committee (SPC), Dr. Nkem congratulated Prof. Banadda upon his selection as Next Einstein Fellow for the class of 2015.
Prof. Noble Banadda reading out the list of graduands during the recent Makerere 65th Graduation ceremony
“The SPC was particularly impressed with your scientific achievements and your potential for leadership — both strongly supported by your referees. In these critical times, as Africa and the world seek to catalyze its development through scientific advancement, we look forward to the NEF Fellowship strengthening your ability to play a leadership role in that process”. Part of the statement from Dr. Nkem read.
Dr. Nkem also said he was waiting for the response from Prof. Banadda not later than 7th March, 2015. As per application criteria, accepting the NEF Fellowship award includes consent for NEF to use ones name and material in its promotions, and to be featured as a NEF ambassador.
“Once again, my congratulations on receiving this prestigious award. We very much hope you will accept this NEF Fellowship and join us on our long journey to propel the best of science in Africa onto the global scientific stage”. He stated.