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MakAdvance System Will Support Scholarship Scheme for Minorities- Prof Nawangwe

On August 2, 2022, the MakAdvance System was introduced in the Frank Kalimuzo Central Teaching Facility by the Makerere University Endowment Fund.

On August 2, 2022, the MakAdvance System was introduced in the Frank Kalimuzo Central Teaching Facility by the Makerere University Endowment Fund.

The system intends to create a digitized and interactive alumni database in addition to automating and expediting the university’s attempts to generate money for various projects and causes.

The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Member of the Makerere University Endowment Fund, Assoc. Prof. Umar Kakumba, the Chairperson of the Board of the Makerere University Endowment Fund, Prof. Margaret J. Kigozi, and numerous other members of the university administration attended the event.

As Makerere commemorates its first centenary anniversary, the institution hopes to encourage its many graduates and other members of the larger Makerere community to give back to their alma mater and take part in creating Makerere for the next 100 years.

Speaking at the event, Prof. Nawangwe emphasized that the scholarship program is one of the issues that the MakAdvance system will promote.

Top Administration at Makerere University and the MakAdvance System development team

“In Uganda, we’re providing scholarships for underrepresented groups. In certain tribes here in Uganda, no one has ever attended a university, the speaker remarked.

The resource envelope that has been mobilized by this new method will assist the scholarship program.

He also emphasized that the Makerere University Endowment Fund’s operations were not new, having its beginnings in the 1930s when a group of former Makerere lecturers decided to establish the fund for Makerere University while living in Britain.

The MakAdvance system has been designed to facilitate information dissemination to stakeholders and, as a result, the mobilization of necessary resources for ongoing university initiatives. It provides real-time updates on events and projects happening at the university.

The need for and significance of the endowment fund was alluded to by Prof. Umar Kakumba.

Every university worth its name relies largely on endowments to survive. Therefore, this is a chance for Makerere to recoup its endowment, and I have no doubt that the MakAdvance system will be essential, he said.

All former students were encouraged to take part in this project by Dr. Margaret Kigozi.

She hinted that this was their chance to collectively give back to the university that had a positive impact on their life.

Your endowment fund is transferring, so inform your old classmates, and if your name doesn’t appear in the database, let us know.

The system will handle information by registering alumni, enrolling multiple alumni chapters, allowing other alumni organizations to register, and listing a complete alumni directory. This will cover alumni and stakeholder management and profiling.

Information on more than 300,000 graduates is currently available.

It will also include Donor Ranking and Payment Management with reference to gifts made to the institution by alumni and the general public.

While the latter classifies donors into different groups based on the quantities they provide, the former offers convenient payment methods for raising money for the university’s various causes.

Through its Cause Management feature, which will distinguish between activities that are time sensitive and those that are long term, it will also be helpful in organizing the activities taking place at Makerere.

These initiatives will be made easier with the Events and Webinar Management feature.

The Dashboard, Social Media Management, and Fund Profiling features of the MakAdvance system, which enable the administration of information in the system and the compilation of reports on the ongoing operations, will be used to coordinate Makerere University’s Communications team members.

Last but not least, it will give access to the university’s souvenir and gift shop, which sells a variety of mementos and items bearing the university’s logo to visitors, including students, alumni, and the general public.

The Souvenir and Gift Shop has a physical location on the ground floor of the Frank Kalimuzo Central Teaching Facility, as well as an online and e-commerce presence.

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