ISBN 9789913603034
Pages 700
Dimensions 234x156mm
Published 2024
Publisher Makerere University Press, Uganda
Format Paperback

Makerere’s Century of Service to East Africa and Beyond, 1922–2022

edited by A.B.K. Kasozi, Josephine Ahikire, Dominica Dipio, Helen Byamugisha, Isaac Tibasiima

Having experienced part of the 100 years' journey of Makerere University; and later on serving at the National Council for Higher Education, I realise how much this book provides relevant lessons for all higher education institutions. Every reader will appreciate that it is an illumination of the flagship role the University is playing and will continue to play for higher education institutions in Uganda and beyond. (Prof. Mary J. N. Okwakol, Executive Director, National Council for Higher Education). This monumental book traverses diverse time zones and disciplines. Prof A.B.K Kasozi and his team of editors have made Makerere University proud. Government, faculty staff, alumni, and students should find it as a useful reference book. It is so well written that any book club would be privileged to select it as book of the year! (Prof. Edward B. Rugumayo, Chancellor, Mountains of the Moon University)

This book documents all you ever wanted to know about Makerere's nascent years since 1922. A sneak peek into contents of the volume reveals alluring commitments to growth and change in research and innovations: 'growing a research-led university'; from analogue to digitalization; and from the let us all be men motto to we build for the future. A leap into the next century reveals witting and unwitting breakthroughs, daunting constraints and challenges for a regional model by Uganda's flagship university. What makes Makerere tick? How does it survive and thrive? Who are the immortalized alumni forbearers of Makerere? The book is worthy reading to find all the answers to these and related queries. (Prof. Ruth Mukama, Formerly Professor of Linguistics at Makerere University; currently Head of Department, African Languages at Kabale University)

At one time, Makerere was called the Harvard of Africa; and there was, therefore, a real opportunity for Makerere to become our national sacred cow. Then came the neo-liberal 'revolution'; with its mass production of graduates and the conversion of our technical colleges into universities, the establishment of numerous private universities, and the near abdication of government from the education sector. As Makerere embarks on the second century of service, we must maintain what made it great. This book tells many stories of that greatness. The content herein will definitely energise the debate amongst those who are interested in Makerere and university education in general. (Prof. Samwiri Lwanga-Lunyiigo, Retired Professor of History, Makerere University)

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About the Editors

A.B.K. Kasozi

Kasozi, A. B. K. was a Research Associate at Makerere Institute of Social Research, from 2013 to 2017, a Vice Rector at the Islamic University in Uganda, from 1995 to 2002; and the founding Executive Director of Uganda’s National Council for Higher Education (UNCHE), from 2002 to 2012. He has taught at Makerere University, the University of Khartoum, the Islamic University in Uganda and other universities in North America. In 2007/8, he got a Fulbright New Century award to serve as a visiting professor at Teachers College, Columbia University, New York. He was a DAAD distinguished visitor to German institutions of higher learning in 2007. He is the author of several books, articles in academic journals and newspapers. He is a recipient of many awards including the Nyakasura School Achievers’ Award, (2002); the Nyakasura School Lifetime Achiever’s Award,(2014) and the Uganda Golden Jubilee Medal, (2013). He is a Fellow of the Uganda National Academy of Sciences.

Josephine Ahikire

Josephine Ahikire is a senior lecturer in the Faculty of Social Science, Department of Women and Gender Studies at Makerere University; a senior research fellow in the Centre for Basic Research in Kampala; and a visiting scholar at the University of Oldenburg in Germany. She is widely published on gendered constructions of public politics, labour and popular culture.

Dominica Dipio

Dominica Dipio is a professor of literature and film in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Makerere University, Uganda. She has over 60 publications in the areas of literature, film, folklore popular culture, audience, and gender studies. Notable among the publications are: Gender Terrains in African Cinema; and a trilogy of edited books: Performing Community; Performing Change; and Performing Wisdom. The dialogue between the city and the village the old and the new, the past and the present, and voices from the margins are palpable in her researches. Dipio is also a filmmaker with a wide juror experience at international, regional and national film festivals like the Berlinale, Milan, FESPACO, ZIFF and Uganda Film Festival. Her current creative enterprise is adapting African folktales into animation films. She has received several distinguished fellowships and academic awards such the East African Commonwealth, Fulbright, African Humanities Program, Cambridge-Africa Programme for Research Excellence (CAPREx), and the Research Innovation Fund (RIF).

Helen Byamugisha

Byamugisha, Helen is an Associate Professor and teaches at Kabale University in the Department of Library and Information Science. She holds a PhD in Information Science, a Master of Science in Information Science, a Post Graduate Diploma in Librarianship, a Post Graduate Diploma in Monitoring and Evaluation and a Bachelor of Science in Botany and Zoology. Helen has published several papers in refereed journals. She has also presented papers at various local and international conferences. She worked with Makerere University as a University Librarian. Her research interest lies in information access and use by different categories of users.

Isaac Tibasiima

Tibasiima, Isaac holds a PhD in Literature from Makerere University where he serves as a lecturer in the Department of Literature. His research interests include folklore studies, performance studies, postcolonial studies and African literatures. He is interested in the intersection between contemporary performance and the performance of the nation. He has been involved in research projects on psychosocial narratives of students at Makerere University, adaptation of folktales into film texts and is currently working on projects on social media activism in Ugandan spaces, and using web-based technologies to support academic writing. Isaac Tibasiima is an ACLS/AHP Fellow. He teaches courses on literary communication, oral literature research and Area Studies in Literature.