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SCIFA Project sponsors 32 for the Mak Run 2018

Some of the sponsored Intra-Africa Academic mobility Project members pose with their attire ready for the run

The Intra-Africa Academic mobility Project: Partnership for Training Scientist in Crop Improvement for Food Security in Africa (SCIFSA) funded by the EU has sponsored 32 to participate in the upcoming Mak Run 2018 scheduled on Sunday 25th March 2018.

Of the 32 tickets, 20 are for students and 12 for staff. The 20 for students are shs. 15,000 each and the 12 for staff are for shs. 25,000 each.

The EU under its Intra-Africa Academic Mobility Scheme has provided funding to support training of graduate students in African universities.

In this mobility programme five African partner institutions and one EU technical partner will collaborate in the training of professionals to achieve sustainable fisheries management and aquaculture resources that shall lead to increased fish production and enhanced food and nutritional security, and hence, improved livelihood and household revenue.

A total of 24 Masters (6 credit seeking, 18 degree-seeking) and 12 Doctorates (4 credit seeking, 8 degree-seeking) will be trained in the thematic areas of Plant breeding and seed systems, Biotechnology, seed science and technology, Agronomy and Vegetable crop production, Pesticides and plant protection and Plant and microbial technology.

The project will provide fellowships for full degree programs (PhDs and MSc) as well as short-term mobility for students and staff and will run from 1st November 2017 until 31st October 2022.

The project is expected to contribute to a) improved skills and competences of academic staff in, research, training and supervision, b) enhanced quality of graduate training that will lead to innovative and fit-for-purpose professionals in Crop production improvement c) improved skills and competences of administrative staff in implementing international mobility. Subsequently, a procedure/platform to support the harmonisation and internationalisation of Crop improduction programmes among African Universities shall be achieved.

The scholarships are open to candidates from Target group 1 (Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Senegal and Uganda) and Target group 2 (Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia, Sudan and Tunisia).

Details of Admission criteria and application are available on the program website (

About the MAK Run

As one of the strategies to raise funds for the University, the Makerere University Endowment Fund (MakEF) was established in 2014. MakEF under its mandate to achieve long term financial sustainability for the University established the annual Makerere University Run (MakRun).

Mak Run 2018 is the second following last year’s (2017) where UGX 247,845,000 (two hundred forty seven million eight hundred forty five thousand Uganda Shillings) was raised.

Some of the Intra-Africa Academic mobility programme participants

All proceeds from the MakRun are aimed at supporting the Fund’s inaugural project, the “Students Centre”, estimated to cost UGX15 billion.

The university is rallying on staff support for this noble cause, by urging all to warm up and get ready to participate in the MakRun 2018 scheduled this Sunday, 25th March 2018 starting at 7:00am in the Freedom Square.

Tickets are on sale at UGX15,000 for students, UGX 25,000 for the Silver and UGX 50,000 for the Gold. Tickets may be obtained at the following locations for now.

Planning & Development Department (PDD),
Block C - Lincoln Flats,
Makerere Unviersity.

Makerere University Printery and Makerere University Guest House

To make donations or any further enquiries about the MakRun 2018, please contact

Dr. Florence Nakayiwa
Director, Planning and Development Department (PDD)
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Tel: +256-772-498058

Ms. Gloria Nakyeyune
Planning and Development Department (PDD)
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Tel: +256-702-116917

Best Regards

Jane Anyango

Communication Officer, CAES


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