Makerere to Launch EfD-Mak
EfD-Mak: Makerere University to Launch Environment for Development Initiative Centre. Photo/MAK

EfD-Mak is a new Center at Makerere University established in Hanoi, Vietnam in 2018, under the Environment for Development Initiative

Makerere University is set to launch the Environment for Development Initiative (EfD-Mak) Centre that will enable effective management of the environment in the global South through applied research, institutional development, academic training and policy interaction.

EfD-Mak is a new Center at Makerere University established in Hanoi, Vietnam in 2018, under the Environment for Development Initiative (EfD-Mak), a global network of environmental economics research centres.

The introduction of EfD-Mak is the first of its kind in the country meaning, it now has 15 centres across the world, in Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Kenya, Nigeria, Sweden, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, USA and Vietnam.

EfD-Mak is scheduled to start its full operations in the financial year 2019/2020 with Prof. Edward Bbaale, the Director, and Dean School of Economics, College of Business and Management Sciences (CoBAMS) as it’s head.

He is deputized by Prof. Johnny Mugisha, the Dean School of Agricultural Sciences, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES).

Established in 1922 as a technical school offering courses in carpentry, building and mechanics, Makerere University is the oldest higher education institution in Uganda.

It grew quickly in size, expanding into medical care, agriculture, veterinary sciences and teacher training courses.

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By 1949 it had become known as University College, affiliated to University College London, before being granted independent University status in 1970, providing undergraduate and postgraduate degrees.

With a student body of around 38,000 and comprising 10 constituent colleges, Makerere University also offers evening and external study programmes. It is a research-led institution and boasts partnerships with government, industry and other universities.

Located on Makerere Hill, one of the six hills on which Uganda’s capital city Kampala is built, the University’s main campus spans 300 acres and is just a short distance away from the city centre.

Comprising a total of three campuses, the University’s estate also includes a 350-acre farm – part of its College of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Resources – and a conservation field station situated on the edge of the Budongo rainforest, used by its students of forestry and conservation.

Sporting facilities, recreational activities and student welfare services are also in plentiful supply on campus.

The University prides itself on the work it does towards securing gender equality.

Its initiatives such as the Female Scholarship Foundation, which helps women from disadvantaged backgrounds into higher education, have achieved global recognition, from the Government of Sweden, among others.

By John Dalton Kigozi