The Principal, College of Natural Sciences (CoNAS), Prof. Winston Tumps Ireeta has today, 7th June 2022 handed to the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe UGX6,384,215 million, the first staff cash contribution towards Makerere University centennial celebrations. The Principal, in company of his Deputy also College Representative on the Mak@100 Organizing Committee, Prof. Juma Kasozi; the Dean, School of Biosciences, Prof. Arthur Tugume; the Head, Department of Plant Sciences, Microbiology and Biotechnology, Dr Esther Katuura; and Prof. Florence D’ujanga handed over the contribution at a ceremony held in the Office of the Vice Chancellor. In appreciation, the Vice Chancellor commended the College Management and staff for the noble gesture. He specifically appreciated the Principal, Deputy Principal and Prof. D’ujanga for leading the fundraising drive at the College.
In his remarks, the Principal appreciated the Vice Chancellor for the initiatives being undertaken to commemorate 100 years of Makerere. He informed the Vice Chancellor that CoNAS had lined up a number of activities in this regard, including renovation of the College infrastructure, seminars, and exhibitions to showcase achievements registered over the years.
Having opened its doors to 14 day students in 1922, Makerere has grown to become one of the most prestigious Universities in Africa. The University will mark 100 years of existence on 8th October 2022. Activities to commemorate a century of excellent service commenced on 9th October 2021 with the official launch of the Mak@100 logo by the President of the Republic of Uganda, H.E Yoweri Kaguta Tibuhaburwa Museveni. The year-long activities include public lectures, seminars, conferences, and exhibitions showcasing the history of the University and achievements registered over the years.
The College of Natural Sciences (CoNAS) is one of the 10 constituent Colleges of Makerere University with over 2000 students and 153 members spread across 2 schools and seven departments namely: School of Physical Sciences (Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and Geology and Petroleum Studies) and School Biosciences (Departments of Plant Sciences, Microbiology and Biotechnology; Department of Zoology, Entomology and Fisheries Sciences; and Department of Biochemistry and Sports Sciences). The College is the cradle of basic sciences at Makerere University providing a foundation for all applied sciences offered at the University. It offers programmes at undergraduate and graduate level. Additionally, CoNAS services other Colleges including the College of Health Sciences and College of Veterinary Medicine, Animal Resources and Biosecurity. Staff at the College also teach students from the College of Education and External Studies, College of Computing and Information Sciences, and the School of Statistics and Applied Economics. The college is committed to giving students at all levels excellent exposition in scientific thinking and high-level foundation of science that will shape and direct their lives long after they leave the University.