Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI)

Established in 2002 in Kampala, Uganda by the Academic Alliance for AIDS Care and Prevention in Africa, a group of infectious diseases experts from Uganda and North America, with initial support from Pfizer Inc. and other partners. This public-private partnership aimed to provide excellent care for People Living with HIV (PLHIV) in Uganda, to train healthcare workers to serve the tens of millions of PLHIV in Africa, to maintain the strategic emphasis on prevention, and to conduct research relevant to improving the outcome of the epidemic. In 2004, ownership of the Institute was transferred to Makerere University, and the Institute moved into its current building. When the College of Health Sciences (CHS) came into being at Makerere University in 2009, IDI became an integral part of the School of Medicine within the College while retaining its status as a not-for-profit organisation established within the University.  The IDI Board is chaired by the Professor Samuel Luboga Abimerech who is the Executive Director, Sustainable Leadership Institute and a retired Associate Professor at Makerere University.

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Makerere Institute of Social Research (MISR)

The Makerere Institute of Social Research (MISR) has had a proud existence since its establishment in 1948. The secret of this pride has been its ability to change with the times, at times to muster the courage to defy scholarly convention, often to be at the cutting edge of change at Makerere.

Established as more or less the research arm of the colonial state, MISR was led by illustrious anthropologists (Audrey I. Richards, Lloyd Fallers) who saw themselves as giving voice to ‘native peoples’ inside an otherwise hostile colonial establishment. On the morrow of independence, MISR was fortunate to be steered by young nationalist scholars (Ali Mazrui, Victor Uchendu, Yash Tandon) who saw themselves both as pioneers of an emancipatory nationalist scholarship and as critics of nationalism’s anti-liberal tendencies, especially when these tended to undermine the autonomy of the scholar. When the times were difficult, MISR found prudent directors (Samwiri Karugire, Dan Mudoola) who understood that the most important goal under the circumstances may be survival. When MISR and Makerere came under severe pressure from those who shelter under the banner of ‘market forces’, MISR found a director (Nakanyike Musisi) who endeavoured to turn the situation to institutional advantage.

In line with the collegiate system, MISR is an Institute under the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHUSS).

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Makerere University Agricultural Research Institute Kabanyolo (MUARIK)

Makerere University Agricultural Research Institute Kabanyolo (MUARIK) was established as a farm in 1953, and upgraded to a fully-fledged Research Institute in 1992 under the then Faculty of Agriculture. It currently falls under the School of Agricultural Sciences, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES), Makerere University.

MUARIK is Makerere University's interface with the National Agricultural Research System (NARS). It houses the Continuing Agricultural Education Center (CAEC), conceived in 1993 as a project with joint funding from The World Bank and Government of Uganda under the Agricultural Research and Training Project (ARTP) through the National Agricultural Research Organization (NARO).

Makerere Institute of Teacher Education and Research (MITER)

Established by CEES with the view of making the MITER a large scale multi-disciplinary teacher education research and capacity building entity that is part of the CEES and the university’s long-term strategic commitment to contributing to national development through research and innovations in the field of teacher education. By focusing on research and capacity building areas, MITER empowers educators and other educational stakeholders in Uganda and beyond to re-imagine teacher education for Development. MITER’s research and capacity building activities are anchored on target numbers; 3, 5, 8, and 10 of the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4, all of which are premised on the view that education is the driving force for the production of capacities and skills requisite for innovations and inclusive development of any country. MITER teams are engaged in research and capacity building activities that are informed by current and futures-based analysis of teacher education skills deficits and general education challenges.

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