The International Office was set up as a section in the Vice Chancellor’s office with the major aim of promoting internationalization efforts throughout the university.
The Strategic Plan 2008/09 – 2018/19 clearly indicates the importance of internationalization and the need to incorporate it in the core functions of the university. Internationalization is singled out as a cross cutting issue as well as a change management tool. For internationalization to be effective, it needs top management support.
Is to coordinate the University’s international relations, networks, linkages with outside universities and institutions and other international stakeholders, support and coordinate academic mobility and foster improvement of the image of the university internationally.
Is to enhance a good international image and reputation of the university to the outside world.
To provide support and efficient services to international students, visiting academics and other international stakeholders.
Goals and Objectives
1. To strengthen and expand the existing International Office to enable it perform its activities effectively and efficiently to enable the University meet her goals and objectives
2. To have an increased international student enrollment per year.
3. To improve the image and visibility of Makerere internationally.
Core Functions Of The International Office
The main functions of the International Relations Office relate to international guests , collaborations, partnerships and linkages which relate to the core functions of teaching, learning and research, and international students’ affairs.
1). International Guests
Make contacts with international guests and coordinate their visits.
Make accommodation reservations and receive guests including picking them from the airport.
Organize meetings with key University officials (VC, DVCs, Deans, HODs as the case may be).
Offer hospitality and organize events such as luncheons/dinners and other entertainments for guests
Organize campus tours, city tours, and upcountry tour
2). Collaborations, Partnerships and Linkages
Identify possible collaborators in other institutions and link them to relevant departments and individuals in Makerere
Prepare, on behalf of the Vice Chancellor, invitation letters and other supporting documents for the collaborating partners’ visits to the university
Prepare and organize for the signing of Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) and agreements in liaison with the Legal Office and implementing units
Serve as the Institutional contact person for various collaborative programs such as NOMA (Norad Masters programmes), APEDIA (Academic Partnership for Environment and Development in Africa) project, etc
Identify and disseminate information to university community on international scholarships in liaison with Staff Development to the university community
Represent Makerere University at international conferences, meetings, workshops and academic fairs/exhibitions and submit reports on them
Maintain proper records and regularly update the University’s membership to international organizations and associations, MOU database
3). International Students' Affairs
Provide information on study programmes at Makerere.
Advise students on requirements and application processes.
Receive application documents, liaise with departments/schools for approval (in case of short term students), submit to Academic Registrar’s department for consideration for admission
Receive, scan and send admission letters and academic transcripts
Advise students on university policies and regulations as well as other key university facilities such as university hospital, guidance and counseling, university library, places of worship, recreation, etc
Ensure that students properly register with the University and respective colleges
Help students find suitable accommodation on or off campus
Arrange pick ups from the airport for students from partner universities
Organize international students’ cultural activities in liaison with the Dean of Students’ Department and other university units
Monitor and report on student’s progress to their universities