Makerere Eulogizes Prof Onyango


adiposity geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 150%;”>Celebrated widely amongst academic circles, Onyango was the first Academic Registrar of Makerere since it turned into an independent university in 1970.

At the memorial event held at the campus main hall, a Bernard Onyango Academic Excellence Award was launched, an accolade that is to be competed for annually by the best performing students.

Vice Chancellor Prof Ddumba Sentamu hailed the late Onyango’s contribution in laying a sturdy foundation for the Academic Registrar’s Department at the institution, which values effective management of students’ records, customer satisfaction and integrity.

“Onyango is also remembered as a strong force in the process that led to the Affirmative Action scheme for girls joining Makerere University.”

“We are all were that this scheme changed the face of higher education in Uganda with more girls being able to join Makerere and today, we and the entire nation continue to gain from his legacy,” said Ddumba.

A former fellow University administrator, old boy and friend Prof Apollo Nsibambi described Onyango as confident, honest thorough and effective time keeper.

“I met him in October 1978 when I was Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences. We sat together in the university Senate of which he was secretary. He was very intelligent, a quality which enabled him to answer difficult questions to the satisfaction of the senate members,” recalled Nsibambi.

The former Prime Minster noted that in his tenure at the University, he had managed to “reduce the gap between Administrators and academicians because he solved their academic concerns effectively.”

Onyango was also a member on a number of boards including Bank of Uganda, Total Uganda Ltd, Uganda Cement Industry and the Uganda Posts and Telecommunications.


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