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Makerere-Bergen Collaboration soars to new heights

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The institutional collaboration between Makerere University and the University of Bergen in Norway; has once again registered a historic achievement.

The institutional collaboration between Makerere University and the University of Bergen in Norway; has once again registered a historic achievement.

Over the years, the institutional collaboration has strongly contributed to development of research and human resources through capacity building programmes.

To further maximize the benefit of this institutional collaboration, Makerere University and the University of Bergen have started an academic journey leading to the award of joint PhD and degree programmes.

The two Universities shall identify the beneficiaries under this joint programme; and participate in training, mentoring and supervision in order to produce a quality and relevant graduate. Dr. Grace Ndeezi , Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, Makerere University College of Health Sciences has been identified as one of the beneficiaries effective 2010.

Professor Venansius Baryamureeba, the Acting Vice Chancellor of Makerere University, and Professor Astri Andresen, the Vice Rector of the University of Bergen, signed the Joint PhD and Degree Cooperation Agreement November 19, 2009 as an Addendum to the 15-year- Makerere-University of Bergen Frame Agreement (1999-2014).

Since its approval, the 15 year collaboration agreement (1999-2014) has greatly enriched the academia in form of staff and student exchange programmes; joint research programmes; and joint scholarly publications.

Speaking at the occasion, the Vice Rector, Professor Astri Andresen stressed that institutional agreements are not entered into easily. She was impressed that this Frame Agreement had productive works and had continued to be a success. She was optimistic that it would continue to unfold new projects and venture into new areas of research.

Prof. Baryamureeba, who also completed his Masters at the University of Bergen, was overjoyed that this institutional collaboration was still ongoing. Prof. Baryamureeba advised that in addition to encouraging women to embark on PhD studies, the programme should also focus on empowering women in research.

“We need to dig deeper to understand the relationship between gender and other issues in the environment for instance we need to win the support of men/ husbands in advancement of women in research,” he said.

The signing of the Joint PhD and Degree Cooperation Agreement was the climax of the two-day Makerere University-UiB collaboration evaluation meeting held on November 18-19, 2009 at Nile Resort in Jinja .

Prof. Edward Kirumira, the Coordinator of the Makerere University-University of Bergen project, said the evaluation is conducted every five years in order to maximize the benefits of the institutional collaboration.

The evaluation meeting, which involved participants from internationally recognized higher education institutions and bodies, staff and students who have had past and on-going activities under this collaboration unanimously, agreed that in order to develop further collaboration for the betterment of all partners, Makerere University should be the centre of network collaborations. The participants noted that Makerere University was well-positioned in terms of the experience in administration and management gained over the years. Also, it had the infrastructure and human resources to support the collaboration.

Prof. Kirumira , who was visibly excited over the success of the Mak-UiB collaboration, said: “This marks the time to prepare the documentation for continued collaboration. We shall focus on bringing in more partners. We shall reposition the collaboration to provide more services to the region.”

He challenged the participants to strategise on how to integrate the experience gained during the 10 years of the collaboration (1999-2009) into the University operations.

Article by Ritah Namisango

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Veteran Professor changed Makerere and Higher Education

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Professor Pancras John Mukasa Ssebuwufu (L) receives a plaque and citation from RUFORUM Board Member and Vice Chancellor Ndejje University-Professor Eriabu Lugujjo (Right) on 6th May 2021 at the RUFORUM Secretariat, Plot 155 Garden Hill, Makerere University Main Campus,

When Professor John Ssebuwufu ambled up to receive a certificate of recognition for his ‘exceptional’ contribution to higher education from the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) at Makerere University (MU), he was thinking of many things, such as rewarding staff, that he could have done differently to impact university education more.

But he did what he could have done, under the circumstances.

He presided over MU (in 1993) when student enrolment was 5,000 and left in 2004 when the population was surging to more than 15,000.

He emphasised the use of information communication technologies in almost all the institutions he had been involved in and sent many academic staff on exchanges to boost research and innovation. Now, more African universities engage in ground-breaking research.

So, he proceeded to accept his recognition and make his acceptance speech, which was mostly about gratitude.

Ssebuwufu, 74, who is currently the chancellor at Kyambogo University and the vice-chancellor of the University of Kisubi, is credited for his exemplary leadership and pragmatic methods that have shaped higher education in Uganda and Africa as a whole.

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Japan Africa Dream Scholarship (JADS) Program 2021/2022

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Japan Africa Dream Scholarship (JADS) Program 2021/2022. Photo credit: AfDB

The Japan Africa Dream Scholarship (JADS) Program is a capacity building project by the AfDB and Japan which was initiated in 2017 with the aim of providing two-year scholarship awards to highly achieving African graduate students to enable them to undergo post-graduate studies (i.e. a two-year Master’s degree program) in selected priority development areas on the continent and Japan. The overarching goal the AfDB and the Government of Japan seek to attain is to enhance skills and human resources development in Africa in under the Bank’s High 5s agenda (i.e. “Feed Africa”, “Light up Africa”, “Industrialize Africa”, “Integrate Africa” and “Improve the quality of life of the people of Africa”) and key Japanese development assistance initiatives. JADS core areas of study focus include energy, agriculture, health, environmental sustainability, and engineering. The program also seeks to promote inter-university collaboration and university-industry partnerships between Japan and Africa. Upon completion of their studies, the JADS scholars are expected to return to their home countries to apply and disseminate their newly acquired knowledge and skills in the public and private sectors, and contribute to national and continental socio-economic development.

About the JADS program

The JADS Program is open to applicants from AfDB member countries with relevant professional experience and a history of supporting their countries’ development efforts who are applying to a graduate degree program in energy development and related discipline.  The program does not provide scholarships to any other graduate degree program.

The scholarship program provides tuition, a monthly living stipend, round-trip airfare, health insurance, and travel allowance.

Upon completion of their studies, the beneficiary scholars are expected to return to their home countries to apply and disseminate their newly acquired knowledge and skills, and contribute to the promotion of sustainable development of their countries.

Who is Eligible to Apply?

The program is open to those who have gained admission to an approved Masters degree course at a Japanese partner university. Candidates should be 35 years old or younger; in good health; with a Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent in the energy area or related area; and have a superior academic record. Upon completion of their study programs, scholars are expected to return to their home country to contribute to its economic and social development.

Application Procedures

  1. Applicant requests for information and application forms and procedures from the chosen JADS partner university. For any inquiries, please contact JADS@AFDB.ORG
  2. Applicant completes required documents and sends them to the university.
  3. University evaluates and selects applicants.
  4. University sends selected candidates to the AfDB.
  5. AfDB reviews submissions from universities, prepares and approves the final list.
  6. AfDB contacts selected awardees, and informs the universities.

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WHS Regional Meeting Africa 2021: Finance Chairperson’s Update

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Prof. Tonny J. Oyana, Finance Chairperson, World Health Summit Regional Meeting Africa, June 2021.

SOPs: Our plan is to have 200 sets of people in different spacious rooms…

Prof. Tonny j. oyana, finance chairperson whs regional meeting africa

We are sincerely grateful to our sponsors…

Over 15 core sponsors…

Sessions: 60% Virtual, 40% Onsite…

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