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Bulk metering to save Makerere 100m monthly

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The University is set to benefit from a lowered average tariff at the main campus, following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between UMEME and Makerere University at 10:00am today, 12th February 2010.

The University is set to benefit from a lowered average tariff at the main campus, following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between UMEME and Makerere University at 10:00am today, 12th February 2010.

 Mr. Herbert Kanyali-UMEME District Manager, WandegeyaHerbert Kanyali, UMEME District Manager – Wandegeya and project manager for the installation, appreciated the patience exhibited by the Makerere community during the final two weeks of intensive engineering work on the meter centralization project. He further revealed that with the successful installation of this unit, plans are underway to install a similar meter around the Makerere College School area.

Dr. Da Silva, CREEC, Makerere University Dr Da Silva, Director, Center for Research in Energy and Energy Conservation (CREEC) Makerere University, expressed his pleasure at seeing this project, which started in November 2009 with Prof. Luboobi, finally being completed. He observed that whereas the university was a bulky consumer of energy, it was until Wednesday this week still being charged at the retail rate “The energy consumed at the main campus alone is more than four times the one consumed by large industries such as Roofings (U) Ltd.” He further revealed that Makerere was already benefiting from the installation, seeing as the institution had managed to save Nine million shillings in electricity bills, since Wednesday 10th February when the bulk meter was commissioned.

Dr. Togboa makes his remarks at the signingIn his speech, Dr. Tickodri-Tobgoa, who represented the Acting Vice-Chancellor Prof. Baryamureeba was glad to see that both the engineers and members of staff who actively participated in the project were products of his Engineering classes over a twenty-four year span. As energy is a vital component of daily university operations, he noted that the improved tariff rates as a result of Bulk metering will guarantee sufficient energy for staff and students to enable them excel, as exhibited by the recently released world university rankings . He observed that with the adoption of bulk metering by Makerere and similar sized institutions, the days of load shedding would soon be a thing of the past as energy efficiency would be drastically improved.

Mr. Fredrick Kitandwe, Area Manager Kla Central(R) makes his remarks flanked Ms. Kemigyisha, Head of Corporate Relations Mr. Fredrick Kitandwe, UMEME Area Manager, Kampala Central, flanked by Ms. Charlotte Kemigyisha, UMEME Head of Corporate Relations, thanked the Makerere team for its cooperation, which saw the successful completion of the project. He reiterated UMEME’s commitment to lowering the cost of power to the end users, while managing energy losses. “It is through such innovative measures of working with our customers that we intend to make power cheaper and more affordable to our communities. In this initiative, we are working closely with the Small Medium Enterprises to enable them benefit from a better tariff category, which is billed at 184.8Shs per Kwh under code 30, down from 333.0Shs per Kwh under code 20.” He said.

Mr. Kitandwe(L) hands over the installation to Dr. Togboa(2nd L) as Mr. Muhwezi (2nd R) and Dr. Da Silva (R) look on

 

Both parties then signed and exchanged the Memoranda of Understanding, before proceeding to the Eastern gate, where Mr. Kitandwe officially handed over the bulk metering facility to Dr. Togboa. Mr. Kahundha Muhwezi, The University Secretary, lauded UMEME for the timely installation, which will see the university save over 1.2billion shillings annually in electricity bills.

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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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