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LUG Makerere Chapter launched

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Every third Friday of the month, the Linux User Group – Uganda (LUG) gathers for its monthly meeting at a venue around town. This time around, the Faculty of Computing and Informatics Technology played host to the assembly and by 4:00pm, the Level 3 lecture theatre was filled with chatter from a sizeable number of students and ICT professionals.

Every third Friday of the month, the Linux User Group – Uganda (LUG) gathers for its monthly meeting at a venue around town. This time around, the Faculty of Computing and Informatics Technology played host to the assembly and by 4:00pm, the Level 3 lecture theatre was filled with chatter from a sizeable number of students and ICT professionals.

As promised by the online postings on the LUG mailing list , this was not going to be any ordinary monthly gathering as Friday 19th February 2010 had been chosen as the date to launch the Makerere chapter of the Jubal Harpster-AGCommons delivers his presentationLUG. A quick scan of the babbling audience revealed mixed looks of expectation and curiosity for the first-time attendees and calmer poised-to-share looks from the more seasoned professionals and their waiting soon paid off.

Jubal Harpster, Technology Officer, AGCommons (Agricultural Geospatial Commons) program took the attendees through a presentation detailing the extensive work done by AGCommons in identifying and developing data, tools and services that deliver relevant, timely and affordable geospatial information to smallholder farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa. Citing a Kenyan project in his presentation, he displayed how AGCommons made use of Open Source Software to create A map of existing seed (and other inputs) dealers and carry out Spatial analysis of the information leading to decision on location of new outlets. These maps are then updated at monthly/seasonal intervals on varieties available, with all this done using applications like QGIS .
Simon Vass-E-tech Uganda Ltd
Simon Vass, Technical Manager, E-Tech Uganda Ltd then presented his customized Ubuntu operating system, which he admitted to have put together during his free time so demonstrate the ease of customization and challenge them to come up with their own. He proposed that if willing students were identified to maintain the project, he could push for his prototype to become a release in its own right. He however, availed a copy of his release for students to explore get motivated to develop their own.

Sam a developer from Digital Solutions, who admitted to have completed his Bachelors degree less than two years back, took attendees through his daily use of Open Source Software to develop cutting edge applications like the latest cross-platform Butterfly all the while extolling Linux’ versatility and suitability for development.

At the end of the presentations, Battenberg, Director, Mountbatten Ltd encouraged the students to explore Open Source Software, especially the Ubuntu distributions, which have a locally hosted cache to ease the regular update of their installations. The team also talked about a proposed project to build an Ubuntu mirror at Makerere University or Uganda Christian University Mukono . They then took time off to answer the numerous questions from the students and at the end, thanked them all for coming to the launch, encouraging them delve even further into the daily use of Open Source Software.

 

Sam-Digital Solutions(C Standing) makes his presentation as Reinier (L) and Simon (R) chip in

 

 

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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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