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PHEA funding to help Mak develop Educational Technology

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In February 2008, Makerere University was one the seven universities in Africa invited by The Partnership for Higher Education in Africa (PHEA) to participate in the development and implementation of Educational Technology. PHEA is a joint project of Carnegie Corporation of New York, The Ford Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Kresge Foundation.

In February 2008, Makerere University was one the seven universities in Africa invited by The Partnership for Higher Education in Africa (PHEA) to participate in the development and implementation of Educational Technology. PHEA is a joint project of Carnegie Corporation of New York, The Ford Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Kresge Foundation.

The other universities invited were Kenyatta University , Kenya, University of Dar-es-Salaam , Tanzania, The Catholic University of Mozambique , University of Ibadan and University of Jos in Nigeria

This invitation was honoured and Makerere University was asked to develop an Educational Strategy and identify a number of priority areas which could be funded by the PHEA. The three projects that have been identified for funding are:

i) Makerere University E-Content Project (MUECP)
ii) Makerere University E-Portfolio Project (MUEPP)
iii) Makerere University Research Project under Department of Gender & Women Studies.

These 3 projects totaling US$ 450,000 have been finalized and are awaiting implementation. It was in line with this that Mr Neil Butcher, Open Educational Resources (OER) Africa Strategist, paid a courtesy call on the Ag. Vice-Chancellor Prof. Venansius Baryamureeba and the Ag. Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic Affairs, Prof. Lillian Tibatemwa-Ekirikubinza. He was accompanied by Prof. Ann Floyd, Former Pro-Vice-Chancellor, The Open University UK , Dr. Jessica Aguti, Director, Institute of Adult and Continuing Education (IACE) and Mr. Tito Okumu, E-learning Manager , IACE.

The two teams discussed the proposed Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) and strategies for Implementation of the three projects.

Prof. Baryamureeba thanked Mr. Butcher for his visit and hoped that the three projects would foster the development of electronic content especially at a time when Makerere University is opening up upcountry campuses in Jinja and Fort Portal.

The three projects will be overseen by the Grants Implementation Committee, which is also overseeing several University projects.

 

Standing L-R Mr. Neil Butcher, OER Africa Strategist, Prof. V. Baryamureeba Ag. VC, Mr. Tito Okumu, E-learning Manager. Sitted L-R Dr. J. Aguti, Director, IACE, Prof. L. Tibatemwa-Ekirikubinza, DVC-AA & Prof. Ann Floyd, Former Pro-VC Open University,UK.

 

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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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