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MAKAIR: A Students’ dream comes true

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“I would like to welcome you to this milestone occasion where we are launching the Makerere University wireless hotspots. We are formally launching and publicising the various internet access sites installed by DICTS over a wireless local area network – MAKAIR” remarked Dr. Nora Mulira, Director – Directorate for ICT Support (DICTS) as she welcomed guest to the launch.

“I would like to welcome you to this milestone occasion where we are launching the Makerere University wireless hotspots. We are formally launching and publicising the various internet access sites installed by DICTS over a wireless local area network – MAKAIR” remarked Dr. Nora Mulira, Director – Directorate for ICT Support (DICTS) as she welcomed guest to the launch.

Presided over by the Swedish Ambassador to Uganda H.E. Anders Johnson, the launch held in the Africa Hall Dining on 30th March 2010 was a demonstration of a long mutual collaboration with the Dr. Nora   Mulira, Dir. DICTS makes her remarks at the LaunchSwedish International Development Cooperation Agency, Sida and its recognition of the importance of ICT as an integral facilitator for research, learning and instruction in higher institutions of learning. “Sida‘s support to Makerere University has therefore focused on the development of ICT and the library with resulting funding of about 80% of the University ICT infrastructure” added Dr. Mulira.

Owing to the limited number of ICT facilities within the Faculties available for student access, location of the hotspots has been designed such that students can comfortably work at any time of the day, particularly in the night when resources like Internet bandwidth are abundant. The Director therefore thanked the Government and people of Sweden for their generous support through Sida, and the DICTS implementation team for the achievement of this suitable solution.

The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Venansius Baryamureeba lauded Sida for their generous funding of ICT projects, which has seen the comprehensive and cohesive strategy adopted by the University during 2001 come to fruition. Reflecting on the over USD50m Sida support to Makerere thus far, Prof. Baryamureeba further extolled the Government and people of Sweden for helping Makerere increase the efficiency and effectiveness of research linkages, and provide a modern learning environment with easy access to local International online resources “Currently, you can get access to the latest journals published, courtesy of the over 12,000 online publications subscribed to by the University Library

The Makerere University ICT Policy and Master plan has also greatly benefited through generous support to components like Teaching and Learning, Staff Development especially in the Service Units and Acquisition of Information Systems (IS) to support the daily administrative operations “So once again I would really like to thank Sida and our Development partners, who as we’ve been looking at Prof. V.  Baryamureeba and Amb Anders Johnson at the LaunchInstitutional Development, have greatly supported our ICT Policy and Master plan” he added.

In his address, the Guest of Honor H.E. Ambassador Anders Johnson emphasized the importance of Information networks in helping people discover new facts and making their governments more accountable “Access to information helps citizens hold their governments accountable, generates new ideas, encourages creativity and entrepreneurship.”

Taking the example of Universities, which by their very nature are not only communities of teachers and scholars but above all centers of learning, excellence, innovative ideas and agents of change – “hotspots”, Ambassador Johnson justified Sida support to Makerere’s ICT project thus far “Talent may be distributed universally, but opportunity is not. It is therefore very natural that Swedish support to building research capacity in Uganda mainly through collaboration with Makerere University also includes support to the ICT project.” He then proceeded to officially launch the wireless while expressing his confidence “I am sure they will all come to good use.”

Prof.  Katunguka moves the vote of thanks after the official launch Prof. Eli Katunguka Rwakishaya, Director, School of Graduate Studies (SGS) proceeded to move a vote of thanks to the Government and people of Sweden noting that “When the programme started in 2000, it had two aims: To support research and to support the environment that supports research, hence the creation of DICTS.” He was however glad that this support had extended e-resources in the library, Gender mainstreaming and establishment of student labs and internet kiosks. Observing the gains thus far such as improved communication, service delivery and efficiency at the University, Prof. Katunguka once again expressed Makerere’s positive outlook to the successful implementation of Phase III (2000 – 2014)

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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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