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NBRP promoting regional competence building through publication

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In true representation of the recently celebrated World Water Day and the Nile, guests were ushered into the Main hall, adorned in blue décor. On hand to receive guests who included The Norwegian Ambassador, Rwandan and United Republic of Tanzania High Commissioners were the Vice-Chancellor Prof. Venansius Baryamureeba, Prof Tore  – Director NBRP and Prof. Edward Kirumira-The NBRP Regional Host.

In true representation of the recently celebrated World Water Day and the Nile, guests were ushered into the Main hall, adorned in blue décor. On hand to receive guests who included The Norwegian Ambassador, Rwandan and United Republic of Tanzania High Commissioners were the Vice-Chancellor Prof. Venansius Baryamureeba, Prof Tore  – Director NBRP and Prof. Edward Kirumira-The NBRP Regional Host.

Emcee of the day and Regional Coordinator NBRP, Dr. Margaret Kyakuwa welcomed the Chief Guest, Hon. Jessica Eriyo – State Minister for Water, who represented Hon. Dr. Maria Mutagamba, Minister of Water and Environment as well as all the guests who’d spared time to attend the launch.

Prof E. Kirumira, Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences and Regional Host,NBRPProf. Edward K. Kirumira, who also coordinates the Makerere/University of Bergen (UiB) Collaboration, recognized the presence of Vice Chancellors from Sister Universities present, as well as former Vice Chancellor Prof. Livingstone Luboobi. In his address, Prof. Kirumira took note of the active relationships with the University of Khartoum, Juba, National University of Rwanda, and Addis Ababa University as well the recent bond with Cairo University. These relationships he added, were testament to the power of the Nile “The books we are about to launch are yet another confirmation of the jewel that the Nile Basin countries are privileged to own, share, study, nurture and guard jealously.” In relation to sustainable Land use and citing his recent trip to Egypt, he further testified “I saw trucks after trucks packed with tomatoes heading for the consumptive urban populations. This was contrasted against a nicely desert condition terrain. This for me drove home the power of the Nile than I had ever imagined.”

IProf. T. Saetersdal makes his keynote address as Prof. Kirumira, Prof. Baryamureeba, Hon. Ariyo and Dr. Tickodri-Togboa listenn his keynote address, Prof Tore Saetersdal – Director NBRP recognized the enormous potential for collaboration amongst the Nile Basin countries. He justified the hosting of this programme at UiB by recognizing that as Bergen is “in a faraway place”, it provided the most conducive atmosphere for Independent and Free research so as to be able to contribute to a peaceful and sustainable solution for the Nile agreement.

Prof.  also appreciated the Nile Basin University Forum (NBUF), which was launched in Kampala in June 2009 with eighteen Nile Basin Universities as inauguration members. An initiative of the NBRP, the NBUF will promote collaboration, staff and student exchange and joint curricula on the Nile across language and cultural barriers.

Prof. James MuliiraDr.  Godfrey AssimweA brief presentation on the book “The River Nile in post-colonial age” by Prof. James Muliira highlighted the first comprehensive and detailed account of the Nile Water as a resource. This was shortly followed by Dr. Godfrey Asiimwe’s presentation on the research experience in Bergen, which by his observation required more affirmative action for females to enable them undertake research in larger numbers. Dr. Roberts Muriisa, Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST) in his presentation acknowledged NBRP for diversifying the research component and opportunities to include MUST, Uganda Christian University, Mukono (UCU) as well as other Universities. With regard to Shaping Research Universities, he examined the need for Universities to establish the relevant research by examining its as well as who should determine the relevant research.

The Acting Vice-Chancellor Prof. Venansius Baryamureeba in his address commended the NBRP for the great strides made so far and appreciated the relevance of the book launch to Makerere University, as it currently holds the Chairmanship of the Inter-Universities Council for East Africa. Before inviting the Chief Guest, Prof. Baryamureeba challenged the Makerere community to utilize the opportunities in the Nile Basin region and contribute to knowledge creation, transfer and partnerships.

Prof. T.  Saetersdal(L) hands over copies of Launched books to Prof. Baryamureeba  as Hon. Eriyo (2nd L), The Norwegian Ambassador & Tanzanian High  Commissioner (R) watch

The Chief Guest Hon. Jessica Eriyo commended the NBRP for publishing their research but challenged other stakeholders to do more research in a relevant and continuous way so as to inform policy. “Research work should not remain in the shelves. It should be publicized so as to inform policy” she added. Referring to The United Nation’s declaration of the year 2010 as the International Year of Biodiversity (IYB), Hon. Eriyo encouraged to diversify their research “The Nile is not just water, the Nile habours a lot of biodiversity that we must focus on this year.” She then proceeded to officially launch the publications.

Dr. Togboa (R) demonstrates as he makes his closing remarks with the help of Dr. Kyakuwa

Dr. Tickodri Togboa, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Finance & Administration and Host, Nile Basin Universities’ Forum proceeded to give closing remarks.

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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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