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Swedish State Secretary recognizes impact of Sida support

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Makerere University had the pleasure of hosting the Swedish State Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Joakim Stymne on Thursday 15th April, 2010.

Makerere University had the pleasure of hosting the Swedish State Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Joakim Stymne on Thursday 15th April, 2010.

L-R DVC(AA) Prof. Tibatemwa, Mr. Joakim Stymne,Swedish State Secretary and H.E. Anders Johnson during the Mak visitMakerere University is one of the major beneficiaries of research grants from the Swedish Government. Mr. Joakim Stymne therefore visited Makerere University to acquaint himself with the impact of the Swedish support to the development of research in the University and Uganda at large.

“Cooperation between Sweden and Uganda is a tangible manifestation of the importance we attach to the relevance of research in development and reduction of poverty,” Joakim Stymne said.

The Deputy Vice Chancellor, Professor Lillian Tibatemwa-Ekirikubinza, together with Deans, Directors and Professors from various faculties such as Technology, Social Sciences and Arts gathered to warmly welcome the State Secretary and his delegation.

L-R. Prof. Katunguka, Dir SGS makes his presentation as Dr. Nawangwe, Dean Faculty of Technology and Gloria Kempaka Mugambe, Economist, Swedish Embassy listenDuring this meeting, the Director School of Graduate Studies, Professor Katunguka-Rwakishaya showcased Makerere University’s achievements made in research and publications in the past 10 years through funding from the Swedish government.

On behalf of the University Management, Professor Lillian Tibatemwa-Ekirikubinza extended the appreciation to the Government and the generous people of Sweden, who through Sida have supported and continue to support groundbreaking research at Makerere University.

“Makerere University has been implementing the bilateral collaborative research program supported by Sida since 2000. This year, Makerere University and Sida signed Phase 111 Specific Agreement in Research Cooperation worth 180million Swedish Kronor to support research for four years (2010-2014),” Professor Tibatemwa-Ekirikubinza highlighted.

Professor Tibatemwa-Ekirikubinza also told the gathering that Makerere is repositioning itself to meet emerging development challenges and with the support from Sweden, we have been able to conduct meaningful research; build capacity and also been able to link this research to the Millennium Development Goals.

In a bid to solve the problem of inadequate dissemination of the research information to the right audiences, Prof. Tibatemwa-Ekirikubinza highlighted that the Makerere University Public Relations and Communications board had been constituted with one its objectives being to devise research dissemination strategies and provide training to the University Management and researchers on how best to package their research findings for the public. Professor Tibatemwa-Ekirikubinza thanked the Swedish government for funding the Gender Mainstreaming programme to ensure that women are supported and mentored into positions of leadership.

On behalf of management, Professor Tibatemwa-Ekirikubinza reassured the Swedish delegation that the phase III worth 180million Swedish Kronor will be put to good constructive use for development of the university and the community at large.

 

The Secretary poses for a group photo with the team at the Main Building

The Swedish Ambassador to Uganda, H.E. Anders Johnson added that Makerere University was a centre of academic excellence with agents of change. Drawing specific reference to Professor Tibatemwa-Ekirikubinza’s speech, he was glad that Makerere University had started the process of instituting systems to disseminate research to societies.

Prof.  Baryamureeba poses with Mr. Stymne during his visit to MakerereIn his speech, the State Secretary, Joakim Stymne said universities can play significant roles in all areas of research with provision of facts and information, generating new knowledge and innovations, being an open forum for exchange of ideas and debate, acting as “think tanks” for future developments and looking around the corner on how Uganda can position itself in the global economy.

“From the Swedish government we see the forthcoming elections as crucial for views and grading of Uganda also in the international context. We hope to see peaceful. Free and fair elections with credible elections based on trust between the main actors. Freedom of expression and access to information is crucial for democratic development and free and fair elections,” he said.

Amb. Johnson, Dr. Nawangwe and Mr. Stymne (2nd R) watch a demonstration of a Masters student at CREECThe meeting ended with a visit to the Faculty of Technology; one of the Faculties that has greatly benefited from the support of the Swedish Government. The team had the chance to tour a number of cutting edge research projects at the Center for Research in Energy and Energy Conservation, CREEC.

 

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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.

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