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Mak Assures Media of Quality

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The key to laying a strong foundation for the prosperity of any organization lies in free interaction with all stakeholders so as to forge solid partnerships. However, this can only be achieved through an environment that favors this interpersonal communication and dialogue between the organization and its various stakeholders.

The key to laying a strong foundation for the prosperity of any organization lies in free interaction with all stakeholders so as to forge solid partnerships. However, this can only be achieved through an environment that favors this interpersonal communication and dialogue between the organization and its various stakeholders.

Makerere University had the opportunity to interpersonally relate with one of its major stakeholders – The Media, on 13th May, 2010 under the Quality Assurance Media Workshop. This activity comes as one of the many initiatives under the strategic plan that the university is embarking on to bring its stakeholders on board.

The Acting Vice Chancellor Venansius Baryarmureeba graced the occasion as the Guest of Honor. Following the recent celebrations of World Press Freedom day, the Vice Chancellor urged the media to use their freedom efficiently to report the truth, everyday! “As media persons, you should learn to collect news material efficiently and compile and disseminate it accurately. We want the alumni to contribute to Makerere and an interaction like this will help the media to report accurately about Makerere”. Prof. Baryarmureeba said.

The Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs Prof Lillian Tibatemwa-Ekirikubinza, who made a presentation on Quality Assurance at Makerere University, highlighted the quality assurance framework and policy that is guiding the services rendered at Makerere.
Quality Assurance is the process of establishing and implementing mechanisms which ensure that outcomes of institutional activities are of a prescribed standard” she said.

Prof. Lillian helped explain that it is the quality improvement dimension rather than simple confirmation of meeting minimum standards that offer the greatest benefit to stakeholders. “The best programmes can be made better and continuous improvement is a distinguishing feature of renowned institutions of higher education” she further added.

The objective of the workshop was to give information on the quality of training and of the Support Services offered to Makerere students, as a confidence building measure for reassuring stakeholders. This initiative helped showcase Makerere as alive to the need for continuous improvement.

To further introduce the media representatives to the mechanisms which the university is implementing to ensure quality training and services, they also heard from other members of Makerere University Administration such as the Director, Quality Assurance Directorate Dr. Sam Luboga and the Academic Registrar, Mr. Alfred Namoah-Masikye, who talked about the support services that are ensuring quality.

Periodic evaluation/appraisal of teaching staff by students; evaluation/observation of teaching staff by peers; and instruction of academia in knowledge delivery (pedagogical training) were some examples services aimed at promotion of quality shared with the media representatives. These mechanisms have so far been piloted in some faculties such as Veterinary Medicine, Science and Computing and Informatics Technology to improve teaching applicability so as to upscale implementation.

Many challenges have been faced in piloting of the mechanisms especially with the enormity of the data collected. However, with the use of the Lactro Dara Machine, ease of reading of information captured from the evaluation of teaching staff by the students has been achieved.

With Quality Assurance in place, it is without a doubt that the university’s most important stakeholders – the students, will achieve quality education and ultimately experience effective and efficient services.

Downloads from the Workshop 

Opening remarks by the Vice-Chancellor  

Presentation by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic Affairs) on Quality Assurance 

Strategies put in place to ensure improved Management of Academic Processes 

Presentation on Evaluation of Teaching 

Sample assessment form used by students during Evaluation of Teaching 

How to access Students' results online

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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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