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MSSEESA to develop capacity in materials science and solar energy research

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Efforts to develop human and infrastructure capacity in advanced research in materials science and solar energy are now officially underway.

Efforts to develop human and infrastructure capacity in advanced research in materials science and solar energy are now officially underway.

To set the ball rolling, Makerere University signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Materials Science and Solar Energy for Eastern and Southern Africa (MSSEESA) network on 29th September, 2010 at the Faculty of Science. Makerere will now work hand-in-hand with MSSEESA to strengthen the research facilities and Graduate training programmes.

During the launch, the Chief Coordinator of MSSEESA in Africa, Prof. Rogath Thomas Kivaisi expressed appreciation for the warm welcome that the University has shown to MSSESSA. “So far, MSSEESA has been able to successfully harmonize programmes in all participating countries and has a lay-out of the 5year Strategic Plan,” Prof. Kivaisi said.

The Professor was accompanied by other MSSEESA members including Dr. Christian B.S. Uiso from the University of Dar-es-salaam, Prof. Julius M. Mwabora from the University of Nairobi and Dr, Sylvester Hatisaambo from the University of Zambia.

The Dean, Faculty of Science Prof. J.Y.T. Mugisha thanked the Physics Department for the great initiative. “Scientific societies are difficult to run. However, the Physics Department has shown its ability to beat this and I am sure the members of the MSSEESA Uganda Chapter will rise into a big book,” he commended.

Launching the MSSEESA Uganda Chapter, Prof. Ben K. Twinomugisha, representing Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Finance and Administration)-Prof. Ikoja-Odongo was happy to note that this launch was in line with Makerere University‘s vision of pursuing teaching, research and services relevant to sustainable development needs of society.

“One of the challenges in implementing the Research and Innovations Policy in the University has been how to disseminate the research findings. I am therefore glad that MSSEESA will provide a solution to this challenge especially in Materials Science and Solar Energy,” added Prof. Twinomugisha.

Strengthening of research facilities and Graduate training programmes is being done by complementing the activities of materials science and solar energy in the various institutions in Eastern and Southern Africa. MSSEESA is a society with that also has chapters in Tanzania, Kenya and Zambia.

With the establishment of a MSSEESA network, Graduate students in any partner institution will be able to take a course at a participating university in any Country chapter, and be able to carry the credit to the home institution.

MSSEESA is funded by International Programs in the Physical Sciences (IPPS) – Sweden and has well over sixteen university departments that are engaged in teaching and research activities in materials science and solar energy, among other fields.

 

Prof. Twinomugisha (C) exchanges the signed MoU with Prof. Kivaisi (R) as Prof. Tom Otiti (L) witnesses

 

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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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