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The following grants are available in the area of Governance.

The following grants are available in the area of Governance.

 

Democratic governance and accountability programme in Uganda
EuropeAid

Funding supports actions to strengthen mechanisms for democratic accountability as a foundation for good governance. The budget for this call is 1.7 million euros and grants provide between 20 per cent and 90 per cent of eligible costs.
Closing date: 18 Nov 10
http://www.research-africa.net/award/994882

AusAID-DFID-3ie systematic reviews
Department for International Development (DFID)

Funding will support 59 commissioned studies in order to strengthen the international community’s capacity for evidence-based policy-making. An average-sized review will cost approximately $60,000.
Closing date: 29 Nov 10
http://www.research-africa.net/award/1002697

Canada conference grants
Government of Canada

These assist a learning institution or organisation in holding a conference and publishing the resulting papers and proceedings in a scholarly fashion. Grants are worth up to $20,000.
Closing date: 01 Dec 10
http://www.research-africa.net/award/1000633

Climate change and water call for concept notes
International Development Research Centre

Researchers from developing country institutions may submit proposals aimed at finding adaptive solutions to the water-related impacts of climate change on vulnerable communities living in coastal areas. Each project may request up to CAD$500,000 over a maximum of three years.
Closing date: 01 Dec 10
http://www.research-africa.net/award/1008552

IADR/Colgate community-based research award for caries prevention
International Association for Dental Research and American Association for Dental Research

This supports research into the field of cariology in order to promote oral health improvement globally, with a focus on community-based research for the prevention and management of caries. Up to $75,000 is available, which may be offered as one award or multiple smaller awards.
Closing date: 03 Dec 10
http://www.research-africa.net/award/965897

Clinical intervention awards
Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research

This program invites researchers to propose novel or critical clinical intervention trials of promising therapeutic approaches that can significantly improve treatments for Parkinson's disease. Awards will be given for up to three years. There are no fixed budget limits.
Closing date: 15 Dec 10
http://www.research-africa.net/award/258724

Target validation program
Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research

This program supports projects to determine whether manipulation of a defined biological target provides a disease-relevant beneficial outcome in a whole animal, mammalian model of Parkinson’s Disease. Up to $250,000 of funding is available for two years.
Closing date: 15 Dec 10
http://www.research-africa.net/award/251299

Catalonia international prize
Autonomous Government of Catalonia

This recognises a person whose creative work has made a significant contribution to the development of cultural, scientific or human values anywhere in the world. The prize is worth 100,000 euros.
Closing date: 31 Dec 10 (Forecast)
http://www.research-africa.net/award/793239

Civil society responsive grants
Commonwealth Foundation

These enable people from Commonwealth countries to participate in activities such as short training courses, workshops, seminars, conferences, cultural festivals, exchanges and study visits in other Commonwealth countries. In exceptional circumstances, the committee may award up to £25,000, with the average grant being given approximately £5,000.
Closing date: 31 Dec 10
http://www.research-africa.net/award/254648

Franklin W Kolk air transportation progress award
Society of Automotive Engineers

This award is presented annually to an individual for unique and outstanding contributions to air transportation or to the work of the aerospace technical committees in developing aerospace standards, specifications, technical reports and data through cooperative research. The award consists of a certificate and a $500 honorarium.
Closing date: 31 Dec 10
http://www.research-africa.net/award/246455

Young scientist research award
American Association of Cereal Chemists Foundation

This award recognises outstanding contributions in basic and applied research to cereal science, with the expectation that contributions will come. The award consists of a $1,000 honorarium and a plaque.
Closing date: 01 Jan 11
http://www.research-africa.net/award/257911

Mentored new investigator research grants to promote diversity
Alzheimer's Association

These aim to close the health disparities gap between diverse and non-diverse investigator populations conducting research on Alzheimer's and related dementias. Awards are limited to $170,000 each over a maximum of three years.
Closing date: 03 Jan 11
http://www.research-africa.net/award/610751

New investigator research grants to promote diversity
Alzheimer's Association

These grants support research into Alzheimer's or related dementias by investigators who are currently underrepresented at academic institutions. Up to four awards, limited to $100,000 each are available. The maximum duration of a project is two years.
Closing date: 03 Jan 11
http://www.research-africa.net/award/610746

Non-pharmacological strategies to ameliorate symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease
Alzheimer's Association

The aim of this request for applications is to stimulate the scholarly investigation and development of non-pharmacological strategies to improve the care of persons with Alzheimer's disease and related disorders. Each award is limited to $400,000 for two to three years.
Closing date: 03 Jan 11
http://www.research-africa.net/award/783787

Novel pharmacological strategies to prevent Alzheimer’s disease
Alzheimer's Association

The aim of this request for applications is to stimulate the development of new pharmacological strategies to prevent or treat Alzheimer's disease. Each award is limited to $400,000 for two to three years.
Closing date: 03 Jan 11
http://www.research-africa.net/award/783784

Dynamics of host-associated microbial communities (R01)
NIH: National Institute of General Medical Sciences

These grants will fund applications that propose genetic, physiological, and ecological studies designed to reveal the basic principles and mechanisms that govern the symbiotic systems dynamics of microbial communities. Budget requests should not exceed $250,000 per year for up to four years. An additional $100,000 may be available in the first year to cover exceptional equipment needs.
Closing date: 14 Jan 11
http://www.research-africa.net/award/770937

NIH rapid access to interventional development (NIH-RAID) program (X01)
NIH: National Institutes of Health

The purpose of this funding opportunity announcement is to invite investigators to apply for access to government-funded contract resources needed for the early and late stage preclinical development of small molecule, natural products, oligonucleotide, gene vectors and peptide therapeutic agents.
Closing date: 14 Jan 11
http://www.research-africa.net/award/251368

Belfer Center fellowships in science and international affairs
Harvard University

The center offers fellowships in five program areas: international security; science, technology and public policy; intrastate conflict and conflict resolution; religion in international affairs; and the Dubai initiative. Stipends are worth $34,000 for postdoctoral research fellows and $20,000 for predoctoral research fellows.
Closing date: 15 Jan 11 (Forecast)
http://www.research-africa.net/award/247193

Book awards
American Political Science Association

Prizes are awarded for the best political science work published in the previous calendar year in the following subject areas: ethnic and cultural pluralism; US national policy; women and politics; and government, politics or international affairs.
Closing date: 15 Jan 11
http://www.research-africa.net/award/254866

Research grants
Savoy Foundation

Research grants, up to $25,000 will be available to clinicians or established scientists working on epilepsy or related subjects.
Closing date: 15 Jan 11
http://www.research-africa.net/award/245471

Research seed grant
Radiological Society of North America Research and Education Foundation

This program is designed to enable young investigators to gain experience testing hypotheses and defining objectives before they apply for major grants from corporations, foundations or government agencies. All radiology-related areas are considered. These one-year grants are worth up to $40,000.
Closing date: 15 Jan 11
http://www.research-africa.net/award/245477

Collaborative hubs for international research on mental health (U19)
NIH: National Institute of Mental Health

NIMH solicits grant applications for cooperative agreements to establish regional research hubs to increase the evidence base for mental health interventions in World Bank designated low- and middle-income countries. An applicant may request up to $500,000 direct costs per year and a total project period of up to five years.
Closing date: 21 Jan 11
http://www.research-africa.net/award/993192

Congress travel grant
International Pharmaceutical Federation

The objective of awarding congress travel grants is to permit the recipient to travel to the FIP congress in order to develop, or to help others to develop, skills or knowledge in line with the objectives of the foundation. The maximum level of support is 2,500 euros, including the registration fee for the congress.
Closing date: 31 Jan 11 (Forecast)
http://www.research-africa.net/award/255440

Women and public policy program/international security program fellowship
Harvard University

One postdoctoral residential fellowship will be awarded to an outstanding scholar in security affairs from the US or elsewhere working to promote basic research in the broad area of international security with a particular focus on issues relating to gender. The stipend is $34,000.
Closing date: 31 Jan 11
http://www.research-africa.net/award/251306

International scholarships
Flemish Interuniversity Council

These enable students from developing countries to study on international master’s courses in Flanders, Belgium. Up to 180 scholarships are available for first-year master’s students, covering all related expenses.
Closing date: 01 Feb 11
http://www.research-africa.net/award/257731

Joan Shorenstein Center fellowship program
Harvard University

The purpose of the fellows program is to offer a unique opportunity for scholars and practitioners to share their knowledge and expertise in a collegial and intellectually stimulating environment. Fellows are required to live in residence for one semester. A stipend of $30,000 will be disbursed over the semester.
Closing date: 01 Feb 11
http://www.research-africa.net/award/247194

Alice L Beeman research awards in communications for educational advancement
Council for Advancement and Support of Education

The goal of the awards is to encourage research in communication for education, including such areas as marketing, public relations, government relations, issues management and institutional image enhancement.
Closing date: 18 Feb 11
http://www.research-africa.net/award/248295

High priority, short-term bridge award
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International

This award provides one year of funding of $55,000 for research grant applications that address a high priority research area for the JDRF and scored within 10 percent of the funding payline for a review cycle of a research agency up to a year prior to the request to the JDRF.
Closing date: 01 Mar 11
http://www.research-africa.net/award/256373

Wildlife without borders-Africa programme
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation

Projects must strengthen the ability of African institutions to manage and conserve species, habitats and ecological processes for the benefit of the people of Africa and the world. Preference is given to proposals requesting less than $50,000. Higher amounts may be requested with appropriate justification.
Closing date: 01 Mar 11
http://www.research-africa.net/award/946151

John Dorst-Felix Fleischner seed grant in pediatric thoracic radiology
Society for Pediatric Radiology Research and Education Foundation

The aim of the foundation's seed grant program is to assist investigators in defining objectives and testing hypotheses before they apply for major grants from corporations, foundations or government agencies. The John Dorst-Felix Fleischner seed grant provides up to $10,000 for a funding period of one year.
Closing date: 15 Mar 11
http://www.research-africa.net/award/259241

Seed grants
Society for Pediatric Radiology Research and Education Foundation

The aim of these grants is to assist investigators in defining objectives and testing hypotheses before they apply for major grants from corporations, foundations or government agencies. The grants provide up to $10,000 for a one-year funding period.
Closing date: 15 Mar 11
http://www.research-africa.net/award/259239

DoD breast cancer research program: innovator award
Department of Defense (DoD)

The intent of the innovator award is to identify and fund visionary individuals who have a history of creative, innovative work and leadership in any field including, but not limited to, breast cancer. Funding of up to $5 million over a five year period will be made for each individual ward.
Closing date: 24 Mar 11 (Forecast)
http://www.research-africa.net/award/247728

PhD fellowships
United Nations University

Two fellowships are available for candidates from educational institutions around the world who would benefit from a stay of up to ten months at UNU-IAS. The fellowship provides a monthly stipend of 260,000 yen, from which a monthly usage charge for accommodation is deducted. A one off installment of 80,000 yen will be granted to each fellow for adjustment expenses and costs.
Closing date: 31 Mar 11 (Forecast)
http://www.research-africa.net/award/256103

Earth and space awards
Earth and Space Foundation

The foundation offers five Earth and space awards each year for expeditions that further the vision of the Earth as an oasis cared for by a space-faring civilisation. Awards are worth £250 (or $500) each.
Closing date: 30 Apr 11
http://www.research-africa.net/award/247228

Senior research awards
Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America

The objective of this award is to provide established researchers with funds to generate sufficient preliminary data to become competitive for funds from other sources. Awards are for one to three years. Total direct costs may not exceed $130,000 per year and indirect costs may not exceed 10 per cent of direct costs or $13,000.
Closing date: 01 May 11
http://www.research-africa.net/award/245870

Lipid-based drug delivery outstanding research award
American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists

The purpose is to acknowledge truly outstanding research promoting drug delivery by lipid based systems and technology. The awardee will receive a cash award of $10,000 and a commemorative plaque. The recipient will also be awarded a complimentary AAPS annual meeting registration.
Closing date: 14 May 11 (Forecast)
http://www.research-africa.net/award/704205

Economist visitors programme
Directorate-General for Enterprise and Industry

This enables leading economists to undertake short visits to the Directorate-General to present and discuss research work, and to share knowledge in the areas of microeconomics, quantitative methods, industrial policy and economic reforms. Visitors receive a weekly honorarium worth 750 euros to 1,250 euros, a subsistence allowance worth 92 euros per day and an accommodation allowance worth 100 euros per night.
Closing date: 30 Jun 11
http://www.research-africa.net/award/909579

Research grants in basic sciences programme
Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (formerly the Third World Academy of Sciences)

Funding aims to reinforce and promote scientific research in biology, chemistry, mathematics and physics carried out by either individual scientists or research units in S&T-lagging countries. Funding is worth up to $15,000 for individual scientists and up to $30,000 for research units.
Closing date: 31 Aug 11
http://www.research-africa.net/award/253569

Oral medicine and pathology research award
International Association for Dental Research and American Association for Dental Research

The purpose of this award is to recognize outstanding and sustained peer-reviewed research that has contributed to the understanding of the mechanisms governing the health and disease of the oral cavity and associated structures, principally encompassing skin, bone, and the oral soft tissue. The award consists of a $3,500 cash prize and a plaque.
Closing date: 03 Sep 11 (Forecast)
http://www.research-africa.net/award/250382

Established investigator award
Scleroderma Foundation

The award is designed to facilitate highly innovative or highly relevant and meritorious pilot projects by established investigators in areas of research related to systemic sclerosis that will culminate in more substantial funding from federal or non-federal granting agencies. Applicants may request up to $75,000 per year for up to two years.
Closing date: 15 Sep 11 (Forecast)
http://www.research-africa.net/award/249919

Pezcoller Foundation/AACR international award for cancer research
American Association for Cancer Research

This award recognizes a scientist who has made a major scientific discovery in basic cancer research or who has made significant contributions to translational cancer research. The award consists of 75,000 euros, travel expenses to the ACCR annual meeting and a commemorative plaque.
Closing date: 15 Sep 11 (Forecast)
http://www.research-africa.net/award/251970

AACR/American Cancer Society award for research excellence in cancer epidemiology and prevention
American Association for Cancer Research

This award honors outstanding achievements in the fields of cancer epidemiology, biomarkers and prevention. The winner will present a lecture during the AACR annual meeting and will receive an honorarium of $5,000 and support for attendance at the meeting.
Closing date: 30 Sep 11 (Forecast)
http://www.research-africa.net/award/776411

AACR Margaret Foti award for leadership and extraordinary achievements in cancer research
American Association for Cancer Research

The award is given to an individual whose leadership and extraordinary achievements in cancer research have made a major impact on the field. The recipient will receive an honorarium of $10,000, a commemorative plaque and support to attend the AACR annual meeting.
Closing date: 30 Sep 11 (Forecast)
http://www.research-africa.net/award/776418

AACR award for outstanding achievement in cancer research
American Association for Cancer Research

This award recognizes a young investigator on the basis of meritorious achievement in cancer research. The winner will present a lecture during the AACR annual meeting and will receive an honorarium of $5,000 and support for attendance at the meeting.
Closing date: 15 Oct 11 (Forecast)
http://www.research-africa.net/award/776412

AACR Joseph H Burchenal memorial award for outstanding achievement in clinical cancer research
American Association for Cancer Research

The award recognizes outstanding achievements in clinical cancer research. The winner will present a lecture during the AACR annual meeting and will receive an honorarium of $10,000 and support for attendance at the meeting.
Closing date: 15 Oct 11 (Forecast)
http://www.research-africa.net/award/776410

AACR minorities in cancer research Jane Cooke Wright lectureship
American Association for Cancer Research

The lectureship is intended to give recognition to an outstanding scientist who has made meritorious contributions to the field of cancer research and who has, through leadership or by example, furthered the advancement of minority investigators in cancer research. The winner will present a lecture during the AACR annual meeting and will receive an honorarium.
Closing date: 15 Oct 11 (Forecast)
http://www.research-africa.net/award/776416

AACR Richard and Hinda Rosenthal memorial award
American Association for Cancer Research

This award will recognize research that has made, or promises to soon make, a notable contribution to improved clinical care in the field of cancer. The winner will present a lecture during the AACR annual meeting and will receive an honorarium of $10,000 and support for attendance at the meeting.
Closing date: 15 Oct 11 (Forecast)
http://www.research-africa.net/award/776415

AACR women in cancer research Charlotte Friend memorial lectureship
American Association for Cancer Research

The lecture is intended to give recognition to an outstanding scientist who has made meritorious contributions to the field of cancer research and who has, through leadership or by example, furthered the advancement of women in science. The winner will present a lecture at the AACR annual meeting and will receive an honorarium and commemorative plaque.
Closing date: 15 Oct 11 (Forecast)
http://www.research-africa.net/award/776417

International awards
Ashden Trust

The intention is to reward organisations who have excelled in providing sustainable energy at a local level. There will be up to six international award winners. One will win the overall energy champion award worth £40,000, while the remaining five winners will each win £20,000.
Closing date: 19 Oct 11 (Forecast)
http://www.research-africa.net/award/254956

 

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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

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Over 15 core sponsors…

Sessions: 60% Virtual, 40% Onsite…

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HERS-EA Fourth Leadership Academy

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Facilitators and Participants of the HERS-EA Third Academy pose for a group photo at the closing ceremony on 5th July 2019, Grand Global Hotel, Kampala Uganda.

The Higher Education Resource Services-East Africa (HERS-EA) provides an intensive residential one-week leadership and management development curriculum focused on women, mainly in higher education institutions and administration.

In response to the current Covid-19 pandemic, HERS-EA Fourth Academy will be a totally virtual one. As such, the Academy previously scheduled to take place between June 28th – July 3rd has been postponed by one week to July 5th-9th

Theme: “Positioning Women for Leadership in Higher Education”

A. Institutional Development

1. Managing and Leading Change

2. Reframing Organizations for effective work

3. Developing Effective Partnerships in Higher Education for Women and gender focused advancement

B. Personal Development

4. Career Mapping/building dossier/personal development

5. Professional Women’s economic empowerment through Enterprise development and management for profit maximization

6. Research and Publishing; Leadership and Fundraising for projects including research and publication.

C. Networking

7. The Power of Mentoring; Networking

Who Should Attend?

HERS-EA expects many diverse and dynamic women leaders to attend the ACADEMY, to share and learn from multiple institutional perspectives with guidance from women with a wealth of experience in higher education, national academic organizations, government and non- governmental organizations. Participants are expected hold mid to senior-level positions and bring expertise from all parts of a college or university. They also represent a range of national groups, ages and years of experience in higher education and other fields.

Applying to the ACADEMY:

The deadline for registration has also been extended to June 30th. For more information regarding registration, please visit the website: www.hersea.org Completed registration forms should be emailed, with a scanned payment slip to: info@hersea.org, by 5.00 p.m. on Wednesday 30th June.

A complete application includes:
a) CV
b) A self-descriptive letter (not > 500 words) to include:

  • Current Title (e.g. Associate Professor of Economics; Deputy Dean, e. t. c.)
  • Name and Contact Information for 2 Recommenders (e.g. Vice Chancellor, Head of Department, Chief Officer in your area, and/or direct supervisor)
  • Short- and long-term career goals
  • Your expectations for the HERS-EA ACADEMY.

c) Passport size photograph
d) A developmental project you have been assigned or you would like to initiate at your campus (maximum 500 words)
e) Registration fee of $100, please attach a copy of the deposit slip to your application (Bank A/C details below):

Contact Information

If you have any further questions, please email:
info[at]hersea.org or call the HERS-EA Administrator on: +256 (0)772082011 Please,also, visit the HERS-EA website for further updates: www.hersea.org.

Payment Bank Account Details:
Account Name: Higher Education Resource Service East Africa

HERS-EA US $ ACCOUNT
Name of Bank: DFCU Bank
Makerere University Branch
A/C No: 02083553153181
Swift Code: DFCUUGKA

HERS-EA UGX ACCOUNT
Name of Bank: DFCU Bank
Makerere University Branch
A/C No: 01083553153172

 

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Mak Commissions CoVAB@50 Celebrations, Awards Certificates

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The Vice Chancellor-Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe (4th L), DVCAA-Dr. Umar Kakumba (5th L) and Principal CoVAB-Prof. J.D. Kabasa (3rd L) with L-R: Mr. Byakatonda Patrick, Mr. Alfred Masikye Namoah, Mr. Felix Okello, the Mace bearer and Dr. Samuel Majalija at the CoVAB@50 Celebrations Commissioning, 17th June 2021, Nakyesasa-Namulonge.

The College of Veterinary Medicine, Animal Resources and Biosecurity (CoVAB) on Thursday 17th June, 2021 commenced celebrations to mark 50 Years of Veterinary Higher Education, Science, Technology, Innovation and Services (HESTIS) in Uganda. The blended event held at the Industrial Livestock Research, Incubation and Skilling (ILRIS) Center at Nakyesasa, Namulonge as well as online was presided over by the Chancellor, Prof. Ezra Suruma and First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports (MoES), Hon. Janet Museveni both represented by the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe.

The event, held as part of Makerere University Centenary Celebrations (1922-2022) was a moment of celebration for 1,930 skilled livestock agribusiness entrepreneurs who were awarded certificates in recognition of completion of their respective courses. Owing to the strict Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) instituted by the Ministry of Health (MoH) to curb the spread of COVID-19, the students from Incubation Hubs in Atiak, Butaleja, Mubende, Nakyesasa, Sheema and Wakiso were awarded their certificates virtually.

In her remarks read by Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, Hon. Janet Museveni thanked Makerere University for supporting grassroots level development through groundbreaking innovations under the Africa Institute for Strategic Services and Development-Skills for Production Enterprise Development and Accreditation (AFRISA-SPEDA) model.

The Vice Chancellor-Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe (L), Academic Registrar-Mr. Alfred Masikye Namoah (C) and the Principal CoVAB-Prof. John David Kabasa stand for the anthems.
The Vice Chancellor-Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe (L), Academic Registrar-Mr. Alfred Masikye Namoah (C) and the Principal CoVAB-Prof. John David Kabasa stand for the anthems.

“I am extremely pleased that Makerere University, through those innovative approaches, has developed and launched the alternative approach to building human capital and transferring knowledge to enterprises in communities.

“I would like to encourage all those involved in skills development to adopt methodologies that transform those trainees that go through these programs in ways that enable them also transform the societies they live in” read the Minister’s remarks.

She further noted that commissioning of the CoVAB@50 celebrations was both timely and rewarding. “The commissioning of the college innovations indeed has made meaning. This is a true path to growth of an Academic and Development College of the University, and we congratulate you again.”

Addressing the congregation as Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe congratulated CoVAB alumna and incoming Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation (MoSTI) under the Office of the President, Dr. Monica Musenero upon her recent appointment. “We thank His Excellency the President for identifying you. Science is in good hands.”

Awardees from the Mubende Incubation Hub raise their caps after virtually receiving their certificates in the blended ceremony on 17th June 2021. Photo credit: Kabaruli Twekambe/Team BOBOMAK
Awardees from the Mubende Incubation Hub raise their caps after virtually receiving their certificates in the blended ceremony on 17th June 2021. Photo credit: Kabaruli Twekambe/Team BOBOMAK

Prof. Nawangwe urged Dr. Musenero to address the structures of managing research and innovation in Uganda, “including the role of the Uganda National Council for Science and Technology and the apparent need to establish a Research Council for Uganda.”

In the same breath he thanked the outgoing and pioneer Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Hon. Dr. Elioda Tumuwesigye, for his role in ensuring that the ministry is empowered to carry out its mandate.

The Chancellor congratulated CoVAB upon training the bulk of Veterinary Doctors in Uganda over the last 50 years and more recently, Laboratory Technologists at the highest level. He recognised Makerere University‘s obligation to contribute to the economic self-determination of Uganda and thanked CoVAB for conducting research that addresses hindrances to national development, especially in the livestock industry.

“The anti-tick vaccine is one of such innovations which will solve the huge problem of tick-borne diseases that have caused enormous losses to our farmers. There are many other problems on which the college is researching and we thank you for the enthusiasm” he added.

Incoming Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation in the Office of the President, Dr. Monica Musenero addresses the congregation.
Incoming Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation in the Office of the President, Dr. Monica Musenero addresses the congregation.

The Chancellor commended CoVAB for being the vanguard of transformation of the grassroots communities through the SPEDA model. “I urge Government to fund this important initiative so that it can more meaningfully contribute to solving the big problem of youth unemployment.”

In her remarks, Dr. Monica Musenero commended the Principal, CoVAB, Prof. John David Kabasa for fulfilling the College’s dream of enabling the masses who drop out of the education value chain as well as those who complete education but have no skills for livelihood, to attain certification in agribusiness entrepreneurship.

“Many people attain academic success and write papers, publish and they become professors but without demonstrable impact on their nation. You have shown by the thousands that you have touched nationwide that indeed you are a professor of national transformation. Congratulations,” remarked Dr. Musenero.

She therefore congratulated the teams at CoVAB and AFRISA upon successfully conceiving and executing a model that is non-traditional, informal, not easily understood and not documented in any textbooks.

The Vice Chancellor-Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe (R) receives graduation books of the cohorts from Director DIT, MoES-Mr. Byakatonda Patrick (C) and Deputy Commissioner Social Services Development, MoES-Madam Elizabeth Bateme (L).
The Vice Chancellor-Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe (R) receives graduation books of the cohorts from Director DIT, MoES-Mr. Byakatonda Patrick (C) and Deputy Commissioner Social Services Development, MoES-Madam Elizabeth Bateme (L).

As Minister, Dr. Musenero noted that witnessing thousands of individuals from across the country whose skills had been honed through a university programme receiving certificates gave her a lot of hope and material to embark on her tenure with. “I will be looking forward to harnessing these resources as we initiate work on the next leg of Science, Technology and Innovation in the country under the President’s Office.”

The invitation to the Principal, CoVAB to present students for the award of the ordinary diplomas, ordinary certificates and artisan certificates was given by the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic Affairs), Dr. Umar Kakumba. He congratulated the awardees upon successfully completing their respective courses and graduating with evidence on an enterprise.

Prof. Kabasa clarified that the approach used to train the day’s awardees was not simply a vocational skilling. “The combination of action research with knowledge transfer, skilling, plus assessment and accreditation processes done by organs like the DIT (Directorate of Industrial Training, MoES) has given us this result, for the University to provide true leadership and transformation of the community.”

Present at the celebrations were the Director, DIT, MoES-Mr. Byakatonda Patrick and the Deputy Commissioner Social Services Development, MoES Madam Elizabeth Bateme who have worked through the Academic-Community-Public-Private-Partnership model to ensure that students graduate as entrepreneurs with micro enterprises.

The Vice Chancellor-Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe (C), flanked by DVCAA-Dr. Umar Kakumba (R) and the Principal CoVAB-Prof. John David Kabasa (L) commissions the SPEDA Training, Incubation and Research Centre-Nakyesasa on behalf of the First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports-Hon. Janet Museveni on 17th June 2021.
The Vice Chancellor-Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe (C), flanked by DVCAA-Dr. Umar Kakumba (R) and the Principal CoVAB-Prof. John David Kabasa (L) commissions the SPEDA Training, Incubation and Research Centre-Nakyesasa on behalf of the First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports-Hon. Janet Museveni on 17th June 2021.

Prior to presiding over the ceremony, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, on behalf of the First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports officially commissioned the SPEDA Training, Incubation and Research Centre – Nakyesasa.

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