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CIT hosts Africa wide Cybersecurity workshop

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The School of Computing and Informatics Technology-CIT, College of Computing and Information Sciences, in conjunction with the International Telecommunications Union –ITU Centres of Excellence Initiative for Africa organized a weeklong Training Workshop on Cyber Security.

The School of Computing and Informatics Technology-CIT, College of Computing and Information Sciences, in conjunction with the International Telecommunications Union –ITU Centres of Excellence Initiative for Africa organized a weeklong Training Workshop on Cyber Security.

Dr. Alex Corenthin, Director, IT Department, University Cheikh Anta Diop of Dakar, SenegalThe Workshop which ran from 18th–22nd April 2011 was conducted by Dr. Alex Corenthin, Director, IT Department, University Cheikh Anta Diop of Dakar, Senegal, alongside other trainers from CIT, and was also actively engaged in by the participants.

Participants who were drawn from Uganda, Mauritius, Zimbabwe, Nigeria and Gambia represented various organs from Universities, Telecommunications Companies, Banks, Government Ministries, United Nations agencies to National Communications Commissions and Sugar Companies.

Dr. Corenthin took participants through sessions ranging from Cyber Security Basics and Basic Network System Security Practices to Risk Management techniques and case studies on the best practices of Cybersecurity. Additionally, participants like Mr. Imran Ameerally, Project Manager IT Security-Ministry of Information Technology & Telecommunications, whose country has already implemented the ISO27001 standards on Information security, shared the best practices and training schedules that have helped Mauritius make strides in this direction.

The training also included practical sessions, where Joseph Kaizzi, a former CIT student and head of a team that excelled in the Design for Development Award-7th Imagine Cup 2009 World Finals, shared on online exploits such as SQL Injection and Cross Site Scripting, which can compromise the security of and often crash Information Security Systems.

At the conclusion of the training Mr. Drake Patrick Mirembe-Makerere-ITU Center of Excellence Coordinator, thanked all participants for attending the event, and the International Telecommunications Union for choosing Makerere University to host the landmark event. More conferences on Cybersecurity are set to be hosted by the CIT later on in the year.

 

Participants from all over Africa pose for a group photo at the close of the workshop

 

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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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