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Curtains close on a fruitful Nuffic II

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The Project, ‘Strengthening ICT Training and Research Capacity in the Four Public Universities in Uganda’ was based in Uganda under The Netherlands Programme for Institutional Strengthening of Post-Secondary Education and Training Capacity (NPT) Programme.

The Project, ‘Strengthening ICT Training and Research Capacity in the Four Public Universities in Uganda’ was based in Uganda under The Netherlands Programme for Institutional Strengthening of Post-Secondary Education and Training Capacity (NPT) Programme.

The lead institution in the South was Makerere University's then Faculty of Computing and Information Technology, now the School of Computing and Informatics Technology (CIT), and the lead institution in the North was the University of Groningen The other project partners were Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST); Gulu University; and Kyambogo University in the South and; Radboud University Nijmegen (RUN) and Eindhoven University of Technology (TUE) in the North.

The overall objective of the project was to strengthen the capacity of Makerere University's CIT, the Institute of Computer Science at Mbarara University of Science and Technology, the Departments of Computer Science at Kyambogo and Gulu Universities to develop, implement and manage relevant educational and research programmes for poverty alleviation, rural and economic development.

The project was concerned with strengthening ICT training and research capacity within the education sector, one of the selected intervention areas of the NPT programme in Uganda. The project’s aim was to strengthen the capacity of Makerere University's CIT, the Institute of Computer Science at Mbarara University of Science and Technology, the Departments of Computer Science at Kyambogo and Gulu Universities to develop, implement and manage relevant educational and research programmes in the field of ICT.

The target group was university staff and students in the above institutions and ICT policy makers. The main activities required expertise from The Netherlands for support in educational programmes implementation, development of research capacity, training of staff of the four universities at PHD level in ICT either in The Netherlands or in Uganda; and strengthening of a center of excellence for computing and ICT training and research at Makerere University. Other activities included; development of ICT infrastructure at the four public Universities in Uganda, promotion of gender balance in staff and students population, and enhancing ICT awareness and promotion among the policy makers and the general public.

The ultimate goal of the project was to enable the recipient institutions to contribute through ICT towards the national struggle for poverty alleviation, rural and economic development in Uganda.

The project was implemented in a period of four (4) years and it commenced on 1st June 2007. The maximum amount of the grant from Nuffic was 5,700,000 Euros and the period of the grant is from 1st June 2007 to 31st May 2011. The Southern Institutions contributed approximately 500,000 Euros in form of financial and material inputs such as complementary funding and equipment, physical infrastructure and human resource. Thus at the end of four years the project was worth at least 6,200,000 Euros.

The project closes tomorrow 31st May 2011 and a workshop will be held today 30th May 2011, followed by a closing ceremony to be presided over by the Honourable Minister for ICT. See downloads for full project report.

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Nuffic II Final Project Report: MS Word Version, PDF Version, Postscript Version

 

 

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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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