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Makerere University develops employment and entrepreneurship skills curriculum.

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Given the alarming rate of unemployed graduates in Uganda, Makerere University has come up with a curriculum which could soon solve this rampant issue mainly arising from lack of skills and innovativeness.

The curriculum known as ‘Employability and Entrepreneurship Skills Development Program’ was developed by Makerere University School of Distance and Lifelong Learning (SoDLL) in partnership with Metropolitan University in the UK. The project is also part of the Education Partnerships in Africa Project (EPA), also known as the GBP4500 Project-funding by the British Council aimed at building the capacity of African Institutions of Higher Education in entrepreneurship skills, in collaboration with local employers.

Makerere University believes that a higher education reform to an Outcomes Based Education (OBE) curriculum system would place special emphasis on learning outcomes and skills development to best meet student’s needs for employment, thus the development of the lucrative solution oriented curriculum. Therefore Makerere University students could be among the first graduates to earn a degree under this outcome based curriculum.

According to Dr. George L. Openjuru, Dean, School of Distance and Lifelong Learning (SoDLL), the rampant unemployment is often caused by the simple knowledge transfer where the student is fed on theory, minus emphasis on skills development. He further explained that “The current Higher Education reform based on simple knowledge transfer and limited skills development in Uganda can further be improved with employability and entrepreneurship skills training”

The program has been progressively active and currently, pilot trainings for out of school leavers have been conducted in three regional centers of Makerere University including Arua, Entebbe and Fort Portal. The project has also been extended to assist Makerere develop a modern OBE based curriculum as a foundation for becoming a student centered institution in the region. The project also plans to liaise with all stakeholders to embed this reform as a national curriculum model for Uganda’s Higher Education, something which could bring about rapid increase in employment if other universities actively take part in the project.

In its final stages, the project shall enable selected staff of Makerere receive training in OBE focused curriculum and program design, form a team to design a Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education (PGCHE), and train other members of the Academic staff in the use of OBE oriented methods to deliver programmes at the university so as to ensure.

 

Article by Toko Paul, Intern, Public Relations Office, Makerere University 

Given the alarming rate of unemployed graduates in Uganda, Makerere University has come up with a curriculum which could soon solve this rampant issue mainly arising from lack of skills and innovativeness.

The curriculum known as ‘Employability and Entrepreneurship Skills Development Program’ was developed by Makerere University School of Distance and Lifelong Learning (SoDLL) in partnership with Metropolitan University in the UK. The project is also part of the Education Partnerships in Africa Project (EPA), also known as the GBP4500 Project-funding by the British Council aimed at building the capacity of African Institutions of Higher Education in entrepreneurship skills, in collaboration with local employers.

Makerere University believes that a higher education reform to an Outcomes Based Education (OBE) curriculum system would place special emphasis on learning outcomes and skills development to best meet student’s needs for employment, thus the development of the lucrative solution oriented curriculum. Therefore Makerere University students could be among the first graduates to earn a degree under this outcome based curriculum.

According to Dr. George L. Openjuru, Dean, School of Distance and Lifelong Learning (SoDLL), the rampant unemployment is often caused by the simple knowledge transfer where the student is fed on theory, minus emphasis on skills development. He further explained that “The current Higher Education reform based on simple knowledge transfer and limited skills development in Uganda can further be improved with employability and entrepreneurship skills training”

The program has been progressively active and currently, pilot trainings for out of school leavers have been conducted in three regional centers of Makerere University including Arua, Entebbe and Fort Portal. The project has also been extended to assist Makerere develop a modern OBE based curriculum as a foundation for becoming a student centered institution in the region. The project also plans to liaise with all stakeholders to embed this reform as a national curriculum model for Uganda’s Higher Education, something which could bring about rapid increase in employment if other universities actively take part in the project.

In its final stages, the project shall enable selected staff of Makerere receive training in OBE focused curriculum and program design, form a team to design a Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education (PGCHE), and train other members of the Academic staff in the use of OBE oriented methods to deliver programmes at the university so as to ensure.

 

Article by Toko Paul, Intern, Public Relations Office, Makerere University 

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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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