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His Grace H.L. Orombi Blesses Mak-COU partnership

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The Archbishop of Uganda, His Grace Henry Luke Orombi is a man who is passionate about his role as the leader of the Church of Uganda (COU).

The Archbishop of Uganda, His Grace Henry Luke Orombi is a man who is passionate about his role as the leader of the Church of Uganda (COU).

This extraordinary job, by any measure, keeps him quite busy with his flock. He has recently returned from countrywide tour of Western, Northern and Northeastern Uganda, during which he interfaced with over 10,000 young people of College and Secondary School-going age, including launching a multipurpose hall named in his honour at Kyeizoba Girls School, Bushenyi District in April 2011.

As he traversed the country preaching, mentoring and encouraging, His Grace, in both his former and current capacities, developed a new passion – for Girl Child Education. He was soon to discover another partner with the same cause, the Makerere University Gender Mainstreaming Directorate (GMD) headed by Ms Catherine Kanabahita. On 24th June 2011, the Archbishop hosted a dinner to celebrate achievements of the Female Scholarship Initiative and to publicize the Makerere University Female Scholarship Foundation (MUFSF). He has also willingly advised the GMD and pledged his support to Makerere University, in her quest to secure funding up to the tune of 1.5bn shillings, from the Peace Recovery and Development Plan for Northern Uganda (PRDP) under the Office of the Prime Minister. The funding is meant to enable disadvantaged girls from greater northern Uganda pursue quality higher education at Makerere University.

Fresh from a function at Ogenda Girls High School, Nebbi District on 20th August 2011, where he and his wife Mrs Phoebe Orombi, and the Bishop of Nebbi Diocese Rt Rev Alphonse Wathokudi had installed Mrs. Patience Karugire as the patron of Girl-Child Education in Nebbi, His Grace visited Makerere University's Main Administration building for the very first time on 24th August 2011. His mission was simple and yet historic, to sign a Memorandum of Understanding between Makerere University and the Church of Uganda.

Reverend Canon Dr. Ebong Johnson, Chaplain St. Francis Chapel Makerere University, led the prayer at this historic gathering. In his remarks, the Vice Chancellor Prof. Venansius Baryamureeba thanked His Grace the Archbishop for honouring the University’s invitation, and observed that there was a need for both parties to work together to ensure that development in Uganda is equitably distributed, by moving in to address the needs of education, especially in greater northern Uganda. “Our graduates need to be able to engage the communities through partnerships with the districts, local governments, private companies and other stakeholders.” He said. He further noted that the only way to foster this kind of engagement is by offering quality higher education students to disadvantaged students from these districts.

Mrs Elizabeth Gabona, Commissioner for Higher Education, Ministry of Education and Sports, thanked the Archbishop for honouring Makerere University by his visit and lauded COU for partnering with the University to increase equitable access to Higher Education in Uganda. “The Government, in recognition of the fundamental role education plays is continuously extending invitations to partners like the Church to join in supporting equitable access to education,” she remarked.

She however noted the need for universities and the church to support efforts by Head Teachers to enforce morals and etiquette in the current generation of students, amidst the rampant moral degradation, “There are so many interventions we could put in place, that don’t necessarily need financial support, the Lord being our helper.”

In his speech, the Archbishop expressed his joy at the spirit of partnership and intervention in the communities of this country, as shown by such initiatives. As such, he commended GMD for engaging the COU on the needs of girls especially education. His Grace further extolled the School of Veterinary Medicine, led by Professor John Kabasa, and the Africa Institute for Strategic Animal Resource Services and Development (AFRISA) for partnering with the Church to bring services to the least constituency in Uganda. “The church and the religious bodies are spread allover the nation and if you use them as a vehicle, this country can be reached.” “I do believe very strongly, that as we work together, and as we think about this nation together, there will be a great output in the future to come,” he further added.

His Grace also thanked Makerere University and the Government for creating the community engagement platform – AFRISA, which is committed to nurturing transformative skills, technology innovations and community services, through Academic-Community-Public-Private Partnership. “Makerere has the key to open up the minds of the people and empower them to overcome disease, poverty and ignorance,” he added.

The Archbishop further urged university leaders to uphold the partnership and work to build on the synergies and God given gifts to make this world a better place to live in for generations to come. “COU undertakes to enter into partnership with Makerere University, because we believe this has been a missing link in making the communities we serve have better livelihoods.”

“I believe very strongly that this is only the beginning and this beginning will grow into something bigger and better because I can see that the key players are the key players that can change this nation.” “May God bless our partnership,” he concluded.

 

 

mwamai@admin.mak.ac.ug, Public Relations Office

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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

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Sessions: 60% Virtual, 40% Onsite…

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