What started as a simple idea of uniting the different medical schools in Uganda under one umbrella has turned out a wheel of fortune or rather glory for Makerere University medical students. The idea was brought up by Federation of Uganda Medical Student’s Association and was put into action by Makerere University Medical Students’ Association (MUMSA).
The first ever Inter-University Medical Quiz was held from 31st August – 2nd September 2012 at Makerere University College of Health Sciences. There were four participating universities; Makerere University, Mbarara University of Science and Technology, Gulu University and Kampala International University. Three medical students per university were chosen to participate by their respective Medical Students’ Associations.
The questions asked to the participants were generated by medical students of the various participating universities. They were collected and stored in computers under password. They were reviewed by a team that comprised lecturers from all the different universities and were headed by Dr. Sabrina Kitaka-Bakeera (Senior Lecturer in Pediatrics at Makerere University).
The theme for the maiden event was based on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs), the incidence of which is on a steady rise in Uganda. The motive behind the quiz was to inform the community at large about the incidence of NCDs, the risk factors, complications and preventive measures, while testing and strengthening the students’ knowledge. However, to nurture all-round doctors the quiz also had question rounds on general knowledge, basic physical sciences, logic and current affairs in Uganda.
On day one, all the teams played the first leg of qualifiers which was based on NCDs. On day two, the teams played the second and final leg of qualifiers which was based on general knowledge, current affairs in Uganda, basic sciences and logic. At the end of qualifiers, Makerere University was highest at 480 points, Mbarara University of Science and Technology and Kampala International University had tied at 380 points and Gulu University dropped out at 330 points.
On day three, the semi-finals were played among Makerere University, Mbarara University of Science and Technology and Kampala International University. At the end of semi-finals, Makerere still stood highest at 500 points, Mbarara University of Science and Technology stood at 410 points and Kampala International University dropped out at 400 points.
The finals were then played on the same day between Makerere University and Mbarara University of Science and Technology. At the end of the finals, Mbarara University of Science and Technology stood at 290 points and the winners of the Inter-University Medical Quiz Challenge were the gallant medics of Makerere University after scooping a total of 620 points.
All the participants were awarded certificates as were the mentors of the respective teams. A plaque was awarded to the winning universities. Plaques were also awarded to the team members of the winning team, first runner-up team and second runner-up team. Gifts were given to all the participants.
The quiz was sponsored by Makerere University College of Health Sciences, Medical Education for Equitable Services to All Ugandans (MESAU) Consortium, Nile Broadcasting Services (NBS) Television, Makerere University School of Public Health, Uganda Society for Health Scientists, Widespectrum Enterprises (U) Ltd, Shree Kutch Swaminarayan Temple, Annapurna Sweetmart, Economic Exchange and all the Medical Students’ Associations of the participating Universities.
The quiz show was recorded by NBS Television and will be broadcast in three episodes playing every Thursday starting 13th September 2012.
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Veteran Professor changed Makerere and Higher Education
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.
Japan Africa Dream Scholarship (JADS) Program 2021/2022
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.
- Applicant requests for information and application forms and procedures from the chosen JADS partner university. For any inquiries, please contact JADS@AFDB.ORG
- Applicant completes required documents and sends them to the university.
- University evaluates and selects applicants.
- University sends selected candidates to the AfDB.
- AfDB reviews submissions from universities, prepares and approves the final list.
- AfDB contacts selected awardees, and informs the universities.
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