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CEDAT Students Win Huawei Android Applications Challenge

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A team of six students from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, CEDAT, and members of the ARMS Project, have won this year's Huwaei Android Applications Challenge.

The competition, held under the theme: 'Enriching Life through Communication'   brought together student developers from Makerere, Kyambogo and Kampala International Universities. The participants were required to
develop apps in line with the theme, especially in relation to education, research, lifestyle and productivity.  The six: Edward Semuwemba, Timothy Asiimwe, Power G Mukiisa, John Paul Otim, James Muranga and Noah Wasswa
developed an application called Destination East Africa which enables travelers to East Africa  to plan for and have a perfect trip. Destination East Africa offers trusted advice from real travelers and a wide variety of
travel choices and planning features with a plethora of booking tools.

Destination East Africa features national parks, hotels, tour operators, restaurants, lodges, shopping malls, taxi hire services, national heritage and cultural sites. Detailed information and beautiful galleries of all these places are also included in the application. The application beat 15 other apps that reached the final stage of the competition. The apps were judged based on relevance, practicability, originality, completeness, usability and marketing.

The award ceremony was hed at Serena Hotel on 5th December 2012, and presided over by the State Minister for ICT, Hon. Nyombi Tembo. For their hard work, the team received a Huwaei tablet and a cash prize of  Shs1.5m.

The runners up were also handsomely rewarded, with a Huwaei tablet and Shs 1.25 million (1st runner-up),a  Huawei tablet plus Shs 1 million (2nd runner-up), a Huawei smartphone plus Shs 750, 000 (3rd runner-up), and
Huwaei smartphone and Shs 500, 000 (4th  runner-up).

The Huwaei Android Applications Challenge was established in an effort to boost Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in Uganda, and seeks to engage local university students in developing android software applications that address local needs. It will be an annual event.

 

Article by Betty Kyakuwa, Communication Officer, CEDAT

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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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