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Uppsala studies Makerere-Bergen Institutional Collaboration as Partnership Broadens

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A delegation from Uppsala University led by the Vice Chancellor Professor Eva Akesson visited Makerere University’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHUSS) to study the Mak-UiB Collaboration. The College Principal, Professor Edward K. Kirumira, and also the Coordinator of the Makerere-University of Bergen (Mak-UiB) Collaboration Programme welcomed the team and shared the humble and yet successful journey of the Mak-UiB collaboration based on an institutionalized approach.

This meeting held in the CHUSS Resource Centre was crucial for providing a framework for an institution-wide collaboration as Uppsala seeks to take its partnership with Makerere to the next level..

“We are glad to be here. We have several collaborations with Makerere, but we would like to go to another level-for an institutionalized approach,” said the Vice Chancellor, Uppsala University.

During the presentation, Professor Edward K. Kirumira emphasized the need to have champions in every collaboration.   The Mak-UiB collaboration started in 1988, but at an individual level and he thus credited the late Professor Endre Lillethun who dedicated time and resources to overseeing the collaboration during its infancy.  He highlighted that the Mak-UiB 15-year collaboration programme has significantly contributed to the development of human resources with 100 PhDs and Masters in Philosophy in varied fields; as well as expanding the collaboration to include administration, finance and libraries.

Continuing with his presentation, Professor Edward K. Kirumira pointed out factors that have led to a successful Mak-UIB collaboration as:
•    Establishment of collaboration offices at both universities
•    Multi-disciplinary approach to research problems
•    Multi-Department and Multi-disciplinary research with a diversified funding source
•    In 2004, the collaboration included an Addendum on student exchange programmes
•    Evaluation of the programme every four years and a re-commitment workshop within a long term Frame of Collaboration
•    Reaching out to regional institutions such as National University of Rwanda and training librarians and technicians in Juba.

On the future of the collaboration, Professor Kirumira said that although the 15 year programme ends in November 2013, he held discussions with the Rector of the University of Bergen, Norway, and they agreed on an extension to renew the collaboration.

“I have briefed the Vice Chancellor of Makerere University, Professor John Ddumba-Ssentamu that the delegation from the University of Bergen, Norway will be coming to Makerere University next year to sign a Memorandum of Understanding for another phase of the institutional programme,” he remarked with a beaming smile.

The Vice Chancellor, Uppsala University, Professor Akesson thanked Professor Kirumira for an informative presentation. She shared that Uppsala University teaches 40 languages because it is a responsibility for the university to offer diversity. She expressed interest in a collaboration that would embrace teacher training and pedagogy.

Professor Kirumira explained that joint degree programmes (at the Masters and PhD levels) would help academic institutions to focus on pedagogical skills, which are crucial in the higher education sector.

The meeting noted that both institutions faced a challenge of attracting young academicians to undertake research in the collaboration a factor attributed to absence of clearly spelt out benefits for participants.

Professor Kirumira said that universities should re-visit their rewarding mechanisms for young academics.  He further observed that although collaborations are self financing, there should be an institutional framework in universities.

Observing that there could be other underlying factors, the academicians agreed to dedicate more time to understand the factors responsible for the failure to attract young academics to collaborations, envisaging a research paper on how to overcome this challenge as an end result.

“The young academicians should be active participants for they are the next generation of academicians,” concluded Prof. Kirumira.

 

Story By: Ritah Namisango, 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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