A new Electoral Commission has been sworn in ahead of the incoming Guild elections at Makerere University. The team, led by Michael Byemero as chairman, took oath on Friday 21st February 2014 at Makerere University, in the presence of the Dean of Students, Cyriaco Kabagambe, the Deputy Dean Stephen Kateega, Wardens of University halls of residence and other officials of Makerere University. Other officials of the Commission include Najjuka Margaret (Vice Chairperson), Yosia Mugume (Finance Commission), Michael Opoya (Public Relations) and Harris Justus Akampulira (Secretary).
In his counsel to the fresh Commission, Kabagambe encouraged them to watch out against any malpractices in the dispensation of their duties. “Let the constitution be your guide as you facilitate the process of electing a Guild President. As the Electoral Commission you are neutral to all parties. I hope you took up these positions for purposes of serving the community and not extorting money. We shall not hesitate to relieve you of your duties, should you be found to have engaged in unacceptable practices,” he emphasized.
So far, about 20 candidates have expressed interest in vying for the Guild presidency of Makerere University. The Electoral Commission will draft a schedule to guide the entire procedure of choosing the next Guild President. In his acceptance speech, Byemero vowed to serve impartially. “I promise to use the constitution and to consult with all stakeholders so that this Electoral Commission delivers excellently. I call upon all students and Staff to cooperate with us as we organize free and fair elections, “ he asserted.
The Vice Chairperson, Margaret Najjuka, clarified that candidates belonging to political parties will have to first go through primaries in their parties and the one who emerges winner will pick nomination forms to represent his/her party. Candidates are given seven days to return the filled in nomination forms.
Adeke Anna Ebaju is the current guild president, having taken over from Ivan Kata. The Guild President serves for a one year non-renewable term in office. Election of Guild Representatives to Council (GRCs) will follow the Guild Presidential elections.
By Marion Alina
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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