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Sweden still Committed to Supporting Research at Makerere

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The Swedish Government’s freeze on financial support to the Government of Uganda will not affect Makerere University. This was reaffirmed by the Swedish Head of Development Cooperation, Ms. Susanne Spets (Pictured 2nd Left), during the plenary of the Makerere-Sida Annual Planning Meeting which took place on Monday 10th March 2014 at the College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology (CEDAT).

Ms. Spets said that although the Swedish Government had frozen aid to the Government of Uganda; this freeze will not affect support to development research.

“Our aid is not unconditional. Sweden will hold Government-to-Government support until we reach a decision on the Anti-Homosexuality law. The Swedish Government is concerned by the enactment of the bill into law,” Ms. Spets said.  She encouraged researchers to continue finding home-grown solutions to the problems afflicting the society.

Dr. Pohjolainen Yap Katri, the Senior Research Advisor at the Swedish Embassy cautioned the university not to get excited by the improved research rankings of the university. She advised that the ranking should not be looked at as a singular achievement but rather what this research has contributed to the development of the country. “All countries must have capacity to define their problems and find solutions, and this programme [Sida] is building that research capacity,” she said. She also charged researchers on the programme to always ensure timely submission of reports, noting that these are a prerequisite for the disbursement of funds.

Dr. Katri also said the recently submitted letters of intent for the 4th phase of Sida support would be sent to Sweden where an academic appraisal committee will vet them. “In mid-May, we will know the outcome based on the results of the vetting,” she said.

In the next phase, about 200 members of staff from Makerere and other public universities will get an opportunity to receive PhD training. The Director, Research and Graduate Training (DRGT),Makerere University, Prof. Buyinza Mukadasi cautioned that translating research, science, technology and innovation information and knowledge for popular consumption is a must have skill that needed to be provided to the researchers.

The Vice Chancellor, who was represented by the Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Academic Affairs, Dr. Ernest Okello Ogwang, thanked the Swedish Government for the continued generosity to the university. Sida has since the year 2000 supported research and institutional reforms. Over 140 staff have acquired PhDs with the support of the Swedish government under Sida. Another 30 members have completed their Masters degrees. “This support has been monumental and critical to the realisation of our core functions of teaching and learning, research and innovations and partnerships and networking,” he said.

He noted that many researchers are now able to write proposals and win research grants owing to the experience they have received under the Sida programme. Sida has also supported laboratory improvement especially for the Biomedical and GIS laboratories as well as The Makerere Library and ICT Services in the university. The University has through Sida support also been able to expand her partnerships with other universities regionally.

“All these achievements have enabled us to contribute substantially to the attainment of the National Development Goals and reduced the degree of brain drain,” added Dr. Okello Ogwang.
 

Story by:  Ms. Betty Kyakuwa, CEDAT and Ms. 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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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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