The annual international cultural ‘Boma’ has opened at the College of Veterinary Medicine Animal Resources and Biosecurity (CoVAB) with over 300 participants from Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Somalia, Germany, Canada, Italy and United States of America.
The 3-day event is a component of the Summer School program organized by CoVAB and her partners. It takes place every June with students from American and regional universities including Makerere University converging at CoVAB for an exciting program designed to equip them with knowledge and skills in animal production, disease surveillance and public health. The course also exposes the participants to experiential learning with field trips to Eastern and Western Uganda to learn about wildlife and eco-system health management while getting an insight into Ugandan culture and systems.
This year, the 19 participants of the Summer School program are from United States of America, Rwanda, Tanzania, Kenya, and Ethiopia involved in veterinary medicine, public health, laboratory diagnosis and related fields. Students undertaking the Masters of Infectious Diseases Management program at CoVAB are also among the Summer School participants.
Speaking at the opening of the ‘Boma’ held under the theme“Enhancing North-South Collaborative opportunities for training, Research and Outreach for Development, Prof. David Owiny, Dean School of Biosecurity, Biotechnical and Laboratory Sciences (CoVAB) said that the idea of a summer school started 8 years ago with the first one attracting 3 students compared to this year’s 19 participaticipants.
The Summer school runs for 3 weeks and usually concludes with an International Cultural ‘Boma’ and a scientific conference.
“The word ‘Boma’ is an African word meaningthe transfer of knowledge from elders to the young ones and it happens in a relaxed environment by a fireplacewhen the moon is bright”, explained Prof. Owiny.
True to its definition, this year’s ‘Boma’ is characterised by several enriching and exciting presentations from accomplished academicians, practitioners, researchers in various fields ranging from gender, business, communication, disease surveillance and investigations, among others.
All the partnering Universities had an opportunity to present on possible areas of collaborations in their respective universities. These included; University of Saskatchewan, University of Missouri, Michigan State University, Mississippi State University, Iowa State University, Washington State and Columbus State University as well as the regional Universities of Nairobi, Rwanda, Sokoine University of Agriculture and Mekelle University.
The participating universities are members of the Africa-United States Integrated Diseases Management (AFRUS-IDM) supported by Higher Education for Development. The AFRUS – IDM network is a strong collaboration of partner Higher Education (HE) institutions both in US and Africa that has been established to advance HED-led Development in Africa.
This network has been built over 4 years of programming and hard work that has borne a successful proposal for planning and now for Higher Education for Development in East and Central Africa funded through USAID.
Prof. Owiny thanked the funders and leading partner of the ‘Boma’; USAID-HED and Mississippi State University respectively for making it possible for the ‘Boma’ to take place at CoVAB. The Summer School will conclude with a 2 day scientific conference aimed at providing an opportunity for dissemination of research outputs in integrated diseases management.
Also present at the ‘Boma’ are local partners such us Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industries and Fisheries, Ministry of Health, National Livestock Research Institute, National Agricultural Research Organization, District Local Government officials and the Uganda National Council for Higher Education.
By Jovia Musubika-Kavulu, CoVAB
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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