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Mak signs first-ever MoU with Iranian University

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Makerere University signed a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, with Al-zahra University, Tehran-Iran on 30th June 2014. The MoU will witness the two Universities collaborate in a number of areas including Student and Staff exchanges, Research partnerships and Curricula development. The MoU is geared towards sharing experiences and knowledge from the two universities and extending their contributions internationally, especially in science disciplines.

The Vice Chancellor Prof. John Ddumba-Ssentamu, was grateful to the partnership as a fulfillment of Makerere University’s core functions. “One of the core functions of Makerere University is knowledge transfer partnerships and networking. The university reaches out to the communities to seek their involvement in coming up with programs that best address the respective needs. I am happy that we are signing an MoU with Al-zahra University,” he said.

“This partnership will be among the most successful ventures Makerere University has entered. I believe that this MoU in the area of research and development will help improve the science fields in both universities,” he added.

The President of Al-zahra University appreciated the partnership, the first of the kind with Makerere University saying that the mutually beneficial academic collaborations are long overdue. “Collaborating is extremely important. Through sharing of knowledge, experience and Academic staff, we shall address our local concerns,” Dr. Ensiyeh Khazali remarked.

In explaining the nature of the partnership, the University’s Senior Legal Officer, Mr. Goddy Muhumuza said both parties will be engaged in fundraising for the partnership and the intellectual property rights will be equally shared. He explained that the international law, the common law and equity shall apply should the need for arbitration ever arise.  

The Iranian Ambassador to Uganda, H.E. Amir Hossein Nik Bin, emphasized that Iran has a good working relationship with Uganda in a number of field including agricultural and several business ventures.  He was optimistic that the three year renewable partnership with Makerere University will be highly rewarding.

According to Dr. Ensiyeh Khazali, Al-zahra University chose to partner with Makerere University because of her long history, admirable reputation and undisputable ground breaking research.

Al-zahra University, exclusively for women, was founded in 1964. It is multidisciplinary in nature, with over 10,000 students. Two thirds of Al-zahra University's 350 Professors are female.

By Marion Alina and Prossy Nabatte, 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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