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Mak signs quadripartite MoU to enhance Tororo fertilizer production

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Makerere University on Monday 23rd July signed a quadripartite Memorandum of Understanding, MoU with the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF), South China Agricultural University (SCAU) and Guangzhou Dongsong Energy Group Company Ltd in Guangzhou, China. The MoU is meant to operationalise the "Carbonatite Comprehensive Industrial Development Project in Sukulu Hills Tororo, Uganda" that will manufacture phosphate fertilisers among other products.

The signing ceremony was held at the Guangzhou Dongsong Energy Group Co. Ltd premises in Haizha District, Guanzhou, China. The Hon. Minister of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries Hon. Tress Bucyanayandi signed on behalf of MAAIF; Prof LIAO Ming, Vice Chancellor of South China Agricultural University signed on behalf of SCAU; Prof. John Ddumba-Ssentamu, Vice Chancellor Makerere University signed on behalf of Mak and Mr.LV Weidong, Chairman of Guangzhhou Dongsong Energy Group Company Ltd signed on behalf of Dongsong.

An artistic impression of the Fertiliser production complex in Sukulu Hills, Tororo, UgandaAs Makerere University seeks to secure more Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) to help develop her vast resources, the university is expected benefit from SCAU’s long history of research, competitive talents cultivation, extensive international exchanges and international agricultural training courses. These have enabled SCAU to successfully operationalise PPP with Guangzhou Dongsong Energy Group Co. Ltd. and the Government of the Province of Guangzhou. Makerere will also greatly benefit from innovative technology developed by Scientists at SCAU to manufacture phosphate fertilizers. The four parties also discussed a local capacity building plan for Ugandan staff to enhance the required human resource capacity to operationalize the implementation of the MoU.

Other members of the Ugandan delegation who participated in the MoU discussions and witnessed the signing included; Mr. Samuel Semanda, Commissioner for Planning MAAIF, Mr. James Komayombi Bulegeya, Commissioner for Crop protection, MAAIF, Mr. Solomon Rutega, Consul General, Uganda Consulate in Goungzhou, Staff of State House Investment Department, Prof. Bernard Bashaasha, Principal, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES), Makerere University.

 

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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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