The Makerere University Chancellor, Prof. George Mondo Kagonyera inaugurated the first Board of Trustees in charge of the Makerere University Endowment Fund (MakEF) at a ceremony held on Thursday, 17th July 2014 in the Senior Common Room, Main Administration Building. The inauguration ceremony involved the Chancellor adorning each Board Member with a lapel pin engraved with the wording ‘Makerere University Endowment Fund Board of Trustees.’
“This Endowment Fund is a great step forward. I am glad that Makerere University is increasingly getting innovative on how to raise money because the Government subvention and students’ tuition is insufficient. Taking the example of Harvard University with an Endowment Fund worth US$ 32billion, Makerere University is on the right path to financial sustainability,” said the Chancellor Prof. Kagonyera.
The Board whose main objective will be to mobilize resources from Makerere University Alumni and well wishers, is comprised of 7 members headed by Dr. Martin Jerome Okec Aliker. The others are: the Vice Chancellor, Professor John Ddumba-Ssentamu; Ambassador Edith Sempala; Mr. Barnabas R. Tumusingize; Mr. Grace Isabirye; Mr. Martin Owiny; and Hon. Gerald Karuhanga.
In his acceptance speech, Dr. Aliker promised to serve diligently. “I wrote to the Vice Chancellor 15 years ago suggesting that Makerere University need not to be poor if it uses its own initiative to raise funds. As a Board, we think we know what we want to do and we ask for your support in fulfilling our mandate. We shall deliver,” he emphasized amidst applause.
The Board of Trustees inauguration comes at a time Makerere University is financially constrained. “Makerere University is taking a bold step to walk the talk. We are embarking on a strategic journey focused on delivering a financially stable Makerere University. Since a journey of a thousand miles starts with one step, today’s inauguration is an indicator that we have started on the long term plan of exploring several strategies, all aimed at making Makerere University financially stable. The Makerere University Endowment fund therefore provides Makerere University and her Alunmni the perfect opportunity to build a firm foundation for future generations,” explained Vice Chancellor, Prof. Ddumba-Ssentamu.
In his remarks, the Chairperson, Makerere University Council-Eng. Dr. Charles Wana Etyem urged the audience recognise the value that the Board of Trustees is bringing to Makerere University. “These people are not coming here to look for allowances or to make a name for themselves. They already have these. They are coming here to help Makerere University raise money. We have now opened a new chapter. The Board of trustees that we are inaugurating today will receive and or mobilize funds for the benefit of University operations,” asserted the Chairperson, Makerere University Council.
The Chairperson further explained that the Fund’s long term goal is to fund scholarships, research, infrastructure, high quality teaching and learning services as well as all other activities aligned to the realisation of the University’s vision to be the leading institution for academic excellence and innovations in Africa.
After the inauguration, the Board of Trustees held its first meeting in the Council Room to agree on how best to advance this long-awaited initiative. The Board will serve for a four year term with members eligible for re-appointment for one more term only.
All alumni, staff, students and well wishers are welcome to contribute to the Endowment Fund. Details on how to contribute may be obtained from the Planning and Development Department (PDD) at the address below.
By Marion Alina, Public Relations Office
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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