The Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Academic Affairs (DVCAA), Dr. Ernest Okello Ogwang, has encouraged international students to maximally utilize the privileges provided for by the university, as a way of improving their academic performances. Speaking to the students on Thursday 28th August 2014, the DVCAA said that the University structure clearly indicates that Makerere offers various opportunities and privileges to international students to enable them excel in their academics and also feel the hominess of Makerere.
Interacting with the students, the DVCAA encouraged them to value group discussions, regular class attendance and social networking, as these will improve on their academic performances. He urged students to fully maximize their time and leave Makerere with a legacy worth reckoning.
“Makerere University has nurtured and continues to nurture many of the prominent people in our society and beyond, we have a large cluster of alumni, and these comprise of international students. Many prominent people from various countries have passed through the gates of Makerere and we hope that you will raise our pride when you become our ambassadors back home,” the DVCAA remarked.
However Prof. Ogwang warned the students against, conmen and moving alone in the night. He also encouraged students to be responsible for their health and wellbeing so as to avoid ill health which can distract their studies.
The Senior Administrative Assistant and Head of the International Office, Ms. Martha Muwanguzi, advised the students to secure health insurance so as to guarantee their health and minimize disruption of their studies. She also encouraged students to always liaise with the International Office for help in the event that they encounter any difficulties during their stay at Makerere.
The Head of Undergraduate Admissions and Records Division, Academic Registrar's Department, Mr. Charles Ssentongo, asked the students to familiarize themselves with the guidelines that accrue to their status as either short or long term students.
“I emphasize that you read the Freshers' joining instructions, they have a lot of information on the University policies, registration procedures, fees payments and some of the terms that we use at Makerere,” Mr. Ssentongo said.
The Minister of International Affairs in the Students’ Guild Mr. Juma Kenneth encouraged the students to join associations of their respective countries to strengthen and widen their social network. He further added that his Ministry is planning to create a unified association to accommodate those few without associations yet.
Every year Makerere University admits approximately 600 international students from all over the world as part of the wider strategy on Internationalization. Away from the students who enroll through direct admission, some international students come in as part of ongoing exchange programmes between Makerere University and partner Universities both in the region and beyond.
Article By Nabatte Prossy, Intern, 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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