Livingstone Hall has launched a code of conduct to guide student relations in the Halls of residence. This code, the first of its kind, is written in line with the University rules and regulations. It among other things prohibits students from crossing the Hall quadrangles in towels on any occasion, playing loud music and using drugs.
At the launch, on 26th Sept. 2014, a reformed student (names withheld) shared his experience with using drugs. This student was allegedly drawn to the practice by peer pressure but was lucky to have been rehabilitated. He is now pursuing his studies aggressively to make up for lost time. “Without rules and regulations on this, anyone can stray. It starts with a small puff, then another and another,” he shared in relation to smoking marijuana.
Students also shared experiences on being ‘exported’ when their roommates had female visitors, and were optimistic that the code of conduct will address this. Other halls of residence are welcome to adopt the code.
Dr. Allan Birabi-CEDAT, who represented the DVCFA Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe at the launch, encouraged students to stay focused amidst the many challenges. “Your generation stands in a challenging time when values have evaporated. Do the right thing, at the right time, in the right place and the right way. Narcotics have no value addition but rather subtract from you,” he said. “You are the future. You have the will power to make the right decisions and this is all up to you,” he added.
The Deputy Dean of students, Stephen Kateega called upon students to rise up to the challenge and abide by their own code of conduct. He was glad that the students have ably differentiated between their “rights and responsibilities by drafting the code of conduct.” This code was initiated by one of the students, Solomon Kalema Musisi who requested that the code be published annually to all freshmen. The Hall Warden, Amos Tukamushaba, pledged that Livingstone Hall will indeed abide by this code.
A visit to the Makerere University Counseling and Guidance Centre, located opposite Mary Stuart Hall, reveals that the number of students battling drug addiction is on the increase. According to the Centre’s Manager, Henry Nsubuga, the increase is partly as a result of increased awareness of this Centre’s presence. “Many of the cases of drug abuse are students whose icons are celebrities. These students think that if the big Jamaican musicians are taking drugs, then it is the way to becoming a star. But this is not true, there are many big musicians who are not on drugs,” he says.
The students take a variety of drugs including kuber, marijuana, mirra, injectables like cocaine and smoke shisha. All these are obtained from suppliers in neighbouring slums and other areas. “Many of these students have confessed that they started taking drugs while in secondary school and with the freedom at the university, they graduated in the practice. Some of them have as a result failed to finish their studies,” adds Nsubuga.
The centre has now started a special drug-support group to help students who are trying to get off drugs. “Drug and alcohol addiction is a disease, so you have to be treated over a long period of time. This is what we hope to achieve in the support group which runs between 3:00pm and 4:00pm every Thursday,” explains Nsubuga.
Nsubuga says drug addiction is now a national problem and the authorities are not doing enough to curb the vice. He is calling upon all those who know of colleagues, relatives and friends who are struggling with drug/alcohol addiction to bring them to the centre.
Monnie Lubega, a Senior Counselor at the Centre reveals that last semester, the centre handled about 10 cases of drug and alcohol abuse. She further reveals that students presenting with academic related concerns are equally many. “Some of these students have diverted their tuition into business ventures and failed to reap back the money in time to clear their tuition. Last semester, three students were threatening to commit suicide over the same but we counseled them against it. Others have accumulated a lot of retakes and a selected few are battling with love relationship issues,” she adds.
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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