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Makerere Co-operative elects new office bearers

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Members of the Makerere University Multi-Purpose Co-operative Society Limited (MUMCS) held their first Annual General Meeting on 17th October 2014, during which they elected new office bearers. They agreed that all those who were serving on the interim committee retain their positions and the unoccupied positions be filled. The following are the new office bearers: Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe:  Chairperson; Dr. Muhammad Musoke Kiggundu: Vice Chairperson; Dr. Winston Tumps Ireeta: Secretary; Dr. John Mulindwa Kitayimbwa: Treasurer; Olive Mbabazi: Publicity Secretary; Prof. Jacob G. Agea: Chairperson Investments Committee; Betty N. Kirenga: Chairperson Audit Committee; Scovia Prossy Namuyaba: Chairperson Finance and Administration Committee; Assoc. Prof. Lawrence Mugisha: Chairperson, Credit Committee.

Members of MUMCS at the meetingThe Chairperson, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe was optimistic that the cooperative will grow and become a big society in the very near future. 22 of the 51 fully registered members were in attendance. The Secretary, Dr. Winston Tumps Ireeta, reported that the Cooperative had a balance of 9m on its active DFCU bank account. He observed that there is need for more members to join and reap from this highly promising venture. “The process of getting the deduction code for the monthly subscriptions is almost complete. I encourage members to continue paying their monthly subscriptions directly to the bank until the deduction code is fully operational,” he added. Monthly deductions of at least 50,000/= are made by all subscribed members.

In the reactions, members recommended that MUMCS invites resource persons to share key lessons on investments and savings. They also recommended that MUMCS initiates its own rules and regulations and owns an independent office for smooth operations. The Vice Chairperson, Dr. Kiggundu Musoke, informed the meeting that he was closely following up a request made to His Excellency President Yoweri Museveni to give MUMCS a boost in capital funds. To generate more income for MUMCS, ten thousand (10,000) shares are to be floated each at 50,000/=. These will be available to registered members to buy. MUMCS was started at the beginning of this year, 2014 with the aim of helping Makerere University staff save as well as invest as a community to better their welfare.

To join MUMCS, one is required to first of all be a member of Staff of Makerere University. Secondly, he/she then fills in the application and designation of beneficiary forms. Membership is 50,000/= and one has to buy at least one share at 50,000/=. The forms can be requested from Dr. Ireeta on ireeta@cns.mak.ac.ug or can be picked from Ms. Olive Mbabazi in the DVC(F&A)’s office.

Article by Seretariat, MUMCS.

A cross section of MUMCS members at the meeting

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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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