On the second day of the graduation ceremony at Makerere University, 22nd January 2015, the overall student in Humanities, Luke Sewante, graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Leadership and Governance. Mr. Sewante attained a first class degree with a CGPA of 4.81 from Makerere University Business School. He was accompanied by his parents who were filled with joy at his achievement. Sewante was presented with a cash prize of one million shillings, a plaque and souvenir items from the Makerere University convocation.
Graduands from Makerere University Business School (MUBS) and Makerere University College of Education and External Studies (CEES) graduated with diplomas, degrees and PhDs in their respective disciplines.
The Makerere University Chancellor Prof. George Mondo Kagonyera congratulated them upon reaching this coveted milestone in their academic journey and advised them to always value the degrees attained. “I urge you to accord respect to the degrees you have attained because a degree is what differentiates you from other people. You should therefore give it the respect it deserves,” he cautioned.
Prof. Kagonyera emphasized discipline among graduates as one of the important soft skills a person must acquire. He added that attaining discipline is fundamental to development. “The only way we can develop and expand our job environment is through prudent management of soft skills like discipline,” he added.
The Vice Chancellor Prof. John Ddumba-Ssentamu, was grateful that Makerere University is on a steady path towards becoming research led. “I am happy to note that Makerere University has continued to have an edge in postgraduate training in the region. Throughout this graduation ceremony, one thousand two hundred and fifteen students will attain Masters Degrees while 67 with receive their PhDs. Makerere University is proud of these statistics especially as we continue on our path to being a research-led university. Makerere University is determined to differentiate herself from other institutions by advancing basic and applied research in Humanities, Science and Technology,” he emphasized.
The Vice Chancellor appreciated the Government of Uganda and Development Partners for the continued support to Institutions of higher learning in the area of staff training, development and research.
In his parting remarks, the Vice Chancellor cautioned all graduates gainfully apply the acquired knowledge for the benefit of society.
The 65th graduation ceremony will proceed to day three.
By Prossy Nabatte.
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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