The two Deputy Vice Chancellors in charge of Academic Affairs and Finance and Administration, Assoc. Prof. Ernest Okello Ogwang and Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe respectively, toured the proposed lecture rooms in the halls of residence on 30th Jan 2015. The tour was aimed at assessing the readiness of the Halls of Mitchell, Livingstone, Lumumba and the Bamboo house (located at the Guest house gardens) to host lectures this semester.
These rooms which initially served as dining halls have since been converted into lecture spaces, especially following the cessation of the use of the Main Hall as teaching space. The conversions have involved fitting the halls with classroom furniture and sprucing up the floor. The sitting capacity of the halls ranges from 300-500.
“Efforts have been made to change these halls from dining halls to lecture rooms. Improvements will continue to be made and by the end of the year we will have a better picture. We are in this together and I urge the entire university community to support the ongoing developments,” said Dr. Okello Ogwang, the Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Academic Affairs.
A report from the Estates and Works Department indicates that these halls are in need of renovation both on the outside and inside. Installation of public address systems, improvement of lighting and constant maintenance among other works are some of the activities still lined up in order to fully convert the former dining halls into fully-fledged lecture spaces. The Deputy Vice Chancellor Finance and Administration, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe has since directed the Estates and Works Department to make emergency procurements.
“The Office of the DVC (F&A) has commenced procurement of 500 additional chairs with writing pads and public address systems for all the new lecture halls. The new chairs will replace broken ones and also supplement those already transferred. Efforts are being made to finalise this procurement as soon as possible,” explained Prof. Nawangwe.
“Given that the Main hall is a meeting point for many other functions, we need to find new space. We continue to look forward to the African Development Bank (ADB) project which will open up even more space. When you have your own space, it makes it easier to plan as opposed to hiring. We need to put our heads together, so that we utilise the available space harmoniously,” added Dr. Okello Ogwang.
The ADB funding will be used to support the construction of two centralized lecture facilities; one at the UCB slab (College of Business And Management Sciences- CoBAMS) and the other at the foundation next to the College of Humanities and social Sciences- CHUSS. This funding will also be used to put up a multi-disciplinary complex at the College of Natural Sciences (CoNAS). Each of these structures is hoped to have a 10,000 sitting capacity, with lecture theatres that can accommodate up to 1,000 students at a go.
Dr. Ogwang also expressed his gratitude to all Members of Staff who contributed to the recently successfully concluded 65th graduation ceremony. He however urged them to not to relax. “I sincerely appreciate all members of Staff for the hard work put into the successful completion of the 65th graduation ceremony. This is one of the key ways we account to the government, development partners, the general public and other stakeholders. The second semester is here and I urge all of us to keep up the hard work and focus on excellent results in each of our dockets. I also ask continuing students to guard against malpractices in any way or form,” he concluded.
Article by Marion Alina
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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