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New Electoral Commission Inducted ahead of Guild Polls

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A new Electoral Commission, EC, has assumed office following a Swearing in and Induction ceremony at Makerere University Senate building held on 16th February 2015. The EC is chaired by Roy Ssemboga, who scooped 43 of the 76 votes to become Chairperson in a highly contested race held at the College of Engineering Design Art and Technoloy, CEDAT, on 11th February 2015. Sarah Aseru took over the Vice Chairperson slot, Vivien Kawule is in charge of Finance, Kevin Obiya is the General Secretary and Dennis Okori will handle the Public Relations. According to Benson Chark, the Guild Speaker, the voting of the Electoral Commission office bearers was smoothly conducted with no petition thus far.

This team is tasked with organising the upcoming 81st Guild elections of Makerere University, scheduled for early March 2015.Roy Ssemboga, Charperson of Electoral Commission

In his acceptance speech, the fresh-in-office Chairperson pledged to deliver a clean electoral process. “This is the strongest team you will ever have. We have great team work and will serve without fear or favour to take Makerere Universityto great heights. I am confident of each and every member of the EC since I have worked with them before and can attest to their competence,” assured Ssemboga.

So far six candidates have expressed interest in vying for the top post of Guild President and each of them is already laying strategies of winning the election. Their posters can be seen various strategic places at the Main campus.

The swearing in ceremony of the EC was witnessed by a number of Staff of Makerere University including representatives from the Office of the Dean of Students, the Wardens of the various halls of residence, the Makerere University Public Relations office, Rev. Canon Geoffrey Byarugaba- Ag. Chaplain St. Francis Chapel and Rev. Father Josephat Ddungu- Chaplain of St. Augustine Chapel.

The Dean of Students, Cyriaco Kabagambe urged the Electoral Commission to observe the constitutional provisions at all times. “I urge you to stay neutral and make use of the relevant offices in Makerere University when you need guidance. The work you are going to embark on is service to humanity and when you do it well, you will be remembered for it,” he said.

The Deputy Dean of Students Stephen Kateega cautioned the EC to stand out from the crowd. “Leadership carries a number of challenges. This job demands trustworthiness, straight forward dealing, faith and truth. Be straight from the onset. If anything goes wrong, you will make headlines,” he said.

Rev. Byarugaba drew from his experience to inspire them, “As a former Returning Officer, I urge you to be responsible, develop a detailed roadmap, pay attention to all the details and most importantly document all the processes. This will help you at all times,” he emphasised.

Other Makerere University Staff in attendance cautioned the EC to be organised ahead of time, avoid last minute panicking, set and abide by guiding principles, account for public funds, prevail over the process and set clear guidelines on who the eligible voters are. To close the ceremony, the Chaplains in attendance prayed and blessed the EC.

Article by Marion Alina

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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

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Over 15 core sponsors…

Sessions: 60% Virtual, 40% Onsite…

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