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Mak signs MoU with Drexel University

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Makerere University signed a five year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Drexel University, USA on 20th Feb. 2015, to collaborate in training and research in the fields of mutual interest; engagement faculty and Staff in community outreach and education; exchange of materials in education, research, publications and academic programming; and engagement of faculty, students and staff members for participation in research, study, conferences, seminars and workshops.

The MoU will be implemented in the School of Public Health, College of Health Sciences. Prof. Josaphat Byamugisha the Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology in the School of Public Health explained that the MoU will see the two institutions exchange vital research findings and provide more exposure for students.

The Vice Chancellor Makerere University, Prof. John Ddumba-Ssentamu was grateful for the collaboration, which he described as critical in extending the Institution’s research and networking agenda. He commended the College of Health Sciences for raising Makerere University’s banner high by having the top researchers. Recent data from the Web of Knowledge indicates that the top publishers for the period 2008-2014 were from Makerere University’s College of Health Sciences. These are; Prof. David Sserwadda, Prof. Nelson Ssewankambo, Prof. Fred Wabwire-Mangheni and Prof. Harriet Mayanja-Kizza.

The collaboration will also see implementation of a 3 year project funded by The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International, Rotary Clubs Kampala North and Kampala City-Makerere and Rotary District 9211 (Uganda-Tanzania), joining with Rotary Club Blue Bell, PA USA and other Rotary Clubs in Eastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey USA. The project has focused on developing distance education in Maternal and Child Healthcare to increase the capacity and skills in Health Centers remote from Kampala. Four pilot centers were selected and for the past two years faculty from Drexel Colleges of Medicine and College of Nursing and School of Public Health along with faculty from Makerere University College of Health Sciences and School of Public Health have worked side by side and exchanged visits funded by The Rotary Foundation.

This collaboration in Maternal and Child Health has led Drexel University and Makerere University to a broader agreement to develop a deep collaboration with all colleges in their respective universities to promote exchanges of faculty, students and to conduct collaborative research. The MoU has set the framework for this collaboration.

Drexel University is one of America's 15 largest private universities. It was founded in 1891 in Philadelphia, and has three Philadelphia campuses and other regional sites.

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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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