According to the Makerere University Strategic Plan 2008/09 – 2018/19, Quality Assurance is one of three crosscutting issues; the other two being internationalisation and gender mainstreaming, that impact on the activities of the University. In addition to contributing to the global phenomenon that higher education has become, these three issues also form the basis for investment in higher education at all levels.
The Quality Assurance Directorate (QAD) was therefore created as the guarantor of Makerere University’s Quality Assurance Mission To promote confidence in the academic provision (teaching, research and outreach services) that the quality and the standards of awards of Makerere University are safeguarded, enhanced and effectively managed. In line with this mandate, QAD organized a half-day workshop on Tuesday 24th March 2015, where Quality Assurance Committees from Colleges, The Library and Administrative Units were officially inaugurated by the Vice Chancellor Professor John Ddumba-Ssentamu.
In his welcome remarks at the workshop held at the College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology (CEDAT), the Director-Quality Assurance, Dr. Vincent Ssembatya thanked all participants for keeping time and turning up in large numbers for the historic first meeting of Units’ Quality Assurance Committees. He however pointed out the Quality Assurance Committees had always existed under the faculty-based system where they were tasked with overseeing the standards of teaching, timetabling, examinations-setting, invigilation and marking as well as a host of other functions.
He highlighted that the face of Quality Assurance was constantly evolving hence necessitating engrafting of IT-enabled systems in the daily processes that delivered services to both staff and students. In this regard, he highlighted the newly-developed Courses Website http://courses.mak.ac.ug and the Graduate Tracking website as two systems that are being deployed to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the teaching and learning environment at Makerere University.
The Vice Chancellor Prof. John Ddumba-Ssentamu in his address to participants commended QAD for organizing the workshop and the Royal Government of Sweden through the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency-Sida for supporting University activities especially through the Quality Assurance sub-programme.
“Sida has supported the development of the following systems that will improve the Quality of processes within the University namely the: Graduate Tracking System; Courses Website; Equipment Database-under construction; and Research Management System-under construction. We have come a long way to this point and the fruits of our hard work can be seen already through increased visibility in terms of our services, notably research output and publications” said the Vice Chancellor.
Following a brief demonstration of Graduate Tracking and Courses Management Systems by Ms. Catherine Kuteesa and Ms. Rachael Nakirya respectively, the Vice Chancellor officially inaugurated the Makerere Quality Assurance, Gender and ICT Committees as well as launched the aforementioned IT Systems.
The Uganda National Council for Higher Education (UNCHE) as the regulator for higher education in Uganda is the chief custodian of Quality Assurance for all institutions of higher learning in the Nation. Providing an overview of Quality Assurance in Institutions of Higher Education at the workshop, Mr. Innocent Nkwasibwe-Senior Quality Assurance Official & Head Tertiary Institutions at UNCHE who represented Mr. Pius Achang said the Quality Assurance Framework of UNCHE is the basic guideline for discharging the Council’s roles.
He shared that whereas Public Institutions have well laid-out structures of governance, most Private Higher Education Institutions on the other hand had Governance as the biggest challenge despite faring well on the financial and infrastructural fronts. He commended Makerere University for being the only university to have conducted a Self-Assessment Study and produced a report as well as for guaranteeing that QAD is full established and adequately staffed.
“Any Higher Education Institution that does not have a Quality Assurance Directorate as well as a separate set of staff for this function will continue muddling through in as far as quality is concerned. Quality Assurance Officers are the watchdogs. They need to be agile, resilient and exemplary,” Mr. Nkwasibwe advised.
Mr. Nkwasibwe shared that indicators from UNCHE showed that staff development especially at Masters Level was on the decline in Higher Education Institutions and urged Makerere University continue implementing quality assurance procedures so as to be able to retain both students and staff.
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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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