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e-Learning Course: Advanced Research Methods



Learning Objectives

The objectives of the Advanced Research Methods Trainings are to enable trainees to:

a) articulate research problems and develop research proposals as well as theoretical and conceptual framework;

b) understand and use qualitative and quantitative research methods in collecting and analyze data, and

c) improve their skill of writing scholarly papers. This training will be organised as advanced collaborative process at which participants are exposed to various qualitative and quantitative methods including the use of SPSS and are expected to present research proposals and get comments from participants and facilitators. The major topics to be covered include: Introduction to Research Methodology & Research Design; Qualitative research and analysis;
Quantitative methods and analysis as well as application of SPSS.

The training operates on a modular basis over a four weeks period, with delivery based on a block release. Successful trainees will be awarded the well recognized certificate of accomplishment from OSSREA Secretariat.

Content and Structure
The course is structured around four modules
1. Research Design
2. Qualitative Research Methods
3. Quantitative Research Methods
4. Application of SPSS


The course is self-paced and it is facilitated by well know professors in the region and the Diaspora, and it is divided into 4 modules provided to help you reach the overall learning objectives. The modules are consecutive and you have to follow the order to complete the course; in addition all four modules must be passed to receive a certificate of completion. Each module contains an interactive lesson and a quiz.
The interactive lessons are provided with the purpose of achieving the specific learning objectives per module, and contain pages of lessons supported by case studies, videos, external links and exercises.
A glossary of terms is also provided. You have to complete the quizzes at the end of each lesson to move to the next lesson. The quizzes assess the achievement of the learning objectives for each lesson. Each quiz can be attempted a maximum of three times. Once the quizzes are passed with at least 70% each, the learner has successfully completed the e-course and a certificate of completion signed by the course facilitators and the Executive Director of OSSREA will be directly mailed to the
physical address you supplied during registration.
Participants will be requested to provide feedback on the course by filling a feedback form which can be accessed from the e-learning system.

Target Audience

The course should be of particular interest to the following audiences:

  •  PhD candidates
  •  Faculty and researchers of Universities
  • Researchers of parliaments, NGOs, government organs
  • Other interested parties

Registration and Payment
Send your CV and an application letter to and after screening for eligibility you will be communicated with the required payment information. If you need a support letter for sponsorship from your institution or other bodies you can contact us using the same email address and we will provide you the letter. 

Type: e-learning course
Date: June 29, 2015 – July 24, 2015
Duration of event: 4 Weeks
Location: web-based
Programme area: Research methods for Social Sciences
Fee: 200 USD
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Veteran Professor changed Makerere and Higher Education



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



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



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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