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Mak receives Computers from Stanbic Bank

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Stanbic Bank has donated 18 computers to Makerere University Revenue Services Unit (MURSU), Finance Department to help in streamlining student processes.

The computers were received by University Management at a ceremony presided over by the Vice Chancellor Prof. John Ddumba-Ssentamu in the Council room on 24th April 2015. The Vice Chancellor was grateful for the donation, which he described as key in extending one of Makerere University’s core functions of partnership and networking. He challenged the Revenue unit to perform beyond expectations, with this boost. “Stanbic bank is one of our strongest partners in financial services. The Vice Chancellor further applauded Mrs. Jackie Ayorekire and her team who tirelessly sought the donation, and urged other members of Staff to follow suit in identifying key partners. On her part, Mrs Ayorekire pledged to improve service delivery.L-R  Prof. J Ddumba-Ssentamu, Mr. Thomas Tayebwa, Mr David Kahundha Muhwezi, the University Secretary and Mrs Jackie Ayorekire

“We look forward to putting this donation to maximum use, especially now that the University has computerized the management of fees and other student services. We are optimistic that this support will give us the much-needed milestone and better results,” said Ayorekire. “This support is an indication that the Mak-Stanbic partnership will continue to grow and as a unit, we shall demonstrate our gratefulness by fully utilizing this donation,” she asserted. Ayorekire revealed that the unit will have the computers set up in the Senior Common Room, Main Building, for ease of access by students especially the first year students who usually fail to get space in the labs..

Thomas Tayeebwa, the Chairperson Finance Planning Administration and Investment Committee (FPAIC) of Council challenged Stanbic bank to devise a system that allows parents to pay tuition in installments. “We urge you as one of the leading collection centers of tuition to help us with a programme that allows early payment of tuition by parents themselves in installments. Some students divert their tuition monies, but such a provision would help curtail this,” he said.

According to Catherine Asinde, of the Corporate and Investment banking section in Stanbic Bank, the Bank is open to more proposals for support from Makerere University. “These computers are fully equipped for student registration. We believe in moving forward with our clients. With these computers, we believe Makerere Revenue Services is going to move forward,” she added.

The Deputy Vice Chancellor Finance and Administration, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe pointed out that as a leading University, Makerere University should continue to automate her functions. “I congratulate MURSU for this acquisition and I particularly thank the energetic young leader, Jackie Ayorekire, for putting her energies to good use,” he said.

MURSU has the mandate to ensure that all University Revenues are collected on a timely basis. It has the advisory role to the University Management through the University Bursar on matters of Revenue Collections including preparing proposals on revenue streams and the necessary improvements required in the Unit.

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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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