The Makerere University Printery has received a film processing machine worth UGX.150 million from Mr. Hasan Mumtaz, a big-hearted individual inspired by Makerere University’s contribution to the generation of knowledge, advancement of professions and the transformation of Uganda and the world at large.
On Wednesday 27th May 2015, the cheerful giver, Mr. Hasan Mumtaz confessed his everlasting love for Makerere University to Mr. Joseph Kirabo, the Manager-Makerere University Printery and Ms Ritah Namisango, Senior Public Relations Officer of Makerere University.
“I love Makerere University. My heart is always here. I love people who read and teach. I love the fact that the institution is full of intellectuals and bright people who make a contribution to training and polishing people serving Uganda and the world!”
Meeting the Board of Trustees of the Makerere University Endowment Fund and staff from Mak Planning and Development Department, the enthusiastic Mr. Hasan Mumtaz captivated the audience when he shared his emotional attachment to the great works of men and women serving this institution, referred to Makerere University staff as prophets, and appreciated the impact of their work through diffusion of knowledge to humanity.
Mr. Mumtaz said: “I feel honoured to be here. You are a photocopy of our prophets from Moses to Mohammed. They all came to teach and they are respected. Teaching is a noble profession. I love people who read and teach. You may not be getting good income, but this is a noble profession.”
“Makerere University is a factory producing high quality intellectuals and professionals for the country and the world at large. I respect teachers. I decided something valuable to give to Makerere University. You need equipment to teach people and produce more intellectuals and professionals,” remarked Mr. Mumtaz amidst applause from a captivated audience.
The Manager, Makerere University Printery, Mr. Joseph Kirabo applauded Mr. Hasan Mumtaz for a donation that would add value to their production processes. The X700 Digital colour press will be used to output film for colour printing which the university has been lacking for the last 20 years.
“We have written several proposals requesting for support aimed at enhancing the performance of the Makerere University Printery. We needed a film processing machine. We have been spending approximately UGX.45 million annually to outsource this service. We will therefore remain eternally grateful to Mr. Hasan Mumtaz for this donation,” said Mr. Kirabo.
“In addition to the savings we expect to earn upon reducing the printing expenses, we will also add value to our production process in terms of enhanced quality and timely deliveries,” he added.
The Chairperson of the Makerere University Endowment Fund, Dr. Martin Aliker thanked Mr. Hasan Mumtaz for being big-hearted and donating valuable equipment to Makerere University. Dr. Aliker equally thanked Mr. Shahid M. Alvi, the Chairman of the Pakistan Society in Uganda for accompanying the cheerful giver to Makerere University.
“We are really grateful for your contribution towards the development of the Makerere University Printery. As the Makerere University Endowment Fund, our major role is mobilise resources both in cash and in-kind to build and develop the institution. Therefore, the machine you have donated to us today is now part of the institutional resources,” he said.
Dr. Aliker also urged other individuals, organisations and well-wishers to emulate Mr. Hasan Mumtaz’s generosity in supporting and developing the University.
“We are also mobilising funds to build the Makerere University Students Centre; a multi-facility for students as they per take their studies. We are open to receive resources in cash and/or in-kind that will add value to Makerere University. Our primary function is the welfare of the students. We appeal to the Pakistan community to interact with the Makerere University Endowment Fund for the betterment of the University,” he said.
The Head-Secretariat, Makerere University Endowment Fund, Dr. Florence Nakayiwa thanked the members of the Board present namely Ambassador Edith Ssempala, Mr. Martin Owiny, Mr. Grace Isabirye for witnessing the handover ceremony. Dr. Nakayiwa reiterated the fact that the Makerere University Endowment Fund has extended several requests to individuals and organisations that were being followed up.
“We are optimistic that the proposals will bear fruit. I congratulate the Makerere University Printery upon receiving this film processing machine. I commend Mr. Hasan Mumtaz for his generosity, and we look forward to more interactions with you and the Pakistan Community at large,” remarked Dr. Nakayiwa, who is also the Director, Planning and Development Department at Makerere University.
Mr. Hassan Mumtaz is a Ugandan of Pakistan origin. He came to Uganda in 1983. He has educated some of his children on this great Hill of Makerere University. According to him, one of the children –Aisha Hassan studied Communication at Makerere University up to second year thereafter was admitted to study in UK.
Story by: Ritah Namisango and Prossy Nabatte
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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