26 students have been awarded certificates after a successful two-week (1st-14 June 2015) training in Information Competence and Management. The training was organized by Makerere University Library in conjunction with the Directorate of Research and Graduate Training (DRGT) to equip postgraduate students; mainly PhD and Second year Masters Students, with skills on how to use research and manage information in their research projects, as well as professional careers.
Speaking at the award ceremony on Friday 12th June 2015, the Acting Librarian Dr. Helen Byamugisha said that participants were equipped with knowledge and skills on the various ways of; conducting research, referencing their work, drafting proposals, as well as packaging and disseminating information.
“We have given you skills to boost your competencies in conducting literature reviews, organizing your information and making the best use of information in your research project,” said the Acting Librarian.
She then applauded participants for exhibiting incredible discipline during the two-week course. “The information I have received from the facilitators, shows that you have been very exemplary participants who were always on time as well as very keen and eager to learn. I commend you and request that you continue to uphold that spirit.”
The Information Competence and Management is a cross-cutting course designed to equip post graduate students with skills and knowledge on research information gathering, organization, usage and dissemination.
The course offers a range of skills in
• Introduction to research process, including elements of research proposal writing
• introduction to bibliographic searches for literature review
• Searching Makerere University in-house databases (MakULA, MaKIR and AIM)
• Searching specific databases (E-brary, Sage, OUP, EBESCO, Jstor, HINARI, OARE, AGORA TEEL, ARDI, Cochrane, Emerald, Wiley)
• Document Delivery Services (DDS)
• Management of multiple electronic files
• Professional citing and quotations
• Reference management using Endnote and Medely
• Scholarly writing and communication skills and
• Presentation of research work
According to Ms. Faith Akiteng, College Librarian – College of Education and External Studies (CEES), today’s digital and technological changes, necessitate that students should equally gain aptitude in information search and management.
“This is the 21st century where technology changes everything. You should therefore have information searching skills compatible with technological evolution in order to get the information you want. You should know the database that can give you that information, and how to filter that relevant results from the lots of resources we have. The internet is a global village which requires that you manage and use information ethically,” Ms. Akiteng advised.
On behalf of participants, Mr. Omany Andrew Komakechi, thanked the facilitating team for the great job they did in exposing participants to invaluable ideas and knowledge with visible benefits in their research and professional careers.
“The training has taught us what we are supposed to do as scholarly people. And as a teacher, it has taught me how to gather the information I would like to pass on to my students as well as equipped me with the best dissemination skills,” he said.
“The facilitators have done a great job. They are proficient in what they are doing, and I urge them to also open up this course to undergraduate students, in addition to the existing intakes of postgraduate students. I also ask that this course be held on a periodical basis that is to say after every two months, so as to refresh every one,” Mr. Omany added.
Article by Nabatte Prossy, Intern-Public Relations Office
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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