According to the latest ranking released on 17th July 2015 by the Center for World University Rankings (CWUR) <http://cwur.org/2015/>, Makerere University rose by 22 positions in the world from 891st in 2014 to the current 869th. CWUR publishes the only global university ranking that measures the quality of education and training of students as well as the prestige of the faculty members and the quality of their research without relying on surveys and university data submissions.
The ranking which considers eight indicators; the most prominent being quality of education, alumni employment and quality of faculty featured only 10 African Universities in the top 1,000 World Universities ranked. Makerere was ranked 7th on the African continent and was the only University outside South Africa and Egypt that made it to the top 1,000. South Africa dominated the rankings by taking up the top 5 positions in Africa, followed by Egypt that had 4 representatives as shown by Table 1 below.
As Makerere University continues to fare well by any ranking of African Universities, the Vice Chancellor Prof. John Ddumba-Ssentamu attributed the favourable placements to the continued hard work and innovation by staff and students.
“Makerere values the status of being a research-led university and as such, has to make the most of all her partnerships, resources and support by development partners. I congratulate the staff and students for their continued hard work and dedication to innovation. This ranking by CWUR is another vote of confidence in your abilities,” remarked the Vice Chancellor.
“We welcome the ranking by CWUR as another independent endorsement of our progressive improvement” said Dr. Vincent Ssembatya, Director Quality Assurance in response to the latest ranking. “This is a good reflection of Makerere’s progress in the core functions of Research as well as Knowledge Transfer Partnerships and Networking. Nevertheless it has shown us that we still need to work on our Teaching and Learning core function, so as to help boost the University’s performance in indicators such as Quality of Education,” he added.
The CWUR is currently in its fourth year and it is an annually released by the Jeddah, Saudi Arabia-based Center. The ranking initially considered the top 100 degree-granting institutions for the 2012 and 2013 rankings but has since 2014 considered 1,000 institutions worldwide.
Table 1: Showing African Universities ranked in the CWUR 2015 Top 1000 Universities Worldwide
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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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