A delegation of thirteen from the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru, Nigeria, visited Makerere University to benchmark the best practices that have maintained Mak in a coveted position. The delegation was on a study tour to Uganda to meet with officials from the Ministry of Education and Sports responsible for formulation and implementation of government policies in respect of primary, secondary and tertiary education. At Makerere University, the delegation was received by Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic Affairs, Prof Okello Ogwang and Ms. Martha Muwanguzi the Head of International Relations Office. The Director of the Directorate of Research and Graduate Training, Prof Buyinza also attended the meeting. Later, they met with the Director of Quality Assurance Directorate Dr. Vincent Ssembatya and Prof. William Kyamuhagire from the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES).
Amb. Adamu Abbas, who led the Nigerian delegation emphasized that Africa can redeem her own education standards. “Education is lagging behind in Africa. We need to learn the best practices in our own institutions of higher learning and apply them to improve ourselves. I believe we are better off learning from one another because we have many commonalities as opposed to benchmarking Universities in the Western world. We are hoping to learn a lot from Makerere” he said.
Dr. Ssembatya welcomed the initiative to benchmark with Makerere University, describing it as a critical step in extending Makerere University’s agenda to create more partnerships and collaborations with other institutions the world over. He presented a brief about Makerere University, highlighting the improvement in regional and international ranking, high caliber of staff and students, and ability to attract research funding. “Makerere University is positioning to be a research- led university with more concentration on graduate programmes. We have been doing well and continue to do well in research. We are among the top 100 universities in the world in terms of attracting research partnerships and the best in the region. We pride in ground breaking research for example our students from the College of Computing and IT developed an application to detect malaria parasites using a mobile phone. This eliminates the scary necessity to prick,” he explained.
Prof. Kyamuhangire emphasized that Africa needs to fund her own research if she is to have a global impact. “Africa has the requisite human resource but as long as our research direction is dictated by funders, we lose out on focusing on the kind of research that will build us,” he said.
The delegation needed to know what Makerere was doing towards moving from basic to applied research and impact communities. In response, Prof. Kyamuhangire shared that Makerere University has three major pillars of its activities namely; teaching, research and community engagement and that the University had a deliberate strategy to engage in research translation, enhanced by numerous collaborations with the industry. The College of Agriculture developed the MakSoy variety that is disease free and is recognized internationally, the College of Health Sciences a PMTCT drug that prevents pregnant HIV mothers from transmitting the virus to the unborn child, to mention just a few. It was a requirement for all undergraduate students to do internship from second year to prepare them for the job market and for starting their own businesses.
The delegation toured the Makerere University Food Science and Technology Incubation Centre and canteen. The International Relations Head, Muwanguzi, was grateful for the visit, adding that Makerere University is open to new frontiers and urged the visiting delegation to explore avenues of collaboration with Makerere University.
Story by Marion Alina
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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