Pauline Uti Mazrui, the wife to the Late Prof. Ali Mazrui, has made her maiden visit to Makerere University in a bid to renew the commitment of taking Mazuriana projects forward. Mrs. Mazrui was in the company of Mohamed K. Mazrui- a cousin to the late Prof. Mazrui. The team was received by the Makerere University Vice Chancellor, Prof. John Ddumba-Ssentamu, members of Management and officials from the Makerere University Private Sector Forum (MUPSF).
Mrs. Mazrui was overjoyed at visiting Makerere University, describing it as a place dearest to the late Prof. Mazrui’s heart. “It’s quite an honour to see a place that built Prof. Mazrui. Uganda and Makerere University were so close to him. When you visit our house, you see his photos with Ugandan women dressed in the traditional busuti. He used to say his most productive years were at Makerere University,” she explains with nostalgia.
“We should come together as a team and see how to keep his memory alive. How do we harness the resources that we have in common to ensure that we continue building peace, tolerance and acceptance as some of the ideals he believed in,” she added. Pauline explained that most of the efforts towards reawakening Prof. Mazrui’s works will be embedded in research, as the best way of legalizing him.
The Vice Chancellor emphasized that Makerere University benefitted from Prof. Ali Mazrui in as much measure as he did benefit from it. He called upon Mrs. Pauline Mazrui to play a key role in taking on his legacy. “We are not looking for resources from you, but Prof. Mazrui had friends. If you can connect us to those friends, then you will have done your part in assisting Makerere University, Uganda and East Africa,” he said.
According to Nuha Mwesigwa of the MUPSF, Mrs. Pauline Mazrui is on a mission to trace and appreciate the different Universities that Prof. Mazrui worked at and also has a passion for peace building. She is scheduled to meet the Principal and members of Staff from the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHUSS).
In 2009, Makerere University together with Makerere University Private Sector Forum (MUPSF) hosted Professor Ali A. Mazrui through a series of joint colorful events, the climax of which was the launch of the Ali Mazrui Chair and Scholarship Endowment and the Mazrui Centre of Global Studies (MCGS) at Makerere in his honor and to uphold his name in perpetuity. The two constituted the Makerere-Mazruiana Projects (MMP).
The Mazrui Chair at Makerere was in honor of the exemplary record of his accomplishments that began at the University in 1963. Professor Mazrui received that honor during a colorful ceremony which, was officiated by H.E Yoweri Museveni, the President of the Republic of Uganda, represented by Professor Apolo Nsibambi, then, Prime Minister of Uganda.
The Mazrui Chair is intended to attract future scholars of exceptional distinction in the objective that any new holder would repeat Professor Mazrui’s illustrious record of the past. The Chair is intended to support nationally and internationally credentialed research professors and lecturers in teaching, research, new innovations and knowledge management and exchange plus those engaged in writing and publishing.
Professor Ali A Mazrui proposed the agenda of his Chair at Makerere to focus on African’s Triple Heritage; a subject where he had written a book, done a television series and taught classes at two universities, and lectured across continents. In his own words, the Professor remarked ‘it may be easier to promote this project as it will be focusing on the Indigenous African Civilization; Islamic civilization and Western Civilization. This qualifies it to be called; The Mazruiana Chair of Africa’s Triple Heritage’ (Ali Mazrui).
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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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