The Uganda Manufacturers Association (UMA) in partnership with the Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Sports with support from the African Development Bank (AfDB) organized a two day internship training program to prepare students for the marketplace. The training which was held from 3-4th June 2016 targeted finalist students from the Colleges of Agricultural and environmental Sciences (CAES), Veterinary Medicine, Animal Resources and Biosecurity (COVAB), Computing and Information Sciences (CoCIS) and Natural Sciences (CONAS).
The three year project will benefit students in the Science and Technology fields from Makerere University, Kyambogo University, Busitema University, Gulu University, Mbarara University of Science and Technology and Muni University.The major goal of the project is to ensure that graduates from the benefitting universities are equipped with knowledge and skills that suit the demands of employers and reduce on unemployment rates among the youth in Uganda.
The two day training, specific to Makerere University students, was an induction training in Workplace Based Skills as a way of orienting them to the program. The students shall thereafter be posted to companies for a 2-6 months internship period. A total of 725 students were invited for the training, and of these 320 will be placed in various firms under the UMA umbrella company association. This number has risen from 178 in 2015 to 320 students in 2016.
The main objectives of the training were to build confidence by improving communication skills, improve interpersonal relationships whilst enhancing team work, and increase potential by marketing oneself. Others included time management, appreciation of the key principles of occupational health and safety, entrepreneurship skills, report writing, problem solving skills and development of a positive work attitude.
The Vice Chancellor-Prof. John Ddumba-Ssentamu while opening the training reminded students that resorting to strikes was a habit they should denounce especially once they have been employed. This program is being implemented by the Planning and Development Department and will run from June through to December 2016.
The facilitators of training included Mr. Suula Nkuutu and Mr. Joseph Kyalimpa.
AfDB has in the recent past immensely contributed to development initiatives at Makerere University. Prior to this internship training program, AfDB support has contributed to infrastructural development, refurbishment of teaching and learning facilities as well as purchase of equipment to enhance teaching of science and technology-related disciplines at Makerere University.
Article by Nancy Karunganwa, Planning and Development Department (PDD)
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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