“Uganda is very peaceful. There is no need to move around with your passport as is the case with other countries… There is no discrimination from Ugandan Lecturers and the ground is level in as far as academics are concerned,” counseled Francis, a South Sudanese 4th Year Bachelor of Petroleum Geoscience & Production Student Representative from the College of Natural Sciences (CoNAS).
This was the uplifting mood as Full-term, Short-term and Exchange Students of non-Ugandan descent listened to speaker after speaker at their orientation organized by the International Office on 7th September 2016. Welcoming students to the event, the Office Head, Mrs. Martha Muwanguzi Ngobi, commended the attendees for choosing to complete part or all of their studies at Makerere University.
“At Makerere University, you will not only be rewarded with the best education and world-class qualifications, but will also be enriched with the cultural diversity and experience,” shared Mrs. Ngobi. She commended their courage and commitment in choosing a foreign country with a foreign culture and committed to support their respective academic and personal journeys.
Representing the Dean of Students’ Office, Ms. Magdalene Kalungi thanked the students for choosing Mak and hoped that as Ambassadors, they would encourage students from their countries and universities. So noted that most universities in the world have embraced student and staff exchanges as an aspect of Internationalization and urged them not to drop the ball.
She outlined the various departments under the Dean of Students and regarding Sports and Recreation, encouraged them to register with their respective Halls of Attachment so as to be able to participate in Inter-Hall Games Competitions. “Most of the students at Makerere University are non-resident, with only 4,300 accommodated on campus. Should you desire to stay in the Halls of Residence, please contact the Warden’s Office at your Hall of Attachment,” shared Mrs. Kalungi.
Mrs. Kalungi then advised Students to acquire appropriate visas and passes so as to make the most of their stay in Uganda by enjoying the privileges accorded to students. “Please visit our offices in Room 204 and 218 in the Senate Building and we shall write you a letter of introduction to the Directorate of Immigration” she advised.
International students were also urged to abide by the University rules and regulations so as to enjoy their stay at Makerere. “It doesn’t stop at being admitted. You ought to pay tuition fees for the respective course chosen and officially register for all the courses selected” cautioned Mr. William Serunjogi, Office Assistant in the International Office. He further encouraged students to read for their exams and ensure that they acquire examination permits prior to the start of the exam period.
The Orientation would not have been complete without representation from the Students Guild. The External Affairs Minister, Hon. Shema Emmanuel introduced his colleagues present who included Hon. Production and Employment Minister, Hon. Musherura Daniel, Social Affairs Minister, Hon. Were Salim and the School of Social Sciences Guild Representative Council (GRC), Laban Kiringi.
Hon Shema reiterated that Makerere is a welcoming community and Uganda is a welcoming country. “I therefore urge you all to get involved in student politics and the International Students Cultural Festival,” he said.
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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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