Cognizant of the changing skyline of Makerere University, the Public Relations team interacted with the Planning and Development Department (PDD); the Unit coordinating the US$29.2million AfDB-HEST project, to get the latest details.
“The University Strategic Plan highlights the need to have in place centralised teaching facilities as a mechanism for management of large student numbers. It was against this background that the central facilities were prioritised in the AfDB-HEST support. Our aim is to ensure that students and staff across the University will benefit from central spaces,” said Dr. Florence Nakayiwa, Director-PDD, Makerere University.
Applauding AfDB for the grant that has enabled Makerere University to implement some of the strategies stipulated in the University Strategic Plan, Dr. Nakayiwa confirmed that the works that will significantly improve the university’s core functions are on schedule.
“We are on schedule to have the facilities commissioned in April 2017,” she said.
The Government through the African Development Bank secured a loan of US$100m to improve science and technology in Higher Education Institutions (AfDB-HEST programme). US$29.2m of this amount was allocated to Makerere University in respect of infrastructure rehabilitation, refurbishment of laboratories, merit based scholarships at PhD, Masters and Undergraduate level, and refresher courses for middle management staff.
Dr. Nakayiwa highlighted that the University Estates and Works Department has supervisory role over all civil works currently being undertaken.
Some of the facilities include:
Central Teaching Facility 1:
Central Facility 1 is the building next to the School of Social Sciences with construction works currently at roofing level. The facility is a four-storeyed building with; fully equipped lecture rooms, seminar/breakaway rooms, a lounge and a fully equipped e-learning laboratory.
Central Teaching Facility 2
Central teaching facility 2 occupies the plot next to the College of Business and Management Sciences-CoBAMs at the former UCB slab. This is a five-storeyed building that will house a state-of-the-art auditorium with a capacity of 1000 seats, flexible and dynamic lecture rooms for both medium and big classes, and seminar/breakaway rooms. The procurement process for equipment and furniture is in the final stages.
“All facilities designated as centralised will be available for access and utilisation by the staff and students in the respective disciplines,” emphasized Dr. Nakayiwa.
Other Central Facilities include,
a) The Diagnostic Laboratory hosted by the College of Natural Sciences-CoNAS. It is anticipated that all laboratory based units at the University will have access to this facility and its state-of-the-art equipment.
b) The Biotechnology Laboratory based at the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences-CAES. Equipment worth US$1million will be installed in this facility.
c) The GIS Laboratory based at the College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology-CEDAT. Equipment is being procured to upgrade the existing laboratory to a higher level. All Staff and Students in this field will have access to the facility.
d) The Computer Laboratory based at the College of Computing and Information Sciences-CoCIS. 200 computers will be installed for use by the student community.
Other areas of focus supported by the AfDB-HEST:
1) Specialised laboratory rehabilitations. Existing Laboratories in the following colleges are being renovated and refurbished: Physiology Lab in the College of Health Sciences (CHS), Chemistry Laboratory based in the College of Natural Sciences-CoNAS, Science Labs in College of Education and External Sditues (CEES), Materials and Hydraulics Lab in the College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology-CEDAT
2) For income generation and resource mobilisation, the University is setting up an incubation centre at the Makerere University Agricultural Research Institute (MUARIK) targeting the Dairy Value Chain. Rehabilitation works for the Centre are in final stages, and resources for operationalisation have been received.
3) Scholarships– The support has enhanced staff development of 10 academic staff at the doctoral level (5Female, 5Male) and 12 Masters students in their final year of study for research (5Female, 7Male). Support will also be given to 31 bright but needy undergraduate students (8Female, 23Male). Additionally, middle level management staff have been nominated to participate in various short-term skills development courses.
4) The School of Open and Distance Learning is spearheading the E-Learning activities. A number of staff have been trained to develop e-content. A total of 40 business courses have been fully developed and they are online. The courses are now ready, awaiting their launch to the University community and stakeholders.
5) Bridging the Gap between the University and the Private Sector through Internships: This component is coordinated by Uganda Manufacturers Association. It is aimed at providing students with soft skills that can enable them transition into the work environment. In the first cohort, a total of 292 students from various Colleges in Makerere University were sent to UMA for placement. Of these, 164 (56 %) were placed in 83 companies and agencies in Uganda. 31 of these students were retained by the companies they were placed in. A total of 480 students were trained in the second cohort and forwarded to UMA for placement. 195 (42%) of these had been placed as of September 2016. Only final year students who have completed University education pending their graduation are eligible for this component.
6) Gender, HIV AIDS & Special Needs: A number of activities have been identified under this category. Gender issues will be implemented under Gender Mainstreaming Directorate, Special needs under the Dean of Students, and HIV/Aids prevention under the University Health Services.
Source: Mak Planning and Development Department, Mak Public Relations Office
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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