The Honourable Minister of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF) and Kalungu East Member of Parliament Hon. Vincent Ssempijja has today Friday 10th February 2017 paid his first official courtesy call on the Vice Chancellor Prof. John Ddumba-Ssentamu. The jovial Minister congratulated the Vice Chancellor upon continuing to steer Makerere University through choppy waters.
Prof. Ddumba-Ssentamu thanked the Hon. Ssempijja for taking practical interest in the activities of Makerere University as demonstrated by his visit. He thanked the Government for facilitating the award of US$ 29.2million funding from the African Development Bank under the AfDB-HEST project, part of which has helped to renovate and equip the Biotechnology Laboratory based at the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences-CAES. Equipment worth US$1million will also be installed in this facility.
“We are passionate about agricultural research and this support has helped us to improve our research facilities. Nevertheless, the space at the Main Campus is not sufficient for all these activities and the long term plan is to relocate all agricultural research to Kabanyolo (Makerere University Agricultural Research Institute Kabanyolo-MUARIK)” remarked the Vice Chancellor.
In his remarks, the Principal, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES)-Prof. Bernard Bashaasha, thanked the Minister for his visit and for the Government’s support for the revitalization of the Dairy Value Chain at MUARIK. “This is one of the facilities that we shall tour this morning at MUARIK” said the Principal, further adding that “the Feed Mill is now also operational.”
Hon. Vincent Ssempijja commended the Vice Chancellor and University Management upon the improved infrastructure at Makerere University. “I observed a lot of infrastructural development as I came in and I congratulate you upon a job well done,” said the Minister. He added that the Government was aware of the various challenges faced by Makerere especially in terms of funding for research, staff wages and staff establishment. He nevertheless expressed the Government’s willingness to find solutions to these challenges, as shown by the President’s appointment of a Visitation Committee to inquire into the affairs of Makerere University.
At MUARIK, the Minister is scheduled to visit the; Consortium for enhancing University Responsiveness to Agribusiness Development Limited (CURAD), Banana Tissue Culture Lab, Biotechnology Lab, Poultry unit, Soybean centre, Agricultural engineering workshop, Feed Mill, Dairy Unit, and the Earthworm breeding project. He will thereafter meet and hold discussions with staff and in the afternoon, visit the School of Food Technology, Nutrition and Bio engineering, CAES.
At the conclusion of the courtesy call, the Honourable Minister received a necktie and an assortment of souvenirs from Makerere University.
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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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