At its 15th Board Meeting held on 21st March 2017, at Hotel Africana, Kampala, Prof. Buyinza Mukadasi was elected Chairperson of the Board of Management of the Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa (CARTA) for a period of four years (2017-2021).
Prof Buyinza was elected on the basis of his record of successful initiatives aimed at fostering vibrant and viable multidisciplinary research hub at Makerere University; creating networks of locally-trained internationally recognized scholars; and enhancing the capacity of Makerere to lead globally-competitive research and training programs.
Makerere University has enjoyed a long standing and productive relationship with the Consortium of Advanced Research Training (CARTA) since its inception in 2008 out of the realization that individual African universities lack the human and financial resources and infrastructural capacity to tackle the challenges of doctoral training on the continent. CARTA offers a well thought out approach to rebuild and to strengthen the capacity of African universities to produce world-class researchers, research leaders, and scholars.
As Board Chairperson, Prof Buyinza will superintended the governance and management of the CARTA partner universities in collaboration with the African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC), Kenya, and the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), South Africa. The consortium consists of nine universities and four research institutes in Sub-Saharan Africa, and six academic institutions in Europe, Canada, Sweden, and the USA. The nine African Universities including: Makerere University, Uganda Moi University, Kenya; University of Rwanda; University of Dar es Salaam, TZ; University of Ibadan, Nigeria; Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria; University of Malawi University of Nairobi, Kenya; University of the Witwatersrand, SA. The 3 African Research Centre including: Agincourt, SA; African Pop/ Research Institute, Kenya; Ifakara Health Institute, TZ; Kenya Medical Research Institute and the INDEPTH-Network. The northern Partners include: Swiss Tropical Population Health; University of Gothenburg, Sweden; University of Umea, Sweden; and Brown University, USA and University of Warwick, UK; Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research and ESEO:O, Chile.
We wish Prof Buyinza good health as he chairs this important research consortium aimed at building a vibrant African academy that is able to lead world-class multidisciplinary research that makes a positive impact on public and population health.
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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