It was a moment of joy when the former Director of Human Resources-Mrs. Mary Kanyiginya Tizikara accompanied by her son and daughter joined staff from the Directorate of Human Resources, Members of Management and other invited guests to celebrate her dedicated service to Makerere University.
The colourful farewell party organised in her honour was held on Thursday 13th July 2017 in the Makerere University Guest House Gardens.
Appointed Director Human Resources on 1st May 2012, Mrs. Tizikara’s five year tenure ended on 30thApril 2017. Makerere University Appointments Board extended her contract for two months up to June 30, 2017.
Speaking on behalf of the staff in the Directorate of Human Resources, Mrs. Dorothy Sennoga-Zake, the Acting Director- Human Resources referred to Mrs. Tizikara as a hardworking and committed worker, whose resilience saw her rise through ranks to becoming the Director Human Resources.
“Mrs. Tizikara has been with us for a long time. During her career, she was able to rise from the position of Administrative Assistant through the ranks to the Director Human Resources. This a good testimony that all the young colleagues present can attest that hard work indeed pays,” Mrs. Sennoga-Zake remarked.
Mrs. Sennoga-Zake highlighted that Mrs. Tizikara spearheaded the migration of the Directorate records from the manual-based system to electronic records and recruitment of College Human Resource officers which has greatly improved the performance of the directorate. She praised Mrs. Tizikara for her role in the drafting of the Makerere University Human Resources Manual.
“Policies and procedures are very important to the functioning of any institution. They spell out the acceptable and unacceptable ways of conducting institutional businesses. This helps employees to know what is expected of them. The Human Resources Manual is one such policy and is very important in running Makerere University. With Mrs. Tizikara’s supervision and guidance, the Directorate was able to draft it,” the Ag. Director said.
The Acting Director mentioned that through her stay, Mrs. Tizikara had accumulated a wealth of experience in Human Resource practices. She is currently a chattered Human Resource Specialist and as a Directorate, they hope to continue tapping into her vast knowledge. She wished her the best of luck as she completes her PhD studies.
Mrs. Tizikara’s supervisor-Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, the Deputy Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration described her as a lady of principles who could hardly be compromised on unethical grounds.
“She has been exemplary and professional. I would like to urge you who have remained in the Directorate of Human Resources to emulate her,” Prof. Nawangwe remarked.
Prof. Nawangwe thanked the Directorate for organizing a farewell party for Mrs. Tizikara. He said this is a sign of appreciation to the people leaving and a good gesture of sending off colleagues with dignity.
Amidst applause from the audience, Prof. Nawangwe handed over a Certificate of Service signed by the Vice Chancellor, Prof. John Ddumba-Ssentamu to Mrs. Mary K. Tizikara in recognition of her dedicated service as Director Human Resources of Makerere University.
Touched by the love and best wishes, a plaque and gifts received from her supervisor, members of Management, College Principals present, staff and well wishers, the jovial Mrs. Tizikara remarked that her appointment to the position of Director Human Resources was a result of her selfless contribution to Makerere University. She revealed that working with the Department of the Academic Registrar and later with the Appointments Division opened many doors for her including acquiring the wealth of experience required for the position of Director of Human Resources.
“I encourage you to compete for a better future. When the chance comes, apply for positions. There are so many opportunities. Don’t be discouraged when you get hostile moments, the future ahead of you is always brighter. The support you give to others will be the same you will need from them,” Mrs. Tizikara advised.
She remarked that she greatly loved her work, but she had to accept the fact that her contract had come to an end. “There is life after work and I thank God for that. I have loved my work and have reached my climax. I thank God who has enabled me reach the end of my contract healthily,” she said with joy.
She advised junior colleagues to work hard to reach higher levels, adding that dedication and hard work can lead them to a better position.
She appreciated the staff in the Directorate of Human Resources for the team work and cooperation that has enabled the Directorate to implement human resource strategies, and to accomplish vital tasks. She promised to stay in touch with the Directorate and asked members to keep sharing with her their experiences.
Mrs. Tizikara thanked members of Management, the Directorate of Human Resources and her family for the support accorded to her during the execution of duties.
In a very special way, Mrs. Tizikara applauded her supervisor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe for the guidance and invaluable support accorded to her. Mrs. Tizikara congratulated Prof. Nawangwe for emerging the best in the race for Vice Chancellor. Mrs. Tizikara is optimistic that his able leadership will scale the Directorate to greater heights.
“I know I have had a cordial working relationship with you and I will carry that with me. I will always be available to share with you. I’m really humbled for appreciating me. Currently, I am doing my PhD and I will complete it soon. With the experience I have, the sky will be the limit,” Mrs. Tizikara said.
Article by: Rachael Kanyi and Esther Joyce Nakibombo-Interns-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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