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MAK-MCF Scholars tipped on leadership and career development



MAK-MCF Scholars tipped on leadership and career development

Over 250 students on the MasterCard Foundation Scholars Programme at Makerere University are participating in the Summer Leadership Camp running from 25th to 29th June 2017 at Katomi Kingdom Resort Hotel.

The Vice Chancellor of Makerere University, Prof. John Ddumba-Ssentamu officially opened the 3rd Annual Summer Leadership Camp 2017 under the theme: Positioning the scholars for leadership, career and commitment for change.

Addressing participants at the official opening ceremony, the Vice Chancellor Prof. Ddumba-Ssentamu applauded the MasterCard Foundation for their tremendous efforts in not only educating the African child, but also empowering the child to become an inspired African leader of the next generation.

Prof. John Ddumba-Ssentamu addressing participants.

“On behalf of Management and Makerere University community, I extend sincere appreciation to the MasterCard Foundation Program for this remarkable initiative that offers Scholars with extra skills to enable them succeed in the competitive world they live. As Makerere University, we are committed to supporting The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program to be able to achieve both the vision and mission of Makerere University and that of The MasterCard Foundation,” he remarkably said.

Prof. Ddumba urged students to take the camp seriously and actively participate in the activities. He encouraged students to always have a point of focus in their life that will help them to meet the expectations of their funders.

 “You are being trained to be the next generation of achievers and leaders, who will be committed to service in your community, country and even continent. My advice to you Scholars, is: Be grateful every day for having received this comprehensive scholarship that gives you such extra trainings to enable succeed in life,” said the Vice Chancellor.

The Vice Chancellor thanked Dr. Florence Nakayiwa and her team for organizing a wonderful and successful camp that was going to practically benefit the scholars in both their academic and career life.

Participants during the in door activities being helped by their mentors.

According to the Coordinator of MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program at Makerere University Dr. Florence Nakayiwa, the third Summer Leadership Camp is aimed at equipping scholars with the requisite knowledge, skills and attitudes to have a competitive edge in the world of work. The scholars will enhance their leadership abilities, critical thinking and ccommunication skills, team work, time management as well as commitment to transform or change their communities, country and continent.

“We are focusing at providing relevant and quality information to the Scholars to make informative decisions on further education, employment and entrepreneurship. All these are very good skills, if put in practice, they will give scholars a leverage over their peers and enable them to succeed in this competitive world,” she said.Dr. Florence Nakayiwa speaking to the participants. from L-R, the trainers from Full Bridge and Ms. Ritah Namisango.

During the camp facilitated by reputable trainers from Full Bridge, the MCF Scholars together with the Mentors and Project Implementation Team developed norms that would guide their interaction and flow of events during the leadership camp. The norms included: Time management, being present in body and mind, creating new friends, a friendly interaction among scholars, considering a descent dress code, wearing nametags and among other.

One of the MCF Scholars Ms. Tushaba Winnie, thanked MasterCard Foundation Program for the opportunity they granted African children to receive the best education ever. Recapping on the day’s program, Tushaba informed the Vice Chancellor and the entire congregation that the Summer Leadership Camp shall always remain the best incubation and mind setting activity to the scholars.

“We have learnt a lot. We have been able to relax our minds through different interesting activities. These are some of the days we will always remember,” she said amidst applause from other Scholars.  

Some of the norms Scholars discussed.

The MCF Scholars also appreciated the learning approach in a relaxed style organized in form of families/households with coaches and mentors saying, this enhanced team work, bonding and ignited their creative potential.

The former Chancellor of Makerere University, Prof. George Mondo Kagonyera is expected to close the workshop on 29th June 2017 with an awarding ceremony.   

Mr. John Osuna, the Coordinator of the Summer Leadership Camp said scholars are expected to participate in different trainings and activity engagements facilitated by reputable trainers from Full Bridge.

 “At the end of the camp, scholars would have gained knowledge on how to manage time and stress, be able to apply design thinking in their life as well as learning tactical ways of engaging with the community,” he said.

Article: Mak News Reporters

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Veteran Professor changed Makerere and Higher Education



Professor Pancras John Mukasa Ssebuwufu (L) receives a plaque and citation from RUFORUM Board Member and Vice Chancellor Ndejje University-Professor Eriabu Lugujjo (Right) on 6th May 2021 at the RUFORUM Secretariat, Plot 155 Garden Hill, Makerere University Main Campus,

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.

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Japan Africa Dream Scholarship (JADS) Program 2021/2022



Japan Africa Dream Scholarship (JADS) Program 2021/2022. Photo credit: AfDB

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.

Application Procedures

  1. Applicant requests for information and application forms and procedures from the chosen JADS partner university. For any inquiries, please contact JADS@AFDB.ORG
  2. Applicant completes required documents and sends them to the university.
  3. University evaluates and selects applicants.
  4. University sends selected candidates to the AfDB.
  5. AfDB reviews submissions from universities, prepares and approves the final list.
  6. AfDB contacts selected awardees, and informs the universities.

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WHS Regional Meeting Africa 2021: Finance Chairperson’s Update



Prof. Tonny J. Oyana, Finance Chairperson, World Health Summit Regional Meeting Africa, June 2021.

SOPs: Our plan is to have 200 sets of people in different spacious rooms…

Prof. Tonny j. oyana, finance chairperson whs regional meeting africa

We are sincerely grateful to our sponsors…

Over 15 core sponsors…

Sessions: 60% Virtual, 40% Onsite…

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