H.E Stéphanie Rivoal, the Ambassador of France to Uganda paid a courtesy call on the Vice Chancellor Professor Barnabas Nawangwe this morning in his office. She was accompanied by Ms Clotilde Bruter, the Cooperation Attaché for the French Language.
Her Excellency congratulated the Professor Nawangwe on his appointment as the Vice Chancellor of the great institution. Professor Nawangwe welcomed her to the University and said, Makerere is currently ranked 4th in Africa’s top universities.
The purpose of the visit was twofold; one to introduce herself to the new leadership of the University and secondly, introduce the Campus France Desk in Makerere University. The Embassy of France in Uganda is willing to enhance the opportunities of Ugandan students by providing them a quality guiding service in their interest to study in France. She went on to say that, Campus France is the French national agency that aims to promote higher education and international mobility in more than 80 countries. We are planning to start small to demonstrate the relationship between the two countries and inform Ugandans about available opportunities in France. The French language is widely spoken as an international language and many organisations and companies now use it in business and education sectors. There are many masters and postgraduate programmes now offered in English which Ugandan students can apply for and get admission and while in France, they can learn the French language too. Studying in France is cheaper than studying in the United States or the UK.
The French government will assist the Ugandan students by providing free medical insurance services as well as cater for their accommodation in France. There other higher degrees such as Marketing for Diplomats where they can acquire technical skills of marketing their countries and products, look for trade partners as well as internship placements for Uganda graduates in French companies.
As a public and highest institution of learning, Her Excellency appealed to the Vice Chancellor to provide space for this initiative in the International Office. Many Ugandans studied in France and can temporarily be resource persons of presenting to the Ugandan public what is offered in French Universities and other available opportunities. Ms Bruter, the Cooperation Attaché for the French Language will also be available on given days for consultations with a ready computer purposed for this. The Embassy will finance this Desk in addition to other French companies in Uganda that will want to advertise employment positions to Ugandan students.
The Vice Chancellor Professor Barnabas Nawangwe thanked Her Excellency for this saying he had a lot of interest in French projects and programmes having done a public presentation for Architecture on behalf of the French Embassy. He pledged his support for this project. He suggested a ‘French Corner’ in the Main Library to publicize French activities through magazines, recorded educational speeches, newspapers, pamphlets, fliers, radio and TV talk shows. It is important that academicians particularly professors and lecturers know both languages that may be required in international conferences and seminars. It would be good to launch the French Corner in the Main Library together with Campus France Desk in the International Office in one grand occasion.
Her Excellency was glad to hear that the Vice Chancellor loves France and that the Franco feeling is present in Uganda. The level of interest in cooperating with Uganda is rising steadily on the French side more so in the area of higher education. The general public will be informed of places for learning French and engaging in French activities and hopes that a “French Moment” will be launched next year.
A Memorandum of Understanding for establishing a Campus France Desk in Makerere University was signed between Her Excellency Stéphanie Rivoal on behalf of the French Embassy and the Vice Chancellor, Professor Barnabas Nawangwe on behalf of the University. This was witnessed by the Acting Director, Legal Affairs, Mr. Goddy Muhumuza, the International Relations Officer, Ms Martha Muwanguzi and the Cooperation Attaché of the French Embassy, Ms Clotilde Bruter.
Article by Martha L. Muwanguzi International 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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