The 83rd Makerere University Guild has acquired valuable knowledge and skills aimed at enhancing their leadership abilities and service delivery to students.
Officially opened by the Dean of Students, Mr. Cyriaco Kabagambe on Saturday 21st October 2017, the two day Student Leaders’ Induction and Training workshop highlighted the: Governance Structure of Makerere University, Prospects and opportunities of a student leader, Financing procedures and regulations in the University, Team Building, Leadership experiences, public speaking as well a presentation on effective public relations and communication.
Delivering a presentation titled, “Public Speaking-A skill for effective leadership,” on Sunday 22nd October 2017, Mr. Ronald Mayanja, the Chief Executive Officer of Ability Explored and an alumnus of Makerere University urged the participants comprising the Dean of Students, Deputy Dean of Students, Wardens of Halls of Residence, and student leaders to adopt public speaking as a great tool in executing their duties and responsibilities.
Student leaders at the University have been encouraged to take on several strategies which they should employ in order to be good public speakers who have the ability to arouse interest in their audience especially the fellow youths whom they serve.
Mr. Mayanja, who is also a motivational speaker advised student leaders to learn the push and pull aspect in order to persuade your audience, exercise optimism and confidence coupled with directing their attention and sight to their audience in order to defeat objections and criticisms, and to focus on their dressing code and appearance before the audience.
Mr. Mayanja finalized by asserting the leaders need to always use attention attracting stories, use gestures wisely to engage and captivate the audience.
Speaking at the same workshop, Ms. Ritah Namisango, the Senior Public Relations Officer of Makerere University emphasized the need for the student leaders and the entire students’ body to use the right Makerere University logos when executing official duties. She added that the leaders should take lead since they are the best ambassadors of the University.
“You are the right ambassadors to tell the good story of Makerere University. Communicate to fellow students and the public about the innovations and milestones in research in the different colleges. Even when we face challenges, always focus on what the University Administration is doing to solve the issues at hand,” Ms. Namisango noted.
Seeking the support of the student leaders in popularizing the policies at Makerere University and activities that help to promote the University, Ms. Namisango requested them to always work with the respective College Communication Officers.
She concluded by thanking the 83rd Students’ Guild for choosing to dialogue with the University Management to resolve some of the issues of concern raised by the students.
The Guild President, H.E Kato Paul advised his counterparts to be good listeners, analytical in order to avoid politicizing Makerere University matters, and to always be professional when handling student oriented matters/issues of concern.
Closing the workshop, the Dean of Students commended the Vice Chancellor of Makerere University-Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe for supporting the Student leaders’ Induction and Training workshop. He thanked the Wardens of the respective Halls of Residence for organising a successful workshop as well as the Student Leaders for actively participating in the workshop.
Written by: Student Volunteers- Marion Apio, Namagembe Eva, Ndyabawe Waswa Myres
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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