Speaking to students in the College of Business and Management Sciences, the Head of Training at the Institute of Insurance of Uganda, Mr. Jonan Kisakye called upon students to take up insurance professional courses after completion of their Undergraduate degrees reiterating that the courses offered at the Institute will enable them acquire practical knowledge and skills.
“Insurance professional courses are taught by experienced people who are already in the business of insurance. If you take up these courses, it will enable you acquire practical knowledge relevant in the insurance world. Insurance is a rewarding career which every student should be involved in,” said Mr. Kisakye.
Mr. Kisakye advised students to network with the right people that will help them make the right decisions in their lives and stay focused for a better future.
He highlighted that The Institute of Insurance of Uganda offers trainings in insurance at affordable prices in courses such as C.O.P Fundamentals of insurance, Certificate in Insurance (C.I.U), and Diplomas with intakes in January and August.
The workshop held on Thursday 12th October 2017 at Makerere University College of Business and Management Sciences presented opportunities to students from schools of Economics and Business interested in insurance as a career. The training also targeted unemployed graduands seeking jobs in the field of insurance.
Ms. Caroline Twongirwe, an Assistant Lecturer (Accounting and Finance) stated that the College organised the interaction in order for students to understand and appreciate the insurance field. She revealed that the College was planning to include Insurance as a Course Unit under Bachelor of Commerce. She said that the College partnered with The Institute of Insurance of Uganda because they have experienced staff that will help the students to appreciate insurance.
One of the inspired participants, Ms. Atugonza Lilian, a third year student pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Development Economics revealed that she had acquired valuable information about the Insurance system in Uganda. Ms Atugonza said that the workshop enabled her to understand the professional courses she has to study in order to build a great career in insurance.
“The insurance workshop has motivated me into joining the insurance world. I have realized that it is a good career to take on especially the bank insurance,” remarked Ms. Atugonza.
Mr. Levis Ngabirano-a third year student pursuing a Bachelors Degree in Commerce thanked the College of Business and Management Sciences for organizing the insurance workshop which he referred to as a great opportunity that has exposed students to the insurance world. He said that such workshops enable them to acquire practical knowledge.
“It is such a great opportunity to have professionals from the Institute of Insurance of Uganda sharing information about insurance with us. This has exposed us to the real world of insurance. It has also enabled us acquire practical knowledge about insurance,” he remarked.
Mr. Ngabirano emphasised the need for insurance companies to undertake more publicity and community outreach programmes to inform the public about the benefits of embracing insurance first as a career and getting their properties insured.
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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