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“Public waste awareness is key to successful waste management,” remarked the Dean of Students, Mr. Cyriaco Kabagambe who was representing the Vice Chancellor of Makerere University, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe at the closing ceremony of the Waste Awareness Week held on Friday 6th October 2017.

Mr. Kabagambe added that waste results from human activities and everyone needs to have proper understanding of how to manage it. “Issues of waste can be a havoc to the environment if not handled well. Therefore, we have to take on the mantle to ensure proper waste management,” he said.

The Waste Awareness Week (2nd to 6th October 2017) under the theme, “Sustainable Waste Management at Makerere University,” was organized by the Sustainability Program- Department of Planning and Development at Makerere University in partnership with Sustainability Lab at Bangor University in the UK.

The Acting Deputy Vice Chancellor (Finance and Administration), Dr. Eria Hisali challenged the student leaders to analyze the views received from students during the Waste sensitization week. He tasked the student leaders to present the views to the Makerere Universityy Management Consultative Forum in order to incorporate them within the activities of the University.

“I appreciate the collaborative partnership between Makerere University and Bangor University and I believe it should be given room to grow. Therefore, we should take it forward providing specific roles of different stakeholders in mainstreaming of the waste management campaign in the activities of the University,” Dr. Hisali emphasized.Participants take part in sorting garbage near Mitchel Hall

In an interview with the Coordinator of the Sustainability Programme, Ms Pamela Matovu remarked that proper waste disposal within and out of the University is everyone’s role and contribution towards the wellbeing of the institution and the environment.

The Town Clerk Kawempe Division, Mr. Geoffrey Rwakabale expressed his gratitude towards the collaborative relationship between Makerere University and Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA). He said he would continue to support waste management and environmental conservation programs in the University.

During the Waste Awareness Week several activities took place which include: displaying of placards with awareness message and pictures at the Western and Eastern Gates, social media campaign at Mary Stuart and Africa Hall, picking of litter at University Hall, Nsibirwa Hall as well as litter collection and sorting at Mitchell Hall.

Also, the students of Makerere University Waste Management Association (MUWMRA) organized an exhibition at the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences focusing on the 3R approach towards waste management and environmental conservation. Focusing on the 3R approach of Reduce, Reuse and Recycle waste, several students exhibited a number of waste-recycled items /products such as an eco-house made from plastic, eco-seats made from tyres, eco-shoes that were used as flower pots. The students also showcased Ear rings, bow ties and puff holders made from used clothes, shopping baskets made from plastics and a straw fan made from used straws.

Makerere University Waste Management Research Association (MUWMRA) believes in the 3R of Reduce, Reuse and Recycle as the basic approach towards proper waste management and environmental conservation. I commend fellow students who have come up with eco-friendly products that have been exhibited during the Awareness Week,” said Nasasira Emmanuel, the President (MUWMRA).Coordinator of the Sustainability Programme, Ms Pamela Matovu (Centre) speaking at the close of the waste awareness week

During the exhibition, one of the students, Kwagala Cissy Irene, demonstrated that not all waste is waste by making earrings, puff holders and bow ties from used clothes. She said that her ability to make and sell a few of these products made from waste benefits the community at large.

Sustainable Waste Management is an action towards combating climate change. This is in accordance with the UN Sustainable Development Goal 12 of ‘Ensuring sustainable consumption and production patterns,’ focusing on target 5 that states, ‘By 2030, substantially reduce waste generation through prevention, reduction, recycling and reuse.

Throughout the entire week, a number of ideas were received from staff and students, which will further inform the Waste Management processes at the University.Students listen to officials from Department of Planning and Development, Dean of Students, KCCA, and Directorate of Estates.

Dr. Florence Nakayiwa, the Director of Planning and Development Department appreciated the Sustainability Program at Makerere University, Sustainability Lab at Bangor University in UK, Makerere University Estates and Works Department, KCCA, MUWMRA, the Ministry of Agriculture and Environmental Research of the 83rd Students’ Guild and the Management of Makerere University for supporting and participating in the 2017 Waste Awareness campaign.

Writer: Marion Apio, Volunteer, MAK Public Relations Office
Editor: Ritah Namisango, MAK Public Relations Office

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Veteran Professor changed Makerere and Higher Education

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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

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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

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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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