The Director General of the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD), Jon Lomøy has applauded Makerere University for maintaining strong ancient ties with the Royal Government of Norway as well as the Norwegian institutions through the Norwegian support, partnerships, research, innovations, knowledge sharing, and student-staff exchange. This was during his visit to the great institution on 21st November 2017.
The Director General, who was accompanied by the Norwegian Ambassador to Uganda, H.E Susan Eckey, and other delegates namely Marte Tokenaes, Tina Holtgaard Oulie, Jeanette Da Silva and Mary Mabweijano, referred to Makerere University as the hub of Norwegian cooperation in Uganda.
“I am impressed with the long term cooperation that is dated way back in the 1940s! We are happy to note that Norway has had a strong hand in the physical and academic developments of Makerere University. And we are glad to be partners during the time when Makerere University is achieving a lot in her diverse work,” he said.
Meeting the Makerere University Central Management, the Principal Investigators of Capacity Building in Higher Education and Research for Development (NORHED) Projects and a team from Institutional Development and Implementation Committee (NIDIC), the Director General extended his sincere gratitude to the Makerere University Management and the entire University community for their strong contribution towards research and human resources through capacity building programmes.
“Our major focus is to strengthen the institutional capacity and performance of higher education institutions (HEIs). I therefore recognise Makerere University’s efforts in enforcing capacity building programs in Uganda as well as leading the country in research developments,” he said.
Jon Lomøy is looking towards a sustainable cooperation between Makerere University and the Royal Government of Norway even at a time when Uganda becomes financially independent. “We should have a continued scientific collaboration in research and innovations. Makerere University is one of the major hope in the Norwegian collaboration and Uganda is the major recipient of the Norwegian support, therefore we should not break this strong ties we have built over decades,” said the Director General.
The Ambassador of Norway to Uganda H.E Susan Eckey appreciated the institutions efforts to continue developing projects and initiatives under the NORAD support. “I am pleased to know that Makerere University is expanding the School of Women and Gender Studies, initiated by Norwegian collaboration with Makerere University,” she said.
In a speech read by Dr. Eria Hisali, the Acting Deputy Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration, the Vice Chancellor Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe acknowledged Norway’s contribution towards transforming Makerere University in the areas of teaching and learning, research and innovation, knowledge transfer partnerships and networking. “With this collaboration we have not only developed in academics, physical infrastructures and expanding of the human resource capacity through training, but we have also improved in the area of poverty reduction,” said the Vice Chancellor.
He thanked the Royal Government of Norway, the Norwegian Institutions for prioritising Makerere University when securing research and support grants. “We have been on the fore front in winning these grants, we have implemented many of the Norwegian projects and the current one is the NORHED where Makerere University is implementing 9 out of the 13 projects. We are really grateful for this consideration and this partly explains why we rank as one of the best 10 universities in Africa,” he mentioned.
In an overview on “Government of the Royal Kingdom of Norway” support to Makerere University and 70 years Institutional collaboration between Makerere University and the Norwegian Institutions” the Director, Planning & Development Department Dr. Florence Nakayiwa highlighted the achievements of the collaborations, the different research projects at Makerere University supported by NORAD and other potential areas of support towards institutional development.
Amidst applause from the congregation, Dr. Hisali presented an admirably befitting Plaque to the Director General and the entire NORAD team, on behalf of the Vice Chancellor as a sign of appreciation for their invaluable contribution towards Makerere University’s transformation in the area of teaching and learning, research and innovations, knowledge transfer partnerships and infrastructure development. He also presented Makerere University Souvenirs to the delegates.
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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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