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University Secretary Emphasizes Self-evaluation among College Leaders

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The Acting Makerere University Secretary Dr. Eria Hisali has urged College Leaders to develop a self-evaluation mechanism that can help them align their achievements and accomplishments  to the university goals and objectives. This was during the closure of the two days induction workshop organized by the Directorate of Human Resources, Makerere University.

Speaking to College Principals, Directors, Deans and Heads of Department on 31st October 2017, Dr. Eria  Hisali  said that evaluating one’s performance does not only improve on individual services delivery among University workers but also contributes towards the development of the University at large.  He encouraged participants present to consider self-evaluation as one of the best methods of looking at performances and setting both job and career goals.

Ag. Director HR-Mrs. Dorothy Sennoga Zake (L), Mr. Ssanyu Lawrence (R), Dr. Peter Turyakira (Rear) during the Induction cermony

“Self-evaluation ensures that you prepare thoughtfully for your performance development planning, it helps to initiate an inner dialogue on your interests, performances and accomplishments. The method encourages personal growth, and facilitates career development. Remember a good return does not only sell an individual but also the University as a whole. Desirable and satisfying outputs scale the University to the greater heights both nationally and internationally,” he echoed.

He applauded the Staff Training and Development Division in the Human Resources Directorate for organizing the two days induction which he believed will improve on service delivery among University Officers.

The Acting Director of the Human Resources, Mrs. Dorothy Sennoga Zake thanked the members present for their positive participation in the induction.  She encouraged participants to continue reminding themselves of the key issues that have been shared during the induction training as a way of tracking the contribution of the training in the execution of their duties.

Facilitators-Dr. Hellen Byamugisha (L), Ms. Ritah Namisango (R), Mr. Eric Tumwesigye (Rear: 2nd L) with other participants during Day 2 of the Induction

“Learning is a continuous process, so let us continue sharing what we know and what we have learnt from the induction to help ourselves be efficient on our jobs,” she said.

The second day of the induction featured several presentations from University officials. In the presentation focusing on the role of College Leaders and College Registrars in the Collegiate System, the University Academic Registrar Mr. Alfred Namoah Masikye introduced the new decentralized system of issuing graduates’ transcripts to participants. According to Mr. Namoah Masikye, graduates will be in position to receive Academic transcripts from their respective Colleges.

“To ease service delivery, the University Central Management has decentralized the issuance of Makerere University academic transcripts. With this arrangement, the Academic Registrar will send printed Makerere University academic transcripts to the Office of the Principal in the respective Colleges and graduates will be in position to receive Academic transcripts from the respective Colleges. The Academic Registrar is putting in place several modalities to ensure the successful implementation of this decision,” he said.

Deputy Principal CAES-Dr. Gorettie Nabanoga (with mic) contributes to the discussion during day two of the Induction

The Senior Public Relations Officer Ms. Ritah Namisango called upon the college leaders to participate in, support and partner with the Public Relations and Communication offices to effectively communicate the milestones in teaching and learning, research and innovations as well as knowledge transfer partnerships and networking. Ms Namisango also highlighted the various sections of the Makerere University Communication Policy which stipulate the role of each office, University Management and members of staff in the execution of a two-way flow of information as well as effective communication processes.

Mr. Eric Tumwesigye appealed to the college leaders to emphasize the importance the Makerere University Policy and Regulations on Sexual Harassment Prevention to both staff and students. He urged them to revitalize the Anti-Sexual Harassment Committees, Gender Focal Persons at Colleges and put into consideration the needs of students with disabilities.

Other presenters included; The Acting University Librarian Dr. Hellen M. Byamugisha, Acting Director Internal Audit Mr. Benson Barigye, and the Labour Relations Officer Ms. Janet Nabukeera.

HRD Staff-Ms. Josephine Nalweyiso (L) and Mr. Godwin Okiror (R) were part of the team that organised the Induction Workshop

The second day of the induction was moderated by: Dr. Andrew Ellias State, Dr. Zahara Nampewo, Dr. Rose Nabirye Chalo, Dr. Sarah Ssali, Dr. Betty Ezati, Dr. Nakawunde Kulabako, Dr. Engineer Bainomugisha and Dr. Kamba Pakoyo. The training climaxed with award of certificates to participants.

Article by Kanyi Racheal, Volunteer, 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

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Sessions: 60% Virtual, 40% Onsite…

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