Makerere University has today, Friday 22nd December 2017 entered into a Joint Venture Agreement (JVA) with Moon Agriculture and Processing Company Limited (MAP Co. Ltd.) aimed at setting up a modern pig farm and processing facility at the Makerere University Agricultural Research Institute Kabanyolo (MUARIK). The Agreement was signed on behalf of Makerere University by the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe and Principal-College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES), Prof. Bernard Bashaasha and on behalf of MAP by Mr. Joseph Moon and Mr. Peter Moon.
In the introductory remarks Prof. Bashaasha thanked Mr. Joseph and Peter Moon for choosing to partner with Makerere University. In particular, he observed that Mr. Joseph Moon was no stranger to the Ugandan business scene, having been the brains behind Kampala’s first street parking company Green Boat Entertainment Limited (GBEL), hi-tech photo studio DOLICO as well as other businesses.
Prof. Bashaasha noted that whereas CAES had for a long time been engaged in pig farming and production, the JVA would enable Makerere students to be exposed to the industry’s latest modern practices, especially elements related to disease control.
In his remarks, Mr. Joseph Moon said that the JVA is framed on the basis of improving the pig value chain in Uganda, with the CAES being the starting point. He hoped that the agreement would go a long way in boosting Uganda’s pig production during the initial 10 year period, especially as the country still imports semen for specific pig breeds.
The Vice Chancellor in his remarks thanked MAP for choosing to partner with Makerere, noting that this was timely, in an era where Public-Private-Partnerships (PPPs) are being encouraged. He went on to say that although Makerere has in the recent past been pushing for real estate developments on its prime lands around Kampala, PPPs in agriculture; owing to its great potential, were a welcome innovation.
“Makerere has approximately 1,000 acres of agricultural land within an 80km radius of Kampala. We are therefore happy that you are going to set up a facility to not only improve the University’s revenue but also equip our students with skills in modern pig production and processing,” said Prof. Nawangwe.
After the JVA signing ceremony, the Vice Chancellor handed over Makerere souvenirs to the delegation. The signing ceremony was witnessed by Mrs. Lillian Helen Kuteesa on behalf of MAP’s Lawyer-Nangwala, Rezida & Co. Advocates, Mr. Gordon Murangira-PA to the Vice Chancellor and Mr. S.L. James Lee, a MAP official.
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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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