The Makerere University Chancellor Prof. Ezra Suruma has urged the newly graduated Makerere University students to fight for and strongly defend the dignity of the African nations and the African people in particular from being openly attacked and abused in the name of searching for employment opportunities overseas.
Presiding over the first session of the 68th Makerere University Graduation Ceremony on Tuesday 16th January 2018, the Chancellor revealed that Africans who cannot find jobs at home have been facing inhumane conditions and death in their attempts to immigrate to other continents while looking for greener pastures.
“The time for complacency in Africa is over. Every African has the duty to fight slavery, colonialism and neocolonialism. No one should think that these are just words. They are real forces that threaten the present and future of the African people. Everyone, without exception, has the duty to protect the dignity and life of our country and our continent,” said Prof. Suruma.
This year 2018, a total of fourteen thousand, eighty five (14,085) students will be awarded degrees and diplomas of Makerere University in various disciplines. Of these, 71 will receive PhDs, 996 Masters Degrees, 96 Postgraduate Diplomas, 144 undergraduate diplomas and 12,778 Bachelor’s Degrees with a total of 403 students attaining First Class Degrees in the respective disciplines.
On the first day of the graduation; Tuesday 16th January 2018, a total of 2,425 graduands from the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES), College of Natural Sciences (CoNAS) and the College of Education and External Studies (CEES) were conferred upon degrees and awarded diplomas of Makerere University.
The Chancellor, congratulated all graduands upon reaching this tremendous milestone and encouraged them to ask God for a vision to which they can be committed to live a life that is focused to a noble cause.
“Please keep going. Do not stop. We live in a competitive and often ruthless world. There is very little room for complacency. The battle for survival is just beginning. May you be blessed with the courage to try new things, the grace to endure hardships of life and the opportunity to enjoy the fruits of your labor,” he said.
He thanked the parents and guardians for the support rendered to the students through the many years of toil and sorrow that made them finally reach the victorious moment. In the same spirit, the Chancellor recognized the support and financial contributions of Government of Uganda, sponors, development partners and all stakeholders of Makerere University towards the institution.
“It is this support that has enabled Makerere University to maintain its role as a leading regional and global university in teaching, learning, research and innovation. The role of funding for research and innovation for institutional development should not be underestimated,” Prof Suruma noted.
Speaking to the congregation, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe congratulated the graduands and members of staff that have taken the initiative and upgraded their academic experience. In a special way he congratulated the Members of staff that have been promoted to various positions.
He highlighted a number of achievements Makerere University has registered, in areas of Research and Innovation, Infrastructure Development during the year 2017.
“Makerere University won two World Bank Grants worth $12 million for two Centres of Excellence, one to be hosted in the College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology (CEDAT) and another at the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES). CEDAT will host the Africa Center of Excellence in Materials Product Development and Nanotechnology (MAPRONANO) while CAES will host the Centre for Crop Improvement,” he remarked.
“Makerere University has benefited from the AfDB-HEST funded project through a loan to the Government of Uganda. Two central teaching facilities, with a total area of 12,000 square metres have been built and a number of laboratories in five colleges have been renovated and upgraded under this funding. Re-construction of all our major roads has been completed. These infrastructure developments have greatly transformed the University’s landscape. Street Lighting has also been installed on all major roads in the University and this has led to an improvement in security,” Prof. Nawangwe added.
This year, under the stewardship of the Gender Mainstreaming Directorate, 144 female scholars of the Female Scholarship Foundation are graduating with four (4) students graduating with first class degrees and sixty three (63) students attaining second class upper degrees. These are part of the 1,020 bright but socio-economically disadvantaged females that have been supported to study in various Colleges at the University since 2001. Seventy four (74) out of the 1,020 females have been directly financed by Makerere University through a tuition waiver scheme.
“I pay special tribute to the organizations that have supported the Gender Mainstreaming Directorate in this regard. These include Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Swedish Government (Sida), Norwegian Government, Mastercard Foundation, African Development Bank, Uganda Association of Women Lawyers (FIDA-Uganda), MS JD Global Education Fund, DFCU Bank, Joshua Mugyenyi Foundation, among others. I call upon well-wishers to support the noble cause of assisting those disadvantaged socially and economically to access University Education,” said the Vice Chancellor.
The Vice Chancellor also recognized Ms. Claire Muga Akinyi, a Mastercard Foundation Scholar upon graduating with First class Honors degree in Community Psychology. In the same vein, he congratulated the first cohort Scholars of Mastercard Foundation who will be graduating this year 2018.
The Vice Chancellor was happy to announce the first Graduates of Chinese language and urged more Ugandans to take interest in Chinese, the language spoken by the largest number of people in the whole world. This first cohort will be conferred upon their degrees on Friday 19th January 2018.
During this year’s first session, Makerere University Convocation recognized Mr. Odong Brian Boniface for the outstanding academic achievement of graduating as the Best Overall Science Student at Makerere University. Mr. Odong graduated with a first Class Honors Degree, scoring a CGPA of 4.94.
The Chairperson of the Makerere University Convocation thanked the entire community for their generous contributions towards the perimeter wall project. At the 67th Graduation ceremony, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Uganda Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda and the Chancellor Prof. Ezra Suruma launched the Perimeter wall project. The project was estimated to cost UGX7.5 billion and through the generous contribution the team has been able to construct 600 metres of the 6 kilometre wall.
“To date UGX250 million has been raised through generous contributions of members of convocation, parents, students and friends of Makerere University. I call upon all well-wishers to continue contributing to the project,” remarked Dr. Tanga-Odoi.
On Friday 19th January 2018, Mrs. Winnie Madikizela Mandela will receive an Honorary Doctorate of Laws of Makerere University in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the liberation struggle of South Africa and Africa at large. The decision to award Mrs. Mandela an Honorary Doctorate successfully went through all the vetting procedures following her successful nomination. Makerere University congratulates Winnie Madikizela Mandela upon this achievement and welcomes her to the Convocation.
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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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