On 12th February 2018, the outgoing Acting Director of Internal Audit Directorate-Mr. Benson Barigye handed over office to the newly appointed substantive Director Mr. Walter Yorac Nono. Presided over by the Office of the University Secretary ably represented by Ms. Komugisha Consolate, the handover ceremony took place in the Directorate of Internal Audit and was witnessed by Mr. Ssanyu Lawrence, representing the Acting Director of Human Resource and Mr. Patrick Okonyet, Manager, Internal Audit.
Mr. Barigye thanked the University for granting him the opportunity to lead the Directorate and also thanked the staff for the cooperation and teamwork accorded to him during his tenure. Mr. Barigye was appointed Acting Director Internal Audit on 6th March 2017 when the then Acting Director Mr. Patrick Akonyet was granted sick leave. During his tenure, Mr. Barigye has successfully pushed for an increment of the Directorate’s budget for the financial year 2017/2018.
“The Internal Audit budget had stagnated at UGX75 million for the last 3 financial years. However, after presenting our request for additional funding to the Finance, Planning, Administration and Investment Committee of Council (FPAIC), the Chairperson sanctioned the increase of our funding in the financial year 2017/2018. We thank Management for allocating Internal Audit an extra UGX74million,” Mr. Barigye said.
He has also managed to organise a successful capacity building workshop for annual work plans and a stakeholders’ workshop on pre- audit phase out. He thanked his fellow staff members for the selfless devotion to serve the Directorate and University community.
Mr. Barigye congratulated Mr. Walter Yorac Nono upon his new role and pledged to work harmoniously with him to ensure that the objectives and goals of the Directorate are accomplished. He urged the incoming Director to follow up and ensure that the Directorate is well equipped with qualified staff and modern ICT equipment.
On behalf of the Management and the entire university community, Ms. Komugisha Consolate commended Mr. Barigye for his work in the Directorate of Internal Audit. According to Ms Komugisha, Mr. Barigye will always be remembered for his timely reports to FPAIC and his support to the Office of the Auditor General to ensure that the Annual report is produced on time.
“We have not received any complaints on the delay in reporting. We therefore hope to continue tapping into your expertise and experience to support Mr. Yorac Nono. Since he is new to Makerere, he might need help to understand the technicalities of the University system,” said Ms. Komugisha, as she welcomed the new Director and pledged the University Management’s support.
Mr. Walter Yorac Nono thanked Makerere University and the Directorate of Internal Audit for the warm welcome he received since his appointment on 2nd January 2018. His five year term runs until 1st January 2023.
In his remarks, Mr. Yorac Nono promised to build a value preposition for Internal Audit that will be based on assurance, insight and objectivity. He expressed readiness to work hand in hand with Management, staff of the Directorate and the University Community to provide insights and recommendations based on analyses and assessments of data and processes.
“With this team, we have capacity for value assurance. I am ready to build a team committed to integrity and accountability, a team ready to provide value to University Council, Management as well as an independent source of objective advice,” he said.
Mr. Walter Yorac Nono is a Professional Certified Public Accountant of Uganda (ICPAU) and a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA-UK). He is also a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA-Uganda/Global) and a member of the Institute of Corporate Governance of Uganda (ICGU). He holds a Master of Science degree in Accounting and Finance from Makerere University and a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Oxford Brookes University. He served as Head of Internal Audit at the National Council for Higher Education, a position he held from September 2011 to January 2018, prior to that he was the Chief Internal Auditor at Case Hospital, Audit Manager at Evlo & Company Certified Public Accountants and a supervisor at Team & Co. Certified Public Accountants.
He has also taught Accounting, taxation and Auditing at the National College of Business Studies (now Makerere University Business School), Uganda College of Commerce – Tororo and Bishop Barham University College in Kabale.
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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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