Mr. Andrew Abunyang officially received the instruments of power as Director, Human Resources Directorate (HRD), Makerere University at a brief handover ceremony held on 17th April 2018 in the Main Building. Mr. Abunyang has previously served as Commissioner Human Resource Management (Compensation) at the Ministry of Public Service and as Commissioner Human Resource Management at the Ministry of Health.
Presiding over the brief ceremony, the Acting Vice Chancellor and Deputy Vice Chancellor (Finance and Administration)-Prof. William Bazeyo congratulated Mr. Abunyang upon being successfully appointed and welcomed him to Makerere University. Prof. Bazeyo noted that Mr. Abunyang’s joining Makerere service coincided with the advent of new leadership and expressed confidence that he would enjoy a lot of goodwill from fellow members of University Management.
“I have heard about your previous experience in dealing with employees of different categories and request you continue to demonstrate good leadership skills” shared Prof. Bazeyo before adding “I encourage you to study the Human Resource Manual and other related policies so as to equip yourself with knowledge on how best to handle various matters and requests that you will soon be met with.”
Prof. Bazeyo further applauded the former Director Mrs. Mary Tizikara and outgoing Acting Director Mrs. Dorothy Sennoga Zake for a job well done in serving the Directorate. He further recommended that Mr. Abunyang reads Mickey W. Mantle and Ron Lichty’s book “Managing the Unmanageable” so as to acquire great tips on rules, tools and insights for managing diverse communities such as Makerere.
In her brief handover remarks, outgoing Director Mrs. Dorothy Zake welcomed the substantive Director to his new office and pledged her readiness as well as that of other HRD staff to work with him. She also thanked the University Management for all the support rendered to her during her tenure as Acting Director.
Mr. Abunyang in his acceptance remarks thanked the University Council, Appointments Board, and University Management for entrusting him with the position of Director HRD. “Makerere still remains THE University among publicly-owned universities and it is my pleasure to serve this great institution” he added.
The new Director further acknowledged that challenges do exist in all institutions but expressed his readiness to make his contribution to the betterment of the University. He additionally thanked Mrs. Zake for ensuring that his transition into Makerere service had been smooth, “I look forward to meeting the rest of the staff in the Directorate” added Mr. Abunyang.
The handover process was then guided by the Director Internal Audit, Mr. Walter Yorac Nono, according to the Public Service Standing Orders of the Government of Uganda. “This handover is not just an event but a continuous process to ensure that the Director seamlessly transitions into his new role” he added.
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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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