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Lead the continent out of poverty, Vice Chancellor urges students

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Makerere University Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe has urged students of Makerere University to strive to lead the African continent out of poverty. Prof. Nawangwe was addressing over 300 Scholars of Mastercard Foundation, during their annual leadership training held at Ridar Hotel- Seeta.

He reminded the students that Africa was once the most civilized continent in the world, but because of wars and poor leadership, the continent was torn apart. He was therefore very happy that there was a new breed of leaders being groomed through leadership training and that it was their duty to take the continent back to its former glory. 

The Vice Chancellor adressing students during the MAK- MCF Scholars Camp.

He further reminded the students that they had capacity to impact the continent and world because they were being trained at Makerere, the best University on the continent, which has also produced some of the best leaders of the continent. He further told them that they could be the next great and transformative leaders of their generation given the resources that have been availed to them.

Prof. Nawangwe thanked Mastercard Foundation for the role that they have played in facilitating the acquisition of education to many brilliant students in the country that were incapable of affording University education. He applauded the students on their confidence and great presentation skills, and called upon them to go out and implement them in the world of work. He further encouraged the students to work harder in their studies to avoid having delays and retakes, so that they could accumulate resources and create impact in their societies.

Some of the students that attended the Camp.

He called upon other development to emulate Mastercard Foundation in educating they young generation of Africa, because it was the only sure way the continent will overcome poverty and the poor leadership that has been the biggest challenged for the last 50years.

The Coordinator of Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at Makerere University, Dr. Florence Nakayiwa urged the students to desist from participating in activities such as strikes which could destruct their academic progress. She reminded them to give back to their communities the same way they have been supported. She also urged them to put the skills they gained from the leadership training in practice, so that they become the true transformative leaders Mastercard Foundation expects them to be.

Dr. Florence Nakayiwa engaging students.

The leadership Camp is an annual training where Scholars of Mastercard Foundation at Makerere University are trained in a number of soft and transferable skills. This year’s training was held in partnership with Solutions Africa, a reputable organisation famed for corporate leadership development in Africa. The Scholars have been trained in transformative leadership, time management, community engagement, Social research and Information Communication Technology.

Article by: Bernard Buteera Butare, Communcation and Web Officer Mak-MCF Scholars Program 

 

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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

We are sincerely grateful to our sponsors…

Over 15 core sponsors…

Sessions: 60% Virtual, 40% Onsite…

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