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New Human Resources Director Tips Staff on Discipline



“I am privileged to be working for Makerere University. For the short time I have been here, I have come to a conclusion that Makerere University is the best employer. I want us as human resource practitioners to take the lead in being disciplined and protect the image of our employer. Makerere University will continue to shine if staff maintains the highest level of discipline,” remarked Mr. Andrew Abunyang, the new Director of Human Resources.

Mr. Abunyang made the remarks on Thursday 3rd May 2018 at the welcome party organised by staff in the Directorate of Human Resources at the Makerere University Guest House.

Mr. Abunyang received instruments of power as Director, Human Resources of Makerere University on Tuesday 17th April 2018. He previously worked as Commissioner Human Resource Management at the Ministry of Public Service and Commissioner Human Resource Management at the Ministry of Health.

Mr. Abunyang informed invited guests comprising Members of University Management, Principals, as well as staff from the Directorate of Human Resources and Mak Public Relations Office that his style of service is based on an open door management approach where staff are free to approach him for consultations.

He is optimistic that team work and support from Management and Staff would enable him to overcome human resources challenges associated with learned environments such as Makerere University.Senior members of staff in the directorate pose for a group photo with Mr Andrew Abunyang (5th Left).

“Human Resource management is a very challenging role wherever you go especially in a knowledge-based organisation like Makerere University where you are dealing with highly learned and intelligent people. With team work and the support that you have assured me of, we will overcome these challenges. I thank you for organising a welcome party for me. I encourage the Directorate to take lead in organising such parties for other members of staff,” remarked Mr. Abunyang.

In a speech read by Dr. Eria Hisali, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe congratulated Mr. Abunyang upon being appointed Director Human Resources. The Vice Chancellor welcomed Mr. Abunyang to his management team and reaffirmed his readiness to work with him to take Makerere University to greater heights.

Some members of University Top Management who were present at the party.Dr. Eria Hisali who is the Principal of the College of Business and Management Sciences, and the Acting Deputy Vice Chancellor (Finance and Administration), commended the Outgoing Acting Director Human Resources, Mrs. Dorothy Sennoga Zake for being a good team player as well as managing the Directorate of Human Resources during the time of transition. He thanked the staff in the Directorate for the support accorded to Mrs. Sennoga Zake during her period of service. Dr. Hisali also called upon the staff in the Directorate to extend the same support to Mr. Abunyang.

He added that Makerere University is looking up to Mr.Abunyang to find solutions to the human resource challenges. “We count on your knowledge and expertise to help the University Management to address and find solutions to these challenges,” he said.Mrs Sennoga Zake receiving a plaque from Dr. Elia Hisali

On behalf of the Vice Chancellor, Dr. Hisali presented a plaque to Mrs. Sennoga Zake in appreciation of the dedicated service rendered to Makerere University as the Acting Director Human Resources from 1st July 2017 to 16th April 2018. He also presented the Makerere University Neck Tie to Mr. Abunyang.

The University Bursar, Mr. Augustine Tamale who has executed tasks that required input from the staff in the Directorate of Human Resources, assured the new Director of Human Resources that he will be working with a great team.

Reflecting on goodwill and support from the Directorate of Human Resources, Mrs. Sennoga Zake said:

“I assure you that we are a good team, and we are ready to work with you, Mr. Abunyang. I joined Makerere University in 1988 as an Administrative Assistant. I have risen through the ranks. I have enjoyed my stay at Makerere University I have received a lot of support from colleagues. At Makerere University, every day presents a learning experience. I thank the Management and Staff in the Directorate for the support that I received during the time I served as Acting Director, Human Resources,” she remarked.Mr Abunyang was hosted to a dinner

Mrs. Sennoga Zake returns to her substantive position as Manager of Staff Development, Welfare and Retirement Benefits in the Directorate of Human Resources.

On behalf of staff in the Directorate, Mr. Godwin Okiror reiterated his colleagues’ readiness to work with the new Director so as to realise an effective and efficient human resource function.

Mr. Julius Lebo, the Senior Performance Officer applauded Mr. Abunyang for accepting to serve at Makerere University. “Mr. Abunyang is a man of integrity and in appointing him as our Director, I believe that the Appointments Board made the best choice,” remarked Mr. Lebo. He praised Mrs. Sennoga Zake for inculcating in them the spirit of team work.

The welcome party which started with a word of prayer led by Ms. Mavis Kansiime, Acting Senior Employment Officer climaxed with a sumptuous meal and plenty of drinks. In a very special way, staff from the Directorate of Human Resources who joined the dance floor to celebrate the good times in the Directorate commended the Labour and Welfare Officer, Ms. Janet Nabukeera for the excellent planning and execution of the Welcome Party.

Article by: Mak Public Relations Office

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Veteran Professor changed Makerere and Higher Education



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



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



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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