The Ag. Deputy Registrar (Undergraduate Admissions and Records Division) Mr. Charles Ssentongo, has advised high school students to focus on their future when building a reputable academic and career path. This was during a Mentorship and Career Guidance Workshop organised on 9th May 2018 by Childlife Network Uganda in conjunction with the Office of the Academic Registrar and Makerere University Public Relations Office.
Since 2014, the Makerere University has been conducting a mentorship and career guidance program in which key University Officials mainly from the Office of Academic Registrar engage students from Childlife Network Uganda on building a strong career path. During this annual program, students are exposed to wider experience in institutions of higher learning with the aim of motivating and inspiring them. In the same spirit, they are introduced to career development and realities for earlier career preparations.
Interacting with over 100 students in the Senior Common Room, Mr. Ssentongo urged students to have a self- awareness -assessment mechanism that will enable students understand themselves better and have a focused mind on their academics and objectives. According to him, for students to stay focused, they should have interest in what they are doing, be open to information access and having the ability to achieve their goals.
“Your interest must be in line with your ability to do something. If want to be a doctor, you should have the ability to become one and then have access to the necessary information in this field. The interest starts from the subjects you are doing, then to the combination and the course. Always evaluate your abilities, talents, personalities and values to understand yourself better. Knowing what you want can determine your destination,” he said.
He emphasized discipline among students as one of the important soft skills a person must acquire. “The only way we can develop and expand our job environment is through prudent management of soft skills like discipline,” he added.
Taking students through the University’s rich history, the Senior Public Relations Officer Ms. Ritah Namisango, encouraged students to read and excel so that they return after high school and join the legendary and renowned institution in the world. She emphasized the need for students to access information relevant to their academics and career objectives when she said, “being informed is very important, you cannot miss out opportunities and other relevant issues. It is very difficult to make mistakes when you have the necessary information. I therefore implore you to utilize the available platforms for information.”
Article by: Nabatte Proscovia Public Relations Office
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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