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Secretary General of ARUA meets Mak Top Management on the need to expand and enhance Africa’s research 



On 15th May 2018, the Secretary General of African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA) Prof. Ernest Aryeetey visited Makerere University. During the historic visit, Prof. Aryeetey who also doubles as the Vice Chancellor of University of Ghana, met with Makerere University Top Management to discuss the various ways through which Makerere University can actively participate in the Alliance activities that are geared towards making African researchers and institutions globally competitive while contributing to the generation of knowledge for socio-economic transformation in Africa.

The African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA) is a network of universities from different countries and different historical backgrounds, but with a common vision of expanding and enhancing significantly the quality of research done in Africa.   

Inaugurated in Dakar in March 2015, ARUA brings together sixteen (16) of the region’s leading universities with the aim of strengthening African research through effective capacity-building. Its intention reflects what Africa needs at the moment from its leading universities.

Makerere University Top Managment posing for a photo with  the Secretary General of African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA) Prof. Ernest Aryeetey.

The African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA) is focusing on;
•    Increasing significantly the amount of  research that is being done in the 16 universities
•    Expanding the graduate training activities in the 16 universities 
•    Research management on the African continent
•    Africa’s Research advocacy 

“We need to improve research in both natural and social sciences and the research areas we are keenly looking at include; Climate change, Food security, on-communicable diseases, Materials development, and nanotechnology,  Energy, Mobility & migration, Poverty & inequality, Unemployment & skills development, Notions of identity, Good governance, Post-conflict societies and Water conservation,” he said.

According to Prof Ernest Aryeetey, over the years, African researchers have gained international recognition for their research that is majorly based on find solutions to societal problems.  However, such tremendous research has been hindered by challenges such as financial constraints the sector is facing.

“One of the major challenges that African researchers are facing is finding money to finance research activities and this has greatly impacted the rate at which research is being carried out on the continent.  One university in Africa is not strong enough to overcome these challenges and the best way is to collaborate and work together. We are pooling resources to relevant areas that we believe if handled very well can yield good results in communities,” he said.

Prof Ernest Aryeetey commended Makerere University for its vital research that has developed solutions to community problems. He urged collaborating Universities to look at the Alliance as a pan-African network that brings research and academic excellence to the fore front throughout the region by developing strong and viable research universities.

The Vice Chancellor of Makerere University Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, warmly welcomed Prof Ernest Aryeetey to Makerere University. He thanked the African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA) for recognising the tremendous contribution of Makerere University towards Africa’s research development.  

Makerere University has for long engaged in activities that are geared towards finding solutions to African problems. The institution is well known for developing human resource capacity that has strongly supported the economic and industrial sector of Uganda and Africa at large. We have engaged in research that provided solution to the ramming climate change, food insecurity and the rising epidemic diseases. I would like to mention that Makerere has the best tropical medicine school in the whole world with some of the best centres of excellence on the continent.” He vehemently said.

On behalf of Makerere University, the Vice Chancellor pledged to participate and support the African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA) to ensure that it meets its objectives. 

Article by Proscovia Nabatte, 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

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Over 15 core sponsors…

Sessions: 60% Virtual, 40% Onsite…

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