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Bioinformatics and Metagenomics Workshop, 10th-14th September, 2018

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The College of Veterinary Medicine, Animal Resources & Biosecurity (COVAB), Makerere University in Partnership with Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala, Sweden with funding support from Swedish Research Council for Tick-Borne Pathogens Project 2017-2019 will conduct a Bioinformatics and Metagenomics Workshop from 10th-14th September, 2018.

Workshop Aims:

To introduce graduate students/fellows to- bioinformatics and high throughput sequencing data analysis. The workshop will consist of 4 full days of training in bioinformatics and metagenomics questions, data handling, taxonomic classification and visualization.

Target Audience

Graduate students (MSc, PhD) and Post-doctoral Fellows with a molecular research project or planning to undertake molecular research with interest in metagenomics. Only 20 slots are available for this workshop.

Course Modules:

  1. Basic Unix
  2. Introduction to R (data manipulation and visualization)
  3. Quality control of HTS datasets
  4. Metabarcording : 16 S ampllicons analysis
  5. Viral metagenomics

Teaching and Learning Methods

The Course will be taught mainly using computer based platforms in combination with short lecture sessions.

Workshop Fees: Free (covered by the project)

Registration

Please RSVP by 15th August, 2018 by sending email to Dr. Lawrence Mugisha at mugishalaw@gmail.com copied to Deputy Principal Secretary, COVAB at: deputyprincipal@covab.mak.ac.ug

The body of your email must include the following information:
Your Full Name (Surname, Given Name)
Your Affiliation (Including year of study, program or departmental affiliation, and University)
Contact information (Home Address, Email Address, and Phone Number)
Reason for attending the workshop (1 paragraph)
Name and contact information for one reference (Professor or Colleague)

Venue: Room 400: College of Veterinary Medicine, Animal Resources & Biosecurity (COVAB) and Ruth Keesling Wildlife and Research Centre
Time: 9am to 05:00pm daily

For more details, contact:

Co-Principal Investigator and Workshop Host
Dr. Lawrence Mugisha, BVM, MSc, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Wildlife & Aquatic Animal Resources
College of Veterinary Medicine, Animal Resources & Biosecurity (COVAB)
Email: mugishalaw@ gmail.com, lmugisha@covab.mak.ac.ug

Tel: +256772566551

Registration: Registration for the workshop is now Open.
 

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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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