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Mak applauds Augustine Tamale for professionalism in the world of accountancy



 It was a moment of joy when Makerere University together with other invited guests celebrated the graceful and memorable period of their former University Bursar Mr. Augustine Tamale. This was at a colourful farewell party organised by Makerere University Finance Department on 29th June 2018 to celebrate Mr. Tamale’s dedicated service at Makerere University. 

Donned in an elegant silver grey suit, Mr. Augustine Tamale could not hide his happiness. In a calm and gentle voice he said, “This is a moment of mixed feelings. There is joy that I am moving to another place, but I had bonded with so many people here whom I miss dearly. Makerere University has lifted my profile so high-the University Bursar managing billions and billions. It was worthwhile being here. I will continue to give support to the team in the Finance Department when called upon.”

L-R, Director of Internal Audit Mr. Walter Yorac Nono, Deputy University Secretary Mr. Yusuf Kiranda, Principal of College of Business and Management Sciences Dr. Eria Hisali and the outgoing University Bursar Mr. Augustine Tamale.

He thanked Makerere University Management, Makerere University Council and the entire University community for the opportunity offered to him to serve the great and legendary Institution.

In the same spirit, he thanked staff in the Finance Department for the cooperation that enabled him to deliver to the University’s expectation. He called for unity in the Department and encouraged members to always stand for honesty, one of the pillars of accounting profession.

“I believe that you will achieve  the best if you are united, even if I have gone , I will continue to support you, I am just a phone call away, I wish you prosperity. In all your individual plans, I pray that the good Lord rewards you accordingly. May the Lord God Bless you abundantly,” he said.

 L-R, Ms Deborah Nalule, Ms. Ritah Namisango and Mrs. Dorothy Sennoga Zake

Mr. Augustine Tamale was appointed substantive University Bursar on 7th November 2015. He resigned from this position after serving Makerere University for a period of two years and eight months. On Thursday 28th June 2018, Mr. Tamale officially handed over office to the now Acting University Bursar, Ms Deborah Nalule.  He will forever be remembered as a man of his word and a professional accountant who ensured transparency and efficiency of financial transactions in the University.

At the vivacious party that was held in the Makerere University Guest House Garden, the Vice Chancellor represented by the Principal of College of Business and Management Sciences Dr. Eria Hisali, appreciated Mr. Tamale’s commitment to his job and thanked him for standing for professionalism during his time of service. 

“When we occupy these offices let us do work, do it well, and do it in a way that our contribution is remembered. Mr. Tamale, we shall always remember you as a man of your word and a noble cause of professionalism,” he said.

The cake was enjoyed by many.

To the incoming Acting University Bursar, Dr. Hisali said, “Thank you for accepting this position. During this period, you may find that there are a number of reporting requirements needed, re-organise your team so that work continues smoothly.” 

On behalf of Makerere University Finance Department, the Acting Manager Finance and Administration Mr. Lubowa Ssebina Gyaviira thanked Mr. Tamale for teaching staff in the Finance  Department the importance of professionalism, hard work, timely reporting and respect for each other.

Some of the staff members enjoying the music.

At the peak of the ceremony, Mr. Tamale received a plaque as a sign of appreciation for the unmeasurable service he rendered to the University. The Plaque was handed over to him by the Director of Internal Audit Mr. Walter Yorac Nono on behalf of Makerere University. Amidst applause, he also received several gifts from the Finance Department, Members of staff and well-wishers.

Guests were treated to a sumptuous dinner and drinks.  After serving the cake, Mr. Augustine Tamale opened the dance joined by invited guests and members of staff. 

Article by Nabatte Proscovia, 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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