The Biomedical Engineering unit at Makerere University is organizing the first ever Biomedical Engineering High School Summer School. This event scheduled to run from 27th August 2018 to 31st September 2018 is aimed at interesting students in the use of Science and Technology to solve their community's challenges.
The participants who will range from Senior 3 to Senior 6 Secondary School students will have an immersion of the Engineering Design stages, handson experience working in state-of-the-art science research labs, mentorships from Makerere University faculty and career guidance from Makerere University's Admissions' Office.
In today’s highly computerized and big data driven society, students’ tech skills need to be developed to unprecedented levels Unfortunately, as evidenced by the distribution of the candidates in the 2017 Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE), only 20% of the candidates pursued science subjects. To tackle this low level of interest in Science Technology and Mathematics (STEM), Makerere University’s Biomedical Engineering program (MAK-BME) is hosting its first ever High School Summer School from 27th August to 31st September 2018.
The aim of the Summer School is to expose Uganda's high school students to the exciting and engaging world of STEM to pique their interests in careers in STEM. Emphasis will be placed to involve under-represented persons in industry for example people with disabilities and girls to encourage them to pursue careers in STEM.
During this five day event, students will cover a mini project-based curriculum to learn and apply concepts in Engineering, Health Sciences and Environmental Sciences to solve real life challenges targeting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG’s).
The need-based project curriculum will be supplemented by boot camps to improve the skillset of the attendees and add to their STEM application repertoire. It will also allow informal interaction between our attendees and facilitators to furnish mentorships that could last well beyond the duration of the Summer school. We shall also have career guidance from the Makerere University Admissions office to guide the prospective applicants on the to-dos of STEM career aspirants. By the end of the summer school, our attendees will have clear know-how of spotting and defining a high impact health challenge, and developing feasible solutions to solve them. But that’s not all, the participants will also learn what it takes to translate their solutions to market.
We are not promising to teach you a full engineering curriculum. To be honest, we couldn’t even if we set out to do so. We plan to teach you (1) how to think like a problem solver and (2) how to learn by yourself so you will definitely leave much better than you will have arrived, guaranteed.
Fee: 250,000 UGX
The fee charged covers the following:
- Breakfast and lunch including all the attendees on the closing day.
- All material costs and facilitation fees to the program instructors.
- Transportation, equipment costs and internet access
- Event apparel will also be provided to each participant.
Methods of Payment
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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