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Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe elucidates the relevancy of financing Higher Education in Africa



The Vice Chancellor of Makerere University, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe has appealed to Institutions for Higher learning in Africa to utilize the various ways of generating funds and resources to cater for the rapid growth of the university students’ population.  This was during the Mount Kenya University 14th Graduation Ceremony held on 03rd August 2018, at the Mount Kenya University, Graduation Pavillion Grounds Thika- Garissa.

In a speech he made on; Financing of Higher Education in Africa for Quality and Sustainability, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe said that the rapid growth in University students’ population is a challenge to the sustainable financing of higher education in Africa; in spite of the public investment in the higher education sector in the last 15 years.  

“At the same time, our economies are struggling with many priorities to bring our countries out of poverty. Therefore, Universities are under pressure to increase financial base and control costs,” he explained.  

Prof Barnabas Nawangwe with some of the Management Members of Mount Kenya University.

He highlighted crucial areas that have enhanced Higher Education in Africa and among them included: 

  • Government Sponsorship of both public and private university students.
  • The Governments’ commitment to offer Free Primary Education and Free Secondary Education in Kenya and elsewhere in Africa,
  • Scholarships and Grants for enhancing education in Africa,
  • Indirect External Aid,
  • Diversification of Financing Sources,
  • Scaling Faculty Research Revenue,
  • Consultancy Services,
  • Third stream revenue generation,
  • University-Industry Partnerships, and
  • Prudent financial management.

Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe acknowledged the founders of Mount Kenya University for the vision of contributing to Africa’s emancipation from marginalization and poverty. He congratulated all graduands upon reaching the tremendous milestone and encouraged them to live a life that is focused to a noble cause. 

“My gratitude goes to all the graduands. I commend you for the great triumph as well as achievements in your academics.  Indeed, I am delighted to celebrate this occasion with you and I bring you warm salutations from Makerere University,” he said.  

“I encourage you to take the idea of freedom that you have found at this Great University and make it ideal. continue with your interest in education. We are living in a global knowledge economy and Africa’s hope is in young people who have acquired a good education. You may not all become professors, engineers, accountants or any of the other white collar destinations, but you have been empowered to think and live responsibly and create jobs for yourselves and others,” he added. 

On 19th September 2017, Makerere University signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Mount Kenya University; were the two institutions agreed to improve higher education in the region.

The MoU stipulated that the two parties will; 

  1. Stimulate communication, cooperation, and partnerships between the two Colleges including exchange of students and faculty and to develop twinned curriculum thus enhancing the educational quality and resources of both Colleges.
  2. Provide information on academic programmes of both Colleges so that students take full advantage of existing international education opportunities.
  3. Create a collaborative relationship between MakCHS and MKUCHS in which either party will recognize the other as a partner in training and research.

Attached is the Vice Chancellor’s Speech  

Article by : 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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