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Mak Mourns Iconic Literary Alumnus Prof Rubadiri

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We have learnt with the deepest sorrow imaginable of the death of Prof. David James Rubadiri.; Africa’s celebrated poet, scholar and diplomat and even more immediately Makerere University’s very own son. We would like to express our solidarity as the Makerere University with you all at this time of grief.

Makerere University deeply mourns the passing of an iconic literary figure, whom all Ugandan school children know by his poems “Stanley Meets Mutesa.”, “Yet Another Song” and Death at Mulago.  The entire University fraternity and in particular the Department of Literature feels a deep sense of loss and a special attachment to this poet and teacher for the distinguished service he gave to Makerere University and the Ugandan nation as whole to the extent that most Ugandans know him as a Ugandan scholar and poet. We know that Ugandans have agreed to think of him as Ugandan by experience and Malawian by birth.

We also know that Prof. Rubadiri loved Makerere and Uganda deeply and made no secret of his great pride in Makerere as his alma mater. Apart from his long illustrious career here at the University in the Department of Literature, he was our ambassador wherever he went. He always spoke of Makerere with great love and loyalty.

Rubadiri’s love of letters was nurtured here at Makerere and some of his most known work such as the Anthology: Poems From East Africa was edited with his teacher and colleague David Cook while he was here at this University. He was among the young African writers of the 1960s who made an indelible mark on the African literary landscape and its political conscience. Makerere also honours Prof. Rubadiri as one of Africa’s earliest talented writers; a poet who keenly identified with the humanity of Africans in his written work.

Prof. Rubadiri distinguished himself as an indomitable son of letters in East Africa. A writer who stood tall in his literary achievement. We will remember and honour him as writer who many of us studied during our formative years at secondary school here in Uganda  and most profoundly as a scholar who made us feel proud to be Ugandan.

The Literature Department here has the most pleasant memories of their interaction with him when he taught here. He was extremely gracious, warmly generous, hardworking and meticulous with detail. He loved the subject of Literature and it was most natural that this shone through all he did. There are numerous stories about classes filling to capacity with students who just came from different departments to sit at Rubadiri’s feet and watch and listen to him teach poetry.  We are grateful that he was part of us. We will miss him deeply. We hope too that we will continue to pass on what we learnt from him to our students.

The literary fraternity here and all over the globe mourns Prof. Rubadiri deeply but we mourn with hope encouraged by the legacy this great mind left behind.

May his soul rest in peace.

Yours Sincerely

Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe
VICE CHANCELLOR

 

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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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