On 31st August 2018, Makerere University received the Best Energy and Management Practices Service Sector (Universities) Award in recognition of undertaking a number of energy management techniques and strategies that have significantly contributed to efficient utilization of energy.
Organized by the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development in partnership with GIZ, Promotion of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficient Programme (PREEEP), the Energy Management Awards (EMAs) 2018 held at Pearl of Africa Hotel, attracted a total of 27 large and media scale enterprises including Universities.
Eng. Simon M. Kalanzi from the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development said that the Energy Management Awards (EMAs) 2018 aimed at promoting responsiveness on energy management among energy intensive facilities as well as helping consumers understand the value of excellence in energy efficiency and conservation. Eng. Kalanzi revealed that a technical committee of Seven (7) members identified by the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development evaluated the Expression of Interest and informed those who qualified to participate in the Awards.
What stood out for Makerere University?
According to Eng. Christina Kakeeto, the Estates and Works Department submitted a number of energy management practices undertaken by Makerere University. The practices illustrated how the institution embarked on various practices aimed at reducing high energy consumption.
“Two years back, we could switch on and off the street lights manually. But this act was both time and energy consuming. We had to go light by light to ensure that they are either switched on or off,” she explained.
Eng. Kakeeto explained that Makerere University introduced the automated street lighting system that has enabled the institution to automatically switch on and off the lights at specific time intervals. She highlighted that the University installed low consuming security lights around campus.
“Previously, we had high energy consuming security lights of 250 watts per light. However, using the phased approach, we have replaced these lights with a number of lower consuming fittings of 56watt flood lights, 108watt flood lights, 125watt sodium lights and 150 watt LED Security lights,” she mentioned.
The Assistant Estates Manager Mr. Darius Muwanguzi said that the Estates and Works Department has carried out regular energy audits with the involvement of user units especially those with high consuming energy records in order to come up with energy saving opportunities as well as recommendations on the best energy management practices.
“Working with other partners, we have also staged various campaigns to create awareness and sensitize our fellow staff and students on how we can reduce high consumption of energy in the University. We believe that energy conservation can reduce on our expenditure,” he said.
In his congratulatory remarks, the Vice Chancellor of Makerere University Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe applauded the team in Estates and Works Department for implementing innovative energy management practices that have been recognized by the Government through the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development. The Vice Chancellor pledged to continue championing the implementation of best energy management practices in the University.
The Makerere University Award was received by the Director of Estates and Works, Eng. Christina Kakeeto in the company of Mr. Darius Muwanguzi – Assistant Estates Manager, Dr. Florence Nakayiwa- Director Planning and Development Department; Mr. Yusuf Kiranda- Deputy University Secretary; Mr. Paul Sabakaaki-Manager in charge of the Electrical Section, Estates and Works Department, Ms. Caroline Namutosi-Civil Engineer, Estates and Works Department; Ms. Ritah Namisango-Principal Public Relations Officer; Mr. Gordon Murangira-Personal Assistant to the Vice Chancellor and Ms. Proscovia Nabatte- Assistant Communication Officer.
Article by: Mak Public Relations Office
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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