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Pure Bliss as Uganda Hosts and Wins the 3rd FISU World University Netball Championship



As soon as the final whistle was blown, jubilations and celebrations erupted among Ugandans who had come to cheer the Mighty Cranes during the final match of the 3rd World University Netball Championship. Hosts Uganda beat defending Champions South Africa 44-43 in the highly anticipated, hotly competitive Final Game.

The FISU World University Netball Championship which started on Monday, 17th September ended blissfully for Uganda on Friday, 21st September 2018 with the triumphant hosts lifting the trophy. The Championship attracted six other countries including USA, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe, Kenya and South Africa.

R-L, The Prime Minister of Uganda Rt. Hon. Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda, Chairperson of Makerere University Council Eng. Charles Wana Etyem  and the Vice Chancellor of Makerere University Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe cheering the players.

During the closing ceremony that was held in the Makerere University Sports Arena, a jovial Prime Minister of the Republic of Uganda Rt. Hon. Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda, congratulated the Mighty Cranes upon their historic victory. He also commended South Africa for putting up a defensive game and Singapore for emerging third in the 2018 Championship. 

“I also thank the delegations from the six countries namely; Kenya, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka, USA and Zimbabwe for accepting our invitation. I thank the International University Sports Federation (FISU) for entrusting the Republic of Uganda and Makerere University with hosting the 2018 Championship,” he said.

The Prime Minister appreciated the Ministry of Education and Sports, the leadership of Makerere University, partners, event sponsors and the Uganda Police Force (UPF) for ensuring that a successful event was held. He also thanked the Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF) and the Engineering Brigade in particular for ensuring that the sports facility was ready for the Championship.

Team Uganda paying with South Africa in a hotly contested game that was won by team Uganda.

According to Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda, sport is an important tool for promoting unity and team spirit. It is a discipline that teaches people to live harmoniously and peacefully in societies. He therefore called upon students to exhibit their talents and also promote their universities and Uganda at large through sports. 

“I can attest to the fact that sports can be played alongside academics.  For years, the Government of Uganda through the Ministry of Education and Sports has supported students a with a sports talent to pursue education in the respective universities,” he said.

The Vice Chancellor of Makerere University Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe congratulated the Mighty Cranes upon the well-deserved victory. In the same spirit he commended all participants for their energetic performances. 

The President of the Local Organizing Committee Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe handing over the FISU flag to the  Mr. Liberty Maidza.

“Throughout this Championship, I noted that all participants put up spirited, skillful and professional performances. I therefore appreciate the heads of delegation, managers, coaches and sports tutors of the respective teams for a job well done,” said the Vice Chancellor.   

“In a special way allow me to thank Team Uganda; The Mighty Cranes, for the passion and professionalism they have exhibited throughout the games. You have dearly defended and promoted the netball brand of Uganda and our respective universities. Your talent and creative play has endeared us to other countries as experts in netball. Thank you so much!” he added. 

Prof. Nawangwe commended the professional conduct of the 2018 Championship referees and the technical team, the efforts of the Local organizing committee and the volunteers that guaranteed the smooth running of the games.  He as well applauded the UPDF Engineering Brigade for constructing a world class indoor sports facility as a befitting legacy to the event. 

Some members in the audience celebrating the victory of the Mighty Cranes.

He thanked the Government of Uganda and in particular the H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni and the Minister of Education and Sports Hon. Janet Kataaha Museveni for extending support worth UGX5.57billion to the construction of the Makerere University Arena.  

“On behalf of FISU and sister members, I appreciate the hosts, the international and local organizing committees, the coaches, players and volunteers for the job well done. This game ended with excitement. As the FISU President, it gives me great pride and joy to say that we have successfully held the 3rd FISU World University Netball Championship 2018. Webale Uganda, webale Makerere University,” said Mr. Liberty Maidza, the FISU President’s representative. 

The closing ceremony climaxed with a grand dinner at Imperial Royale Hotel.


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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