The Embassy of France in Uganda in partnership with Makerere University, Konrad Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS), Alliance Française de Kampala (AFK), UN Women, Uganda and the Institute for International and Strategic Affairs (iRiS) is organizing the Kampala Geopolitics Conference. Scheduled to take place from 26th to 27th October 2018, the two-day conference aims at creating an interactive and dynamic platform for dialogue and free exchange of ideas cutting across contemporary local and international issues.
The Kampala Geopolitics Conference is bringing on board professors, researchers, politicians, diplomats, journalists, activists and key leaders to engage in an interactive debate and find solutions to the challenges affecting world’s political and international relations.
During the Press Conference held on Friday, 5th October 2018, in the Council Room, the Makerere University Vice Chancellor Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe extended an open invitation to stakeholders, policymakers, politicians, Makerere University staff and students and members of the general public to attend the Kampala Geopolitics Conference.
“We are re-launching our debates by hosting the Kampala Geopolitics Conference. Over the years, Makerere University has maintained its reputation as the icon of debate among institutions of higher learning. Shortly after Uganda’s Independence in 1962, we hosted the First Makerere African Writers Conference of 1962, which was a milestone in African literature that directly addressed the legacy of colonialism. The conference attracted prominent writers such as Chinua Achebe, Wole Soyinka, Ezekiel Mphahlele, Lewis Nkosi, Ngugi wa Thiong’o and Rajat Neogy among others,” said the Vice Chancellor.
“The 1960s were dominated by icons such as the late Prof. Ali Mazrui who began his career at Makerere University. It was said that Prof. Mazrui’s Political debates in the Makerere University Main Hall often led some of the attendees to skip lunch rather than miss out on the wisdom from the critical thinker and Professor of Political Science. Other gallant academicians that went on to shape academic debate over the years include but are not limited to Prof. Mahmood Mamdani, Rt. Hon. Apolo Robin Nsibambi, Prof. James Rubadiri among others,” he added.
Prof. Nawangwe commended Makerere University Professors and academic staff that graciously accepted to serve as panelists and moderators during the Conference. He acknowledged, the Kampala Geopolitics Conference Steering Committee at Makerere University chaired by Dr. Eria Hisali for the job well done.
Preceding the Media Briefing, on Wednesday 25th July 2018, the Embassy of France in Uganda together with Makerere University, Konrad Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS), Alliance Française de Kampala (AFK), UN Women, Uganda and the Institute for International and Strategic Affairs (iRiS) had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to organize the Kampala Geopolitics Conference. The purpose of the Conference as stipulated in the MoU, is to provide a platform for building strong networks of expertise from Africa, France and Germany by engaging in a free flow of ideas and open discussions in a creative yet informative way while contributing to generation of knowledge.
Speaking at the Press Conference on 6th October 2018, the Ambassador of France to Uganda H.E Stéphanie Rivoal confirmed the team’s readiness for the event. She also mentioned that the debates will be held in form of round tables, interactive and creative discussion on issues of global concern.
“The conference will start on Friday, 26th October 2018 at 09:00am. Interactive discussions will continue on Saturday, 27th October 2018 from 09:00am up to 5:30pm. We expect 100 speakers from various countries including France, Germany, South Africa, Kenya, South Sudan and Uganda to discuss 21 topics vital to global concerns. The topics selected, cut across the global issues such as politics, economics, health, demography, gender, environment, youth, social issues in the Africa and the global context,” said stated.
According to the Ambassador, a vibrant team; including Daniel Omara, Sarah Kagingo, Pablo and Ife Piankhy will extemporize a blitz on the geopolitics themes; providing a platform upon which respective professors and experts will critically analyse the topics.
Other members present during the Press Conference included: the Country Representative of Konrad Adenauer-Stiftung, Mr. Mathias Kamp; the Country Representative of UN Women-Uganda, Dr. Maximu Houinato; the Cultural Coordinator- Alliance Française de Kampala, Ms. Charity Atukunda; the Focal Person of Makerere University Kampala Geopolitics Conference Steering Committee Dr. Eria Hisali; the Principal Public Relations Officer- Makerere University, Ms. Ritah Namisango; a team from the French Embassy and Konrad Adenauer-Stiftung.
The Friday activities will climax with a concert at 5:30pm in the Makerere University Freedom Square. The Concert will feature Jose Chameleon as the guest artist, DJ Slick Stuart and Roja plus a live band A Ka Dope. Other activities that will take place during the days’ conference include: art performances, market place of art and ideas, live studio by Media challenge Initiative, exhibitions by artists, innovators and startups, students and youth-led initiatives and a democracy expo by Konrad Adenauer-Stiftung, Alliance Française De Kampala and Campus France.
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.
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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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