Students from Makerere University College of Business and Management Sciences (CoBAMS) have showcased their amazing innovations at the Third Annual Entrepreneurship Expo. The Colorful exhibition took on Friday, 12th October 2018 in the Makerere University Freedom Square. Among the many ideas showcased were the five top innovations that won awards. These included:
1. Alpha Investment Limited; producers of fuel from plastics, won the Vice Chancellor’s award of UGX1,000,000/=
2. Green Way Innovation; recyclers of waste materials to make paper, won the Principal’s award of UGX700,0000/=
3. Polypavers; manufacturers of pavers from polythene bags, won the Dean’s award of UGX500,000/=
4. Flora Investments; makers of powdered cakes, and
5. Becova Natural Oil
The Third Annual Entrepreneurship Expo was organized by the Department of Marketing and Management, CoBAMS under the theme: Unlocking Students’ Potential. According to Dr. Peter Turyakira the Department Head, the Third Annual Entrepreneurship Expo was aimed at enhancing entrepreneurship skills among university students.
“The Expo is showcasing some of the students’ innovative ideas. This is done to inspire and encourage the entrepreneurial spirit on campus. We are convinced that if young graduates are entrepreneurially oriented, they can be able to build startups and create employment opportunities,” he said.
According to Dr. Turyakira, this year, both undergraduate and graduate students participated in the Expo. Vision Group was the main sponsor with others including; Post Bank Uganda, Uganda Revenue Authority, Pride Microfinance Limited, Uganda Industrial Research Institute, United Bank of Africa, Eistein Rising Uganda and Business Development Service Providers Network.
The day’s Guest of Honor was Vision Group’s Deputy Managing Director/Chief Finance Officer, Mr. Gervase Ndyanabo, who advised students to work hard towards the success and growth of their business ideas. He appealed to the business community to render both financial and inspirational support to students.
On behalf Vision Group, Mr. Ndyanabo promised to continue supporting students in the world of entrepreneurship.
Representing the Principal Dr. Eria Hisali, the Dean, School of Business Dr. Umar Kakumba said that initiatives such as the Entrepreneurship Expo bridge the gap between theories that are being taught at the University and the world of business.
He urged students to take advantage of the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Center that has been established by the College through the Department of Marketing and Management to nurture and grow their business ideas.
“The Entrepreneurship and Innovation Center will provide mentorship and space for young people to start and nurture business ideas. It will also give us more flexibility in doing other activities such as research and outreach as well as raising financial resources for our activities,” he stated.
He recognized the effort of the Department of Marketing and Management in organizing the Annual Entrepreneurship Expo when he said, “through entrepreneurship, we are able to have a blended learning and students have the opportunity and ideas to create jobs for the nation.”
Article by: Rachael Kanyi and Esther Joyce Nakibombo, Communication Volunteers 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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