Mrs. Lorna Magara has been elected Chairperson of Makerere University Council for a four-year term (December 2018 – December 2022). She takes over office from Eng. Dr. Charles Wana-Etyem whose term ended on 19th December 2018. The Council elected Rt. Hon. Daniel Fred Kidega, the former Speaker of the East African Legislative Assembly as Vice Chairperson.
Mrs. Magara is an alumnus of Makerere University (1986-1988); where she graduated with Bachelor of Arts with Education. She holds a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership and Management from Uganda Christian University, Mukono. Mrs. Lorna Magara is the first woman to be elected Chairperson of the University Council since establishment. She will be at the helm of the University governance as the institution marks 100 years in 2020.
The election occurred at the inaugural meeting of the new University Council held on 20th December 2018 at Makerere University. At the same meeting, the Council elected three representatives of the Public to the University in accordance with section 38(1)(n) of the Universities and Other Tertiary Institutions Act (UOTIA) (2001 as amended). Those elected to represent the public for the four-year term are: Mr. Bruce Balaba Kabaasa, Hon. Thomas Tayebwa and Rt. Hon. Daniel Fred Kidega.
The University Council is the supreme organ of the University. The Council is established under Section 38 of the Universities and Other Tertiary Institutions Act (2001 as amended) (UOTIA). Under section 40 of UOTIA, Council is responsible for the overall administration and implementation of the objects and functions of the University. Specifically, section 40 provides the functions as to:
a) Be responsible for the direction of the administrative, financial, and academic affairs of the University;
b) Formulate the general policy of the Public University;
c) Give general guidelines to the administration and academic staff of the University on matters relating to the operations of the University; and,
d) Do any other thing and take all necessary decision conducive to the fulfilment of the objects and functions of the University.
The University Management congratulate the new members and leadership of the University Council and looks forward to their policy and administrative guidance over the next four years.
Article written by: Secretary to Council/ Office of the University Secretary
Attached is the brief is extracted from Mrs Lorna Magara’s detailed CV
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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