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Dr. Badat-Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Meets VC over Grants to CHUSS

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The Programme Director, International Higher Education and Strategic Projects at the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Dr. Saleem Badat has visited Makerere University to follow up on the grants given to the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHUSS) in 2018. In 2017, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation approved a grant worth USD5million to the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences for a period of five years.

In 2018, CHUSS received the first two major grants – one to the tune of USD800,000 to facilitate  cohort PhD training of 7 members of staff and the other of USD800,000 to support 15 early career scholars to conduct cutting edge research.

On Thursday, 10th January, 2019, Dr. Badat held a meeting with the PhD fellows and their supervisors to check on their progress and advise them on the way forward.

The Programme Director, International Higher Education and Strategic Projects at the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Dr. Saleem Badat during the courtesy call on the Vice Chancellor, 11th January 2019, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda

This morning, 11th January 2019, Dr. Badat paid a courtesy call on the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe to discuss issues such as conditions and developments related to the University and higher education, and specifically in the arts, humanities, and social sciences; key problems and challenges in higher education, and especially in the arts, humanities, and social sciences; the university's 2018 submissions and progress reports and their outcomes; the intended 2019 submission; and developments related to AWMF policies, criteria, rules, and practices, and any concerns about relations between the Foundation and the University.

Prof. Nawangwe appreciated the support rendered to Makerere University by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, noting that “it gives me great pleasure to see that donors are coming up to support the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences disciplines that face a lot of funding challenges, yet they greatly contribute to the transformation of the country”.

He informed Dr. Badat that Makerere was moving towards becoming a research-led University thus the need for more investment in research. He briefed him on the Government plan to increase funding for research at Makerere University, noting that this would greatly boost the capacity of staff to engage in cutting-edge research.

The Vice Chancellor-Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe appreciated the support rendered to the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences disciplines by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

The meeting was attended by the Acting Principal of CHUSS, Dr. Josephine Ahikire, the Coordinator of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grants at Makerere, Dr. Edgar Nabutanyi and Deans, Dr. Patrick Mangeni and Dr. Julius Kikooma.

Dr. Badat also held a meeting with Prof. Mahmood Mamdani, Director Makerere Institute of Social Research (MISR) on the 2018 supranational grant. He will meet with the Principal of CHUSS and Deans to discuss the 2019 Institutional priorities.

Established in 1969, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation endeavors to strengthen, promote, and, where necessary, defend the contributions of the humanities and the arts to human flourishing and to the well-being of diverse and democratic societies.  To this end, it supports exemplary institutions of higher education and culture as they renew and provide access to an invaluable heritage of ambitious, path-breaking work.  The Foundation makes grants in five core program areas:  Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities; Arts; and Cultural Heritage; Diversity; Scholarly Communications; and International Higher Education and Strategic Projects.

Article by Hasifa Kabejja, Principal Communication Officer, CHUSS

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Veteran Professor changed Makerere and Higher Education

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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

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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

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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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