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Shaanxi Troupe Thrills at Mak Chinese New Year 2019 Show

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The Shaanxi Provincial Acrobatic Art Troupe Co. Ltd on Saturday 26th January 2019 put up a thrilling show as the Chinese Community in Uganda, dignitaries and members of public convened at the Freedom Square, Makerere University to mark the Chinese New Year 2019. The show was sponsored by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of China through the Embassy of China in Uganda in partnership with the Confucius Institute at Makerere University.

The Vice Chancellor-Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe welcomes guests to the show

The day’s host, Vice Chancellor Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe welcomed the Ambassador of the People's Republic of China to Uganda, H.E. Zheng ZhuQiang and the Minister of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities, Hon. Ephraim Kamuntu as well as other guests to the acrobatic show. Also present was the Director of the Confucius Institute (CI) at Makerere University , Prof. Oswald Ndoleriire and his co-Director, Prof. Xia Zhuoqiong.  

The Director, Confucius Institute (CI) at Makerere University, Prof. Oswald Ndoleriire (2nd R) and his co-Director, Prof. Xia Zhuoqiong (3rd R) and other guests enjoy the proceedings

“The acrobatic show at Makerere University to celebrate the Chinese New Year has been a great experience. I thank H.E. Zheng for cementing the good relationship between the people of Uganda and China. Long live China and Happy New Year” remarked the Vice Chancellor.

The acts were a test of strength and balance

The Cultural and Tourism Department of the People's Government of Shaanxi Province of China put together a performance that left both young and old spellbound by the colourful performances and delicate balancing acts. Shaanxi is a province in North-western China that boasts of several attractions such as an archaeological site containing thousands of clay soldiers called the Terracotta Army.

The shadow of the Main Building (backbround) provided ambient conditions for the show on the hot afternoon

The curtains came down on the show as the Main Building shadow almost totally enveloped the Freedom Square, the last rays of the sun illuminating the upper branches of surrounding trees. It was indeed a day well spent with friends and family.

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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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