On 3rd January 2019, the Vice Chancellor of Makerere University Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe together with members of the University Management made their first 2019 public appearance and unveiled some of the developments the University is focusing on come 2019. During the Press briefing that was held in the Makerere University Council Room, the team also updated the public on the various initiatives that are expected to be undertaken by the University Council, Management, staff and students during the same year.
Among the issues that were talked about include; the progress on the Makerere University 10-year Strategic Plan (2019/2020-2029/2030). According to the Vice Chancellor, the strategic Plan development team is on course to completion with the final document expected in March 2019. He also highlighted several developments that are underway such as; the Stakeholders Conference 2019, the establishment of the Public Safety Lab, the establishment of an Institute of Petroleum Studies and the Global Engagement Institute East African Conference.
“These are some of the exciting prospects that we are keen to undertake this year and we look forward to your continued coverage of these developments,” said Prof. Nawangwe.
On the issue of the upcoming graduation, Prof. Nawangwe was happy to note that over 13,000 students have satisfied the requirements and will be presented for conferment of degrees and award of diplomas at the 69th Graduation Ceremony that will take place from Tuesday 15th to Friday 18th January 2019. This year, 368 students will graduate with First Class Honours.
He therefore congratulated Ms. Namuwaya Hajarah Ali; the best student in the Humanities who attained a CGPA of 4.94 in the Bachelor of Bachelor of Business Computing of Makerere University Business School (MUBS). In the same spirit, Prof Nawangwe congratulated Galiwango Kasozi Steven upon emerging the best student in Sciences with a CGPA of 4.84. He pursued a BSc in Food Science and Technology at the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES), Makerere University.
The Vice Chancellor commended the great work of the outgoing University Council and also welcomed the newly elected team when he said, “We would like to thank Eng. Dr. Charles Wana-Etyem for his leadership which set the pace for a lot of transformation at Makerere University. At the same time, I congratulate the newly elected University Council and I am looking forward to working with you to make Makerere a better place for academic developments, research and innovations.”
Prof. Nawangwe concluded his communication by appealing to all staff and students to always abide by the university rules and regulations. “There must be sanity within the University. Everybody must abide by the regulations of the University,” he said.
The Vice Chancellor's communication was supplemented by the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic Affairs), Assoc. Prof Umar Kakumba, the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Finance and Administration), Prof. William Bazeyo, the Academic Registrar-Mr. Namoah Masikye, the Deputy University Secretary-Mr. Yusuf Kiranda, the Director of Legal Affairs-Mr. Henry Mwebe and the Director of Research and Graduate Training Prof. Buyinza Mukadasi.
Other Members of Management who were present included; the University Bursar-Mr. Evarist Bainomugisha, the University Librarian-Dr. Hellen Byamugisha, Dean of Students-Mr. Cyriaco Kabagambe, Director of Planning and Development-Dr. Florence Nakayiwa, Director Quality Assurance-Dr. Vincent Ssembatya, Acting Director Gender Mainstreaming Directorate (GMD)-Dr. Euzobia Mugisha Baine and the Director Estates and Works represented by Mr. Darius Muwanguzi.
Article written by Mak Public Relations
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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