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Mak Bids to host Rotary Peace Centre in Sub-Saharan African

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On Friday 1st March 2019, a delegation from Rotary International led by Mr. Bryn Styles visited Makerere University to evaluate the Institution’s potential to host the Rotary Peace Center in Sub-Saharan Africa. He was accompanied by Jill Gunter (Manager, Rotary Peace Centers Fellowship Program), Edward Kakembo, Ronald Kawaddira Ssentongo, Emmanuel Katongole- members of Rotary Club Uganda.

In December 2018, Makerere University through the College of Humanities and Social Sciences submitted a bid to host the Rotary Peace Centre. Makerere University is competing with Kofi Annan International Peace Keeping Centre, Ghana and the University of Nairobi-African Leadership Centre to host the Rotary Peace Centre.

The Rotary Peace Centre aims at promoting world peace by educating and empowering peacebuilders through a rigorous academic training, applied field experience, and global networking opportunities. Through this training, Rotary Peace Fellows develop the skills they need to serve as leaders and catalysts for peace and conflict resolution both in their local communities and around the globe.

The Centre to be established in Sub-Saharan Africa, is envisaged to offer a professional development certificate fellowship; a newly developed Rotary International program through which experienced leaders will gain tools for promoting peace and development. The program is a multi-faceted social impact fellowship emphasizing peace, development and leadership. It inspires social action and provides participants with a platform to hone their leadership skills and build robust regional networks for peace.

The Professional Development Program will be held twice a year and is expected to take up 20 peace fellows per cohort. Each cohort is envisioned to overlap with a future cohort to build networking opportunities and a sense of community as Rotary Peace Fellows.

The program components consist of:

  • An online preliminary course to provide a baseline level of knowledge for entering participants
  • A 10-week on-site resident course including field studies
  • Regular mentoring check-ins and virtual peer learning sessions while fellows work on an individual plan that promotes peace and social change in their workplace or community.
  • A one-week consolidation residential session where fellows will be invited to reflect and report on their social change efforts and impact.

In the meeting attended by Makerere University Management and the leadership of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences in the Main Building, Council Room, the Vice Chancellor Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe informed the delegation that peace and conflict; human rights and good governance; agriculture and food security are part of the six items of Makerere University research agenda.

“We have a rich history in peace and conflict management. We have nurtured some of the African leaders, prominent people, scholars and researchers in the world. The institution has built a formidable human resource over the past years and enhanced capacity for training and research. Makerere University has considerable expertise and experience positioning her favorably to undertake programmes for the Rotary Peace Centre,” he remarkably said.

The University Secretary Mr. Charles Barugahare assured the Rotary team of the University’s solid legal, regulatory, policy and governance framework to regulate its activities given the opportunity to host the Rotary Peace Centre.

“We also have reliable working systems, policies and procedures with an effective monitoring and evaluation mechanism to make a proper follow up on the procedures of the Centre,” he said.

After the meeting with the University Management and leadership of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, the Delegation met with the members of staff in Peace and Conflict Studies, under the Department of Religion and Peace Studies for a specialized discussion.

Article by Mak Public Relations Office.

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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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