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Mak DHR Recognises Mrs. Sennoga-Zake’s Dedicated Service



It was a moment of joy when the former Manager, Staff Training and Development, Welfare and Retirement Benefits, Mrs. Dorothy Sennoga-Zake accompanied by her family joined staff from the Directorate of Human Resources (DHR) and other invited guests to celebrate her dedicated service to Makerere University. The farewell party was held at the Makerere University Guest House Gardens on Thursday, 14th March 2019.

Mrs. Sennoga-Zake thanked her colleagues in the Directorate of Human Resources for inviting her to such a great function as they bid her farewell and advised them to treasure their jobs so as to uphold the good name of the University. She expressed her gratitude to the Vice Chancellor of Makerere University Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe for the endless support rendered to her and to the Directorate of Human Resources.

“I convey my appreciation to Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe for the support rendered to me when he was still the Deputy Vice Chancellor Finance and Administration, and even when he became the Vice Chancellor the door to his office was always open to me,” said Mrs. Sennoga-Zake.

The DVCAA-Dr. Umar Kakumba (L) hands over a gift to Mrs. Dorothy Sennoga-Zake (2nd R) and her son (R) as Mr. Andrew Abunyang (2nd L) and members of the Zake family witness

Mrs. Sennoga-Zake revealed that it was because of the support from the members of the Directorate that she was able to work diligently and happily and that Makerere University holds a special place in her heart.

“I have made lifetime friends at Makerere University and I regard the Directorate of Human Resources staff as my family. In that case I will always cherish and remain part of Makerere University forever,” said Mrs. Sennoga-Zake.

She advised colleagues to dedicate themselves towards their work as this will lead them to better positions. She also encouraged them to always look out for each other, not only in good times, but also in times of sorrow because that is what friends do for each other. Mrs. Sennoga-Zake thanked members of Management, the Directorate of Human Resources and her family for the support rendered to her during the execution of duties.

Mrs. Sennoga-Zake joined Makerere University as a student in 1980. On 31st May 1988, she was appointed as an Administrative Assistant in the University Secretary’s Department. She was then promoted to the ranks of Senior Administrative Assistant, Assistant Secretary and Senior Assistant Secretary within the same unit in 1989, 1992 and 1999 respectively.

The Director DHR-Mr. Andrew Abunyang gives his remarks at the farewell

On 27th September 2006, she was appointed as Acting Manager of the Employment Division, on 1st August 2009 she was re-designated Senior Employment Officer in the same Division and less than a year later on 1st June 2010, she was promoted to the rank of Manager.

Mrs. Sennoga-Zake was on 1st July 2016 transferred to the position of Manager, Staff Training and Development, Welfare and Retirement Benefits. She was then appointed as Acting Director, Directorate of Human Resources on 1st July 2017 and following the Appointment of Mr. Andrew Abunyang as substantive Director, she resumed her managerial duties on 12th April 2018. On 21st November 2018, she reached the mandatory retirement age of sixty years and officially retired from University service.

Representing the Vice Chancellor Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic Affairs) Dr. Umar Kakumba applauded the Directorate of Human Resources for organizing a farewell party for Mrs. Dorothy Sennoga-Zake which is a sign of appreciation for her dedicated service rendered to the Directorate.

“It is a great pleasure for me to join you all this evening at this happy occasion, as we bid farewell to one of our very own long serving colleagues Mrs. Dorothy Sennoga-Zake. The fact that we are all gathered here speaks volumes of not only your great service to Makerere University but also of your warm personality. Please accept my sincere appreciation of both these aspects,” said Dr. Kakumba.

Mrs. Sennoga-Zake (2nd Right) receives a farewell gift from DHR Secretaries in appreciation of her leadership

He revealed that it is rare to find someone who has served the same institution for over thirty years and upon retirement, is still full of vigor and passion just like Mrs. Sennoga-Zake and therefore, her efforts are worth appreciating. Dr. Kakumba then handed over a plaque and other gifts to Mrs. Sennoga-Zake in recognition of her dedicated service.

Speaking on behalf of the staff in the Directorate of Human Resources, the Director, Mr. Andrew Abunyang described Mrs. Sennoga-Zake as a patient and kind woman who wishes every one well and prayed that God would bless her with more years.

He thanked Mrs. Sennoga-Zake for the warm reception accorded to him in the Directorate of Human Resources and for briefing him on the policies of the University and how to run the Directorate. This, he noted, helped him easily fit into the Makerere University environment.

Mr. Abunyang requested the staff and everyone present to follow in Mrs. Sennoga-Zake’s footsteps, deliver good services to the university and retire peacefully when their time comes.

Mrs. Edith Bazanye (Right) makes remarks on behalf of the Zake family during the farewell party on 14th March 2019

“Mrs. Sennoga-Zake has been professional, a good team leader and above all exemplary, I would like to urge the staff in the Directorate of Human Resources to emulate her,” Mr. Abunyang advised.

Mrs. Edith Bazanye, a sister to Mrs. Sennoga-Zake revealed that her sister is blessed for having worked with friendly and caring people from the Directorate of Human Resources. She also thanked Makerere University staff for looking after Mrs. Sennoga-Zake throughout the 30 years she spent while working at the Institution.

Article by Esther Joyce Nakibombo and Rachael Kanyi, Volunteers, Mak Public Relations Office

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Veteran Professor changed Makerere and Higher Education



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



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



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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