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Mak-NC State Explore Building Communities for Resilience

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On Monday, 11th March 2019, Makerere University together with North Carolina State University (NC State) USA convened the East African Higher Education Summit under the theme: Teaching, Research and Engagement in the East Africa Sub-region: Agenda for Building Communities for Resilience in Kampala, Uganda. The purpose for the Summit was to develop strategies to strengthen higher education in the East Africa region, which expands the partnership between Mak and NC State established in 2015.

Pursuant to the objectives of the Sustainable Development Goals and the African Union’s Agenda 2063, the partnership has been expanded to form a collaboration to include Gulu University (Uganda), Mount Kenya University (Kenya) and Mbarara University of Science and Technology (Uganda).

Recognizing that Universities are expected to change their role from simply knowledge generation to a more proactive role of generating knowledge that contributes to development, on Tuesday, 12th March 2019 the Vice-Chancellors and senior representatives of Universities assembled at this Summit and signed a communiqué expressing their commitment to further deepen the strategic partnership between the collaborating institutions.

They also underscored the importance of multilateral collaboration as an instrument to address current and future global challenges namely; food security, climate change and public health through community engagement.

Ugandan and Regional Universities were represented by Prof. George Openjuru – Vice Chancellor Gulu University, Assoc. Prof. Gertrude Kiwanuka – Mbarara University of Science and Technology, and Prof. Peter Wanderi, Principal Corporate Services, Mount Kenya University (MKU).  

As the Directorate for Research and Graduate Training (DRGT), we commend the Vice Chancellors for their decision to explore how higher education in East Africa can be strengthened, with emphasis on regional collaboration mechanisms, to improve and build communities of resilience.

On the opening day, Prof. A.B. Kasozi delivered a keynote address on The State of Higher Education and its role and national Development. Dr. Robert Ayine – Senior Higher Education Officer Quality Assurance, National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) also made a presentation on The Role of National Council for Higher Education in Promoting Quality in Higher Education.

The NC State delegation was led by Dr. Bailian Li – Senior Vice Provost for Global Engagement. It was also made up of David Dixon – Director of Global Partnerships in the Office of Global Engagement, Assoc. Prof. James Kiwanuka Tondo – Department of Communication, Prof. Juliana Nfah-Abbenyi – Assistant Dean for Diversity, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Dr. Steve Lommel – Professor of Plant Pathology, Dr. Craig Yencho – Program Leader Sweetpotato and Potato Breeding and Genetics Programs and José Cisneros – Assistant Professor of Practice Horticulture International & Entrepreneurship.

Prof. Josip Simunovic – Research Professor of Food Science, Dr. DeLeon Gray – Associate Professor of Educational Psychology, Dr. Matthew Booker – Associate Professor of History, Dr. Moses Khisa – Assistant Professor of Political Science, Dr. Lokendra Pal – Associate Professor of Forestry, Dr. Veronica Cateté – Research Scientist Computer Science, Dr. Siddhartha Thakur – Professor of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Jessica Murphy – Director of Student Involvement and Dr. Daniel Findley, Senior Research Associate with the Institute for Transportation Research and Education (ITRE) also made up the delegation.

Please see Downloads for the Communiqué

Article by Professor Buyinza Mukadasi, Director, DRGT, Makerere University

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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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