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Mak-Sida Exhibition Showcases Knowledge Transfer and Value Addition

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Makerere University and the Government of Sweden through the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Mak-Sida) held an exhibition to showcase research and the latest innovations from different Colleges of Makerere University. The exhibition, held on Monday, 8th April 2019 was one of the activities scheduled for the 2019 Makerere-Sweden Bilateral Research Programme Annual Planning Meeting which will run from 8th to 12th April 2019.

Exhibitors included students and stakeholders from the College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology (CEDAT), College of Health Science (CHS), College of Veterinary Medicine, Animal Resources and Biosecurity (CoVAB), Makerere University Center for Health and Population Research (MUCHAP) and Center for Research in Energy and Energy Conservation (CREEC).

An exhibitor explains to a Swedish participant how the aquaponics setup works

Exhibitors from the College of Health Sciences offered free screening of Non Communicable Diseases, checking for blood pressure, Diabetes and Body Mass Index (BMI).

The Africa Institute for Strategic Services and Development (AFRISA), CoVAB showcased valued added fish and meat products such as sausages as well as smoked, frozen and tinned fish which helps to give the delicacy a longer shelf life. They also exhibited products made from leather such as belts, shoes and bags.

A Directorate of Research and Graduate Training (DRGT) Staff member prepares to have her blood pressure checked by an exhibitor from the College of Health Sciences (CHS)

MUCHAP has supported over 26 PhD researchers, several masters and undergraduate students from various universities in Uganda. They presented their recent research findings on population and Non Communicable Diseases (NCD) risk factors survey carried out in Iganga and Mayuge Districts.

The following are some of the recent studies conducted by MUCHAP;
•    Injury and Disability study
•    Implementing community dialogues to enhance patients reporting of diverse drug reactions (ADRs) to improve pharmacovigilance.
•    TB Vaccine Trial Site Preparedness
•    Epidemiological and implementation research on Cerebral Palsy
•    Malaria Vaccine Preparedness Study.

CREEC sensitized participants on the activities they do which include;
•    Hands on and online training courses by an accredited assessment center
•    Applied research that ensures the delivery of sustainable energy solutions for off grid communities.
•    Extensive experience in solar energy to offer expert advice and support for the design of solar innovations
•    Capacity building and transferable skills for technicians, students and other stake holders
•    Testing solar Photovoltaic (PV) products like solar panels, batteries and lanterns in a high tech facility
•    Analyzing solar PV products in field laboratories to study customers behaviors and preferences

The research and innovations showcased are funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) in partnership with Makerere University.

Written by: Esther Joyce Nakibombo, Volunteer, 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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