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Boost for Business Incubation as Mak Breaks Ground for FTBIC Phase II

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Makerere University on Friday, 5th July 2019 broke ground for Phase II of the Food Technology and Business Incubation Centre (FTBIC) at the School of Food Technology, Nutrition and Bio-engineering (SFTNB), College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES). Upon completion, the facility will allocate 1,200 of the total 7,000square metres space to the FTBIC; a huge boost to the current 1,200square metres completed under Phase I. Funding for the expansion to the tune of UGX5billion has been secured under the Presidential Initiative on Science and Technology.

Welcoming officials to the groundbreaking ceremony, the Dean SFTNB, Dr. Abel Atukwase thanked the University Council and Management for recognising the value of food technology and business incubation by ensuring that Phase II of the FTBIC kicks off and is completed successfully. He also thanked the leadership for securing funding for the project from Government.

The Manager, Procurement and Disposal Unit-Mr. Paul Agaba Muhire who also chaired the proceedings thanked the University officials, Project Manager, Contractor and Consultants present for attending the important ceremony. He assured all present that the Contractor had already received the funds required to kick-start the project and prayed for timely completion.

Representing the Acting University Secretary, Mr. Yusuf Kiranda, Ms. Komugisha Consolate congratulated Excel Construction Limited upon being awarded the FTBIC Phase II contract. She urged the contractor to ensure that construction is done according to the highest quality of standards and completed on time.

The Project Architect and Manager, Plan Systems represented by Arch. Isaac Nyabwana thanked the University Leadership for entrusting him with the responsibility of overseeing the project. He acknowledged that Excel Construction Limited holds a good reputation in the construction industry and prayed that this reputation would be upheld during the FTBIC Phase II project. In addition to technical expertise, Arch. Nyabwana assured all parties of good communication throughout the project, as it is a very important contributor to client satisfaction.

L-R: Prof. William Kyamuhangire, Mr. Paul Agaba Muhire, Eng. Dr. Kariko Buhwezi-TECO and Eng. Edward Kataama-TECO at FTBIC Phase II groundbreaking. In the background is FTBIC Phase I that houses a bakery and other incubation programs.

On behalf of Excel Construction Limited, the Senior Contracts Manager, Eng. Murali Krishna thanked Makerere University for entrusting his company with the FTBIC Phase II project. He shared that Excel had previously completed all its projects on time and reassured all parties that this would not be the exception.

The Principal CAES, Prof. Bernard Bashaasha acknowledged that Excel Construction had indeed completed all its on-campus as well as off-campus projects; at the Makerere University Agricultural Research Institute Kabanyolo (MUARIK) on time. He thanked Eng. Krishna for his reassurances of quality and timely completion and requested the contractor to be mindful of other users on site; especially as FTBIC Phase I houses a full-fledged bakery.

In his remarks, The FTBIC Manager Prof. William Kyamuhangire shared that SFTNB took the lead in building fully functional spaces at Makerere University by opening the first restaurant housed by an academic unit. “As a university we deal with a variety of people who have other needs in addition to their academic pursuits and so it was more imperative for the School of Food Technology, Nutrition and Bio-engineering to take the lead, especially in the food sector.”

Prof. Kyamuhangire further shared that the driving force for the FTBIC expansion are the increased calls from both Government and the general public for Makerere University to produce skilled graduates who can add value to fresh produce and create jobs for their communities.

“FTBIC is the unit of Makerere University that is open to all staff, students and the greater public with no strings or qualifications attached. However, you must demonstrate that you have a product that you would like to add value to. We shall then train you with the necessary skills to improve it, transfer technology and then once that is done, we can embark on the business side” explained Prof. Kyamuhangire.

Citing examples such as the Kiira EV and a variety of quality products produced under the FTBIC, Prof. Kyamuhangire added that Makerere University has earned the trust of Government by proving that funds allocated under the Presidential Initiative on Science and Technology can be put to good use. This, he hoped, would encourage Government to allocate the rest of the funds required for the completion of sub-phase II.  

The FTBIC Phase II project will be further broken down into two sub-phases. Makerere University has already secured UGX5billion required for sub-phase I and needs approximately UGX15billion for sub-phase II.

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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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