It was a cheerful moment when the Vice Chancellor of Makerere University, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe handed over MasterCard Foundation Scholarship Award letters to 432 cohort five (5) scholars. The highly colorful Ceremony was held on 9th August 2019.
In 2014, Makerere University entered a partnership with Mastercard Foundation to offer scholarships to 1,000 academically bright but economically disadvantaged youth from Africa to study at Makerere University from 2013 to 2023. The worth US $ 20,989,965.15 project is being implemented by Planning and Development Directorate (PDD) with the aim of developing the next generation of African leaders and also promoting the strategic objectives of Makerere University and MasterCard Foundation of contributing to Africa's higher education sector and development.
The 1st Cohort that started in academic year 2014/2015 comprised 49 students and the number has been multiplying at each intake.
Addressing scholars at the Scholarship Award Ceremony in the Makerere University Central Teaching Facility 2, the Vice Chancellor welcomed students to Makerere University and equally congratulated them upon successfully attaining the MasterCard Foundation scholarship. He advised scholars to effectively utilize the opportunity provided to them by MasterCard Foundation and Makerere University to transform not only their lives but also their societies.
“Your path as a future leader starts right here, engaging in constructive intellectual debates, leadership activities, research and innovations. If you stay on this path, we have no doubt that on graduation day you will stand tall and pride in yourself, as a model citizen ready to develop life impacting innovations and solutions that can change your community,” he advised.
Prof. Nawangwe emphasized the need for academic excellence and advised the scholars to effectively utilize the resources and student support services provided under the MasterCard Foundation Scholars Programme to excel in their academics.
“Do not be marginalized because of your background but instead work hard, acquire good grades and leave the university with the best degree,” he said.
He thanked the Members of the Advisory, Steering and Selection Committees of MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program at Makerere University and Mentors for ensuring that the program is on course. The Vice Chancellor also thanked the Program Implementation Team for the job well done.
Dr. Justine J. Namaalwa, the Project Coordinator at Makerere University said that the Selection Committees received 4,700 applications for the available limited slots. She thanked the Committee for doing a tremendous job of selecting the beneficiaries.
“It was a challenging task but you performed it to your best. This year, we awarded a total of 432 scholarships, of which 94percent are Ugandans and 6 percent are international students from Burundi, Tanzania, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya and Cameroon,” said Dr. Namaalwa.
The Chairperson of Selection Committee Prof. Aaron Mushengyezi applauded his team for its professionalism, integrity and honesty throughout the entire process.
To the scholars, Prof. Mushengyezi said, “this is a new chapter presented before you. You have gone through a lot to acquire this scholarship. This is the right time to start building your dream and career, therefore I inspire you to work hard to achieve a bright future.”
The Principal Public Relations Officer Ms. Ritah Namisango applauded Mastercard Foundation for instilling a give back culture among scholars. She called upon the scholars to fully engage in the university give back activities such as the Makerere University Endowment Fund Run that will be held on 15th September 2019 that is geared towards the construction of the students Centre.
Munduru Pretty, a MasterCard scholar in the 4th cohort, pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree of Developmental Economics at Makerere University thanked MasterCard for the great opportunity that saved her from getting married at an early stage due to lack of finances for her education after senior six.
She urged fellow scholars to commit themselves towards achieving their goals since the scholarship is a big step towards their future.
The invited guests and scholars were treated to African traditional dances and live band by students from the Department of Performing Arts and Film.
Article by Esther Joy Nakibombo-Volunteer, Mak Public Relations Office.
Request for Expression of Interest: CTCA Information Management System
The Centre for Tobacco Control in Africa (CTCA) was established in July 2011 by the World Health Organization, with funding from Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF). The current and third phase of funding BMGF is through the Africa Capacity Building Foundation, to build and sustain the Institutional Capacity of African governments in tobacco control. CTCA, in its 2019-2025 strategic plan, envisions a tobacco free Africa. The mission of the Centre is to enhance African governments’ capacity to formulate and implement Tobacco Control programs through partnerships and cooperation.
CTCA seeks to recruit a reputable firm to develop a comprehensive information management system that will facilitate decision-making, coordination performance management, and financial management. The system will ensure that all departmental systems are intergrated through tracking and reporting on resource utilization, financial management, activity progress and provide summarised feedback to users on resources used, outputs, outcomes, and impact achieved in line with CTCA annual workplan. The objectives of this assignment include;
- Introduce a reliable and efficient information management system
- Ensure a securely protected system that offers collaboration means between CTCA, its employees and partners
- Generation of data repositories for CTCA activities
- Offer authentic up-to-date and consistent information
- The Specific duties are in two categories and these include: Monitoring & Evaluation and Financial Management
How to apply
Interested and suitably qualified firms may express interest in the assignment by:
Submitting a motivation letter of not more than 1,000 words and clearly marked as “Expression of interest to develop the CTCA Information management system” in soft copies at the address below not later than 17:00 hours EAT on the 23 March 2021.
Applications should be sent to Email: eoi[at]ctc-africa.org
Communication to Students regarding fees payment for Sem I 2020/21
To All Students
Please take note of the following important dates you should look out for:
- All Loan Scheme (HESFB) and State House sponsored students should enroll within the first two weeks to enable the Finance Department to invoice their sponsors.
- All Government sponsored students must enroll immediately on AIMS system and submit their personal bank accounts to their Hall Wardens to enable processing of food and living out allowances. Only enrolled students will be paid. You are therefore advised to enroll as soon as possible.
- The fees policy requires that a continuing student should pay at least Ugx. 200,000 to help the University run and this is expected to be paid by 19th March 2021, beyond which a surcharge of Ugx. 20,000 shall be levied.
- All students MUST generate payment Reference Numbers (PRN) to be able to make payments. Students have to log into their portal using this link https://student.mak.ac.ug/ as directed from their admission letters, enroll and generate the PRNs. It is the PRN which you present to the bank to effect your payments.
- The deadline for free registration is 9th April 2021, (end of 6th week) beyond which, UGX. 50,000 will be levied.
- The deadline for the FULL fees payment is 7th May 2021, (end of 10th week) beyond which, a surcharge of 5% on the outstanding balance will be levied.
For Freshers 2020/2021
This is to remind you that the deadline for change of Programmes/Subjects for 2020/2021 Academic year will be Friday 5th March, 2021. There will be no further extension of the exercise. Applicants can only change after receiving a letter of authorization from the Academic Registrar.
However, note the following;
Bachelor of Journalism and Communication is full. Thus no applicants for change to this programme will be considered for 2020/2021 Academic year.
Bachelor of Dental Surgery has 7 slots for Direct Entrants (‘A Level) available for change of programme for Private Sponsorship for 2020/2021 Academic year.
Further details regarding this communication can be found in the documents attached below:
Request for Expression of Interest: AFROHUN Communication and Visibility Plan
Africa One Health University Network (AFROHUN) is an international network of public health, veterinary medicine, pathobiology, environmental sciences, medicine and global health institutions of higher education. AFROHUN is located in 18 universities in 9 countries in Africa.
Formerly One Health Central and Eastern Africa (OHCEA), AFROHUN is working to transform the training environment and approaches in universities, in a bid to develop a workforce without disciplinary barriers. Enabling students to understand and appreciate the contribution of disciplines outside their own; in predicting, detecting and responding to the kind of complex health challenges we are witnessing today. This is the next generation workforce that we need in the face of increasing outbreaks of epidemics, pandemics and complex health challenges.
Considering the strategic role that AFROHUN plays in One Health workforce development, it is important that it is visible, well-understood and highly regarded. It is important for AFROHUN to document, package and share her story and impact trail. Visibility, understanding and high regard are critical for maintaining stakeholders’ confidence in the network’s work in order to harness, sustain and enhance the multiple stakeholders’ interest.
Towards this end, AFROHUN is planning to engage an experienced communications consultant to develop a multi-faceted Communications and Visibility Strategy. The strategy will provide a broad framework that will guide communications and visibility in AFROHUN and will identify the issues that need to be addressed to build awareness, improve knowledge, build mutual understanding with key stakeholders and generate support for the network’s initiatives. The strategy will provide guidance on how to capture, package and share the network’s story, document and share lessons learned and best practices as well as the impact of building a one health workforce, to the management of disease outbreaks and health emergences. The strategy will also play a critical role in driving the network’s business plan.
AFROHUN therefore, invites proposals from eligible, qualified and experienced individuals and firms for provision of consultancy services to develop an institutional Communications and Visibility Strategy.
Terms of Reference for the Development of the AFROHUN Communications and Visibility Strategy
The Terms of Reference for the development of the Communications and Visibility Strategy shall include but not limited to;
- Communication review, including an analysis of the current perception and positioning of the network and its initiatives among key constituencies and stakeholders. Review of communications and visibility documents as necessary.
- Analysis and mapping of stakeholders and target audiences, to inform prioritization processes.
- Undertake primary and secondary research to assess the network’s external and internal communications strategies/activities and determine gaps.
- Facilitate processes to ensure stakeholder participation in the strategy development.
- Developing a 5-year Communications and Visibility Strategy, including detailed objectives and priorities, and implementation plan, based on AFROHUN’s strategic activities and programs.
- Recommend tools for monitoring and evaluation of the Communications and Visibility Strategy.
A complete expression of interest package should be emailed to:
mnattimba[at]afrohun.org and copied to secretariat[at]afrohun.org
Deadline for submission: 1700hrs, 19th March 2021.
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