The Makerere University Council during its 147th Meeting held from 6th to 8th August 2019 approved the Affirmative Action Policy providing for a 40 percent enrollment quota for female students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). The policy was referred to Senate by Council at the 142nd meeting and following its discussion, was submitted as a policy recommendation to Council at the 147th meeting, where it was subsequently approved.
This approval marks yet another landmark by Makerere University towards fostering gender equality in STEM in the region. This bold step by the University Council also contributes particularly towards the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 5 on Gender Equality and SDG 8 on Decent work and economic growth.
Commenting on the development, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe said, “I wish to applaud Makerere University Council for approving the policy on affirmative action for women in STEM. The policy ring-fences 40% of vacancies in all STEM disciplines for women. This is a Great Leap Forward for Makerere University.”
Recent tracer studies by the National Council for Higher Education reveal that STEM graduates are far more likely to find employment in their first year of graduation compared to their counterparts in the humanities. Moreover, Uganda’s development pathways as enshrined in the second National Development Plan and Vision2040 suggest that labour demand growth in the foreseeable future will be concentrated in sectors requiring STEM related skills.
The Acting University Secretary and Secretary to Makerere University Council, Mr. Yusuf Kiranda noted that encouraging female students enrollment in STEM is a commendable step towards fostering labour market inclusion for women.
“You may want to note that during their adoption, the SDGs were billed by then Secretary General Ban Ki Moon as the ‘development agenda which leaves no one behind.’ Makerere University’s recently approved STEM policy is exactly a step in that direction. I am deeply excited to note that once again, Makerere University is leading the path toward Gender Equality Promotion” enthused Mr. Kiranda.
By putting Affirmative Action for female students in STEM into policy, Makerere is working to foster gender equality not only internally within the University but also externally through expanding opportunities for women to engage in the economic fabric of the Ugandan society.
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Veteran Professor changed Makerere and Higher Education
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.
Japan Africa Dream Scholarship (JADS) Program 2021/2022
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.
- Applicant requests for information and application forms and procedures from the chosen JADS partner university. For any inquiries, please contact JADS@AFDB.ORG
- Applicant completes required documents and sends them to the university.
- University evaluates and selects applicants.
- University sends selected candidates to the AfDB.
- AfDB reviews submissions from universities, prepares and approves the final list.
- AfDB contacts selected awardees, and informs the universities.
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