The Makerere University Council and Management have finalized the procedures for upgrading and beautifying the legendary Makerere University Freedom Square into a modern 21st century green space. The project that kicked off in July 2019, will be implemented by Prime Media Network in a phased approach.
According the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Finance and Administration), Prof. William Bazeyo, the redevelopment shall maintain the Square’s originality; preserving the historic trees, but the grounds shall be beautified by undertaking some simple landscaping, constructing a fence, maintaining the greenery, and installing a modern lighting system.
“It is going to be designed with furniture installed on the peripheral to give people shade and sitting space; as well as litter bins with the aim of keeping the place clean and fresh. We also plan to install free internet hotspots for students’ usage,” he said.
The Freedom square is one of Makerere University’s most famous landmarks because of its legendary function and strong historical background. Located between Makerere University Main Building (the administrative block), the University Library and the School of Social Sciences, the Freedom Square has always been a ceremonial ground.
The Freedom Square was the venue for the cutting of the first sod for the Main Administration Building (at the then Makerere College) by His Royal Highness, The Duke of Gloucester on 3rd November 1938. On 8th October 1970 Makerere University was officially inaugurated as an autonomous university from the University of East Africa (UEA). The Government of H.E. Dr. Apollo Milton Obote organised a grand ceremony in the Freedom Square to which Presidents H.E. Jomo Kenyatta of Kenya, H.E. Julius Nyerere of Tanzania and H.E. Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia were invited. Then the Out-going Guild President, Hon. Prof. Peter Anyang' Nyong'o had the privilege of bearing the University Mace.
Since that day, the Freedom Square has played host to the making of countless graduation memories. Prominent leaders from around the world have received their Bachelors, Masters, PhDs and Honorary Doctorate degrees of Makerere University in the Freedom Square.
To many, the square is a symbol of freedom. It is a testament to staff and students of the value Makerere University accords to the values of freedom of expression and assembly. The ongoing facelift will only serve to protect and further cement that reputation.
Article by Nabatte Proscovia, Mak Public Relations Office.
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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