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Mak graduates encouraged to write and publish their scholarly work



On 23rd August 2019, the Directorate of Research and Graduate Training organized an orientation for masters, Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy) and postgraduate diploma students for the Academic Year 2019/2020. Held in Big Lab 2 of Makerere University College of Computing and Information Sciences, the well-attended meeting enabled new students to have an enormous interaction with Makerere University leadership.

During the meeting, students were encouraged to write and publish their scholarly work. According to the Director of Research and Graduate Training Prof. Buyinza Mukadasi, students should let the world know of their robust ideas through writing and publishing.

He recognized the impact of scholars on community development through research, writing and publishing.  According to Prof. Buyinza, notable developments and societal transformations are a result of published research that is accessed and used by people to make the world a better place.

The Director of Research and Graduate Training Prof. Buyinza Mukadasi interacting with students.

“Through research and writing the world has been able to innovate and develop impactful ideas that have transformed societies. Many students have made meaningful contributions to people’s understanding of the past and the present,” he said.

Prof. Buyinza also advised students to participate in research seminars to enhance their skills and knowledge in writing. “Graduate seminars are vital.  They guide you on how to approach research questions, write proposals and how to discuss your points right. Endeavor to attend them.  Also through these seminars, you are able to meet prominent scholars and writers and share meaningful ideas,” he said.

In an address on Makerere University Graduate Academic Processes, Regulations and Policies, the Deputy Director for Research and Graduate Training Assoc. Prof. David Okello Owiny urged students to read, understand and strictly follow the rules and regulations governing the University. “We have rules and regulations you must observe. These regulations apply to all students of Makerere University,” he vividly said.

Some of the students who attended the orientation meeting posing for a photo with the Deputy Director for Research and Graduate Training Assoc. Prof. David Okello Owiny.

Dr. David Kiwanga from the Directorate for ICT Support (DICTS) urged students to enroll on the Academic Information Management System (AIMS), under the students’ portal to access results online, pay tuition and register. He encouraged students to make use of the internet kiosks and acquire Makerere University email addresses to access the Makerere University E-Learning Environment (MUELE).

The Manager, Grants and Revenue; Mrs. Jackie Keirungi Ayorekire sensitized students on the importance of timely payment of University dues. She also advised them to always generate a Payment Reference Number (PRN) before depositing their tuition in the bank.  “Fees payment is due on your arrival at the university and endeavors to personally bank your tuition,” she said.

Some of the students who attended the orientation meeting conducted by the Directorate of Research and Graduate Training on 23rd August 2019.

The Manager Counselling and Guidance Centre, Makerere University Mr. Henry Nsubuga informed students about the Center’s dedication towards nurturing students into responsible citizens. He encouraged students to fully utilize the counseling and guidance services provided at the Centre to free their minds of any problem that will hinder their academic excellence.

Representing the University Librarian, Dr. Hellen Byamugisha, Ms. Nabbosa Rachael called upon students to register with the Makerere University Library and the College Libraries in order to access reading materials.

On matters of security, ASP. Nixon Okello, the Chief Security Officer of Makerere University, briefed students on the safety precautions and encouraged then to report criminal cases.

Article by Esther Joy Nakibombo, Volunteer Mak Public Relations Office


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Veteran Professor changed Makerere and Higher Education



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



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



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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