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Mak Heads of Department tipped on effective research leadership



The Vice Chancellor of Makerere University Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe has appealed to Heads of Department to build strong research leadership structures that can meet Makerere University research agenda; of being a research led university.  Speaking to Heads of Department from the College of Health Sciences on 30th August, 2019, Prof. Nawangwe noted that effective research leadership is a key component of well-built and profound research in the 21st Century.

According to Prof. Nawangwe, Heads of Department are the epicenter of research by virtue of their positions as immediate supervisors and coordinators of all academic work in colleges. He therefore recognized their role in building a sustainable research culture and systems in institutions of higher learning.

“Your role is highly commendable and I request for your effort to enhance the value proportion for quality and relevant research output at Makerere University. As an institution, we have what it takes to become a research led university, and with a formidable leadership we shall achieve this goal,” he said.

Vice Chancellor Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe making a presentation on 21st Century University; trends and experience.

He applauded the College of Health Sciences for the tremendous research output that has greatly impacted society and marketed the university to the world.  “We are known for having contributed towards developing the malaria and HIV/AIDS treatment. We have undertaken research and written publications that have transformed societies especially in areas of health,” he said.

The Office of the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic Affairs) in collaboration with the Directorate of Research and Graduate Training (DRGT) held three (3) consecutive workshops with Heads of Department from the 10 colleges of Makerere University.  The workshops were funded by IREX's University Administration Support Program and Carnegie Corporation of New York.

According to Dr. Umar Kakumba, the Deputy Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, the interactive workshops were geared towards building a sustainable research culture and research management systems for quality and relevant research output under the theme “Building Institutional Capacity for Faculty Researcher Development, Funding and Management of Sponsored Research”.

Addressing participants, Dr. Kakumba said that effective leadership is a priority and urged academic leaders to build the requisite skills in budgeting for research, writing winning research proposals and grants management.

The Deputy Vice Chancellor AA Dr.Umar Kakumba addressing participants  at the 3rd  Research Management Workshop for Department Chairs

He encouraged Heads of Department to build a strong leadership research structure that is ready to steer the College towards successful and formidable research results.

In a presentation, the Dean School of Public Health (MakSPH) Dr. Rhoda Wanyenze introduced participants to the ingredients of effective research leadership and these included;  

  • Effective leadership
  • Strong technical competencies:  research design, implementation, analysis, grants writing, publication
  • Motivating creativity
  • Experimental and entrepreneurial culture
  • Flexible work processes to allow creativity
  • Heterogeneous human resources (multidisciplinary)   
  • Resources to support research and innovations

She urged the Chairs to always be the leaders they desire to see. “Lead by example. If it is writing, write; if it is putting in the extra time, do it; if it is winning grants, win them and then the people will be inspired to do the same. Have a working cordial relationship with your staff and activate your communication platforms.”

The presentations that followed focused on: Research Governance & Organizational Capacity: Role of Central Research Office/Directorate, Research and Researcher Career Development; Funding Research; Managing Research Grants; and Knowledge Transfer Innovations.

The Sessions were chaired by Dr. David Owiny, Dr. Vincent Ssembatya and Dr. Robert Wamala respectively.

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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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