Makerere University (Mak) together with University of Bergen (UiB) will on 7th November 2019, celebrate thirty (30) years of Mak-Uib historic collaboration. The colourful ceremony will be held at Makerere University Central Teaching Facility (CTF) 2 Auditorium, College of Business and Management Sciences (CoBAMS).
In 1988 Makerere University entered into a partnership with University of Bergen to enhance academic operations through joint research, teaching, staff and students exchange programs, knowledge and information sharing.
Over the years, the collaboration has successfully registered tremendous achievements in capacity building, knowledge and information generation and technological developments.
On 4th November 2019, the Coordinator of the Mak-UiB programme at Makerere University Dr. Ronald Semyalo revealed to the Public Relations team that a number of Makerere University students and staff have undertaken their degrees at the University of Bergen, Norway.
“Majority of our senior academic staff and a significant number of Social Anthropologists have obtained their respective degrees from the University of Bergen. In addition, the Collaboration has supported Senior Administrative and Library staff from Makerere University to take specialized courses and best practices experiences at the University of Bergen. So far, we register over 100 PhDs and over 200 masters graduates,” Dr. Semyalo said.
Dr. Semyalo mentioned that there is an increasing number of Norwegian students that join Makerere University to pursue Bachelors, Masters programme and PhD research on the exchange programme.
The 30 years celebrations will kick off on 7th November 2019 at 8:00am with a plenary session on the Role of the Youth in Achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: A Focus On SDG 4 “Ensure Inclusive and Equitable Quality Education and Promote Lifelong Learning Opportunities for All”; organized by UGNAN in partnership with the Makerere University-University of Bergen collaboration Office and Norway UiB alumni.
During the Plenary session, participants are expected to discuss the SDG4 status in Uganda and the actions put in place to achieve the goal by 2030. Participants will reminisce on how the SDGs are calling for the transformation of ideas and how the country’s education institutions need to be transformed in line with SDG 4 goal especially for the vulnerable groups (girls, PWDs).
The afternoon session will usher in a remarkable journey of Mak-UiB collaboration, experiences and achievements since 1988. It will be accompanied by a high-level panel discussion on the future prospects of the Mak-UiB Collaboration under the theme: “The role of inter institutional partnerships in attaining education for all and National Development”.
The Coordinator of the Mak-UiB programme at University of Bergen Prof. Thorkild Tylleskar, recognized Mak-UiB commitment towards capacity development and significant research productivity. He looked forward to more years of collaboration and called upon alumni, students and staff to join Makerere University and University of Bergen to celebrate the 30 years of collaboration.
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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