The Deputy President of Kenya, H.E. Dr. William Samoei Ruto, has lauded Makerere University for championing the setting up of Leadership Institute named after him that will inspire students to become great leaders.
He said this during the laying of the foundation stone for William Samoei Ruto Leadership Institute at the Department of Performing Arts and Film Grounds at Makerere University on Saturday 21st December 2019.
"I am proud to be associated with this initiative at East Africa’s oldest University and highest Institution of learning for pioneering intervention in the twenty-first century," Dr. Ruto told guests.
This was the Deputy President’s first time to visit Makerere University, which event coincided with his birthday.
"I am happy to be in this great Institution of learning. It's a tremendous honour for me to join distinguished guests in this auspicious ceremony," he stated.
"I am immensely honoured in choosing me to be in the magnificent historic achievements of Makerere University," the Kenyan Deputy President added.
He stressed that it was important for East Africans to work together as a community rather than each country working alone.
"If we work together, the better for all us," he told guests who included Makerere University as well as Kenyan and Ugandan Government officials.
He implored the Heads of State to begin a new engagement and forge a new framework that would work for the best interests of the people of East Africa.
The Kenyan Deputy President agreed with President Yoweri Museveni’s philosophy of a United East Africa and called for removable border barriers to enable the people engage in trade freely.
"The borders existing today should not be barriers and roadblocks but should be converted to bridges as stepping stones to work together," he stated.
He emphasized the need for expediting East African Federation as it will advance the prosperity of the people in the region.
"The sooner we forge East African federation, the sooner our prosperity becomes meaningful to our people," he said.
The Deputy President pledged to support the Institute named after him saying he will play his role of inspiring young people to become great leaders.
The objectives of William Samoei Ruto Leadership Institute include; developing innovative approaches to teaching and learning about Africa, collaborating with similar institutes in Africa and globally to deepen the understanding of Africa in all its complexity and involve common perspective on global issues.
Other objectives are; to contribute to discussion, analysis and resolution of central challenges facing African societies through research and extension work, enhancing and enriching intellectual and cultural life, establishing an environment for flourishing study and debate on African languages, philosophies, social and political systems as well as strengthening relationships between academic and indigenous intellectuals as basis for reclaiming indigenous knowledge and integrate this to local communities.
Delivering his welcome remarks, the Vice Chancellor of Makerere University Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe invited Makerere University students of Performing Arts and Film to sing a happy birthday song to the Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto, who was all smiles as the students sang.
He commended the brains behind the H.E. Dr. Ruto Leadership Institute saying it’s good for the youth as they will be inspired.
He lauded Dr. Ruto for his resilience and determination to become a global leader and urged the youth to embrace the same principles.
Prof. Nawangwe informed guests that Makerere University is a premier university and the best black university on earth which has produced great leaders and professionals in different fields such as writers, doctors, lawyers, artists and others.
"Makerere University remains the most important institution of higher learning in Africa and beyond," Prof. Nawangwe told guests.
He revealed that the University is strategizing to become a leader in research on the continent and globally.
The Minister of East African Affairs, Hon. Kahinda Otafiire, who represented the Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda underscored the need for unity of the people of East Africa.
"Unity is our strength as African people, we have a common destiny," Otafiire stated. He also encouraged partner states to work towards improving the lives of their people. He commended the setting up of the William S. Ruto Institute as it be will a center of intellectual debate for students in the East African region.
Dr. Paul Bamutaze, the President of East Africa Book of Records (EABOR) told guests that the Institute will be inaugurated as a centre for the Annual Ruto Public lecture where young people in East Africa would encouraged and inspired to become great leaders.
The Secretary General of EABOR, Mr. Simon Gikuru informed guests that the William S. Ruto Leadership Institute is important as a centre where youth will interact and be inspired to believe in themselves and acquire leadership skills. He also hailed President Museveni for endorsing the initiative.
The representative of Kenyan students at Makerere University, Mr. Ahmed Abdirahman thanked the Heads of State in East of Africa for the existing bilateral relations which have enabled students from Kenya to study at Makerere University-the premier university in the region.
Article by: 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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