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Strides with Makerere University’s Research and Innovations Fund (RIF)

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Following successful engagements between Makerere University’s top management and the Government of the Republic of Uganda, Makerere University was awarded up to a tune of 30 billion Uganda shillings to support high impact Research and Innovations to drive Uganda’s Development Agenda. This unique initiative is being implemented with guidance from the Grants Management Committee under the Research and Innovations Fund (RIF) at Makerere University in Kampala Uganda. Upon receipt of these funds, Makerere University’s Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe working closely with the University Management and Leadership team constituted the Grants Management Committee (GMC) comprising 17 University staff and faculty (Male and Female) https://rif.mak.ac.ug/.Dr. Umar Kakumba- First Deputy Vice Chancellor- Academic Affairs giving his remarks. In consultation with the Government of the Republic of Uganda line Ministry-Ministry of Finance, the GMC drafted and announced a call for proposals. This call was extensively publicized, engaging all Makerere University staff and faculty to prepare and submit applications to respond to the call. In addition to the general sensitization session held in Makerere University’s Main Hall https://news.mak.ac.ug/2019/08/mak-rolls-out-government-research-and-innovations-fund, the GMC physically reached-out and engaged potential applicants at the various levels including; College, Academic and Administrative Units and School. See the engagement sessions shared on https://www.facebook.com/researchandinnovationsfund/.

Some of the 224 awardees from the 10 Colleges of Makerere University in attendance.

Overall, the GMC received 704 applications from the 10 Colleges of Makerere University including Administrative units and Makerere University Business School. It is important to note that the majority, if not all the proposals received, were indeed very good and directly linking to the national development agenda. It took a big pool of both internal and external reviewers in-depth scrutiny of all the proposals to select those to be awarded. This is yet another manifestation of the multidisciplinary skills, rich knowledge base at Makerere University. ‘It is no wonder, therefore, that Makerere University is ranked 4th best University in Africa! I am forever grateful and proud even as an alumnus to associate with Makerere University’s shared Dr. Roy William Mayega, Senior Lecturer at Makerere University School of Public Health, Deputy Chief of Party at ResilientAfrica Network (RAN) and also Coordinator GMC.

On Tuesday, November 12, 2019, GMC conducted an Induction Session physically engaging the 224 successful RIF awardees. This was an opportunity to orient the awardees (who are from across all the Makerere University Colleges, Academic Units, and Makerere University Business School) on the research and innovation fund processes. These processes include but are not limited to the contracting process, requisitioning, procurement, expected transparent and timely accountability, documentation, dissemination, research translation, innovation among others.Dr. Roy William Mayega, Coordinator GMC and Senior Lecturer at Makerere University School of Public Health

'Once again, we are forever grateful to the Government of the Republic of Uganda for allocating and availing Makerere University funds to further support Research and Innovation. The research and innovations being supported by these resources are aimed at informing Uganda's development agenda. It is such initiatives which can indeed lead to our country's further growth and development' noted Associate Prof. Umar Kakumba, Acting Vice-Chancellor Makerere University.

During this engagement session, Prof. William Bazeyo, Acting Deputy Vice Chancellor-Finance and Administration and the Chairman GMC urged the researchers and innovators in the room to work extremely well and hard so that in the shortest time possible, we can all engage stakeholders in results dissemination sessions, sharing outputs from the RIF funded projects. He also called upon these awardees to look out for the 2nd Call which will be unveiled on January 15th, 2020. Known for the slogan ‘Be a Contribution’, Prof. Bazeyo said 'Let us all aim at diligently executing this work to positively contribute to the communities we live in and serve' as he wished all the awardees the very best with the detailed planning and implementation process. Currently, awardees have revised their proposals, budgets, and milestones too in line with the award. The GMC is overseeing the ongoing contracting process in preparation for the onset of the different project activities.

More pictures are shared at https://www.facebook.com/researchandinnovationsfund/

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Written By: Harriet Adong, RIF Communications Officer

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Veteran Professor changed Makerere and Higher Education

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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

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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

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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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