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FSF, MasterCard Scholars Recognized as 70th Mak Grad Concludes

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The 70th Graduation Ceremony of Makerere University came to a close on Friday 17th January 2020 with the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe presenting candidates from the College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology (CEDAT), College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHUSS) and the School of Law for the conferment of degrees and award of diplomas.

Prof. Nawangwe congratulated all members of staff upon being awarded PhDs and Masters degrees in various disciplines and urged them to either form new or join existing multidisciplinary teams so as to make a personal contribution to improving Makerere's academic profile.

Masters Graduands from the School of Law (Foreground) and College of Humanities and Social Sciences (Background) on Day 4 of the 70th Graduation Ceremony, 17th January 2020, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda.

The Vice Chancellor thanked the Chancellor for successfully presiding over the 70th Graduation as well as the Chairperson, Vice Chairperson and the Chancellor's procession for attending all four sessions of the Ceremony. He applauded the security agencies for ensuring that all four sessions proceeded uninterrupted and the Convocation for recognizing the best performing students.

In a special way, the Chancellor Prof. Ezra Suruma presented Awards of Excellence to the following graduands

  1. Ms. Kikobye Winnie; with a CGPA of 4.48 out of 5.00 in the Bachelor of Social Work and Social Administration received the Makerere University Female Scholarship Foundation Class of 2020 Award
  2. Ms. Ageno Faith; with a CGPA of 4.84 out of 5.00 in the Bachelor of Community Psychology received the Makerere University MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program Award
  3. Mr. Kutensa Frank; with a CGPA of 4.75 out of 5.00 in the Bachelor of Community Psychology received the Makerere University MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program Award
  4. Mr. Bandoho Geoffrey; with a CGPA of 4.48 out of 5.00 in the Bachelor of Industrial and Organisational Psychology received the Makerere University MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program Award

Undergraduate Graduands from the College of Humanities and Social Sciences pose for the camera on Day 4 of the 70th Graduation Ceremony, 17th January 2020, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda.

In his farewell message, the Chancellor urged graduands to have compassion and integrity, " Education without morality cannot bring happiness and prosperity to Uganda. Without integrity our future will certainly get worse."

Prof. Suruma equally urged all present in the congregation to embody the change they want to see in society. "I appeal to you and to every Ugandan: wherever you find yourself to take a stand for what is right. Be a candle in the darkness. With a candle here and a candle there we can save our country for ourselves and for our children and our grandchildren."

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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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