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Mak RIF Holds Stakeholders Workshop with Private Sector & Development Partners

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The Makerere University Research and Innovations Fund (RIF) on Friday 31st January 2020 held the second consultative workshop for representatives from Private Sector Institutions, Non-Governmental Organisations and Development Partners aimed at understanding priority research and innovation needs in the different sectors so as to develop a robust research agenda. Participating agencies were grouped according to sectors such as; Agriculture, Business Development Support, Culture, Conservation, Finance, Health, Gender, ICT, Manufacturing, SMEs, Social Welfare, Trade and Transport.

Representing the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic Affairs)-DVCAA, Dr. Umar Kakumba thanked participating agencies for supporting Makerere University to continue providing innovative teaching and learning, research and services responsive to national and global needs.

Makerere University is proud of its longstanding history of leveraging and nurturing national and international collaborations and partnerships. It is such initiatives which have kept our University blossoming in research, teaching and community service. I hope that we can coin additional collaborations and partnerships by the end of our engagement today” remarked the DVCAA.

The DVCAA-Dr. Umar Kakumba outlined the research priority areas and invited participants to contribute generously to the dicsussion on developing a new research agenda at the Stakeholders' Workshop, 31st January 2020, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda.

Dr. Kakumba shared that Makerere University’s Research agenda aims to; provide a robust supportive environment for a research-driven university, increase capacity for knowledge transformation and innovation as well as strengthen research and innovation management and coordination.

“Our agenda also aims to mainstream gender in all research and innovation activities, mobilise more funds for research, promote commercialization of innovations, exploit intellectual property and enhance networks with teaching, research and cultural institutions” added the DVCAA.

He therefore urged participants to work closely with the University in its quest to strengthen Uganda’s research capacity and output by generously contributing to the discussion in the stakeholders’ workshop.

The DVCFA and Chairperson GMC-Prof. William Bazeyo shared Makerere's intention to produce data-driven innovations and increase dissemination of research

The Chairperson RIF Grants Management Committee (GMC), Prof. William Bazeyo in his remarks noted that workshop was Makerere’s first engagement with the private sector to develop a research agenda. “We are transitioning Makerere into a research-led University in as far as both the Humanities and Sciences are concerned, which will result into increased research output.”

He noted that although 71% of research continues to be funded by donors, the UGX 30billion intervention by the Government of Uganda through RIF is a gesture that has been greatly welcomed by the Makerere University community. He shared the University’s keenness to also mobilise resources to fund research from the private sector.

“The grants under RIF are awarded to projects that impact communities and national development priorities. We would therefore like you our stakeholders to provide additional input into what we should research about so that together, we can develop a comprehensive research agenda” added Prof. Bazeyo.

The Chair GMC-Prof. William Bazeyo (4th L) introduces some of the GMC members present L-R: Dr. Roy Mayega, Dr. Frank Mwiine, DVCAA-Dr. Umar Kakumba, Dr. Betty Ezati, Dr. Robinah Kulabako, Dr. John Mutenyo and Dr. Helen Nambalirwa Nkabala during the Second RIF Stakeholders Consultative Workshop for representatives from NGOs, the Private Sector and Development Partners on 31st January 2020, CTF1, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda.

The Chairperson GMC also underlined the University’s intention to produce data-driven innovations and increase dissemination of research by working together with the private sector and other actors.

The feedback received from parallel group discussions will be used by the GMC to define priority research and innovation areas for the different sectors. Participants in the Health sector in particular outlined; the need for innovative ICT systems that reduce patient waiting times, study opportunities for demographic dividends and ways to increase data exchange among health sector players as some of the research priorities.

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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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Prof. Tonny J. Oyana, Finance Chairperson, World Health Summit Regional Meeting Africa, June 2021.

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