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Mak Confers Honorary Doctor of Letters h.c. upon Dr. Akinwumi A. Adesina

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By Jane Anyango

The President of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB) Dr. Akinwumi A. Adesina  has been  awarded an Honorary Doctor of Letters (Honoris Causa) of Makerere University.

The honor is in recognition of his distinguished contribution to Science, research and academic leadership; Reform and thought leadership; Catalysing Africa’s social and economic progress; Partnerships, networks and advocacy for development.

The award ceremony was held during the fifth and last session of the Makerere University 71st Graduation Ceremony on Friday 21st May 2021 at the Freedom Square.

Dr. Adesina flew to Uganda to physically receive the prestigious award accompanied by a nine–person delegation.

The delegation comprised of Mr. Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan-Country Manager, Mr. Modibo I. Toure-Special Envoy, Shareholder Relations (Africa), Mrs. Nnenna Nwabufo-Director General, RDGE and Mr. Olajide Oyewusi-Special Assistant to the President.

Other delegates that accompanied Dr. Adesina were Ms. Phanice Kwambok-Bank Consultant, Mr. Djibril Moussa-Protocol Officer, Mr. Franck Eric Yao-Security Officer, Mr. Guy-Roland A. Tayoro-Audiovisual Technician and Mr. Paul Mutha-Protocol Officer.

Accompanied by his delegation, Dr.  Adesina paid a courtesy call on the Vice Chancellor and the Chancellor Makerere University where they discussed strategic issues of importance to the university and thereafter, joined the academic procession from the Central Teaching Facility 1 (CTF1) to the University Freedom Square.

In his address to the congregation, the Chancellor Makerere University Prof. Ezra Suruma extended a warm welcome to Dr. Adesina and thanked him for accepting the invitation to physically attend the ceremony.

“We thank Dr. Adesina  for the excellent work he is doing to uplift the African people and for honoring us with his presence today. As the African countries struggle to overcome the huge negative effects of COVID 19, I am sure that they will find a vital and sympathetic ally in the African Development Bank”, said Prof. Suruma.

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Please see Downloads for the detailed speeches and citation.

The recording of Live proceedings from the Fifth and final Session of the 71st Graduation Ceremony may be accessed by clicking the embedded videos below.


PART 1 #Mak71stGrad Day 5, 21st May 2021, Freedom Square, Makerere University

PART 2 #Mak71stGrad Day 5, 21st May 2021, Freedom Square, Makerere University

PART 3 #Mak71stGrad Day 5, 21st May 2021, Freedom Square, Makerere University

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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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