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RUFORUM Triennial Thought Pieces: ISSUE 16 – Prof. Hulela Keba

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Envisioning the Future of Africa and needed Actions

Background

In the recent past the continent of Africa has been playing catching up game in driving its social-economic development agenda. Well-read scholars such as Dr. Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana, Nelson Mandela of South Africa, Julius Nyerere of Tanzania to mention but the few, made attempts in one way or the other in contributing to this development agenda of the continent of Africa to be at par if not equivalent to the developed continents globally. Scientists and scholars as mentioned by Newsham (2008) have also emerged on the African continent, and studies have been conducted during the process of the aforementioned developments.

On the contrary despite the encouraging efforts made as strategies the continent of Africa has not achieved much to date due to the tragedies of poverty, warfare and diseases (Show, 2015). Several other factors including natural disasters continue to hinder the design and implementation of sound economic plans in Africa to bring prosperity to the continent. According to Show (2015), planning for such development requires the consideration of an inclusive political system, visionary leadership, open markets, investment in human and economic capital, good regional integration, and good relationships with foreign powers. Kabba as far back as 1997 envisaged some developments and changes taking place on the global scene, which were foreseen to have far-reaching ramifications for the continent and its development partners. Until today, strategies are still being sought and envisioned for the future of Africa and actions needed. Strengthening Higher Agricultural Education, Science, Technology and Innovation has the potential to catalyse the needed development in Africa.

Africa is a continent with very diverse cultural settings coupled with the different colonial background legacies which have been accepted across Africa. However, the strategy of the Africa Union that encourages a modern agriculture for increased productivity and production together with development partners, calls for increased role of higher education to become throttlehold for today. Higher education in agriculture if planned, implemented, and well executed will help propel development in the continent. Specifically, among other factors to consider about higher education are that it (i) should be demand-driven (Deegan & Martin, 2019), (ii) transformative and innovative education (Holley, 2009; Yee, Raijmakers, and Ichikawa, (2019), (iii) skill-matching education (Chris Ryan and Mathias Sinning, 2009; International Labour Organization, 2015), (iv) career-ready education, demand- ready education, and (v) gender-balanced synergies in leadership of higher education. These are elaborated below.

The demand-driven education

Deegan & Martin (nd) argue that it matters how education systems merge with work learning to develop the human skills that matter in development plans. Deegan & Martin (nd) further stated that the world of work is changing as both the technology and the demographics of our populations are changing. As a result, jobs and work environments have also changed requiring a more flexible, dynamic, and equitable system of preparation. Traditional routes to employment have functioned much like these roads, which are also changing. Conventional credentials, like the university degrees, and vocational training qualifications have offered defined entrances and exits for individuals looking for jobs that lead to careers. A map of this system may look less like a highway that runs from one city to the other and more like the iconic web of circles and intersections of any network that exist in a community. Africa is connected through university technology networks where education offered matters at these higher institutions in the network. The education offered at these networks should be demand-driven. The demand-driven higher education, which refers to the education required by the students than education required by the institution (supply driven education) is one that is required and envisioned for the continent. As indicated by Kirschner and Valkce (2005), the evolution of the demand-driven education comes at a time when it is coupled with technology and related systems need to be strengthened for Africa to enhance its development.

Transformative and innovative education

Transformative and innovative education matters a lot in the development of Africa. The two concepts which are ‘transformative and innovative’ education are crucial in Africa’s economic development. According to Koh, Chapmman and Larry (2020), it is an important initiative in education that would create an equal learning opportunity for many learners to develop Science, Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) literacy, and global competencies.

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Launch of Mak-RIF Round 4 Awards & PhD Call for Proposals

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Mak-RIF 4 Awards and PhD Call For Proposals, 29th September 2022, 9:00 to 10:00 AM EAT.

Makerere University received funding from the Government of the Republic of Uganda, earmarked to support high impact Research and Innovations. This unique initiative arose after engagements between the top University Management and the Government of Uganda. This fund illustrates the increasing importance that the Government attaches to Research and Innovation as a driver of development and transformation. The objective of the fund is to increase the local generation of translatable research and scalable innovations that address key gaps required to drive Uganda’s development agenda. 

In the Financial years 2019/2020, 2020/2021 and 2021/2022 the Government of the Republic of Uganda through Mak-RIF has funded implementation of over 750 multidisciplinary research and innovations within the various Colleges, while engaging multiple stakeholders within and outside Makerere University. The Grants Management Committee (GMC) has finalized the award process for the Mak-RIF round 4 call for funding for this Financial Year 2022/2023.

The Grants Management Committee (GMC) hereby invites you to the Launch of the Mak-RIF Round 4 awards and PhD Call for Proposals scheduled to take place tomorrow Thursday 29th September 2022 from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. EAT. 

Please use the following details to join the launch.

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwpcu-urDIjE9ZgxdsbEmA2IkNMMiJVECt_ 
Meeting ID: 884 5662 9992
Password: 292624

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Notice: Makerere Disability Scheme 2022/23 Medical Review Exercise

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One of the PWD graduands at the 69th Graduation during the Session held on 17th January 2019.

The Academic Registrar, Makerere University invites persons with disability who applied for admission to public universities under the disability entry scheme for 2022/2023 Academic Year to appear for medical/review exercise at Makerere Unive, Senate Building, Level Two (2) in the Telepresence Centre.

NOTE: Only those who have the minimum entry requirements of at least two principal passes at A’ Level or its equivalent and at least five (5) passes at O’ Level or its equivalent will be interviewed.

 Only candidates who sat ‘a’ level in 2020, 2019 and 2018 are eligible for admission.

THE EXERCISE WILL BE CONDUCTED ON 3rd, 4th and 5th October, 2022 respectively from 9.00 A.M – 1.00 P.M each day.

IMPORTANT:

(i) If you fail to appear on any of the given days above, there will be no other chance for you.

(ii) Applicants with Government Scholarship for the previous years are not eligible for admission

ALFRED MASIKYE NAMOAH

Acting. ACADEMIC REGISTRAR

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Uganda’s policymakers implored to address forest loss, plastic & water pollution

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Left to Right: Prof. Gunnar Köhlin, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, Amb. Maria Håkansson, Commissioner Julius Mafumbo and Prof. Edward Bbaale posing for a group photo before the opening ceremony on 22nd September 2022: Photo by EfD-Mak Centre.

The Vice Chancellor Professor Barnabas Nawangwe on Thursday 22nd September, 2022 participated in the opening of the EfD Annual meeting hosted by Makerere University at Speke Resort Munyonyo where he appealed to government to implement the ban on kaveera and address other environmental issues.

The opening ceremony moderated by the EfD Global Hub Manager Gunnar Köhlin and was graced by Uganda’s Minister for Water and Environment represented by the Commissioner for Water, Mr. Julius Mafumbo and the Swedish Ambassador to Uganda, H.E. Maria Håkansson.

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