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MCF Scholars Program at Mak launches Annual Community Open Day

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By Bernard Buteera

Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at Makerere University has launched an annual event dubbed the ‘The Scholars Program Community Open Day’, that will bring together all key Stakeholders in order to foster relationships and sense of belonging to the Scholars Program.

The inaugural event was held on Saturday 30th July 2022, at Makerere University Rugby grounds. It attracted over 300 participants who included Scholars, Alumni, and Mentors, members of the Steering Committee, the University Community and other external partners of the Scholars Program.

Prof. Sarah Ssali, addressing the gathering at the launch of the Open Day.
Prof. Sarah Ssali, addressing the gathering at the launch of the Open Day.

While addressing the gathering, the Chief Guest, Prof. Sarah Ssali, the Dean School of Women and Gender Studies, and a member of the Steering Committee of the Scholars Program, congratulated the Secretariat upon initiating such an important event that brings together all key stakeholders of the Program. She pointed out that it is such events that foster unity and networks among stakeholders, which was key in strengthening institutions and organizations world over.

“I congratulate the Secretariat and the general Scholars Community for thinking about such an important community engagement event, which brings together all key stakeholders of the Scholars Program, most especially the Scholars and the Alumni” Prof. Ssali pointed out.

Prof. Sarah Ssali chatting with Ms. Jolly Okumu during the event.
Prof. Sarah Ssali chatting with Ms. Jolly Okumu during the event.

Prof. Ssali further congratulated the Scholars and alumni of the Scholars Program as the key stakeholders, upon having been selected for the prestigious Scholarship, which most young people in Uganda were not lucky enough to get, despite being in a similar economic disadvantage.

“I would like to appeal to you Scholars and alumni of the Mastercard Foundation, to always cherish the opportunity you were given, especially the Scholarship, which enabled you to acquire quality university education here at Makerere University.” Prof. Ssali said.

Participants from FAWE- Uganda one of the partners of the Scholars Program@Mak.
Participants from FAWE- Uganda one of the partners of the Scholars Program@Mak.

 Prof. Ssali called upon all stakeholders of the Scholars Program to foster relationships and networks the Program has bestowed upon them. She further urged the gathering to always cast their nets wide and desist from creating ethnic, religious other narrow social networks, but rather embrace diversity in creating networks.

She appealed to Ugandans and Africans at large to reduce the spirit of dependence, and instead strive to support and uplift one another through giving back to the community.

“The African continent is known for being dependent on donor aid and all forms of support, but we should fight this dependence syndrome, and embrace the spirit of hard work and support ourselves as Africans through giving back to our communities.” She opined.

Ms. Jolly Okumu addressing the gathering at the event.
Ms. Jolly Okumu addressing the gathering at the event.

The Program Manager, Ms. Jolly Okumu informed the gathering that although the Scholars Program at Makerere University comprises a number of stakeholders at different levels and influence, it had never had a single activity that brought all of them together. Therefore, in line with community building, the Scholars Program decided to host an annual Community Open Day to bring together all stakeholders with two key objectives;

  • To foster relationships and sense of belonging to the Scholars Program for all stakeholders.
  • To fundraise for the MCF Scholars Annual Day of service that takes place every year in November.
Some of the Mentors who graced the event.
Some of the Mentors who graced the event.

“On behalf of the Secretariat, I would like to thank all of you our Scholars, Alumni and partners for turning up in good numbers for this our first Community Open Day, despite your busy schedule and other competing activities that weekends normally bring” Ms. Okumu said.

She further thanked Prof. Sarah Ssali and all members of the Steering Committee, the University Management, and the University community in general for the commitment and support they have continued to render to the Scholars Program in the last eight years of implementing the Scholars Program at Makerere University.

Mr. Abubakar Batte, the Scholars Council Representative addressing the gathering at the event.
Mr. Abubakar Batte, the Scholars Council Representative addressing the gathering at the event.

On behalf of the Scholars Community, the Scholars Council Representative, Mr. Abubakar Batte, and the Scholars Association President, Mr. Adolf Businge, called upon the Scholars and Alumni to support and participate the Scholars Annual Day of service, which takes place every year in November across all partner institutions and organizations of Mastercard Foundation.

They informed the gathering that for this years’ Annual Day of Service, the Scholars Community had identified and would support to construct a classroom block at St. Katherine Community School, located in Agago district, Northern Uganda.

A cross-section of Scholars and Alumni attending the event.
A cross-section of Scholars and Alumni attending the event.

They called upon all people of good will to support the noble cause of giving back to the community by supporting Scholars and Alumni of Mastercard Foundation to construct the class block at St. Katherine in Agago District.

One of the activities of the day was to fundraise for giveback day, which fetched over five million Shillings in cash and pledges from Scholars, Alumni, Mentors, the Secretariat and partners who graced the function.

Alumni exhibiting some of the products they were producing through the Scholars Entrepreneurship Fund (SEF) Projects.
Alumni exhibiting some of the products they were producing through the Scholars Entrepreneurship Fund (SEF) Projects.

The first Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program Community Open Day was held under the theme; “Fostering Relationships and Networks for community transformation” and attracted over 300 participants including partners.

Among the partners who graced the function included; FAWE- Uganda, Brac, Uganda, Private Sector Foundation, CEEM Group, Solutions Africa, DFCU Bank, KARE Hostel, Katumba Estates among many others. The fun-filled event had a number of activities, which included; Aerobics, Soccer, Volleyball, Athletics, Sack race, Exhibitions and many others.

Participants being taken through aerobics and exercises.
Participants being taken through aerobics and exercises.

The next Scholars Program Community Open Day will be held in July of 2023 and will attract even a bigger crowd and activities.

Bernard Buteera is the Communications Officer of the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at Makerere University.

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Advert: Mature Age Entry Scheme – Private Sponsorship 2024/2025

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Students sit for an exam in the pre-COVID era, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda.

The Academic Registrar, Makerere University invites applications for the Undergraduate
Programmes under the Mature Age Entry Scheme only for Private Sponsorship for
2024/2025 Academic Year.
Non-Refundable Application fee of Shs. 50,000/= for Ugandans OR $75 Equivalent for
Internationals, plus bank charge should be paid in any of the banks used by Uganda
Revenye Authority after generating a Payment Reference Number (PRN).

  • Apply using the Institution’s Applications Portal URL:https: //apply.mak.ac.ug
  • Application is for candidates who passed the Mature Age Entry Examinations of December 17, 2022 and February 24, 2024 only.
  • Any candidate who passed the examinations in mentioned above and was not admitted on Government/ Private sponsorship for December 17, 2022 sitting, and for Government sponsorship for February 24, 2024 sitting, is eligible to apply for admission on Private Sponsorship for 2024 /2025 Academic Year.

The closing date for applying will be Friday 26th July, 2024.

Further details can be accessed by following this link.

Prof. Mukadasi Buyinza
ACADEMIC REGISTRAR

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Diploma/Degree Holders Admission Lists 2024/25

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Main Library, Makerere University. Photo taken on 29th February 2016.

The Office of Academic Registrar, Makerere University has released lists of Diploma/Degree Holder applicants admitted under Private/Self Sponsorship for the academic year 2024/25. Please note that admission is subject to verification of academic documents by the awarding institutions.

The admission list is displayed here below:

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African Futures Research Leadership Program: Cohort 5 – Call for Scholars

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Participants at the initial AAP convening participate in design-thinking exercises to help imagine the future of partnerships between MSU and Africa. Photo: AAP

The Alliance for African Partnership (AAP) is seeking applicants for the fifth cohort of the AAP African Futures Research Leadership Program. This competitive visiting scholar program supports early career researchers from the AAP consortium to work for one year under the mentorship of faculty members from MSU and their home institution, focusing on building skills in research for impact, writing scholarly and/or policy publications, disseminating of research results, and developing grant proposals for external support. Scholars will also participate in a structured professional development program while building bridges and lasting connections with MSU contacts and across their cohort. 

The main objective of the African Futures program is to strengthen the capacity of a cadre of African researchers to return to their home institutions and become scientific leaders in their community, establish long-term partnerships with MSU faculty, co-create innovative solutions to Africa’s challenges, and in turn become trainers of the next generation of researchers. This program aims to address the gender gap in Africa, where only 30% of researchers are women, so scholars selected for the program will be women, or men who can demonstrate they are committed to support efforts towards gender equity in higher education institutions in Africa. The research areas that the scholars will engage in during the program should be aligned to AAP’s research priority areas

The AAP Management Team requests applications from early career researchers to participate in the next cohort, with work to begin virtually in February 2025. Scholars will spend September – December 2025 at MSU for the in-person portion of the program, followed by another period of virtual collaboration, ending in early 2026. The scholar and mentor team will receive a small grant for research and professional development activities including conference attendance and publication. Scholars will also receive a stipend during their time at MSU, visa application support, and round-trip travel from their home institution.

Eligibility

  • Citizen of an African country 
  • Completion of a PhD degree within the last 10 years 
  • Employed as an Academic Staff member at one of the AAP African consortium universities including Egerton University, Makerere University, University of Dar es Salaam, Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Botswana, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, University Cheikh Anta Diop, University of Arts and Humanities, Bamako, United States International University-Africa, and University of Pretoria 
  • Have documented approval of leave or sabbatical to participate in the program for the in-person period 
  • Have a mentor at their home institution that will serve as a collaborator and mentor
  • Research must be in one of the AAP priority areas
  • Applicants may only submit one proposal to AAP in this round of funding. Prior scholars are not eligible to apply. 

To learn more about the program, including how to apply, click below

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Applications to be an African Futures scholar are due August 18, 2024

Additional program dates:

  • Program start date (virtual): February 2025
  • In-person program: Sept – Dec 2025
  • Program end date: February 2026

Please contact Jose Jackson-Malete at jacks184@msu.edu or +1 517-353-6989 with any questions.

Source: AAP

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