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Call for Participation in Student Hackathon on Designing for Sustainable Development

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The Center of Excellence for Sustainable Health, through its project on Building Capacity for sustainable development in fragile states, is soliciting applications from STUDENTS, both undergraduate and postgraduate, for a combined short mentorship program and hackathon. This activity aims to gather a multisectoral student group to equip them with tools to experiment designing practical and creative solutions to everyday challenges in their communities as they work towards realizing the sustainable development 2030 agenda.

How to apply: We require students to write short concepts describing their creative approach to solving development challenges in their communities. Submissions should be made using the template provided via this link before August 19th, 2023.

What to expect: Successful applicants will receive a free training and mentorship on essentials of innovation in designing practical solutions to local development challenges conducted by a team of experts. The participants will then participate in a hackathon, using the skills, knowledge, and available tools to design and rapid prototype (develop early testable samples/models of the solution) creative solutions.They will then pitch to compete in groups and a prize will be awarded to the best team at the end of the program.
Important dates

  1. Application deadline: August 18th, 2023, 23:59 Hrs
  2. Training program: August 28th – September 30th, 2023 (1 day per week)
  3. Hackathon: October 2nd – October 18th, 2023 (1 day per week)
  4. Mentorship workshops: October 21st, 2023 – November 20th, 2023

    Please contact Irene Wanyana iwanyana@musph.ac.ug (0774968944) or Rawlance Ndejjo rndejjo@musph.ac.ug (077778397) or Tonny Muwonge tonysteinn25@gmail.com (0753414942)

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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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