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CAES student gets a French scholarship award for outstanding presentation skills during the Campus France Day Launch

Ambassador  Stephanie Rivoal poses with Anena Juliet after announcing her as best presenter

Anena Juliet, 23, a fourth year  BSc. Agriculture student on Tuesday 30th January 2018 scooped a French scholarship award to study in France.

The French Ambassador to Uganda, H.E Stephanie Rivoal  awarded Anena that scholarship for her exemplary presentation skills on the tissue culture technology during the exhibition to mark the Campus France Day Launch at Makerere University Freedom Square.

The event was organized by Makerere University in partnership with the French Embassy in Uganda. It was officiated by the First Lady and Minister of Education represented by the Minister in charge of General duties in the office of the Prime Minister Hon. Mary Karoro Okurut.

The launch also involved the French Ambassador to Uganda Stephanie Rivoal,  the Chairperson of Makerere University Council Eng. Dr. Wan Etyem, the Vice Chancellor represented by his deputy in charge of Academic Affairs  and  other dignitaries, French Companies, staff and students.

Ms. Beatrice Khaiat,Min. Mary Karoro Okurut, Amb.Stephanie , Prof. Eria Hisali, Dr Wana Etyem and Martha Muwanguzi during the launch in Freedom square

Anena came  to participate in the exhibition at about 11.00a.m  after receiving a call on short notice  that very morning.

The College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) was  participating in the event by exhibiting her technologies and innovations.

Anena, because of the short notice just picked two small banana suckers and a few bottles of different tissue culture material and packed in a black polythene bag  at Kabanyolo and boarded a taxi to Makerere.

Little did she know that she would carry the day.

The event was also characterized by students filling in forms for a quick draw that would qualify them to get awards  to study from France. Three students won but none of the CAES students succeeded in this draw.

While touring the exhibitions, Ambassodor  Stephanie Rivoal  expressed satisfaction with the CAES Students’ presentation skills and command of the subject matter on the various technologies and innovations exhibited.

Juliet Anena ( in white coat) explains the tissue culture technology as Ambassor Stephanie  listens

The team from the CAES showcased a number of Makerere soybean varieties developed since 2004, the tissue culture technology, agricultural value added products from the school of food technology, nutrition and bioengineering and the latest innovation of the Biosensor that will help to detect the pesticide residues in agricultural products.

Ambassador Stephanie Rivoal  hailed the CAES for these technologies and innovations saying, the university was moving in the right direction in addressing challenges in the agricultural sector and improving food production and productivity.

While closing the function, Ambassador   Stephanie Rivoal    announced Anena Juliet for her outstanding explanation of the tissue culture technology and awarded her a scholarship to study in France.

CAES student Team leader  on the Bisensor kit shaks hands with ambassodor Stephanie after explanation as other students look on

Anena Juliet will decide when and what she would like to study in France.

Tissue culture technology in the CAES

The college developed protocols and media for banana tissue culture production currently used in culturing of banana plantlets in the region. This technique has enabled the production of clean planting materials and their quick multiplication.

The college also developed molecular diagnostic tools for a number of diseases including banana bacterial wilt, sweet potato viral disease, cassava brown streak and passion fruit woodiness virus. These technologies have helped in correct and timely disease diagnosis, management and supply of clean planting materials.

France - Makerere University collaboration

The French Embassy and Makerere University signed Memorandum of Understanding on 29th September 2017 with the aim of promoting cultural, linguistic, higher education and research cooperation in Uganda.

French Ambassodor Stephanie Rivoal shakes hands with Mr. Tonny Obua after a brief on MAKsoybean varieties

The launch   of the Campus  France Day marked the beginning of a series of these activities and initiatives.

The Campus France Desk has been set up   in the International Office and a French Corner set up in the International Development Agency (IDA) section of the New Library Extension.

The French Embassy has also supported the university through provision of scholarships for PhD students to spend three months in France doing research.

Through the student exchange programmes, the French Universities particularly SciencesPo  has been sending undergraduate students to the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHUSS) for the past five years. Makerere University  student Felix Bwikizo from the French Department received a scholarship and is already in France for exchange this semester.

Makerere University has also  received support to the teaching of the French Language in the School of Languages, Literature and Communication among others.

What is Campus France?

The Industrial and Commercial Public Establishment (EPIC) Campus France was created by the Act on external State action of 27 July, 2010 and its implementing Decree of 30 December 2011.

It is an operator of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development (MAEDI) and the French Ministry of National Education, Higher Education and Research, for supporting France’s attractiveness policy.

Campus France was created by merging the Egide Association with the Public Interest Group (GIP) Campus France, and took over the international activities of the National Student Support Centre (CNOUS) on 1 September, 2012.

Min. Mary Okurut,  MAK team and ambassodor after visiting the French corner in the main library

Objectives of the Campus France

The main objective of Campus France is to simplify French procedures for the reception of foreign students and researchers in an increasingly competitive environment to:

  • support the development of international academic and scientific mobility by promoting training programmes and ensuring student guidance and reception of students in mobility programmes and seeking to invite teachers, teaching researchers and researchers;
  •  improve academic and scientific attractiveness and mobility;
  •  improve the conditions for the reception and stay in France of foreign students;
  • manage French government scholarships and foreign government scholarships granted to foreign students staying in France on an individual or group basis for the purpose of training, gathering information or research;
  •  manage all scholarships of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development (granted by diplomatic posts and the Central Administration) and the scholarship programmes entrusted to the Ministry by foreign governments.

Campus France priorities  include improving the reception of foreign students; accompanying higher education and research institutions in their international development through:

  • events to promote higher education in France and abroad,
  • responding to calls for proposals,
  • services proposed by the higher education institution to Campus France Forum members,
  • Campus France surveys and assessments of student mobility and higher education systems worldwide.
  • actions by Campus France, which is a key instrument for promoting student mobility, are, overall, expected to increase the number of foreign students in France in coming years, while preserving the quality of their reception.
  • extended missions, which cover the entire process of reception of foreign students in France, help to better address international challenges relating to the sharp increase in the number of students in mobility program

Report Compiled by

Jane Anyango

Communication Officer CAES.


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