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Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program

The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program is a 10-year global initiative to educate and develop the next generation leaders, who will contribute to social and economic progress, particularly in Africa. The Scholars Program enables young people from economically disadvantaged communities to complete quality secondary and tertiary education, and make successful transitions to further education or to the workforce in their home countries.
The Program Cordinator

Dr. Justine Namaalwa holds a PhD in Forest Economics (Norwegian University of Life Sciences); MSc. in Management of Natural Resources and (Agricultural University of Norway); and a BSc. Forestry (Makerere University). At Makerere University, she undertook assignments in Teaching and Supervision of graduate and undergraduate students, Research and Knowledge Transfer. She has supervised and mentored 20 Graduates and up to 48 Undergraduate Students. She have over the years participated in interdisciplinary and multi-disciplinary research where she participated in proposal development, fieldwork activities, reporting and facilitating stakeholder platforms. She has published over 25 peer-reviewed articles and 4 book chapters. She has also been trained through the Higher Education Resources Services (HERS) Leadership Academy and, Financial Management for leaders.

Currently she is the Head, Department of Environmental Management, School of Forestry, Environmental and Geographical Sciences. She is currently coordinating a capacity building collaborative (Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia and TU-Dresden Germany) Wood Cluster Project funded by DAAD and BMF involving students at Masters and PhD level. In the past, she served as the Alternate Coordinator of two regionalized academic programmes that were hosted at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences with one field Semester at Makerere University: (i) 2001 to 2010: Norwegian regionalized MSc. Management of Natural Resources and Sustainable Agriculture funded by NORAD, and (ii) 2006 to 2010: Bachelor of Development Studies program. These Programmes involved planning and coordinating the teaching and residential field activities for the International students. Besides Academic roles, she has held different administrative roles in Makerere University including; Member of the Makerere University Press Editorial Board; Member the Finance Committee for School of Forestry; and, Member of the Makerere University Strategic Planning Committee.


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