MUST Alumni take the stage at Mandela Washington Fellowship

Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST) alumni, Dr. Umar Muhumuza and Mr. Sankara Byaruhanga Magezi, are making waves on the international scene as participants in the prestigious Mandela Washington Fellowship.

Dr. Muhumuza, a medical doctor and public health expert, is currently honing his civic leadership skills at the University of Georgia. He has a distinguished record of research on infectious diseases and contributions to global health initiatives.

Dr. Umar Muhumuza

His commitment to improving healthcare access and vaccination rates across Africa, through collaborations with organizations like the World Health Organization and the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, exemplifies his dedication to public health.

Mr. Sankara Byaruhanga Magezi

Mr. Sankara Byaruhanga Magezi, an IT professional and entrepreneur, is focused on business leadership at the University of Nevada, Reno. A champion of innovation and economic growth, he founded Kreative Campus and serves as the Regional Lead for The Innovation Village’s Western hub. Mr. Sankara’s experience facilitating the U.S. Embassy’s Academy for Women Entrepreneurs in Uganda and consulting for firms in Uganda and Kenya underlines his commitment to fostering positive business practices. His upcoming Professional Development Experience at Impact Hub, Baltimore, promises to further equip him to implement impactful business solutions.

From MUST to Global Leaders

Dr. Muhumuza, a former MUST Guild President, and Mr. Sankara, a former Guild Prime Minister, demonstrated their leadership potential early on. Their selection for the Mandela Washington Fellowship highlights not only their individual accomplishments but also the university’s commitment to nurturing future leaders.

Dr. Muhumuza and Mr. Sankara’s experiences will not only enhance their own skills but also provide valuable knowledge and inspiration for other young leaders at MUST and beyond. Their journeys illuminate the path for future generations, demonstrating that dedication, education, and opportunity can empower individuals to become impactful leaders in their communities and the world.

A Legacy of Excellence

MUST takes pride in its alumni’s achievements in tackling critical global challenges in health, environment, and economic prosperity. The selection of Dr. Muhumuza and Mr. Sankara for the Mandela Washington Fellowship reflects not only the university’s educational excellence but also its dedication to producing leaders equipped to address the complexities of the global landscape. At the end of phase one of the training,

Mr. Sankara has won in his category of training. Let us  join in congratulating him upon this great win!  Mr. Sankara will be representing the University of Nevada at the competition in Washington, D.C. Additionally,he will have the opportunity to meet President Obama

About the Mandela Washington Fellowship

The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders is the flagship program of the U.S. Government’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). Established in 2014, the program has welcomed young leaders from every country in Sub-Saharan Africa. These Fellows, aged 25 to 35, are distinguished by their exemplary leadership and their efforts to promote innovation and positive impact within their communities and nations.

During the six-week Fellowship, participants engage in Leadership Institutes across various U.S. colleges and universities in one of three tracks: Business, Civic Engagement, or Public Management. Following these intensive sessions, the Fellows attend a Summit to network with U.S. leaders across different sectors, fostering long-term connections between the United States and Africa. Select Fellows are given the opportunity for a Professional Development Experience (PDE), working with American organizations to deepen practical skills and strengthen collaborative ties. Post-fellowship, U.S. citizens can partner with Alumni in sub-Saharan Africa to continue impactful projects, broadening networks and fostering mutual understanding.

Carrying the Torch: As Dr. Muhumuza and Mr. Sankara continue their journeys, they represent not just MUST but also the hopes and aspirations of many young Africans who see in them the power of transformative leadership. Their success serves as a beacon, guiding current students and alumni alike towards pursuing excellence and positive impact on the world