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Monitor journalist wins Fulbright scholarship

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Daily Monitor’s Chief reporter Mr Tabu Butagira PHOTO BY DOMINIC BUKENYA 

By Isaac Imaka

Posted  Wednesday, July 23   2014 at  21:00
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KAMPALA:

Daily Monitor’s Chief reporter has won a Fulbright Scholarship, the prestigious US government academic program currently on offer.
Mr Tabu Butagira is among the nine eminent persons that have won the scholarships that range from Fulbright Junior Staff Development Program to Hubert Humphrey fellowship program.
He won The Hubert Humphrey Fellowship that is named after former US Vice President & Senator from Minnesota, Hubert H. Humphrey.
“It’s a correct verdict to be justly proud of and truly humbled,” Mr Butagira told Daily Monitor. “Fulbright as the US government’s most prestigious academic programme opens the gateway for entry into a privileged league of global scholars, and with it, other opportunities.”
The fellowship is a one-year fellowship program officer to mid-career professionals working at policy level who have a record of leadership and commitment to public service.
Fellows are based at leading American Universities for ten months to pursue self-designed programs that include independent study, course work and an internship with an organization on their field of expertise.
Mr Butagira will spend ten months at Arizona State University while he will undertake a tailor-made course in digital and data journalism, political communications and media leadership.
“My resolve is to invest my best to gain the most, and that I who is not of a particular pedigree got a Fulbright (Humphrey) fellowship, should indeed inspire colleagues to apply for it makes merit count.
“I look forward to a professionally enriching and personally fulfilling year at Arizona State University,” he said.
He leaves for the States in the first week of August.
Daily Monitor News Editor and Tabu’s immediate supervisor, Mr Alex B. Atuhaire spoke of how proud and lucky the newspaper is about the reporter’s achievements.
“We are proud of Tabu’s achievements and this fellowship shows that he is a shining example of the quality of our journalism,” he said. “I am confident that Tabu will do very well on the fellowship and I wish him all the best. We are looking forward for him to be back in time for the 2016 campaign action.”
Others sharing Butagira’s winning successes include Prof Joe Oloka Onyango, the professor of Law at Makerere University. Prof Onyango won a four months Grant for Fulbright African Research Scholars Progrma.
His project Title is, The African Backlash against International Criminal Court: Unpacking the dilemmas of international Law and politics in 21st Century. He will be hosted by George Washington University.
Associate professor in the department of Agricultural production at Makerere, Sadhat Walusimbi, won a five months grant for a project titled, Instructional tools for high impact learning outcomes in agricultural sciences. He will be hosted by the Pennsylvania State University.
Mr Patrick Mutegeki, a lecturer at Kampala International University won a Fulbright Junior Staff Development Program for a PhD in Geography. He will be hosted by Clark University.

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