Prof. Bazeyo William

The former Dean of Makerere School of Public Health has been named among the six Tufts honorary degree recipients for class of 2021. Prof Bazeyo William, a recipient of the Gold medal, Uganda’s highest civilian honor will receive an honorary Doctor of Science Degree during the all university ceremony to be held on virtual on 23rd May, 2021.

He will be rewarded alongside Maria B. Barrett, Stacey B Gabriel, Hamdi Ulukaya, Ofelia Zepeda and Brian Stevenson.

Every year Tufts University honors a number of distinguished individuals with honorary degrees recognizing their significant accomplishments

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Tufts confers honorary degree to recognize the extraordinary talents and contributions, the nominees for this award according to the instruction’s website should have a record of distinguished and sustained accomplishment. They are honored for their contributions in the varied academic, scholary and professional fields represented at Tufts.

Prof Bazeyo is a Ugandan Physician, innovative medical researcher and academician currently the head of Makerere Research and Fund (MRF). He has previously served as the Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of finance and administration of Makerere University. He has led research focusing on one health innovation initiatives accross Eastern Africa and supporting African governments’ efforts to control tobacco use. His work has been funded by USAID, the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Prof. Bazeyo currently chairs several boards including Uganda’s National Research and Innovation Fund under the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation.

Betsy Busch, the chair Honorary Committee says the conferral of honorary degrees has a long and distinguished tradition at Tufts University.

Tufts is a student centered Research University committed to helping students and faculty generate bold ideas. It is a private research University founded in 1852 as Tufts College by Christian Universalists who sought to open a nonsectarian institution of higher learning.