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University of Venda courts Makerere University

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  • 11 Dec 2013 - 7:15pm
  • By Mark Wamai
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L-R: Dr. Ndebele Clever, Director, Centre for Higher Education Teaching and Learning, University of Venda and Assoc. Prof. Peter Neema Abooki of the College of Education and External Studies (CEES), during the former's visit on 5th December 2013, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda

The University of Venda, South Africa, is looking at possible areas of collaboration with Makerere University. Dr. Ndebele Clever, the Director of the Centre for Higher Education Teaching and Learning is on a one-week visit to Makerere University to benchmark with Makerere University and adopt best practices that can be emulated by University of Venda. “I am here to benchmark what academic staff do especially in the area of support systems for students. Venda University is introducing e-learning and I have seen a number of excellent e-learning facilities here. I went to DICTS (Directorate for ICT Support) and Mr. Tito Okumu took me through an amazing revelation oh how e-learning is done here,” he said.

Dr. Ndebele paid a courtesy call to the Acting Vice Chancellor, Prof. JYT Mugisha (Pictured Below) on 5th Dec. 2013, who welcomed the idea of a possible collaboration between Makerere University and the University of Professor J.Y.T. Mugisha, Principal, College of Natural Sciences (CoNAS), Makerere University, Kampala UgandaVenda. “I am confident that each University will have a lot to learn from the other if this collaboration happens. As Makerere, we are ready to partner with you,” he emphasized.  

University of Venda, a government owned institution, is strong in the area of supporting students with disabilities including Visual, Hearing, Physical, Speech impairments, Chronic illnesses (diabetes, epilepsy), Painful conditions (back injuries & carpal tunnel syndrome), Psychological disabilities (bipolar disorder & severe anxiety/depression), and Temporary disabilities (broken limbs). “We have a well-established disability unit, with adapted laboratories and other instruction material like Braille text books for the blind, talking devices like calculators. It is the only centre of its kind in the country,” explained Dr. Ndebele.

Dr. Ndebele is here on the invitation of Assoc. Prof. Peter Neema Abooki of the College of Education and External Studies (CEES), whom he met at a Nairobi conference this year.  He has since visited the Quality Assurance Directorate (QAD), Planning and Development Department (PDD), Directorate of Research and Graduate Training (RGT), Private Sector Forum, International Relations Office, Office of the Dean of Students and the Public Relations Office.


Article by Marion Alina, Public Relations Office

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