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Uppsala studies Makerere-Bergen Institutional Collaboration as Partnership Broadens

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A delegation from Uppsala University led by the Vice Chancellor Professor Eva Akesson visited Makerere University’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHUSS) to study the Mak-UiB Collaboration. The College Principal, Professor Edward K. Kirumira, and also the Coordinator of the Makerere-University of Bergen (Mak-UiB) Collaboration Programme welcomed the team and shared the humble and yet successful journey of the Mak-UiB collaboration based on an institutionalized approach.

This meeting held in the CHUSS Resource Centre was crucial for providing a framework for an institution-wide collaboration as Uppsala seeks to take its partnership with Makerere to the next level..

“We are glad to be here. We have several collaborations with Makerere, but we would like to go to another level-for an institutionalized approach,” said the Vice Chancellor, Uppsala University.

During the presentation, Professor Edward K. Kirumira emphasized the need to have champions in every collaboration.   The Mak-UiB collaboration started in 1988, but at an individual level and he thus credited the late Professor Endre Lillethun who dedicated time and resources to overseeing the collaboration during its infancy.  He highlighted that the Mak-UiB 15-year collaboration programme has significantly contributed to the development of human resources with 100 PhDs and Masters in Philosophy in varied fields; as well as expanding the collaboration to include administration, finance and libraries.

Continuing with his presentation, Professor Edward K. Kirumira pointed out factors that have led to a successful Mak-UIB collaboration as:
•    Establishment of collaboration offices at both universities
•    Multi-disciplinary approach to research problems
•    Multi-Department and Multi-disciplinary research with a diversified funding source
•    In 2004, the collaboration included an Addendum on student exchange programmes
•    Evaluation of the programme every four years and a re-commitment workshop within a long term Frame of Collaboration
•    Reaching out to regional institutions such as National University of Rwanda and training librarians and technicians in Juba.

On the future of the collaboration, Professor Kirumira said that although the 15 year programme ends in November 2013, he held discussions with the Rector of the University of Bergen, Norway, and they agreed on an extension to renew the collaboration.

“I have briefed the Vice Chancellor of Makerere University, Professor John Ddumba-Ssentamu that the delegation from the University of Bergen, Norway will be coming to Makerere University next year to sign a Memorandum of Understanding for another phase of the institutional programme,” he remarked with a beaming smile.

The Vice Chancellor, Uppsala University, Professor Akesson thanked Professor Kirumira for an informative presentation. She shared that Uppsala University teaches 40 languages because it is a responsibility for the university to offer diversity. She expressed interest in a collaboration that would embrace teacher training and pedagogy.

Professor Kirumira explained that joint degree programmes (at the Masters and PhD levels) would help academic institutions to focus on pedagogical skills, which are crucial in the higher education sector.

The meeting noted that both institutions faced a challenge of attracting young academicians to undertake research in the collaboration a factor attributed to absence of clearly spelt out benefits for participants.

Professor Kirumira said that universities should re-visit their rewarding mechanisms for young academics.  He further observed that although collaborations are self financing, there should be an institutional framework in universities.

Observing that there could be other underlying factors, the academicians agreed to dedicate more time to understand the factors responsible for the failure to attract young academics to collaborations, envisaging a research paper on how to overcome this challenge as an end result.

“The young academicians should be active participants for they are the next generation of academicians,” concluded Prof. Kirumira.

 

Story By: Ritah Namisango, Public Relations Office

 

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Advert: Mature Age Entry Scheme – Private Sponsorship 2024/2025

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The Academic Registrar, Makerere University invites applications for the Undergraduate
Programmes under the Mature Age Entry Scheme only for Private Sponsorship for
2024/2025 Academic Year.
Non-Refundable Application fee of Shs. 50,000/= for Ugandans OR $75 Equivalent for
Internationals, plus bank charge should be paid in any of the banks used by Uganda
Revenye Authority after generating a Payment Reference Number (PRN).

  • Apply using the Institution’s Applications Portal URL:https: //apply.mak.ac.ug
  • Application is for candidates who passed the Mature Age Entry Examinations of December 17, 2022 and February 24, 2024 only.
  • Any candidate who passed the examinations in mentioned above and was not admitted on Government/ Private sponsorship for December 17, 2022 sitting, and for Government sponsorship for February 24, 2024 sitting, is eligible to apply for admission on Private Sponsorship for 2024 /2025 Academic Year.

The closing date for applying will be Friday 26th July, 2024.

Further details can be accessed by following this link.

Prof. Mukadasi Buyinza
ACADEMIC REGISTRAR

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Diploma/Degree Holders Admission Lists 2024/25

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The Office of Academic Registrar, Makerere University has released lists of Diploma/Degree Holder applicants admitted under Private/Self Sponsorship for the academic year 2024/25. Please note that admission is subject to verification of academic documents by the awarding institutions.

The admission list is displayed here below:

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African Futures Research Leadership Program: Cohort 5 – Call for Scholars

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Participants at the initial AAP convening participate in design-thinking exercises to help imagine the future of partnerships between MSU and Africa. Photo: AAP

The Alliance for African Partnership (AAP) is seeking applicants for the fifth cohort of the AAP African Futures Research Leadership Program. This competitive visiting scholar program supports early career researchers from the AAP consortium to work for one year under the mentorship of faculty members from MSU and their home institution, focusing on building skills in research for impact, writing scholarly and/or policy publications, disseminating of research results, and developing grant proposals for external support. Scholars will also participate in a structured professional development program while building bridges and lasting connections with MSU contacts and across their cohort. 

The main objective of the African Futures program is to strengthen the capacity of a cadre of African researchers to return to their home institutions and become scientific leaders in their community, establish long-term partnerships with MSU faculty, co-create innovative solutions to Africa’s challenges, and in turn become trainers of the next generation of researchers. This program aims to address the gender gap in Africa, where only 30% of researchers are women, so scholars selected for the program will be women, or men who can demonstrate they are committed to support efforts towards gender equity in higher education institutions in Africa. The research areas that the scholars will engage in during the program should be aligned to AAP’s research priority areas

The AAP Management Team requests applications from early career researchers to participate in the next cohort, with work to begin virtually in February 2025. Scholars will spend September – December 2025 at MSU for the in-person portion of the program, followed by another period of virtual collaboration, ending in early 2026. The scholar and mentor team will receive a small grant for research and professional development activities including conference attendance and publication. Scholars will also receive a stipend during their time at MSU, visa application support, and round-trip travel from their home institution.

Eligibility

  • Citizen of an African country 
  • Completion of a PhD degree within the last 10 years 
  • Employed as an Academic Staff member at one of the AAP African consortium universities including Egerton University, Makerere University, University of Dar es Salaam, Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Botswana, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, University Cheikh Anta Diop, University of Arts and Humanities, Bamako, United States International University-Africa, and University of Pretoria 
  • Have documented approval of leave or sabbatical to participate in the program for the in-person period 
  • Have a mentor at their home institution that will serve as a collaborator and mentor
  • Research must be in one of the AAP priority areas
  • Applicants may only submit one proposal to AAP in this round of funding. Prior scholars are not eligible to apply. 

To learn more about the program, including how to apply, click below

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Applications to be an African Futures scholar are due August 18, 2024

Additional program dates:

  • Program start date (virtual): February 2025
  • In-person program: Sept – Dec 2025
  • Program end date: February 2026

Please contact Jose Jackson-Malete at jacks184@msu.edu or +1 517-353-6989 with any questions.

Source: AAP

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