Over 100 participants from Universities/institutions in Africa are being trained and equipped with knowledge and skills in research management and governance, supervision and mentoring of graduate students, librarianship and use of information technology tools.
According to Professor Mukadasi Buyinza, the Director Research and Graduate Training (RGT), Makerere University, the three-day Capacity Development Training Workshop for University Faculty and Administrators, which kicked off on 21st July 2014, is aimed at supporting research and postgraduate programmes in African universities.
The Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa (CARTA) is a South-South partnership with South-North collaboration. CARTA is jointly-led by the African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC), Kenya and the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), South Africa. It consists of nine African universities, four African research institutes and seven northern academic institutions.
The participating universities include: Makerere University– Uganda, Moi University and University of Nairobi-Kenya, National University of Rwanda-Rwanda, Obafemi Awolowo University-Nigeria, University of Dar-es-Salaam-Tanzania, University of Ibadan-Nigeria, and University of Witwatersrand-South Africa.
In a speech read by the Deputy Director-Research, RGT, Dr. George William Nasinyama, the Vice Chancellor of Makerere University, Professor John Ddumba-Ssentamu welcomed the delegates and thanked the Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa (CARTA) for choosing Makerere University to host the 5th Faculty and Administrators Workshop.
The Vice Chancellor applauded CARTA for undertaking several strategies to promote research in Africa. “I am happy to note that through the CARTA initiative of strengthening doctoral training and supervision and support to the institutional research infrastructure, universities will build high-quality research capacity that will ably address the myriad issues facing Africa,” he remarked.
The Vice Chancellor urged the participants to live true to the ideals of the CARTA Programme by transferring the same principles to their respective universities and research institutions so as to build a critical mass of researchers.
The CARTA Board Chairperson, Professor Akinyinka Omigbodun added that CARTA was committed to building the capacity of existing staff in research management and governance, strengthening the research infrastructure at African universities, and to supporting doctoral training through a model collaborative PhD program in population and public health.
“CARTA’s ultimate goal is to build local research capacity to understand the determinants of health in Africa and develop effective interventions to improve health systems and outcomes. We have supported over 100 post graduate students in research training. We have also trained over 400 academic and administrative staff in member institutions. This year we are going to award 25 full scholarships in research, covering full tuition and a free computer well updated with the necessary software,” said Professor Akinyinka Omigbodun.
Dr. Nasinyama , the Deputy Director Research, RGT reiterated the need to build an enabling environment for research. “If we are to realize the strategic focus of being research driven universities, I encourage every participant to always emphasize the dire need for universities and development partners to invest in research support infrastructures in universities,” he emphasized.
During the Monday 21st July 2014 group discussion, participants were tasked to come up with strategies that would position their respective universities among the top 100 public health institutions in the world. This brainstorming session delivered the ten (10) most critical interventions for raising university research rating/ranking as listed here below:
- Conducting research relevant to the country and world
- Providing incentives within a research structure;
- Training for researchers;
- Undertaking Inter-disciplinary collaboration;
- Global networking with more successful institutions;
- Collaboration with industry;
- Encourage Government to promote research;
- Transitional research;
- Increasing intake of postgraduate students; and
- Dissemination of research findings and outputs
Facilitating the plenary session, Dr. Joseph Gichuru, Director of Operations, APHRC commended the participants for generating ideas that would enable their respective institutions to be recognised among the top 100 in the world. During his presentation on research management and governance, which focused on the quality of research, funding and power relations, emerging research management structures, Dr. Gichuru emphasized the need to consider the challenges faced by researchers in trying to execute their work globally.
“It is after we have known the challenges we face as researchers that we can be able to figure out the best ways on how we can take our countries to the global standard in research,” he said.
Dr. Gichuru pointed out that the issue of plagiarism was the key challenge affecting researchers, in addition to, inadequate resources, failure to accredit our fellow researchers, and inaccurate policies to regulate research structures.
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HERS-EA Fourth Leadership Academy
The Higher Education Resource Services-East Africa (HERS-EA) provides an intensive residential one-week leadership and management development curriculum focused on women, mainly in higher education institutions and administration.
In response to the current Covid-19 pandemic, HERS-EA Fourth Academy will be a totally virtual one. As such, the Academy previously scheduled to take place between June 28th – July 3rd has been postponed by one week to July 5th-9th.
Theme: “Positioning Women for Leadership in Higher Education”
A. Institutional Development
1. Managing and Leading Change
2. Reframing Organizations for effective work
3. Developing Effective Partnerships in Higher Education for Women and gender focused advancement
B. Personal Development
4. Career Mapping/building dossier/personal development
5. Professional Women’s economic empowerment through Enterprise development and management for profit maximization
6. Research and Publishing; Leadership and Fundraising for projects including research and publication.
7. The Power of Mentoring; Networking
Who Should Attend?
HERS-EA expects many diverse and dynamic women leaders to attend the ACADEMY, to share and learn from multiple institutional perspectives with guidance from women with a wealth of experience in higher education, national academic organizations, government and non- governmental organizations. Participants are expected hold mid to senior-level positions and bring expertise from all parts of a college or university. They also represent a range of national groups, ages and years of experience in higher education and other fields.
Applying to the ACADEMY:
The deadline for registration has also been extended to June 30th. For more information regarding registration, please visit the website: www.hersea.org Completed registration forms should be emailed, with a scanned payment slip to: firstname.lastname@example.org, by 5.00 p.m. on Wednesday 30th June.
A complete application includes:
b) A self-descriptive letter (not > 500 words) to include:
- Current Title (e.g. Associate Professor of Economics; Deputy Dean, e. t. c.)
- Name and Contact Information for 2 Recommenders (e.g. Vice Chancellor, Head of Department, Chief Officer in your area, and/or direct supervisor)
- Short- and long-term career goals
- Your expectations for the HERS-EA ACADEMY.
c) Passport size photograph
d) A developmental project you have been assigned or you would like to initiate at your campus (maximum 500 words)
e) Registration fee of $100, please attach a copy of the deposit slip to your application (Bank A/C details below):
If you have any further questions, please email:
info[at]hersea.org or call the HERS-EA Administrator on: +256 (0)772082011 Please,also, visit the HERS-EA website for further updates: www.hersea.org.
Payment Bank Account Details:
Account Name: Higher Education Resource Service East Africa
HERS-EA US $ ACCOUNT
Name of Bank: DFCU Bank
Makerere University Branch
A/C No: 02083553153181
Swift Code: DFCUUGKA
HERS-EA UGX ACCOUNT
Name of Bank: DFCU Bank
Makerere University Branch
A/C No: 01083553153172
Mak Commissions CoVAB@50 Celebrations, Awards Certificates
The College of Veterinary Medicine, Animal Resources and Biosecurity (CoVAB) on Thursday 17th June, 2021 commenced celebrations to mark 50 Years of Veterinary Higher Education, Science, Technology, Innovation and Services (HESTIS) in Uganda. The blended event held at the Industrial Livestock Research, Incubation and Skilling (ILRIS) Center at Nakyesasa, Namulonge as well as online was presided over by the Chancellor, Prof. Ezra Suruma and First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports (MoES), Hon. Janet Museveni both represented by the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe.
The event, held as part of Makerere University Centenary Celebrations (1922-2022) was a moment of celebration for 1,930 skilled livestock agribusiness entrepreneurs who were awarded certificates in recognition of completion of their respective courses. Owing to the strict Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) instituted by the Ministry of Health (MoH) to curb the spread of COVID-19, the students from Incubation Hubs in Atiak, Butaleja, Mubende, Nakyesasa, Sheema and Wakiso were awarded their certificates virtually.
In her remarks read by Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, Hon. Janet Museveni thanked Makerere University for supporting grassroots level development through groundbreaking innovations under the Africa Institute for Strategic Services and Development-Skills for Production Enterprise Development and Accreditation (AFRISA-SPEDA) model.
“I am extremely pleased that Makerere University, through those innovative approaches, has developed and launched the alternative approach to building human capital and transferring knowledge to enterprises in communities.
“I would like to encourage all those involved in skills development to adopt methodologies that transform those trainees that go through these programs in ways that enable them also transform the societies they live in” read the Minister’s remarks.
She further noted that commissioning of the CoVAB@50 celebrations was both timely and rewarding. “The commissioning of the college innovations indeed has made meaning. This is a true path to growth of an Academic and Development College of the University, and we congratulate you again.”
Addressing the congregation as Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe congratulated CoVAB alumna and incoming Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation (MoSTI) under the Office of the President, Dr. Monica Musenero upon her recent appointment. “We thank His Excellency the President for identifying you. Science is in good hands.”
Prof. Nawangwe urged Dr. Musenero to address the structures of managing research and innovation in Uganda, “including the role of the Uganda National Council for Science and Technology and the apparent need to establish a Research Council for Uganda.”
In the same breath he thanked the outgoing and pioneer Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Hon. Dr. Elioda Tumuwesigye, for his role in ensuring that the ministry is empowered to carry out its mandate.
The Chancellor congratulated CoVAB upon training the bulk of Veterinary Doctors in Uganda over the last 50 years and more recently, Laboratory Technologists at the highest level. He recognised Makerere University‘s obligation to contribute to the economic self-determination of Uganda and thanked CoVAB for conducting research that addresses hindrances to national development, especially in the livestock industry.
“The anti-tick vaccine is one of such innovations which will solve the huge problem of tick-borne diseases that have caused enormous losses to our farmers. There are many other problems on which the college is researching and we thank you for the enthusiasm” he added.
The Chancellor commended CoVAB for being the vanguard of transformation of the grassroots communities through the SPEDA model. “I urge Government to fund this important initiative so that it can more meaningfully contribute to solving the big problem of youth unemployment.”
In her remarks, Dr. Monica Musenero commended the Principal, CoVAB, Prof. John David Kabasa for fulfilling the College’s dream of enabling the masses who drop out of the education value chain as well as those who complete education but have no skills for livelihood, to attain certification in agribusiness entrepreneurship.
“Many people attain academic success and write papers, publish and they become professors but without demonstrable impact on their nation. You have shown by the thousands that you have touched nationwide that indeed you are a professor of national transformation. Congratulations,” remarked Dr. Musenero.
She therefore congratulated the teams at CoVAB and AFRISA upon successfully conceiving and executing a model that is non-traditional, informal, not easily understood and not documented in any textbooks.
As Minister, Dr. Musenero noted that witnessing thousands of individuals from across the country whose skills had been honed through a university programme receiving certificates gave her a lot of hope and material to embark on her tenure with. “I will be looking forward to harnessing these resources as we initiate work on the next leg of Science, Technology and Innovation in the country under the President’s Office.”
The invitation to the Principal, CoVAB to present students for the award of the ordinary diplomas, ordinary certificates and artisan certificates was given by the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic Affairs), Dr. Umar Kakumba. He congratulated the awardees upon successfully completing their respective courses and graduating with evidence on an enterprise.
Prof. Kabasa clarified that the approach used to train the day’s awardees was not simply a vocational skilling. “The combination of action research with knowledge transfer, skilling, plus assessment and accreditation processes done by organs like the DIT (Directorate of Industrial Training, MoES) has given us this result, for the University to provide true leadership and transformation of the community.”
Present at the celebrations were the Director, DIT, MoES-Mr. Byakatonda Patrick and the Deputy Commissioner Social Services Development, MoES Madam Elizabeth Bateme who have worked through the Academic-Community-Public-Private-Partnership model to ensure that students graduate as entrepreneurs with micro enterprises.
Prior to presiding over the ceremony, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, on behalf of the First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports officially commissioned the SPEDA Training, Incubation and Research Centre – Nakyesasa.
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