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Makerere- Nelson Mandela University strengthen ties to find solutions to African challenges

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  • 30 Apr 2018 - 6:21pm
  • By Proscovia Nabatte
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Vice Chancellor of Makerere University Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe exchanging the MoU with   the Vice Chancellor of Nelson Mandela University Prof Sibongile Muthwa. Witnessing, is the Senior Director at Nelson Mandela University Prof. Nico Jooste  and  the Director of Legal Affairs Mr. Henry Mwebe.

On 30th April 2018, the Vice Chancellor of Makerere University Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe together with the Vice Chancellor of Nelson Mandela University Prof Sibongile Muthwa signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to strengthen the long term relationship between the two universities. The signing ceremony was held in the Council Room and was witnessed by the High Commissioner of South Africa to Uganda H.E. Prof.  Major-General (rtd) Lekoa Solly Mollo, the Senior Director at Nelson Mandela University Prof. Nico Jooste , the Director of Legal Affairs Mr. Henry Mwebe, the International Relations Officer Ms. Martha Muwanguzi, members of Makerere University Management, Alumni from Nelson Mandela University and other delegates.

L-R, The Vice Chancellor of Makerere University Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, the Vice Chancellor of Nelson Mandela University Prof Sibongile Muthwa  and  the High Commissioner of South Africa to Uganda H.E. Prof.  Major-General (rtd) Lekoa Solly Mollo.

The Signing of the Memorandum of Understanding stipulates an in depth relationship between the two universities on human resource development, research enhancement, and a joint effort to look for resources with the aim of finding solutions to African problems. Some of areas the Universities agreed to focus on included: 

•    Oceans and cultural studies
•    Sustainable livelihood studies
•    Gender studies
•    Medicinal science
•    Peace and conflict resolutions.
•    Information and Communication Technologies
•    and Agriculture Sciences 

Addressing Makerere University Management team, Prof Sibongile Muthwa said that there is need for African Universities to channel resources to research and other developments that focus on solving African challenges. “Africa for long has been hit by poverty, unemployment, famine, climate change, conflicts, wars, epidemic diseases among others. We cannot hide the fact that we are lagging behind in terms of development yet we have some of the best researchers and academicians. It is high time we solve our own problems because we know them better. Let us join hands, knowledge and information to have long lasting solutions to these problems,” she said. 

She acknowledged Makerere University for taking the lead in promoting Pan Africanism when she said, “Makerere University is indeed a Pan Africanist University. The institution has groomed several African presidents, notable leaders, renowned academicians and researchers on the African continent and around the world. I therefore believe that this collaboration will meet its intended objectives,” she said. 

Vice Chancellor of Makerere University Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe exchanging the MoU with   the Vice Chancellor of Nelson Mandela University Prof Sibongile Muthwa. Witnessing, is the Senior Director at Nelson Mandela University Prof. Nico Jooste , the Director of Legal Affairs Mr. Henry Mwebe and  the International Relations Officer Ms. Martha Muwanguzi

The Vice Chancellor of Makerere University Prof Barnabas Nawangwe, warmly welcomed Prof Sibongile Muthwa and other delegates to Makerere University, the hub of Africa’s research. In a special way he welcomed the High Commissioner of South Africa to Uganda, and thanked him for his tremendous support to ensure practical relationships between Makerere University and universities from South Africa.  

Speaking about the MoU and its intents, the Vice Chancellor said that Makerere University has for long engaged in activities that are geared towards finding solutions to African problems. The intuitions has engaged in developing human resource capacity that has strongly supported the economic and industrial sector of Uganda and Africa at large. Makerere University is known for having the best tropical medicine school in the whole world where research on tropical medicine is done. According to Prof. Nawangwe, the institution is ranked as one of the best research led University in Africa due its prominent research activities on epidemics and other research areas. 

“We have led research on HIV in the whole world, developed one of the best Infectious Disease Institute in the whole world, we have led research on Malaria and Ebola. We have made strong developments in agriculture and natural sciences and we have one of the best laboratories in veterinary medicine. We are strong in humanities and in geographical positions, we take the lead in supporting universities in troubled areas through our Centre on Peace and Conflict Management,” said Prof. Nawangwe. 

The Vice Chancellor expressed gratitude on behalf of Makerere University for having honoured the late Winnie Madikizela-Mandela during her days. 

Delegates  posing for a photo infront of Makerere University Main Building.

“Africans, we should wake up and find solutions to our problems. Let us focus on the core production of knowledge and the ability to communicate and disseminate the knowledge. Another area of emphasis is the relevancy of the collaborations. We need to engage in areas that we believe are relevant to our society,” said the High Commissioner of South Africa to Uganda H.E. Prof.  Major-General (rtd) Lekoa Solly Mollo.

He appreciated Makerere University’s move to award Ms. Winnie Madikizela-Mandela with an Honorary Doctorate of Laws of Makerere University in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the liberation struggle of South Africa and Africa at large.

During the meeting, the Senior Director at Nelson Mandela University Prof. Nico Jooste said that there is need to identify new areas such as forestry where both universities can join hands to deepen their relationship. The Director of Research and Graduate Training Prof. Buyinza Mukadasi also noted that universities should work together to improve research incomes to support research activities. 

The President of the Nelson Mandela University Alumni Association Dr. Nuwagaba Geoffrey said that the Association is upholding the core values of the University and preserving the long lasting legacy of Nelson Mandela as a person through different activities that are carried out by alumni of the University around the world.  Dr  Milly Kwagala, an alumnus of Nelson Mandela University, who is  currently the Dean of Faculty  Business Administration  and Management  at Ndejje University appreciated Nelson Mandela University for brightening the future of an African child through academic support. 

The Vice Chancellor of Nelson Mandela University Prof Sibongile Muthwa together with  the High Commissioner of South Africa to Uganda H.E. Prof.  Major-General (rtd) Lekoa Solly Mollo and other delegates touring the Makerere University Library.

After the informative meeting, the delegates visited Makerere University Library and the College of Computing and information Sciences. 

Nelson Mandela University (formerly Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, NMMU) is a South African university with its main administration in the coastal city of Port Elizabeth. The University was founded through a merger of three institutions in January 2005, but its history dates back to 1882, with the foundation of the Port Elizabeth Art School. Nelson Mandela University is a comprehensive university offering professional and vocational training. The University has seven campuses; six in Port Elizabeth and one in George. The main campus of the university is South Campus. 


Article by Proscovia Nabatte, Mak Public Relations Office.   
 

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