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Mak Signs MoU with Tsinghua-China’s Top University

  • In General
  • 8 Oct 2018 - 6:05pm
  • By Mark Wamai
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The Vice Chancellor-Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe (4th L) and Assoc. Prof. Huang Yu (3rd L) are joined by L-R: Ms. Ritah Namisango, Prof. Peter Atekyereza, Ms. Martha Muwanguzi (Rear), Dr. Vincent Ssembatya (Rear), Zhang Pengbin, Prof. Tonny Oyana, Dr. Ruth Nalumaga and Mr. Walter Yorac Nono in a group photo after the MoU signing on 8th October 2018, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda

Makerere University on Monday, 8th October 2018 signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Institute of Public Safety Research (IPSR), Tsinghua University, Beijing China. Tsinghua is China’s leading University recently ranked twenty second globally by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2019.  

The MoU was signed by the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe on behalf of Makerere University and by Assoc. Prof. Huang Yu on behalf of IPSR. Prof. Peter Atekyereza who represented Prof. Edward Kirumira-Principal, College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHUSS), Mr. Henry Mwebe-Director Legal Affairs, Makerere University and Zhang Pengbin, Senior Business Manager-Beijing Global Safety Technology Co., Ltd (GSAFETY) also signed the MoU as witnesses.
GSAFETY is a research spin-off of IPSR that is dedicated to technological advancement and promotion of public safety industry in China, backed by the renowned integrative research-production mechanism of Tsinghua University.
Welcoming the visiting delegation, Prof. Nawangwe noted that IPSR has over the years developed a lot of expertise both in digital security and security systems, thanks to its close collaboration with Chinese agencies and organisations. He shared that Makerere University has a lot to gain by collaborating with Tsinghua University.

The Vice Chancellor-Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe  (R) exchanges the signed MoU with Assoc. Prof. Huang Yu-Tsinghua University as IPSR's Zhang Pengbin (L) witnesses

“As the Ugandan population continues to grow rapidly, cities and urban centres are getting more crowded each passing day. Nevertheless, any visitor to China will notice that despite the large population, public transportation as well as law and order work promptly.

The China and Tsinghua experience therefore gives us a lot to learn from in terms of ensuring security for highly populated areas in Uganda” remarked the Vice Chancellor.

The Vice Chancellor further noted that Makerere and Tsinghua share a lot in common owing to their reputations as leading research Universities in Africa and Asia respectively, as well as a wide range of disciplines taught. This he said would enable the two partners to come up with more areas of collaboration beyond just security.

“The opportunities of collaboration are immense!” remarked the Vice Chancellor, before adding “Through Staff and Student exchanges, we can take advantage of Tsinghua University’s top most expertise to work with Ugandan Government agencies and security organs to jointly develop our own programmes on security.”

Speaking on behalf of Tsinghua University, Assoc. Prof. Huang Yu expressed his pleasure at visiting Makerere University to sign the MoU and looked forward to a fruitful collaboration between the two institutions.

Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe (R) and Assoc. Prof. Huang Yu (L) show off the signed MoU. Rear Centre is the International Office's Ms. Martha Muwanguzi

IPSR’s Zhang Pengbin reaffirmed that the MoU signing ceremony was indeed only the beginning of a long journey of collaboration between the two partners. “From security we can move on to areas such as terrorism and anti-terrorism, traffic control and many other areas in which Tsinghua has developed great expertise” he said.
Speaking on behalf of the College of Computing and Information Sciences (CoCIS), the Principal, Prof. Tonny Oyana welcomed the opportunity to collaborate Tsinghua University in the field of public security with. “Uganda is a landlocked country surrounded by five countries with various security and public safety concerns. CoCIS can provide a lot of research, hardware, software and human resources to this collaboration” he offered.

In his contribution, Prof. Atekyereza added that the School of Social Sciences also stood to gain from Tsinghua’s expertise. “In particular, the Department of Political Science and Public Administration has done a lot of research in the security domain and improvements on technology in surveillance will be of paramount importance

We also have the element of criminology under the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. Cybercrime is increasing and our engagement will see how we can improve our research in this regard” he added.

After the MoU signing and exchange ceremony, the Vice Chancellor expressed optimism that the collaboration would enable both Staff and Students gain critical skills through retooling, joint supervision and possibly in the not-too-distant future, lead to the establishment of the first forensic laboratory in Uganda.


Article by Public Relations Office

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