The four day hands-on training on Good Health Research Practices (GHRP) funded by DAAD (the German Academic Exchange Service) came to a resounding end on Thursday, 21st February 2019 with participants admitting that they had been transformed for life. Officially opened by in-Country DAAD Office Representative, Mr. Steven Heimlich on Monday, 18th February 2019, the training was organized by the School of Health Sciences, College of Health Sciences (CHS), Makerere University in partnership with Heidelberg University and WHO /TDR, and facilitated by Heidelberg’s Dr. Pauline Grys and Jamila Nabieva. TDR is the World Health Organisation (WHO)’s Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases.
“I have learnt that the planning stage is very important” testified a participant, “planning helps you to come up with mitigation measures; not that you will need them, but just in case you encounter challenges along the way” she added.
“Having come from a qualitative research background, it was interesting to see how the human sciences use theories to construct their arguments. This has been a good learning experience” remarked a male participant.
“I must give credit to the organisers for being able to bring together anthropologists, sociologists, engineers, pharmacists, philosophers, public health specialists and putting them in groups. This was a great choice of participants and we held very enriching discussions in our groups” remarked a male pathologist.
Speaking on behalf of the facilitators, Jamila Nabieva thanked all participants for the great patience exhibited during the all-day sessions and their various contributions. “We strongly believe in working in groups with peers and we thank Juliet (Dr. Kiguli) and Dr. Paul Kutyabami, the Chair Institutional Review Board (IRB) /Research Ethics Committee (REC) for organising and preparing all this” she added.
“I sincerely thank Dr. Pauline Grys and Jamila Nabieva for facilitating this training. Pauline and Jamila are quite popular and well respected in Germany for holding summer GHRP trainings” remarked Dr. Juliet Kiguli, the GHRP Uganda DAAD Alumni training organiser.
Dr. Kiguli further thanked the DAAD Regional Office in Nairobi and the DAAD in Uganda Office based at Makerere University for ensuring that the training takes place by availing the much-needed resources.
Earlier in the week, Dr. Kiguli and Dr. Grys paid a courtesy call on Mrs. Martha Loy Muwanguzi, Head International Office in the Office of the Vice Chancellor, who spoke highly of Makerere’s relationship with DAAD. “Mrs. Muwanguzi who hosted us at her office spoke about DAAD as a strong supporter of Higher Education in Uganda, especially the sciences” affirmed Dr. Kiguli.
Representing the Head, Department of Pharmacy – Dr. Pakoyo Fadhiru Kamba, Dr. Khalid Rajab thanked the IRB/REC Chair-Dr. Kutyabami, Ms. Stella Imot, Ms.Evelyne Katusiime and Dr. Kiguli for organising the training as well as DAAD for sponsoring the four-day event.
“I would most importantly like to thank our facilitators because we have all learnt a lot. I had initially thought that the training was all about ethics but I am happy that we have received a package consisting of both ethics and science” remarked Dr. Rajab, before quoting Sophocles – great tragedian of ancient Greece’s “Rather fail with honour than succeed by fraud”.
Concluding the day’s remarks, the Acting Dean School of Health Sciences, Prof. Charles Rwenyonyi Mugisha thanked all participants for taking part in the course and DAAD for availing the resources. He also thanked the Principal Prof. Charles Ibingira for supporting the School and the lecturers for drafting the proposal that led to DAAD’s sponsorship of the training.
“This training is the first of its kind in the history of the School of Health Sciences Institutional Review Board (IRB). It is not easy to commit yourselves for a whole week but I am sure that after today, you are all going to conduct research in a different way” said Prof. Rwenyonyi Mugisha.
He asked the facilitators to take time off to enjoy Uganda’s rich wildlife before returning to Germany and on a humorous note, promised to award each participant a non-graded certificate for in the health sciences, “no one fails”.
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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
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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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