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Norway helps Uganda take lead in journalism training

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By Conan Businge

The NUFU provided immense support to Makerere University in infrastructural development, graduate scholarships, and research funding.

KAMPALA – On any day, for any news bulletin or any newspaper publication in Uganda, a student from Makerere University is most likely involved. 

This reality is partly just because the university is one of the longest-serving journalism training institutions in the country, having over three decades of history in Uganda’s education system. 

The country’s oldest university, Makerere University, started a Mass Communication course in 1988 to professionalize journalism and communication.

The Department has grown in the last three decades from a handful of lecturers with Bachelors and Masters degrees; to ones with Doctors of Philosophy (PhD) and Professors; working as lecturers in this Department; thanks to initiatives such as the Norwegian Programme for Capacity Development in Higher Education and Research for Development (NORHED). 

Other support came previously to Makerere University through the Norwegian Programme for Development, Research and Education (NUFU) that run from 1991 to 2012. 

The NUFU provided immense support to Makerere University in infrastructural development, graduate scholarships, and research funding. 

NUFU was phased out and replaced in 2013 with the Norwegian Programme for Capacity Development in Higher Education and Research for Development (NORHED). 

Alongside NORHED, however, several other academic institutions can also benefit from others, such as the Norwegian Partnership Programme for Global Academic Cooperation (NORPART) and the NORAD Master Studies Programme (NOMA).

The former head of Makerere University‘s Department of Journalism and Communication, Dr. William Tayeebwa says that after 33 years, ‘Journalism and Communication’ is now a separate department offering Ugandans the chance to develop their print, broadcasting, photography, communication, and public relations talents. 

Dr. Tayeebwa has also been for six years the Principal Investigator and overall coordinator of the NORHED project. 

‘This is a culmination of the university and other projects’ investment in journalism education and training, in this institution in the last two decades,’ remarks the university’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor for academic affairs, Assoc. Prof. Umar Kakumba.

 ‘It has been through the great support of Government and foreign funders like the Government of the Royal Kingdom of Norway.’ 

In 2004, the Department started a Master’s programme in Journalism and Communication, and this answered the need for an advanced journalism degree, and non-journalists have also applied to this course, as the course would equip them with the right skills and qualifications needed at work.

The department was the first establishment, to offer a degree programme in Mass Communication in East Africa. 

For years, the Government of the Royal Kingdom of Norway provided millions of dollars in bilateral support to countries in the global south, including Uganda.

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ARUA and WUN to forge equitable research partnership

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Professors Ernest Aryeetey (left) and Peter Lennie at the historic first joint meeting of the African Research Universities Alliance and the Worldwide Universities Network in South Africa on 22 May 2024, Image provided

By Desmond Thompson

The African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA) and the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN), jointly representing nearly 50 leading universities on six continents, are moving closer to each other.

The two organisations each held their own annual meetings in South Africa last week, but came together for the first time ever on the Future Africa Campus of the University of Pretoria (UP) on 22 May 2024.

The main issue on the agenda was equitable research collaboration to tackle shared global challenges. Human capacity development emerged as a top priority for both organisations.

Professor Barnabas Nawangwe, the vice-chancellor of Makerere University, said there is a positive change towards decolonising research practices and fostering more balanced partnerships.

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How Dr. Mukebezi’s PhD Promises Fortunes to Farmers in Eastern Uganda

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Dr. Mukebezi Rebecca (Right) with a fellow PhD Graduate during the ceremony on Day 2. 74th Graduation Ceremony, Day 2, 30th January 2024, Collge of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES), Freedom Square, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda, East Africa.

Makerere, Uganda – Achieving farmer participation in collaborative activities to tap into agricultural fortunes is always an uphill task, thanks to a doctoral study by Dr. Rebecca Mukebezi.

Titled Organization of Community-based Innovation Platforms to Facilitate Farmer Participation in Collaborative Activities in Eastern Uganda, Dr. Mukebezi’s study earned her Doctor of Philosophy in the week-long graduation at Makerere University in Uganda.

Her research investigated the intricate structures and collaborative capacities of Community–based Innovation Platforms (CB-IPs) in facilitating farmer participation in collaborative activities in Eastern Uganda, according to her citation in the graduation booklet.

According to her study, these platforms serve as hubs for farmers to engage with various actors in the agricultural ecosystem, fostering a spirit of collaboration and shared innovation. Stakeholders such as line ministry officials, extension workers, and financing systems come into the picture.

The study, conducted under the guidance of esteemed mentors Dr. Bernard B. Obaa and Dr. Florence B. Kyazze, has shed light on the critical factors influencing farmers’ active involvement in collaborative initiatives for better performance and yield.

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Uganda Bureau of Statistics Welcomes New Board Members to Inform Key Decisions for the Country

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Dr. Allen Kabagenyi, Department of Population Studies, College of Business and Management Sciences (CoBAMS), Makerere University.

By: Hason Mutunzi Bwambale 

Joining Dr. Byamugisha on the board are esteemed professionals from various fields. Dr. Allen Kabagenyi, Ms. Rosette Nakavuma, Ms. Irene Birungi, Dr. Rogers Matte, Dr. Jacob Opolot, and Dr. Chris Mukiza bring expertise in areas such as economics, social sciences, and data analysis. Their collective knowledge and experience are expected to contribute significantly to UBOS’ mission.

The Uganda Bureau of Statistics Board of Directors. Photo credit: Twitter/@StatisticsUg
The Uganda Bureau of Statistics Board of Directors. Photo credit: Twitter/@StatisticsUg

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