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Mak-Univ-of-Zurich-DVCAA-Courtesy-OneHealth-Symposium-7thJul2014Makerere University and the University of Zurich (UZH) held a two-day health-focused symposium aimed at strengthening the existing collaborations and paving way for new research partnerships.

The symposium which ran from 7th to 8th July 2014 brought together faculty, research teams and scholars from the University of Zurich, Makerere University College of Health Sciences, the Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI) and the College of Veterinary Medicine, Animal Resources and Biosecurity (CoVAB) to share ideas and knowledge premised on the theme, One health from different perspectives.

The symposium was held in line with the Memorandum of Understanding signed between Makerere and the University of Zurich in 2008, as a foundation for the North-South cooperation, which promotes exchange of knowledge and mutual intercultural learning through supporting sustainably well-conceived research projects, teaching and institutional capacity development.

Opening the symposium on 7th July 2014, the Acting Vice Chancellor of Makerere University, Dr. Ernest Okello Ogwang reported that, as a result of MAK-UZH partnership, there are a number of active collaborations between both institutions.  These include partnership with: The College of Health Sciences/Infectious Diseases Institute; the SOUTH study that is currently implemented in partnership with the Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI); Makerere University College of Veterinary Medicine, Animal Resources and Biosecurity (CoVAB); and the School of Languages, Literature and Communication and Department of Philosophy both under the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHUSS).

“Convening here today represents a great commitment from both institutions, and I would like to urge the two partners to maintain their mutual collaboration, for the future academic excellence,” remarked Dr. Okello Ogwang, who is also the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic Affairs), Makerere University. He also encouraged the participants to use the symposium to explore and facilitate new research collaborations.

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Mak-Shenyang-Liaoning-Liaoning_Shihua-MoU-Signing-4thJul2014On 4th July, 2014, the Vice Chancellor Prof. John Ddumba-Sentamu signed three Memoranda of Understanding on behalf of the Makerere University with representatives from three universities from The Peoples Republic of China. The ceremony held in the Vice Chancellor’s Office witnessed Shenyang Aerospace University (SAU), Liaoning University and Liaoning Shihua University sign MoUs entering them into a partnership with Makerere University.

The first of its kind in history of Makerere, this grand partnership is aimed at strengthening the cooperation in Education, Science, Engineering and Technology transfer between the Makerere on one hand and the three Chinese Universities on the other hand.

The Vice Chancellor Prof. John Ddumba-Ssentamu expressed his gratitude to the three Chinese Universities for further strengthening the longstanding relations between Makerere and China.

Makerere University has been collaborating with China in different academic aspects for a while now and I am happy to note that this tri-university collaboration today signals a new chapter in our relationship and clearly illustrates the good terms Makerere and China operate on,” Prof. Ddumba remarked.

According to the Memoranda of Understanding the parties will collaborate in awarding joint Bachelors and Masters Degrees, Student and Staff exchanges, joint research and publications and scholarships for Masters Students in the respective universities.

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Mak-AlZahara-Univ-Iran-MoU-Signing-30thJun2014Makerere University signed a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, with Al-zahra University, Tehran-Iran on 30th June 2014. The MoU will witness the two Universities collaborate in a number of areas including Student and Staff exchanges, Research partnerships and Curricula development. The MoU is geared towards sharing experiences and knowledge from the two universities and extending their contributions internationally, especially in science disciplines.

The Vice Chancellor Prof. John Ddumba-Ssentamu, was grateful to the partnership as a fulfillment of Makerere University’s core functions. “One of the core functions of Makerere University is knowledge transfer partnerships and networking. The university reaches out to the communities to seek their involvement in coming up with programs that best address the respective needs. I am happy that we are signing an MoU with Al-zahra University,” he said.

The President of Al-zahra University appreciated the partnership, the first of the kind with Makerere University saying that the mutually beneficial academic collaborations are long overdue. “Collaborating is extremely important. Through sharing of knowledge, experience and Academic staff, we shall address our local concerns,” Dr. Ensiyeh Khazali remarked.

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Makerere-President-Great-Lakes-GLSU-Convention-7thJun2014The President of the Republic of Uganda, His Excellency, Gen. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has encouraged the youth to fight against pseudo ideology as a way of propelling unity, stability, and prosperity in the country. The President emphasized that the spreading of pseudo ideology has not only led to political insecurities among African countries but also resulted to economic backwardness due its negativities of sectarianism in tribe, religion and gender.

“The biggest problem that African countries are now and have been facing is pseudo ideology. Many African countries have relied on false information for their own interests and selfish motives and this has greatly affected Africa’s economy,” said the President.

Addressing the delegates at the Second Convention of the Great Lakes Students’ Union held on Saturday 7th June 2014, at Makerere University Main Hall under the theme: Towards a bright future: the role of the youth in propelling unity, peace and prosperity in the Great Lakes region, His Excellency, the President encouraged the youth to involve themselves in the struggle to cure Africa from the weakness of pseudo ideology as a way of curbing down other problems affecting Africa.

The Vice Chancellor of Makerere University, Professor John Ddumba-Ssentamu, Mrs. Elizabeth K. Gabona, Director Higher Education in the Ministry of Education and Sports, Inspector General of Police, Gen. Kale Kayihura among other dignitaries attended the Second Convention. At the same occasion, the Great Lakes Students’ Union (GLSU) presented the Lake Victoria Award to President Museveni, recognizing him for promoting peace, security and economic development in Africa.

The Vice Chancellor of Makerere University, Professor John Ddumba-Ssentamu applauded the President for being passionate about empowering the youth and always giving them advice and counsel on issues critical to their social wellbeing as well as to national development. Professor Ddumba-Ssentamu pointed out the Students Loan Scheme launched on 24th April 2014 and the Uganda Youth innovation Centre and Export market launched on 2nd June 2014 as some of the initiatives that showed the President’s commitment to empowering the youth. The Vice Chancellor also thanked the President for supporting Makerere University through the Presidential Science Initiative as well as the assistance for infrastructural development through the African Development Bank.

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Last Updated ( Friday, 11 July 2014 07:31 )
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