Makerere awarded student and staff mobility grant with Nottingham Trent University
Makerere University (Mak) in collaboration with Nottingham Trent University (NTU) in the United Kingdom has been awarded 716,004 Euros from the British Council as part of the International Credit Mobility (ICM)programme of the European Commission.
This grant will support the mobility of students and staff between the 2 institutions from 2020 to 2023.
The project will be implemented as part of the 10-year partnership between Mak and NTU that is led by the School of Public Health.
The current Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the 2 universities (2018 – 2023) was signed by the Mak Vice Chancellor Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe and NTU Pro Vice-Chancellor (International) Prof. Cillian Ryan during the latter’s visit to Uganda in 2018.
The new project will support Mak students (undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD) and staff (teaching and non-teaching) to spend between 2 weeks and 2 months at NTU for training, research and other collaboration, as well as participate in short-courses, seminars, workshops, conferences and other academic events as a form of capacity building.
A total of 99 Mak students and staff are expected to travel to the UK during the 3 years of the project from the College of Health Sciences (CHS); College of Veterinary Medicine, Animal Resources and BioSecurity (COVAB); and College of Agricultural and Environment Sciences (CAES).
The specific disciplines to participate in the programme include public health, microbiology, nursing, pharmacy, veterinary, environment and agriculture.
During a recent meeting regarding Mak becoming the fourth international strategic partner of NTU, Prof. Nawangwe was pleased that this partnership that started in a humble way at the School of Public Health had expanded to benefit other schools and colleges in the university.
The Dean of the School of Public Health Prof. Rhoda Wanyenze noted that collaboration between multiple disciplines, as demonstrated in the recently awarded grant, is crucial to address the challenges affecting health and other sectors in Uganda such as antimicrobial resistance.
This grant will build on the success of the earlier grant (2018 – 2020) that supported the mobility of students and faculty between the 2 universities, mainly in public health.
Article by Dr David Musoke, Makerere University Lead for the Partnership with NTU, UK