Gulu College, via the Constructing Stronger Universities (BSU) program, has celebrated ten years of progress in capability constructing for analysis and group engagement.
Celebrations to commemorate the achievements and assess new challenges passed off on the College’s new library between November 24 and 25, 2022, within the type of a symposium underneath the Theme: “A Decade of Constructing Stronger Universities in Uganda.”
Dr. Agatha Alidri, the BSU Coordinator highlighted the numerous contributions that this system has made to the college and the group of northern Uganda since its inception in 2011.
These included financing the event of infrastructure to assist analysis, educating, studying, and innovation at Gulu College, supporting the event of latest Masters and PhD programmes in addition to supporting human useful resource growth, particularly by way of PHD coaching and collaborative analysis.
“This system has helped to place in place analysis infrastructure for the college
together with supporting the institution of an digital monitoring system for
college students and different ICT assist programs for the college,” stated Dr. Alidri.
“We’re additionally happy with the truth that we helped to ascertain 4 PhD programmes at Gulu in addition to helped as much as 27 lecturers to get funded for his or her PhD research.”
On the broader scene, Dr. Alidri stated BSU made a number of group outreach
engagements through the Covid lockdown which helped to create consciousness concerning the challenges of teenage pregnancies, but additionally sensitized individuals via the mass media on how one can deal with adolescents usually, and to scale back home violence.
Over 40 analysis papers have been introduced through the convention, overlaying these
broad themes: Transitional Justice and Reparations, Land Governance, Remodeling Schooling, and Inexperienced Vitality/Sustainable Pure Sources
Administration. Others are: Enterprise, Administration and Entrepreneurship, and
Refuges, Rights, Sources and Gender.
Mr. Henrik Jespersen, the Deputy Head of Mission of the Embassy of Denmark, stated
BSU is a serious success as proven by its interventions within the educational subject in addition to within the social area, but additionally with the truth that it has been accredited for funding 4 occasions now. Denmark has funded the programme since its inception in 2011 via the Danida Fellowship Centre (DFC).
“The BSU program is likely one of the successes we have now in DANIDA. We’re additionally happy with the partnerships and collaborations which were constructed not solely between the academia but additionally with completely different different gamers together with the group,” stated Mr. Jespersen.
Mr. Jespersen revealed that with a purpose to assist the College deal with new and
persevering with challenges reminiscent of local weather change and the refugee disaster, his authorities has agreed to present DKK10m (UGX5.2bn) to BSU at Gulu to run for 4
or extra years. One other DKK10m will likely be shared between Danish and East African
universities which will likely be accredited to companion with Gulu underneath BSU IV.
The Minister for Northern Uganda Hon. Grace Freedom Kwiyucwiny, who officiated the opening ceremony, acknowledged the achievements of BSU however urged the planners to deal with different key challenges going through the area together with excessive ranges of poverty, and excessive teenage pregnancies.
“We wish the improved analysis capability developed to assist us within the authorities
correctly examine the influence of the numerous programmes which were supported by the federal government,” stated Minister Kwiyucwiny.
Minister Kwiyucwiny stated the federal government is wholeheartedly centered on enhancing
family incomes via promotion of business agriculture.
She urged Gulu college researchers to companion with the group leaders and the federal government to search out the very best methods to remodel the financial system of northern Uganda.
The BSU program was began in 2011, as an initiative of DANIDA to boost
collaboration and capability growth for analysis between Gulu College and
5 Universities in Denmark.
Based on Prof. Charles Okumu, the Chairman of the Steering Committee of BSU, this system has supported mentorship for Gulu College researchers, in addition to funding quite a few trade programms between Gulu and the 5 Danish Universities.
Prof. John Peter Opio, who delivered the Keynote tackle, emphasised the necessity
for the college to embrace an interdisciplinary method to educating which helps graduates to develop problem-solving abilities that transcend the boundaries of their fields of examine.
“Within the information financial system, our influence as establishments of upper studying relies upon
gingerly on how adoptive we will be to new alternatives for creativity; how
eagerly we are able to play a brand new and helpful function,” stated Prof. Opio.
He added: “Except Universities divulge heart’s contents to the dynamic forces of change, the chance
to be confined to the annals of historical past is an actual one.”
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