Makerere-Bergen Research School
PhD research school

Joint PhD research school on global challenges at Makerere University

The Makerere–Bergen Research School is organised in Kampala 28 November - 9 December 2022, with a hub in Bergen. Apply by 30 September.

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Makerere University
Makerere University, the social sciences buildings.

Together with Makerere University, UiB offers a PhD school in Uganda open for students worldwide. Researchers from Uganda and Norway will seek cross-disciplinary approaches to some of the most pressing global challenges facing the world right now.

For the past 15 years, the Bergen Summer Research School has welcomed 100 PhD students to spend two weeks with some of the best researchers in Bergen. UiB now wants to bring the visions of this research school to Uganda in celebration of Makerere University’s 100 years anniversary, and 35 years of close collaboration between the two universities.  

A rapidly changing climate and an environment under severe threat affects us all. Combined with the global impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and an increased level of conflict, the world must find solutions through joint research and global dialogue.

With the UNESCO Biosphere reserve at Mt. Elgon in Kenya as a case study, the participants will discuss how we may approach these challenges in a coherent and cross-disciplinary way.

Definitions and understandings of global challenges are many. The United Nations has formulated the Sustainable Development Goals; the World Economic Forum publishes Global Risk Reports; and the UNDP has its frequent Human Development Report. For MBRS, such measures will be points of departure, rather than frameworks, for critical reflection and debate. 

Backed by several partners
In 2022, the Makerere–Bergen Research School is organised with funding from the Bergen Summer Research School, which is a partnership of NHH Norwegian School of EconomicsWestern Norway University of Applied SciencesChr. Michelsen Institute, and NORCE Norwegian Research Centre AS, under the leadership of the University of Bergen - and now in partnership with Makerere University.

We all play our part in addressing global challenges and developing skills and initiatives to promote a sustainable future. The two partner institutions both contribute resources and knowledge into the research school, which will build on ongoing research. 

The Makerere-Bergen Research School is hosted by Global Challenges at UiB.