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New UiB-Makerere collaboration signed

A new 10 year frame agreement between Makerere University and the University of Bergen has been signed in Kampala.

Makerere University’s Vice-Chancellor John Ddumba-Ssentamu (left) and University of Bergen's Rector Dag Rune Olsen shake hands after signing a new 10 year frame agreement between the two universities on 30 September 2014.
ANOTHER DECADE OF COLLABORATIONS: Makerere University’s Vice-Chancellor John Ddumba-Ssentamu and UiB Rector Dag Rune Olsen shake hands after signing the new 10 year frame agreement between the two universities.
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Makerere University Public Relations Office

In 2013, Makerere University and the University of Bergen (UiB) celebrated 25 years of collaboration. Since then the last comprehensive frame agreement had expired, and the two universities have been working towards renewing the extensive collaboration.

Signing new deal in Kampala

On 30 September, UiB Rector Dag Rune Olsen and Vice-Rector for International Affairs, Anne Christine Johannessen, visited Kampala and a new 10 year extensive frame agreement was signed between the two universities at the Makerere campus.

The new agreement sees the two universities increasingly partner in joint research and teaching, exchange of staff and graduate students, and exchange of information and publications. This builds on the previous agreement, which was signed in 1999 and had just expired.

Stressing long-term commitment

Both UiB’s Rector Dag Rune Olsen and Makerere’s Vice-Chancellor John Ddumba-Ssentamu spoke of the significance of the type of long-term collaboration that the two universities enjoy and will build on in the future thanks to the new collaboration agreement.

“In research there are no quick wins. We have to invest over a long period of time. We would like to develop global citizens. Our task is to prepare students to work anywhere in the world,” said Rector Olsen at the agreement signing, speaking on behalf of a sizeable UiB delegation present for the signing of the agreement.

“We would like to strengthen the relationship in the areas of students and staff exchange that should go hand in hand with research collaboration, curriculum development, joint degree awards, and institutional capacity strengthening in human resources, administrative and financial management systems, Library resources, and research grants management capabilities in the context of the greater number of research programmes," said Vice-Chancellor Ddumba-Ssentamu.

Consolidating friendship

The two university leaders viewed the new frame agreement as consolidating the mutual friendship and building international ties that last.

The long-standing ties between UiB and Makerere includes most faculties at both universities, with student exchange being a central part of the collaboration. Over the years the collaboration has also deepened with graduating joint PhDs and capacity-building projects, most recently a number of NORHED projects, where a lot of activity is expected in the next few years.