Partner Profile: Makerere University

Strategic Partner
Location: Kampala, Uganda

Established in 1922 as a technical school, Makerere University is one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in Africa and Uganda’s largest institute of higher learning. Today, Makerere University is composed of nine colleges and one school offering programs for about 3,000 undergraduates and 4,000 postgraduates.

NC State signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Makerere University in 2015 to formalize a new strategic partnership in East Africa and to serve as a bridge for the exchange of knowledge and ideas as well as students, faculty, and visiting scholars.

After signing the MOU, NC State faculty have collaborated with Makerere University on a number of initiatives, from developing international programs for College of Veterinary Medicine students to designing experimental kits for sustainable energy with African students through the Scibridge Project.

James Kiwanuka-Tondo, a native of Uganda and associate professor of communication, recently returned from a Fulbright Scholar experience at Makerere University. His project was entitled “Documenting of the Media in Uganda: From Colonial Era to Present.”

In July, CALS Student Association for Interdisciplinary and Global Engagement met with Richard Edema and Paul Gibson, directors of the Makerere University Regional Center for Crop Improvement to discuss the role of agriculture and the university system around Makerere University in Uganda, as well as ways of collaboration between NC State and the center.

This year, the Global Engagement Institute will focus on NC State’s partnerships in East Africa, of which Makerere University is a strategic partner.

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