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PhD Students To Reap From South African Partnership

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cost http://copdx.org.au/wp-admin/includes/revision.php geneva;”>This was revealed on Wednesday during the Memorandum of understanding (MOU) signing ceremony between Uganda’s Uganda Technology and Management University (UTAMU) and Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST) universities on one hand, click http://conceive.ca/wp-content/cache/wp-cache-adf2da81ae26fd7101fe13dd9809b637.php and the Limpopo and Human Science Research Council of South Africa, http://coeurdepirate.com/wp-includes/ms-settings.php on the other.

According to UTAMU’s Prof Venansius Baryamureeba, the collaboration will see Ugandan PhD students get supervisors and even degrees from South African universities, and vice versa.

“They will have access to all their libraries, while others will even get financial support for their tuition especially that we have the government of South Africa on board,” he said.

He then added: “We have spoken to the High Commissioner here and he assured us of full support from his government.”

Baryamureeba also noted that as pioneers of this program, they will bear witness in future that this was their best PhD ever.

Speaking to reporters at the occasion, Prof. Fulufhelo Godfrey Netswera from the University of Limpopo said that his government held a strong belief in enhancement of Africa’s PhDs through more shared experience and exposure.

“It’s a global world today and one can easily complete their Degree at home. But the experience you get from travelling around, the enrichment of conceptualisation and internalisation of matters is all priceless,” he noted.

South Africa too, as Netswera noted, has a lot to learn from Uganda such as the proficiency in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

“Travelling remains Africans main challenge. Even at home, only 1 out of 20,000 of our students in higher institutions of learning has stepped out of the country. We need many of such arrangements; we will be running another one with Makerere University through the Uganda Bureau of statistics to see that our students come and study from here,” Netswera stated.


The partnership between the University of Limpopo and the Human Sciences Research Council of South Africa and UTAMU and MUST targets harnessing research, innovation, teaching and development in Africa.


Some of the significant programmes to be boosted under this collaboration include various PhD programmes and staff exchange programmes among the institutions as part of capacity building.


The delegation from South Africa included Dr Khangelani Zuma, the Research Director and Head of Biostatistics at the Human Sciences Research Council, Prof. Kedbone Phago, the Head of Department of the Master of Public Administration programme at the Faculty of Management and Law of the University of Limpopo and Prof. Fulufhelo Godfrey Netswera from University of Stellenbosch among others.

UTAMU’s Vice Chancellor Prof. Baryamureeba

According to UTAMU’s Vice Chancellor Prof. Baryamureeba, the visit by the South African team is a sign that UTAMU is on track as per its mission of providing global quality Education, Research and Innovation critical to economic and human development.

“With such partners on board, UTAMU is set to register more achievements and its capacity will continue to be recognised both locally and internationally,” Prof. Baryamureeba noted.

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