Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda has invited Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) — two of the leading American Universities– to develop and deepen collaboration with Ugandan institutions in the areas of education, clinic research and innovation.
Prime Minister Rugunda, order who is in Boston for a series of official engagements, information pills visited the two institutions on May 22 and met some of their administrators and faculty to explore possibilities of building partnerships.
At MIT, the Prime Minister met Wesely Harris, the Provost and Professor of Nuclear Science in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics with whom they discussed possible partnership in the area of biotechnology and nuclear technology research and training.
The Prime Minister informed his hosts that Uganda will soon have a biotechnology and biosafetely law in place which will promote research and innovation in that field.
At the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Dr Rugunda discussed with the Dean, Prof Douglas Elmendorf, potential areas of cooperation with Ugandan universities.
“We would like to increase our presence and collaboration within Africa and with African universities,” Prof Elmendorf said.
Prime Minister Rugunda also met Calestous Juma, a Professor of the Practice of International Development and Director of the Science, Technology, and Globalization Project at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Kennedy School of Government.
An academic with a deep passion for innovation in Africa, Professor Juma said there are tremendous and mutually beneficial opportunities in partnerships between Harvard and African universities.
Later in the day, Prime Minister Rugunda gave a keynote address to the Mason Fellows at Harvard Kennedy School of Government at their certificate giving ceremony.
Dr Rugunda challenged the graduates to “use the knowledge, skills and exposure they have accumulated to develop practical solutions to address the challenges of poverty, disease, unemployment and climate change that the world faces today.”
Among the graduates are Ugandans.
The Prime Minister also met with former Secretary General of the United Nations; ban Ki Moon, currently a senior fellow at the Kennedy School of Government.