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MAKERERE RESEARCH CAPACITY BUILDING PROGRAMME SUPPORTED BY SIDA Eli Katunguka-Rwakishaya Director, Directorate of Research and Graduate Training. 1.

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1 MAKERERE RESEARCH CAPACITY BUILDING PROGRAMME SUPPORTED BY SIDA Eli Katunguka-Rwakishaya Director, Directorate of Research and Graduate Training. 1

2 OVERALL GOAL 2 To assist Uganda in its endeavour to promote research To support Makerere University to build capacity for Ph.D training

3 Overall Capacity objectives 3 To produce qualified lecturers motivated to do more research and engaged in building research teams around themselves To increase the number of potential PhDs at supported faculties To enhance research throughout the whole university To enhance the capacity for research coordination and programme administration at School of Graduate Studies (SGS).

4 Levels of support 4 Prep. phase ( ) 15.0 million SEK Phase 1 ( ) million SEK Phase 2 ( ) million SEK Phase 3 ( )180 million SEK 1USD = approximately 7 SEK

5 Units/Faculties supported Technology, Agriculture, Social Sciences, Arts, Veterinary Medicine, Gender mainstreaming, Library, DICTS, Quality Assurance Cross cutting GIS, Biomedical laboratory, Demographic surveillance site Directorate of Research and Graduate Training (formerly SGS) 5

6 Forms of support 6 PhD training (tuition and research costs) and postdoctoral training (competitive grants) Support to supervisors to link with their counterparts in Sweden Conference attendance by PhD students and supervisors Faculty research funds Independent university wide research fund at SGS

7 Forms of support (cont-d) 7 Demographic surveillance site (DSS),Support to Geographical Information System (GIS) and Cross Cutting Biomedical Laboratory Support for ICT Infrastructure and Library Services Other public universities (Ph.d, Masters, skills enhancement, policy development) Administration and Coordination of the programme (SGS) University reform process

8 Areas of focus: Technology Infrastructure and land management Architecture, Planning and Urbanism Water resources and Environmental Engineering Engineering material and application Renewable energy systems (Centre for renewable energy conservation) Regional collaboration among East African universities 8

9 Areas of focus: Social Sciences Good Governance and Conflict Studies Livelihoods Improvement and Services Provisioning Health and Emergent Diseases Intervention Faculty Research Funds 9

10 College of Health Sciences Malaria, Tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS Reproductive Health and Child Survival Cancer and Degenerative diseases Mental Health Problems of Vulnerable populations in Uganda Clinical Pharmacology and drug development Public health 10

11 Areas of focus: Agriculture Agricultural waste utilization and Management Production Systems for increased crop/livestock productivity Value Chain systems for sustainable agricultural productivity 11

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13 . 13 What has been achieved?

14 Achievements DSS now fully functional Biomedical and GIS laboratories functional Cross cutting courses up and running Optical fibre network extended to cover the main campus, MUARIK and MUBS Over 90% of the university have web presence Over users Over 20,000 journals online Online public access catalogue 14

15 Achievements (cont..d) Increased gender awareness (gender policy, regulation of sexual harassment) Promotion of research throughout the whole university 137 Ph.D students on full scholarship, 62 Ph.D partial support (research funds) and 38 Msc, (Largest programme) Research programmes by supervisors in partnership with Swedish colleagues ICT and Library services ( , internet, online journals) More publications coming out (Rmacs, dissemination conference) More linkages: UVRI, IARCB, UC-LIFE, Carnegie, NORAD (Competitive grants) 15

16 Information and Communication Technology 16 Optical fibre network extended to cover main campus, Medicine, MUARIK, MUBS 132 computers and LANS set up in supported faculties 12 student kiosks with 165 computers set up in various units Over 90% of the university units have web presence compared to 5% in 2000 More than 12,000 users registered on the local mail system compared to 50 in 2000

17 LIBRARY data points (computers) installed and main library and 28 points at Albert Cook Library Online Public Access Catalogue now functional More than 14,000 journals on line giving countrywide access to the most recent literature With Bergen University, Library staff and EASLIS are training University of Juba staff and supporting library automation (spin off)

18 18 Gender Increased visibility, acceptability and upward movement of women into leadership positions Commitment to gender mainstreaming by the university e.g increased representation on various committees Prioritisation of Gender in the new strategic plan ( ) Policy and regulation on sexual harassment, Gender policy to engender the human resource manual Makerere University now recognised as a pace setter in gender mainstreaming in Universities in sub Saharan Africa Gender mainstreaming units under the Academic registrar now transformed into a Directorate of Gender Mainstreaming

19 Improvement of research environment 19 Modern equipment (GIS lab, Biomedical Lab, Technology, Agriculture, Medicine) Facilitation to attend meetings and present findings More opportunities for researchers to present their findings through dissemination conferences (Medicine, Technology, Directorate of Research and Graduate Training) Many research teams in Makerere competing and winning large grants. More than 12 out of 20 grants by MSI won by Makerere teams Research Policy and IPM Policy approved by Council

20 Enhanced research culture 20 Benchmarking best practices from the collaboration with Swedish institutions – Ph.D by public defence – Joint degrees with KI and KTH, Uppsala, Bergen University – Joint supervision of Ph.D candidates – Thesis can be submitted in form of papers/monographs – More Ph.Ds graduating, 20 in 2008, 36 in 2009, 46 in 2010.

21 Reducing degree of brain drain 21 Researchers staying and doing work in Uganda Since 2000, no student/researcher has stayed in Sweden. This is due to the sandwich nature of the programme (model attractive to other development partners) Sida support fairly elaborate and generous. Enough money for scientists in Sweden and Uganda to carry out their work keeping them engaged

22 Makerere Reforms Started in 2007/8 Supported by Sida, EDTCP, Makerere University Aim: To reform research coordination and management including financial and information management systems (expanded to include teaching and learning, college formation and Finance and Administration) Committee to conclude its work by June 2011 Change management committee already in place 22

23 Achievements School of Graduate Studies transformed into a Directorate of Research and Graduate Training 27 faculties/schools/institutes transformed into 8 colleges and two schools Financial reforms to follow college structure e.g one account per college (reduced 122 accounts to 10, Project accounts not affected) Human resource and academic functions to be vested into the colleges headed by Principals Reform committee finalising the Research Manual and Organisation handbook 23

24 Impact 24 Sida support to Makerere IDP has – Strengthened the position of Makerere as a leading provider of Science education and research (Change agent for all institutions of higher learning in Uganda and neighbouring countries) Enabled the development of centres of excellence in health, agriculture, technology and social sciences and influenced Govt policies (health:malaria, cervical cancer, energy, waste, land,)

25 Impact (contd) 25 -Contributed to the modernisation of Mak through ICT and library facilities hence transparency in governance and efficiency in university operations (national benefit). Mak now linked to the global research community – Improved quality of academic staff and graduates through support for PhD training, enhanced capacity to supervise, to conduct research and to publish (national benefit). Out of 700 Ph.ds Country wide, 650 in Makerere, hence resource for higher education sector in Uganda, Rwanda, Southern Sudan

26 Impact (cont-d) 26 Contributed substantially to the attainment of Poverty Eradication Action Plan (Now National Development Plan NDP) hence reduce poverty levels Contributed to the attainment of MDGs by the Government of Uganda.

27 Economic management GENDER MAINSTREAMING: Ph.D & masters training for female staff Gender awareness Production, competitiveness and incomes Security, conflict-resolution and disaster Governance Human Development AGRICULTURE: Livestock, Nutrition & husbandry Urban crop solid waste facilities Integrated pest management Socio-economic implications of market waste utilisation MEDICINE: Malaria Programme Reproductive health/HIV New therapies Degenerative diseases/human papiloma Virus Mental health projects of depressive illness TECHNOLOGY: Sustainable energy & rural power systems Water quality management & pollution control High ceramic materials.Appropriate architecture Performance of high way pavements PEAP PILLARS SOCIAL SCIENCES: Conflict & post conflict reconciliation & transformation Political economy of diseases in conflict e.g. HIV/AIDS Public policy, changing gender relations, ideologies and identities ICT & LIBRARY: Makerere university network End user training project and Internet services Project Makerere University Library Information System

28 Improve maternal health Achieve UPE Develop a global partnership for development Eradicate extreme poverty & hunger Promote gender equality & empower women Reduce child mortality Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria & other diseases Ensure environmental sustainability AGRIC: Livestock, Nutrition & husbandry Urban crop solid waste facilities Integrated pest management Socio-economic implications of market waste utilisation MEDICINE: Malaria Programme Reproductive health/HIV New therapies Degenerative diseases/human papiloma Virus Mental health projects of depressive illness TECHNOLOGY: Sustainable energy & rural power systems Water quality management & pollution control High ceramic materials.Appropriate architecture Performance of high way pavements ICT & LIBRARY: Makerere university network End user training project and Internet services Project Makerere University Library Information System SOCIAL SCIENCES: Conflict & post conflict reconciliation & transformation Political economy of diseases in conflict e.g HIV/AIDS Public policy, changing gender relations, ideologies and identities Gender Mainstreaming: Ph.D & masters training for female staff Gender awareness MDGs

29 How will this be sustained Government of Uganda ( 5 million dollars to Technology, Food Science, Veterinary Medicine under Presidential Science Initiative) Makerere University Staff Development Programme and University commitment to contribute 3% of IGF, Development partners: SIDA, NORAD, Carnegie corporation of New York, Bill and Melinda Gates, WHO, NIH, Wellcome Trust, NUFFIC, NUFU, New ones to be cultivated 29

30 30 TACK THANK YOU


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