On 12th April, 2016, the Principal of CHUSS, Prof. Edward K.Kirumira, in his capacity as the Chair of the Board of the Partnership for Africa’s New Generation of Academics (PANGeA) met Dr Cindy Lee Steenekamp from the University of Stellenbosch (Stellenbosch currently acts as the Secretariat for PANGeA). In that meeting, it was confirmed that CHUSS had received a grant from the Robert Bosch Stiftung (Bosch Foundation). The grant is “Fostering Excellence in African Scholarship” and will run for 5 years beginning in the second half of this year.
PANGeA so far brings together Humanities & Social Sciences Colleges/Faculties at Makerere, University of Nairobi, Dar es Salaam, University of Malawi, Stellenbosch University, University of Botswana, University of Ghana, University of Yaounde I, and University of Cheikh Anta Diop in Senegal.
According to Prof. Kirumira, the grant will have mainly two parts:
1. Building Human Capital: training and skills development. Under this, we aim to run/present ten skills development short courses per year, rotating within the PANGeA network utilizing the best resource wherever we can source it and pairing it with local resource within the Partner institutions. The courses will target lectures in
Humanities & Social Sciences at all levels.
2. Early Career Development: We will advertise within the network and select ten early career fellows per year to spend a maximum of two (2) months at Stellenbosch University, in collaboration with the prestigious Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Studies (STIAS) in South Africa. The two moths will be spent focusing on topics related to academic support including article/book writing and university administration - you are aware that these colleagues are next academic administrators in our Universities.