Yesterday, 24th July 2014, the School of Liberal and Performing Arts and Nile Dialogue Platform signed a Memorandum of Understanding to conduct collaborative peace, intercultural, educational and research activities for the next five years. The Vice Chancellor, Prof. John Ddumba-Ssentamu and Assoc. Prof. Byaruhanga Rukooko signed on behalf of Makerere University whereas Mr Hakan Ulus signed on behalf of Nile Dialogue Platform. The ceremony was witnessed by the University Senior Legal Officer, Mr Goddy Muhumuza, as well as Hajji Abdu Katende and Dr Helen Nambalirwa Nkabala from the Department of Religion and Peace Studies. The two institutions will focus on fostering interfaith and intercultural dialogue, stimulating thinking and exchange of opinions on supporting and fostering pluralism and peace, and shall provide a common platform for education and information exchange.
Nile Dialogue Platform is the Ugandan subsidiary of Gülen Movement, a Turkish social movement. It was founded in 2009 with the aim of promoting peace and contributing to a peaceful coexistence of the adherents of different faiths, cultures, ethnicities and races. The institution supports activities pertaining to the better service to humanity, such as promoting conflict resolution within and between nations.