Faculty from North Carolina State University have expressed interest to collaborate with the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHUSS), Makerere University. On 17th September, 2015, the team from North Carolina headed by Prof. Jeffery P. Braden, Dean, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, held a meeting with the leadership of CHUSS to explore possible areas of collaboration. This followed a Memorandum of Understanding signed on 16th September, 2015 to formalise cooperation between Makerere and North Carolina State University.
During the meeting chaired by the Deputy Principal of CHUSS, Prof. Abasi Kiyimba, participants shared their institutional profiles and research interests before brainstorming on areas of collaboration. Suggested areas of collaboration included; curriculum development especially in the area of research methods, staff and student exchange, research and internship.
In his remarks, Prof. Braden emphasised the importance of forming fewer but “richer” partnerships, saying Makerere University would serve as the focal point for universities in East Africa seeking collaboration with North Carolina State University.
The meeting was attended by among others the Dean, School of Languages, Literature and Communication, Assoc. Prof. Aaron Mushengyezi; the Dean, School of Social Sciences, Assoc. Prof. Andrew Ellias State; the Dean, School of Liberal and Performing Arts, Assoc. Prof. Patrick Mangeni and the Head, Department of Educational, Social & Organizational Psychology, Dr Leon Matagi. The Dean, School of Women and Gender Studies was represented by Dr Florence Muhanguzi.
Other members of the team from North Carolina State University included Dr James Kiwanuka – Tondo, Associate Professor in the Department of Communication; Dr Juliana Makuchi Nfah – Abbenyi, Assistant Dean for Diversity and Professor of English and Comparative Literature; Dr Sheila Smith McKay, Associate Professor in the Department of English; Mr David J. Dixon, Manager of Global partnerships; and Dr Jean Beagle Ristaino from the Department of Plant Pathology.
The representatives of the sister units at the two institutions will continue discussions on establishing areas of collaboration.