A delegation of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations led by the Chairman, Mr. Arthur Stark visited Makerere University on 14th February 2019.
The Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations comprises over 50 organizations established with the aim of strengthening the Israeli–American relations.
According to Mr. Stark, the team visited Uganda and specifically Makerere University to learn more about the country and establish opportunities for collaboration. “The operations of Makerere University give a broader perspective of what happens in Uganda. We are here to learn more about the country and establish opportunities for collaboration to further strengthen the relationship between Israel and Uganda".
On behalf of the Makerere University community, the Chancellor, Prof. Ezra Suruma, welcomed and appreciated the team for visiting the University. Highlighting the long history of mutual collaboration between Uganda and Israel, the Chancellor noted that collaboration in research was a point of great interest. He called for increased support towards research and capacity building programmes at Makerere University.
During the meeting, the delegation viewed a video on the rich history, programmes and innovations at Makerere University. The Director, Quality Assurance, Dr Vincent Sembatya briefed the visitors about the innovations in different Units of the University.
In his presentation, the Head, Department of Political Science and Public Administration, Dr Paul Omach suggested possible areas of collaboration. He noted that Uganda is strategically located and plays an important role in the strategic security of the continent. “The Department of Political Science and Public Administration is therefore well placed to play an important role in peace building through its programmes”. He called for support towards the operationalization of the Centre for Strategic Studies that is expected to play a fundamental role in strengthening research on peace, security, justice and reconciliation. He appealed for support towards curriculum development as well as staff and student training programmes.
Dr Eria Hisali who represented the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, appreciated the team for visiting Makerere University. He informed the visitors that a committee would be set up to concretize on specific areas for collaboration.
The meeting was attended by H.E. Adonia Ayebare, Uganda’s Ambassador to the UN, members of Makerere University Management, College Principals, staff and students from the Department of Political Science and Public Administration and students on Agro-Studies programme.
About the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations -The Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations was organized in 1955 out of a growing awareness that unified action by major American Jewish organizations was essential to help strengthen American support for the state of Israel, which equated with strengthening peace and stability in the Middle East.
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