I am delighted to share with you the 2019 annual report which illustrates our commitment to advancing excellence in education and research with the aim of transforming humanity.
Part of our mandate as humanities and social sciences scholars is to generate knowledge that informs public policy and programme development. It is therefore incumbent upon us to scan and assess the political, social and economic environment of Uganda and beyond and advise on issues of governance, human rights, culture and ethical matters in society. With support from the Central Administration, Government and development partners, our staff and students continue to engage in various research and outreach programmes that contribute to national development and the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
This report highlights some of the projects and achievements registered in 2019 including the launch of the International Rotary Peace Centre at Makerere University, following the successful bidding process against worthy competitors on the African Continent namely; the Kofi Annan International Peace Keeping Centre in Ghana and the University of Nairobi-African Leadership Centre. It also highlights the CHUSS projects that won grants in the first round of the Government-supported Makerere University Research and Innovations Fund (RIF), and several other grants extended to us by our development partners to among other things support PhD training and rethink the research and scholarship enterprise of the humanities and humanistic social sciences at Makerere University. We also share with you details of several other activities including the celebrations to mark 30 years of the Department of Journalism and Communication at Makerere University, the appointment of our staff to international bodies, the Annual CHUSS Symposium, seminars conducted by our staff in the course of the year as well as the publications produced.
On behalf of all staff and students in the College, I extend our sincere gratitude to all the development partners for the generous contributions towards advancing the humanities and social sciences scholarship. The support has greatly expanded our research portfolio, consequently enabling us to contribute to efforts aimed at transforming Makerere into a research-led University. We are sincerely grateful to the Central Administration for the continued support towards improving the learning environment of our students. With the construction of the Central Teaching Facilities, space challenges have been minimized.
As we strive to Build for the Future and transform humanity, we hope that 2020 will be a much better year with greater achievements