Makerere University and Chonbuk National University of South Korea sign an MoU on Academic Collaboration
Makerere University Vice Chancellor Prof. John Ddumba - Ssentamu and President, Chonbuk National University of South Korea Nam - Ho Lee signing the agreement
Makerere University (Mak) Uganda and Chonbuk National University (CNU) of South Korea have signed a Memorundum of Understanding (MoU) on academic collaboration. The five (5) year agreement established the terms and conditions under which staff and student exchange programs between the two universities shall operate.
The signing ceremony was held on 30th May, 2016 at the Makerere University Council room in the Main Building.
Makerere University was represented by the Vice Chancellor, Prof. John Ddumba - Ssentamu witnessed by the University Ag. Director, Directorate of Legal Affairs, Mr. Goddy Muhumuza.
Mak's Ag. Director, Directorate of Legal Affairs, Mr. Goddy Muhumuza. CNU's Deputy Vice President for International Cooperation Prof. Lee Hyeong Woo witnessing the signing
Also present were the Principals from the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES), Prof. Bernard Bashaasha,Principal College of Veterinary Medicine, Animal Resources and Bio security (CoVAB) Prof. John David Kabasa, the Ag.Principal College of Natural Sciences (CoNAS) Dr. Fredrick Muyodi and Prof. Edward Kirumira, Principal College of Humanities and Social Sciences( CHUSS). Head International Office Mrs. Martha Muwanguzi among others also formed the team from Makerere University.
The President, Nam –Ho Lee signed on behalf of Chonbuk National University witnessed by the Deputy Vice President for International Cooperation Prof. Lee Hyeong Woo. Others present included the Research Professor Cho-Kwang and Professor Hakikyo Lee.
Mak Vice Chancellor Prof. John Ddumba - Ssentamu and President CNU Nam –Ho Lee exchange documents after signing
The initial program under this agreement will kick start in the CAES and CoVAB. The agreement established a scholarship for industry linked Masters Course with 20 slots. Applications are scheduled for September 30th 2016. Students will be trained in the fields of Animal Production and Veterinary Sciences. The Master course is programmed for practical experience and value addition focusing on piggery, rice and dairy industrial wide farming.
CNU has 17 colleges covering a wide range of programs and courses. Professors and Academic staff in different colleges at Makerere University are expected to provide a direction to benefit from this cooperation.
The second main program under the Mak and CNU cooperation is the proposed joint research program for technical development and building the infrastructure to promote and improve the agricultural sector in Uganda and South Korea.
Each institution will be sending visiting professors to the partner institution. Courses taught by the visiting professor will be evaluated and approved by the host and will then be integrated into the curriculum of the host institution. Visiting professors will have full control of student examination and procedures in line with the rules and regulations of the host institution.
Part of the delegation from Chonbuk National University during the signing ceremony
The other program is the implementation of student visiting program for cultural exchange between Mak and CNU during summer and winter vacations.
The Vice Chancellor Makerere University, Prof. John Ddumba -Ssentamu welcomed the South Korean delegation to Makerere describing the univerity as one of the oldest and most prestigious institution of higher learning established in 1922.
“Makerere University is synonymous with academic excellence and ground breaking innovations. I therefore thank you for finding Makerere University a worthwhile partner and I assure you that you will not regret”, The Vice Chancellor pledged.
Prof. John Ddumba - Ssentamu also thanked the Principal CAES Prof. Bernard Bashaasha and the Principal College of Veterinary Medicine, Animal Resources and Bio security (CoVAB) Prof. John David Kabasa who initiated and kick started this collaboration early this year when an agreement involving the two colleges was signed.
Mak Team: L-R: Prof. John David Kabasa (Principal CoVAB), Dr. Fredrick Muyodi (Ag. Principal CoNAS), Prof. Edward Kirumira (Principal CHUSS), Prof. Bernard Bashaasha ( Principal CAES) and Mrs. Martha Muwanguzi , Head International Relations) during the signing ceremony
“I am happy to learn that a general agreement is now going to be signed that will help bring other academic and administrative units on board”, the Professor said adding that:
“Our colleges have embarked on a number of efforts towards ground breaking research and innovations. I am pleased to note that the proposed collaboration will revolve around several fields that cut across a variety of important subjects for humanities like climate change, computer science, statistics, sanitation and solid water management, biomedical engineering and many others”, the VC remarked.
The Vice Chancellor reported that the university has increasingly opened up to new collaborations and partnerships to support the core functions of Teaching and learning, Research, Innovations and Knowledge transfer partnerships being directly supported by this agreement.
He pledged to explore more areas of cooperation to be identified by the colleges and more ways of strengthening the cooperation
Mak VC Prof. John Ddumba - Ssentamu Hands over a gift to the President, Chonbuk National University Nam - Ho Lee
The President, Chonbuk National University Nam - Ho Lee expressed the need for other Makerere University colleges to give direction on how programs from the fields of Natural Sciences, business and engineering among others can be incorporated into this cooperation.
“The exchange program will benefit students from other fields. The entry points at both universities may be different and you need to think about it. Chonbuk University has seventeen (17) colleges. Agriculture and livestock is just the introduction into our cooperation and this will further our relationship to cover more fields”, President, Nam -Ho Lee affirmed.
Part of the CNU team presenting a documentary about Chonbuk National University
He also reported that the Masters Program with 20 slots was a specialized program but the other programs will absorb bigger numbers of students.
“Aware that Makerere University students are bright and wise, we request the professors to participate in the selection so that students can be leaders in Uganda’s agricultural development. We are looking at the potential of Agricultural development in Uganda and the general future of Africa”. President, Nam-Ho Lee re-emphasized.
Mak and CNU team posing for a group photo at the entrance of the University Main building
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Communication Officer, CAES