On 8 April President Mary McAleese opened the first four-day workshop of the Irish African Partnership for Research Capacity Building (IAPRCB) in Dublin City University. This is an unprecedented initiative which brings together all nine universities on the island of Ireland with universities in four countries in Sub-Saharan Africa.
|President McAleese with (from left to right) Prof. Eli Katunguka-Rwakishaya, Dr Mary Goretti Nakabugo and Vice-Chancellor Professor Livingston Luboobi, all from Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda.|
This unique partnership (administered by the Centre for Cross Border Studies) will work to develop a coordinated approach to research in health, education, gender and information and communication technologies (ICT) between Irish and Northern Irish universities and the participating African universities: Makerere University in Uganda, University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, Eduardo Mondlane University in Mozambique and the University of Malawi. The main aim is to help both the Irish and African universities make an effective contribution to poverty reduction in Africa through relevant research in the chosen areas.
The IAPRCB is largely funded by the Irish Government’s development cooperation agency Irish Aid, with some matching funding from Universities Ireland.
See the press release , programme and the website.