November 19, 2005

Universities Ireland visit to Uganda

At the equator on the road between Kampala and Nkosi: Dr Peadar Cremin, Professor Jane Grimson, Andy Pollak, Rosemary Rwangangwe (Irish Embassy, Kampala) and Norman Bennett

A four person Universities Ireland delegation visited Uganda between 19 and 26 November to explore the potential for greater co-operation between universities in Ireland, North and South, and higher education institutions in Uganda (a second leg to Ethiopia had to be cancelled because of the political situation in that country). The delegation consisted of Professor Jane Grimson, former Vice Provost of Trinity College Dublin, Dr Peadar Cremin, President of Mary Immaculate College at the University of Limerick, Mr Norman Bennett, Director of Finance at Queen’s University  Belfast and Mr Andy Pollak of Universities Ireland, who acted as the delegation’s secretary (Professor Áine Hyland, Vice President of University College Cork, was forced to pull out on the morning of departure because of a bereavement).

The delegation visited universities, colleges of education, medical, nursing and laboratory training schools, hospitals and schools in Kampala, Nkosi, Jinja, Kiwoko and Fort Portal and had discussions with a wide range of people from ministry officials and university presidents to schoolteachers and people working to combat HIV/AIDS. The delegation’s report will be posted on this website once it has been approved by the next Universities Ireland Council meeting on 25 January 2006. In the meantime here are some photos from the visit (taken by Peadar Cremin).

Universities Ireland delegation members meet Vice-Chancellor Professor Albert Lutalo-Bosa (fourth from left) and senior staff at Kyambogo University, Kampala
Universities Ireland delegation members with Vice-Chancellor Professor Michel Lejeune (third from right) and members of staff at Uganda Martyrs University, Nkosi
The entrance to Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda's largest university and one of the oldest in Africa
A class in Buhinga Primary School in Fort Portal, in the western Rwenzori region
Universities Ireland delegation members with university vice-chancellors at Vice Chancellors Forum meeting at Nkumba University, Kampala
In the library at Nkumba University
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