A three-week workshop sponsored by the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program (CADFP) to strengthen graduate studies and mentor academic staff in publications and grant writing skills was launched at Nkumba University on May 29, 2017. The visiting scholar and key facilitator of the workshop is Prof. Jared Sagini Keengwe from the University of North Dakota, USA. He will be supported by Assoc. Prof. Robert Byamukama, the Director of the School of Post-graduate Studies at Nkumba University.Over 30 participants, including PhD candidates in various fields attended the launch of the workshop. The PhD candidates are pursuing doctoral studies in business, education, social sciences as well as commercial art and design. While launching the workshop, Nkumba University Vice Chancellor, Prof. Wilson Muyinda Mande, said that he looked forward to input by the visiting scholar to refresh academic writing. He called for emphasis on academic reading as well.

 

Nkumba University Vice Chancellor, Prof. Wilson Muyinda Mande (Seated front row, center), together with the visiting scholar Prof. Jared Sagini Keengwe (seated, left), Assoc. Prof. Robert Byamukama (seated, right) and other workshop participants take a group photograph.  

 

“The workshop is intended to enhance supervision of Masters and PhD research, quality Masters and PhD graduates, improved completion rates and also attract more students to the University,” said Assoc. Prof. Byamukama. He urged the PhD candidates to open their minds to the broad and long term benefits of the workshop with regard to networking as well as academia. Prof. Keengwe called upon the workshop participants to enhance their participation in academic research and publication for the necessary empowerment. He underscored the value of empathy and commitment. Prof. Keengwe will run several workshops until late June 2017 and his expenses as visiting scholar are covered by CADFP.

CADFP is funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York and managed by the Institute of International Education (IIE). IIE provides international education strategies and program services, while the mandate of the Carnegie Corporation of New York is to “promote the advancement and diffusion of knowledge and understanding”. Now in its fourth year, CADFD has helped 239 Africa-born scholars who have been living and working in North America to connect to their peers at universities throughout Africa. The program is designed to build capacity at the host institutions in Africa, and to develop long-term mutually beneficial partnerships between the universities. The program selects projects that are proposed by the host universities and matches them with Africa-born visiting scholars.

The Nkumba University project is one of 69 projects pairing 70 North American-based African scholars with higher education institutions and collaborators on the continent to teach graduate students; conduct research and mentor lecturers. Nkumba University is Chartered (since 2006) by the Government of Uganda. The University’s vision is to be a leading national, regional and global hub for academic and professional excellence. The University offers undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, including PhD studies, in the following Schools: School of Business Administration; School of Education, Humanities and Sciences; the School of Commercial, Industrial Art and Design; School of Social Sciences; School of Sciences; and, the School of Law.