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MAKERERE-sida BILATERAL
COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH PROGRAMME
(2010-2014)
BUYINZA MUKADASI
Presented at the Annual Review Meeting
18th November, 2013
AN OVERVIEW OF MAKERERE-SIDA BILATERAL COLLABORATIVE
RESEARCH PROGRAM
ANNUAL REVIEW REPORT 2013
CHANGE MANAGEMENT
COMMITTEE
Mak’s Strategic Objectives
.
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Strategic Research Agenda
• Health and Health systems
• Agricultural (crop & Livestock) transformation, Food
Security, nutrition and value addition
• Sustainable environment, Natural Resources Governance
and Climate Change
• Governance, Culture, Social Justice and Sustainable
development
• ICT for development
Cross-cutting areas
• Biotechnology
• Knowledge transfer
• Gender
• Human Resource Development
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SWEDISH COLLABORATING INSTITUTIONS
Makerere University
OVERALL GOAL
• To assist Uganda in its endeavour to
promote research
• To support Makerere University to
build capacity for Ph.D training
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Capacity objectives
• To produce qualified lecturers motivated to do
more research and building research teams
around themselves
• To increase the number of potential PhDs at
supported units
• To enhance research throughout the whole
university
• To enhance the capacity for research
coordination and programme administration at
Directorate of Research & Graduate Training
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Approach
• Support to individual units
– Provide an environment conducive for research
and research training
• Slogan: “To support the supervisor to
supervise”
– through collaboration with universities in Sweden
or elsewhere
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Supported units (2003-2009)
• Directorate of Research & Graduate Training (formerly the School of
Graduate Studies)
• Directorate of Information and Communication Technology Services
(DICTS)
• Gender Mainstreaming (now Gender Mainstreaming Directorate
• The University Library
• Faculty of Agriculture (now College of Agriculture and Environmental
Sciences - CAES)
• Faculty of Technology (now College of Engineering, Design, Art and
Technology - CEDAT)
• College of Health Sciences (CHS)
• Faculty of Arts and Faculty of Social Sciences (now College of
Humanities and Social Sciences)
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Level of Support
PHASE
Preparatory Phase
(2000-2001)
Phase I
(2001 – 2005)
Phase II
(2005 – 2009)
Phase III
(2010 – 2014)
AMOUNT (SEK)
(millions)
AMOUNT
(USD $) (millions)
15.0
2.1
104.11
15.0
181
25.9
181.0
25.9
Exchange rate – 1 USD ~ 7 SEK
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Forms of support
• PhD training (tuition and research costs)
• Support to supervisors to link with their
counterparts in Sweden
• Conference attendance by PhD students and
supervisors
• Faculty research funds
• Supporting competitive research grants, cross
cutting courses, Demographic surveillance site
(DSS)
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Forms of support (cont-d)
• Support to Geographical Information System (GIS) and
Cross Cutting Biomedical Laboratory
• Support for ICT Infrastructure and Library resources
• Independent univ-wide research fund at DRGT
• Supporting dissemination strategies/ conferences,
publications
• Admin & Coordination of the programme (DRGT)
• Supporting regional collaborations and networks
• Providing for an overhead of 6%.
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.
Fruits out of the support
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Promotion of research
throughout the university
• 102 (61 Male, 41 Female) Ph.Ds (15 have graduated), 77 (67
graduated) Masters, 20 postdoc research teams
• Research projects by supervisors in partnership with Swedish
Faculty
• ICT and Library services (email, internet, online journals)
• More quality publications coming out (Improved University
Rankings)
• More linkages: CARTA, DRUSSA, CAPREX, Carnegie, NORHED,
Wellcome (Competitive grants)
• Faculty small grants to support junior researchers from Social
sciences, Agriculture, Technology and CHS.
• Supporting thematic research by providing for purchase of
equipment, consumables, travel, subsistence and guest lecturers
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Mak Priority Areas
• To improve the human resource capacity and the
environment for conducting and disseminating
the research findings
– Human resource development (Masters, PhDs, postdocs, independent research, guest lecturers)
– Infrastructure and facilities (ICT, library, labs, field sites
– Research Management and Coordination (national
and international networks, joint courses,
administrative reforms, research Agenda & policy
development in other universities
– Strategies for dissemination of findings and adoption
of technologies
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DSS and Biomedical lab
• Demographic Surveillance Site (DSS)
-Site now fully operational and data collection
continues in an area of over 72,000 people
(old area) involving 16,000- households and
another 90,000 people (new area for TB study)
• Biomedical Laboratory
- Dept of Pharmacology in CHS
- Laboratory now fully functional and can be
accessed by students and researchers
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Geographical Information System
Laboratory
• State of the art GIS unit set up in the CEDAT
• Laboratory now fully functional and can be
accessed by interested researchers & students
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Information and
Communication Technology
• Optical fibre network covers main campus,
Medicine, MUARIK, MUBS
• 132 computers and LANS set up in supported
faculties
• 12 student kiosks with 165 computers set up in
various units
• All (100%) Colleges/units have web presence
compared to 5% in 2000
• More than 30,000 e-mail users registered on the
local mail system compared to 50 in 2000
• Internet connectivity is well maintained to
provide a rich global research resource
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LIBRARY
• 171 data points (computers) installed in the main
library and 28 points at Albert Cook Library
• A functional Online Public Access Catalogue (OPAC)
• More than 15,000 (end of 2012) journals on-line
giving countrywide access to recent literature
• Now (2013) 40 e-journals databases, 22,000 titles
subscribed & 16 free ones accessed
• With Bergen University, Library staff and EASLIS have
trained University of Juba staff and supporting library
automation (spin off)
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Gender
• Increased visibility, acceptability and upward
movement of women into leadership positions
– 5 full professors cf to 1 in 2000 (as of April 2011)
• Commitment to Gender Mainstreaming by the
university e.g. increased representation on various
committees, transformed to a Directorate
• Continued implementation of Gender plan in the
new strategic plan (2008/09-2018/19)
• Gender Policy and Policy & Regulation on sexual
harassment, and to engender the human resource
manual
• Makerere is still recognised as a pace setter in gender
mainstreaming in Universities in sub Saharan Africa
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Cross-cutting course curriculum
Core (3)
Electives (9)
ITS code
CCC 9101
ART 9102
ART 9105
Course name
Advanced
Research
Methods
Philosophy
of Method
Scholarly
Writing &
Communicat
ion Skills
ITS
Course Name
LIB 9103
Information Competence &
Management
WGS 9104
Advanced gender Research
Methodology
Advanced Quantitative Data
Analysis
Advanced Qualitative Research
Methodology & Data Analysis
ISE 9106
SOC 9107
FOM 2087
FOM 9108
FOM 9109
Mechanisms & Epidemiology
of Cancer
Clinical Epidemiology
FVM 7201
Genes and Genomes in the
Tropics
Advanced Epidemiology
FOM 9110
Biomedical Research Methods
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Cross-cutting courses, 2010-2013
Course
Males Females
Total
Statistical Methods &
Computer Applications
Philosophy of Method
Genes and Genomes
Advanced Gender Methods
Information Competence &
Management
Research methodology
29
21
50
85
14
47
68
54
6
43
45
139
20
90
113
42
43
85
Scholarly writing and
communication skills
Total
22
29
51
307
241
548
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CROSS-CUTING COURSE CONDUCTED 2010 TO 2013
Course
Philosophy of
methods
Adv. Gender
Research
Statistical
Computer
applications
Genes and
genomes
Supervision
Research
Management
Scholarly
writing &
comm skills
Information
competence
& mgt
Research
Methodology
2010
2011
2013
2012
Total
F
M
F
M
F
M
F
M
F
M
8
12
13
17
17
25
16
31
54
85
139
10
14
17
13
9
10
7
10
43
47
90
5
5
4
6
7
8
5
10
21
29
50
14
6
6
14
20
11
23
8
16
8
10
12
16
39
65
-
-
-
-
15
14
12
14
27
28
104
55
-
-
-
-
13
12
16
10
29
22
51
19
25
11
21
3
9
12
13
45
68
113
15
11
-
-
12
17
16
14
43
42
85
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Other skills enhancement courses, 2010-2011
Course
Supervision and
mentorship
Research
management
Males Females Total
65
39
104
28
27
55
RBM
Financial Management for
Coordinators, administrators &
students on Sida prog
(once a year)
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Improvement of research
environment
• Modern equipment (GIS lab, Biomedical Lab,
Technology, Agriculture, Medicine)
• Facilitation to attend meetings/Conferences
and present findings
• Research Policy and IPM Policy approved by
Council (2008)
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Enhanced research culture
(Med &PH)
• Units writing proposals and winning grants
• Biology of Malaria parasites (5 African countries and 20 European
institutions by EU)
• Development of capacity for conducting Malaria Vaccine trials
(AMANET) in DSS
• Improving new born health and survival through a community
based intervention linked to health facilities by Bill Gates
Foundation in DSS
• EU grant for strengthening Ethics committee, TB Vaccine trials
• MSI funding
• WHO-TDR grant, Wellcome Trust grant
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Enhanced research culture
(Technology)
• Innovative clusters by Rockefeller Foundation
• Up scaling of Innovation systems and Innovative clusters program
East Africa into a Pan African Competitive Forum (PACF)
• Single wire electrification programme by GTZ
• Masters programme in Renewable Energy by NORAD
• Regional Programme in Urbanitization by NORAD
• Establishment of the GIS Institute and a Masters programme in GIS
• Projects under MSI funding by UNCST
• Presidential Innovation Initiative fund
• Six thematic areas (Infrastructure and land management,
Architecture urbanism, Water resources, Eng materials, Renewable
energy, ICT GIS
• Cross cutting – Regional Collaboration
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Enhanced research Culture
(DRGT)
• More partnerships developed and funded
– CARTA, CAPREX, DRUSSA partnerships
– NORHED grant to 8 projects (Appx. $25m) to strength training
– Nurturing & Retention of Next generation of Academics – CCNY
($2.6 million)
– Carnegie Corporation of NY - Ph.D in Social Sciences and
competitive grants
• Benchmarking best practices from the collaboration
– Ph.D now by public defence
– Ph.D supervisors cease being examiners
– Candidates can publish their work before graduation
– Thesis can be submitted in form of papers/monographs
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Creation of centers of excellence
• Health
– Malaria, TB, HIV, Mental health, Reproductive
health
• Technology and engineering
– Centre for research in energy and energy
conservation (CREEC)
– Innovative systems and Clusters
• Agriculture: Centre for Crop Waste Management
• ICT – regional center
• Library – e-resources
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Impact
• Sida support to Makerere IDP has
– Strengthened the position of Makerere as a
leading provider of Science education and
research
– Enabled the development of centres of
excellence in health, agriculture,
technology, social sciences
– Research influenced Gov’t policies (malaria,
energy, waste, land, conflict)
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Impact (cont—d)
- Contributed to the modernisation of Mak through ICT and
library facilities hence increased transparency in
governance and efficiency in university operations
(national benefit)
- Improved the quality of academic staff and graduates
through support for PhD training, enhanced capacity to
supervise, to conduct research and to publish (national
benefit)
- Contributed substantially to the attainment of NDP hence
reduce poverty levels and attainment of MDGs (nat. &
Intern benefit).
- Reduced the degree of brain drain (national benefit)
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Collaboration with other public universities in
Uganda
• Support through Makerere University
• Institutional collaboration based on MoU’s
between Mak and collaborating university
• Support to Masters and/or PD training of
university staff at Mak through “sandwich”
• Support to development of research policies
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Request (cont...d)
• Supporting competitive research grants, cross
cutting courses, field sites (DSS)
• Providing for ICT and Library resources
• Supporting regional collaborations and
networks
• Supporting dissemination
strategies/conferences, publications
• Providing for an overhead of 6%.
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Challenges
• Procurement process delays
– Decentralisation may expedite the process
• Scholarship applicants from women
– Sensitization of women
• Audit delays by Auditor General
– Early appointment of auditors
• Consumption of funds by some units
• Delays in submission of Reports
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Challenges
• Underfunding by the govt hence difficult to
recruit and retain staff (50% establishment)
• Inadequate infrastructure including limited
bandwidth
• Limited research funds to generate
innovations and policies for poverty
alleviation
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Challenges
• Procurement process delays
– Decentralisation may expedite the process
• Scholarship applicants from women
– Sensitization of women
• Slow consumption of funds by some units
• Delays in submission of Reports
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1st Call - PhD scholarships for Other Public
Universities
University
No of
Applicants
No. Recommended
for Award
Remarks
Busitema
Gulu
10
11
Males Females
2
1
1
Kyambogo
10
2
1*
Female not
admissible in SS now
in SPH
Mbarara
7
4**
-
2 have
absconded
Total
38
9
2*
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2nd Call - PhD scholarships for Other Public Universities
University
No of
Applicants
Remarks
2
No.
Recommended
for Award
Males Females
1
Busitema
Gulu
4
0
0
Areas outside
recommended,
scope
Kyambogo
11
5
4
Mbarara
Total
1
18
5
1
6
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Postdocs awards
No. Applicants
No. of
Awards
Male
18
Female
6
Male
5
23
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Comment
Female
2
To award 13 grants in
2nd call
2nd call Peer reviewed
awaiting award (13
awards)
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Way forward
• Sourcing for more research funding and to build a
strong environment to support innovations and
knowledge translation
• Engage in multidisciplinary research teams/themes
with greater focus on postdoctoral training,
mentorship and innovations.
• Strengthen scientific corporation with Swedish
institutions to compete for research funding
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Collegiate System
• Following reforms, university transformed into 9 Colleges (headed by
Principals) and 1 School (Dean)
– Natural Science
– Business and Management Sciences
– Computing and Information Sciences
– Engineering, Design, Art and Technology
– Humanities and Social Sciences
– Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
– Education and External Studies
– Health Sciences
– Veterinary , Animal Resources & Bio-security
– School of Law
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Governance
Council (Grants Committee)
Steering Committee
Implementation Committee
Coordination Unit (Secretariat)
Sub-program
Sub-program
Sub-program
42
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