In 2022, Makerere University received a grant from the US State Department to implement a project titled: “Towards a Research-led University: Strengthening Makerere University’s Research, Grant Writing and Publication Capacity”.
Makerere University is implementing the project in collaboration with Michigan State University’s Writing Centre and Alliance for African Partnership (AAP). The project set to be launched on 21st March 2023 at the Yusuf Lule Central Teaching Facility aims to strengthen Makerere University’s capacity in research, grant writing and publication. The project will support the training of research managers from different units of the University and the establishment of a Writing Centre. The project team at Makerere University is led by Prof. Fredrick Muyodi from the College of Natural Sciences (CoNAS). Other members are Prof. Ronald Bisaso (Co-PI), Deputy Principal, College of Education and External Studies; and Ms. Stella Kakeeto (Co-PI) from the College of Health Sciences. The Michigan State University team is led by Prof. Trixie G. Smith, Director, MSU Writing Centre (WC). Others are Dr Grace Pregent, Associate Director, WC; Ms. Ann Allegra, Proposal and Capacity Strengthening Administrator, Alliance for African Partnership (AAP); and Dr Jose Jackson- Malete, Co-Director, AAP.
Today morning, 20th March 2023, the team paid a courtesy call on the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe to brief him about the project. Interacting with the team, the Vice Chancellor noted that the project is timely and would greatly support efforts to transform Makerere into a research-led University. “Africa has a high population growth rate. 80 years from now, Africa will account for 50% of the global population. As a University, we have a responsibility to address development challenges in the region. It is through extensive research that we can come up with solutions to sustain the growing population. I convey sincere appreciation to Michigan State University for supporting this and many other projects at Makerere.”
The Vice Chancellor pledged Management support towards the project.