Prof. Hassan Omar Mahadalle – Rector of the Somali National University led a delegation from his University to pay a courtesy visit to the College of Health Sciences (MakCHS) on the 22nd November 2021. At MakCHS, Assoc. Prof. Isaac Kajja, Deputy Principal received the visiting delegation which was accompanied by Assoc. Prof. Fred Makumbi – Deputy Dean, School of Public Health, MakCHS.
The courtesy visit came after a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed earlier in the day between Makerere University and Somali National University. Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe – Vice Chancellor signed for Makerere University and Prof. Mahadalle signed for Somali National University witnessed by the Somali Ambassador to Uganda, H.E. Mohamed Mohamed. The MoU to be implemented by MakCHS through the School of Public Health underlines a collaboration in research and training focused on enhancing Somali National University’s capacity to provide high quality graduate and undergraduate training in public health. The two institutions intend to jointly work on academic research and community service projects aimed at achieving greater cooperation across the full range of complementary programs and activities.
In his remarks to the visitors, Assoc. Prof. Kajja gave a breakdown of the setup of the College and explained that MakCHS whose predecessor Faculty of Medicine was established in 1924 is one of the oldest units of Makerere University that started operations in 1922. ‘We are excited that we will be celebrating 100years in 2022’ he said. He further noted that as per the strategic plan 2020/2030 for Makerere University we are working towards becoming a research-led University. Assoc. Prof. Kajja reiterated that MakCHS is a leader in research, nurtures innovation as well as community service and these are areas that we will be happy to share with Somali National University as our partners.
Prof. Mahadalle expressed his pride in meeting peers at Makerere University as well as the opportunity to learn from an old institution like Makerere. He explained that Somali National University is migrating from faculty set-up to collegiate thus the need to learn from Makerere University who we look-up-to as a leader in the region. Somali National University has had challenges because of the long civil war which disrupted operations thus we are re-building and we therefore are depending on partnerships to support our work, the Rector explained. At present, the School of Health Sciences at Somali National University has only two study programmes i.e. Bachelor of Nursing and Bachelor of Public Health.
Assoc. Prof. Kajja and Prof. Mahadalle agreed that it will be important to set up a committee to support implementation of the partnership between the two institutions. They also agreed that young people at both universities should be encourages to worked together as well which will support solving problems affecting the African continent.
The meeting was also attended by Education Attaché, Somali Embassy in Uganda and MakCHS International Office Staff.