Donor representative Lauds Gulu University on BSU III

Donor representative Lauds Gulu University on BSU III

The Programme Manager Danida Fellowship Centre (DFC), in charge of East Africa, Mr. Lars Arne Jensen, has applauded Gulu University 

on the implementation of the BSU III project which he described as “doing very well.”

Mr. Jensen was in Gulu late October to monitor the performance of the BSU project at Gulu as part of his work in East Africa. BSU III was launched in 2017 as a follow-up on two earlier BSU projects. Its overall objective is “to enhance collaborative research that generates knowledge relevant to address social problems for community transformation; and promote research-based teaching and learning (PBL and e-learning) that prepares graduates for working with such problems by 2021.”

“I think Gulu are using their opportunities very well. They have laid a foundation for some very interesting topics to pursue in the future not only within BSU III and a possible follow-up phase but also generally for international research collaboration. For example, the Adjumani refugee project – there is a lot that can be done there and this can be up scaled not only from the Danida side but also from other Donors. There is also the Green Charcoal project which is extremely interesting. I think there is a lot of interesting perspectives there, and that is on the research side,” Mr. Jensen said during an interview.

“On the administration side I think they have done well since the BSU II project when Gulu was still a very young university. It is still young but from those seven years since the start of BSU II, I can now see that the university has the necessary structures and guidelines,” he added.

During his two-day visit, Mr. Jensen interacted with the BSU project management team, the project implementing faculties and institutes, as well as the university administration – particularly the Gulu University Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of academic affairs Ass. Prof. David Okello Owiny and the University Secretary, Mr. David Obol Otori.

Ass. Prof. Charles Okumu, the BSU Chair, chaired the sessions during which different BSU activity briefs were presented mainly by the Project Coordinator Dr. Agatha Alidri. The presentations highlighted BSU achievements including new policies, new academic programmes, and an increased number of PhDs supported by BSU.

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Building Stronger Universities (BSU)-Gulu is multifaceted programme aimed at strengthening research capacity at Gulu University in northern Uganda

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