Addis Ababa, July 20, 2022 (FBC) – Ethiopia, Uganda and Rwanda universities join forces to strengthen teaching, research to find African solutions for African problems

The University of Gondar (Ethiopia), Makerere University Business School (Uganda) and the University of Kigali (Rwanda) are joining forces to strengthen teaching, learning and research capabilities, to benefit African communities, the University of Fort Hare, based in South Africa, said in a statement.

Professor Willie Chinyamurindi (HOD of UFH Business Management), Professor Munacinga Simatele (UFH Economics Prof), and Dr Annet Nabatanzi-Myimba (Makerere University) initiated and played a pivotal role in the realisation of this commitment, said the statement.

According to Professor Chinyamurindi, at the core of this partnership is the desire to strive for collaboration in research, collaborative teaching, new curriculum development, short course attendance, and the training of undergraduate and postgraduate students.

“Such Africa to Africa partnerships attest to the continued history of working together espoused by intellectuals and social activists like the late Kenyan-born thinker, Ali Mazrui. Despite the adamant challenges on the African continent, the clarion call here, Africans can re-script their destiny. Partnerships merely embolden and make haste our steps towards the liberation of the Africans,” said Professor Chinyamurindi.

Professor Liezel Cilliers, who is the Acting Dean for UFH Faculty of Management and Commerce, said the African proverb “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together” was fitting for the research journey undertaken by the universities and the researchers.

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