The East African School of Library and Information Science (EASLIS), College of Computing and Information Sciences (CoCIS), Makerere University in collaboration with the University of Boras officially launched the Erasmus+ ICM and Linnaeus-Palme projects. Under the project each institution will exchange and send undergraduate students, academic staff and administrative staff to their respective partner institutions. The project is slated to last three years with a total of   students,   academic staff and   administrative staff benefitting from the exchange program.

The six scholarship students take a group photo with the EASLIS team after being briefed.

The collaboration a partnership that was initiated in 2019 with the approval of the Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe (Vice Chancellor, Makrerere University) encompasses two projects and will fund three cohorts. The two projects as mentioned earlier are;

  1. Linnaeus-Palme
  • A SIDA-funded programme administered by the Swedish Council for Higher Education. The aim is to contribute to a broader resource base for international development cooperation and increased quality in higher education, through teacher and student exchange between higher education institutions in Sweden and higher education institutions in low- and middle-income countries.
  • Sustainable Internalization in Library and Information Education.
  • Financed by the Swedish Council for Higher Education.
  1. Erasmus+ International Credit Mobility
  • A programme within the Erasmus+ framework promoting the exchange of students, academics, and non-academic staff with partner countries of the ERASMUS+ program (i.e., mostly non-EU and non-EFTA countries and non-candidate countries of the EU).
  • Enhanced Sustainable and Integrated Internationalization.
  • Financed by Erasmus and the European Union.

Some of the partner countries on these projects include Albania, Brazil, Sweden, Canada, Iran, China, Rwanda and Uganda.

On the 1st Sept 2021 the East African School of Library and Information Science officially bade farewell to the eligible six undergraduate exchange students as the first cohort on this project. The students are;

  1. Nakibuka Esther, Bachelors in Library and Information Sciences (BLIS)
  2. Ssemogerere Abubaker, BLIS
  3. Kavuhani Immaculate, BLIS
  4. Ngowi Innocent, BLIS
  5. Kato Arnold, Bachelors in Records and Archive Management (BRAM)
  6. Nagujja Jamirah, BRAM

Prof. Constant Okello Obura (Dean, EASLIS) and Richard Batte (Project coordinator) discuss and address questions from the students

were briefed by EASLIS staff on the expectations from them and the partners and in his opening remarks Prof. Constant Okello-Obura (Dean, EASLIS) emphasized on the fact that they would be representing EASLIS, CoCIS, Makerere University, and Uganda at large. He further added that the students should continuously be in touch with their Heads of Department/Project coordinator, document their stay, and embrace the culture. This he said, would enable EASLIS to address the challenges and issues encountered for the benefit of the 2nd cohort and further improve its international relations.

Prof. Constant Okello-Obura addressing the EASLIS team and students.

Mr. Richard Batte (Project coordinator) briefed them on the project expectations and encouraged them to heed the advice of Prof. Okello-Obura as he wished them a safe journey. “This opportunity will be very beneficial to you. I know it’s your first time to travel out of Uganda, but it is important to be humble, embrace and learn the culture,” said Richard Batte.

Dr. Joyce Bukirwa also chipped in and encouraged them to make sure that they attend all the classes (physically and online) and take the opportunity to interact and network for the are many opportunities that will be made available to them.

Dr. Joyce Bukirwa advising the students.

Representing the International Office, Makerere University was Ms. Martha Muwanguzi who congratulated the students for this impressive achievement and asked them to fully utilize this opportunity to seek knowledge and establish life long partnerships as mentees or mentors.

Assoc. Prof. Agnes Rwashana addressing the students.

In closing Assoc. Prof. Agnes Rwashana (Deputy Principal, CoCIS) congratulated the East African School of Library and Information Sciences for winning the Erasmus grant and making the effort to collaborate with international universities. She also congratulated the students for being selected and to embrace all the advice given by the Dean, Project coordinator and the rest of the team. Most importantly she advised them to take the opportunity seriously for it might never come again.

Speaking on behalf of the students Mr. Ssemogerere Abubaker (BLIS, Student team leader) thanked the EASLIS management and staff for the opportunity of a lifetime. He asked EASLIS staff for their prayers as they embark on this new journey in their lives and promised they would represent EASLIS and Makerere University in a positive light.


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