The Africa Strategic Leadership Centre has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Makerere University to collaborate in student engagement and policy research on issues affecting Africa’s social economic development, Chimp Corps report.
The partnership, according to Makerere Vice Chancellor, Prof Barnabus Nawangwe, is set to make a major contribution to the transformation of Africa.
The centre’s chairman, Dr Robert Mwesigwa said the partnership is in line with the institution’s commitment of driving Africa’s Progress through public-private collaboration; conducting deep research and analysis on some of Africa’s most pressing issues, engaging leaders in high-level dialogues and leveraging its deep insights to inform public policy, drive public interventions and private investment.
The event held this week was officiated by Prof Nawangwe together with Prof. Edward Kirumira and their counterparts; Dr. Robert Mwesigwa, Board Chairman of the Africa Strategic Leadership Centre flanked by other board members including Hon. Betty Bigombe Oyella, Hon. Dan Kidega, Awel Uwihanganye and Dr. Susie Muwanga.
Prof. Nawangwe said the University has great potential and “our goal is to make this University deeply engaged in research on Africa’s challenges”.
The Vice Chancellor further underscored the central role of human resource capital in bringing transformation in Africa, stating, “young people are the future of our continent, we need to put everything in place for them to explore their full potential and take advantage of the opportunities”.
He added: “We are constantly engaging with the public and private sector to see how this University can best be beneficial to the country and continent. If we must succeed, we must look holistically at all areas we need improve”.
Prof. Edward Kirumira, who had represented the Vice Chancellor at the inaugural Africa Now dialogue, said “Makerere is a very critical partner because it is a big base for training young people and we believe that the quality of youth and human resource in general is the bottom line for Africa’s transformation.”
He further noted that The Centre will be very instrumental to Makerere University in asking questions to which the University will respond through research.
There was a common voice from all the parties echoing the central role of leadership for the next development agenda for Africa.
Former speaker to the East African Parliament Hon. Dan Kidega, quoting the Prime Minister’s statement at the launch of The Centre the previous day, noted ‘transformation and change cannot be brought by people who are comfortable with the status quo”.
Dr Mwesigwa commended the great contribution the University has had on “transforming not just Uganda but the entire continent”.
He said The Centre has already initiated other strategic partnerships (in the making) including with the African Union and noted, “With Makerere University, with African Union and with an entrepreneurial mindset and approach, the sky is only the beginning.”
Makerere University welcomed Samia Yaba Nkrumah, daughter to Ghana’s revolutionary President, Kwame Nkrumah, who is a friend and champion of The Centre.
“It was an honor to receive Samia daughter of great son of Africa Kwame Nkrumah. After our meeting, Samia visited Nkrumah Hall, through which her father is immortalized. Thank you Samia for honoring Makerere with your visit,” the Vice Chancellor stated in a tweet.
The Africa Strategic Leadership Centre is an independent think tank acknowledges the role of research and the academia in generating new knowledge and informing new leadership and development alternatives for the continent.