The Vice- President of the Yale University for Global Strategy, Pericles Lewis is in Uganda on a two – day official visit to promote and strength the initial ties between Yale and Uganda’s Makerere University.
Lewis on Wednesday was hosted at Makerere University by the Vice Chancellor Barnabas Nawangwe where the two signed and renewed the Memorandum of Understanding for the Makerere University and Yule University (MUYU) Collaboration
The MUYU initiative that started in 2006 is a student exchange program that allows medical students from the two Institutions to visit each other, study, learn and network with each other
Initially, the program was between Internal Medicine departments for both institutions where Internal Medicine students and Junior faculty would visit each other to improve and enhance Patient care.
According to Harriet Mayanja-Kizza, the Director MUYU Program in Uganda, the program has now extended to other Medicine related courses like Nursing, Surgery, Pathology, Obstetrics, Gynecology and Emergency Medicine
“The students that have participated in this program have developed skills and specialisation in different medical specialities and can now offer international services to the Ugandan patients. We believe that this will highly improve healthcare in Uganda” she said.
Speaking later to alumni and well-wishers of the program at a get together meeting at Serena Hotel on Wednesday, Lewis revealed that Yale University is willing to invest in enhance the skills, knowledge and experience to improve their ability to perform.
“Yale University is a research institute. We are mainly interested in research and capacity building for the African students through our Yale Africa Initiative
The USA Ambassador in Uganda Deborah Malac in her remarks urged students to use this relationship to promote Uganda as a good and conducive environment but also use it to enhance their own skills
“The diversity in culture, structures, and ways of doing things will be beneficial to students from both institutions. You are both learning from each other and that is a good thing” she said.