Nkumba University and Al Azhar University in Indonesia solidified their commitment to fostering academic collaborations through a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), signed by Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Jude Lubega on behalf of Nkumba University, and Dr. Hidayat Yorianta Sasaerila representing Indonesia based Al Azhar University.
The signing of the MoU took place yesterday, 6th February 2024 at the Vice Chancellor’s office.
Speaking shortly after appending his signature, Dr. Hidayat who also serves as the Dean-Faculty of Science at Al Azhar University highlighted the shared characteristics between the two private institutions. “Besides being private institutions, we both have an interest in research on Natural resources, this will boost our collaborative efforts.” said Dr. Hidayat.
He further expressed optimism that the MoU would pave the way for meaningful research collaborations, particularly in addressing challenges related to natural resources.
Professor Jude Lubega, acknowledging efforts at the School of Sciences led by the Dean, Dr. Alex Barakagira, expressed his appreciation for the school’s proactive approach to advancing the university’s agenda.
He commended the initiative, noting that, “I am ready to push anything that is academically enriching and viable research-wise, we welcome this initiative.”
The MoU outlines plans for study exchange programs, training, and capacity building for academic instructors, as well as collaborative research involving both staff and students. The focus of these collaborations will be on the critical field of natural resources.
The collaborative effort was spearheaded by Dr. Taddeo Rusoke, a senior lecturer in natural resources management at Nkumba University, and Dr. Hidayat Yorianta Sasaerila, the Dean-Faculty of Science at Al Azhar Indonesia University.
Representatives from the School of Science at Nkumba University, including Dr. Alex Barakagira, the Dean, Ms. Ameria Nabukonde, HoD Natural Resources Management, and Mr. Ochan Denis, HoD Tourism and Hospitality, have also played an instrumental role in fronting the MoU.
Established in 2000, Al Azhar University-Indonesia is a private higher institution of learning located in the capital Jakarta, offering undergraduate and postgraduate programs in science, engineering, economics and business, social and political sciences, humanities, and law.
The university also integrates modern science and social responsibility, engaging in research and community service in fields such as renewable energy and biotechnology.
Why this is Important
Natural resources including water, air, soil, minerals, energy, plants, and animals, continue to face escalating pressures stemming from factors such as population growth, urbanization, climate change, pollution, overexploitation, and conflicts. These challenges pose severe threats to the sustainability of these resources and their ecosystems.
Effectively addressing these intricate and interconnected issues requires the establishment of international research collaborations. These collaborations may involve joint endeavors by researchers hailing from various countries, institutions, disciplines, and backgrounds, united in their commitment to tackle shared research problems or goals.
Through international research collaborations, participants gain access to a wealth of diverse and complementary expertise, knowledge, data, methods, and perspectives. This collaborative approach is essential for developing comprehensive solutions to the complex challenges facing natural resources and fostering sustainable practices for the benefit of global ecosystems and societies.