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Nkumba University Signs MoU With Al Azhar University to Foster Academic Collaborations

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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.

Dr. Hidayat Yorianta while at the Vice Chancellor's office yesterday.
Dr. Hidayat Yorianta while at the Vice Chancellor’s office yesterday.

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.

L-R; Ms. Ameria Nabukonde, Dr. Alex Barakagira, Prof. Jude T. Lubega, Dean, Dr. Hiyadat Yorianta Sasaerila, Dr. Taddeo Rusoke, and Mr. Ochan Denis.
L-R; Ms. Ameria Nabukonde, Dr. Alex Barakagira, Prof. Jude T. Lubega, Dr. Hiyadat Yorianta Sasaerila, Dr. Taddeo Rusoke, and Mr. Ochan Denis.

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.

Prof. Jude T. Lubega, and Dr. Hiyadat Yorianta also exchanged pleasantries in form of souvenir.
Prof. Jude T. Lubega, and Dr. Hidayat Yorianta also exchanged pleasantries in form of souvenir.

 

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.

Prof. Jude Lubega guides Dr. Taddeo Rusoke as he appends his signature on the MoU with Dr. Hidayat looking on in affirmation.

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.

 

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Simon Peter Nashonji
Simon Peter Nashonji
Nashonji Simon Peter is a dynamic and multi-faceted team leader, renowned for his exceptional interpersonal skills. Having graduated with a Diploma in Journalism, Nashonji is on the cusp of completing his Bachelor of Science in Journalism and Public Relations at Nkumba University. He picked his niche and started writing with Chimp Reports in 2018. Since then, he has authored and published over 500 articles that cover Business trends, Politics, Health, Sports, and Environment. To master his craft, Nashonji offered to volunteer as an Editor of Nkumba University's News Website in 2022, a position he has held to date. On 1st July 2023, He joined the Editorial team of Ubuntu’ Magazine, a Rotary District 9214 (Uganda and Tazania) Monthly News product. Beyond the realm of academia, Nashonji is deeply involved in the governance of Airforce Senior Secondary School his Alma Mata, where he serves as a member on the Board of Directors. He is currently, the President Airforce S.S.S Alumni Society, President Samia Student's Association of Nkumba University and at the same time President of the Media Challenge Fellowship, 2023 cohort. "Opportunities multiply as they are seized and only dwindle when neglected."
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