Tuesday, February 24, 2015

A Milestone Agreement Between Drexel University  & Makerere University
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) Drexel University & Makerere University was signed today… a seminal event in making the Global Grant on Maternal & Child Healthcare education sustainable. Through the efforts of Rotary Clubs of Blue Bell (Pennsylvania USA) and Kampala North (Uganda) and the support of Rotarians in Rotary Districts 7430, 7450, 7500 in USA and Rotary District 9211, these two prestigious institutions are entering a 5 year (and longer) collaborative agreement between ALL the college and departments in these institutions… not only their respective Colleges of Medicine and College of Health Sciences. The MoU establishes an understanding and framework to support a deeper, long lasting collaboration that will exchange faculty, researchers and students in all disciplines, medicine, engineering, education, law, hospitality and more…  This is sustainability… a main aim of Rotary Foundation Global Grants… defined as a project whose results continue to benefit the communities served, long after the Rotary Foundation funds are expended.

An excerpt from the agreement…

Drexel University  & Makerere University join in the following agreement for cooperation in promoting the advancement of education and learning through student and faculty exchange, service, training, and research.

The parties agree to encourage the following activities in the spirit of mutual respect and sustainable partnership:
·       Collaboration in training and research in fields of mutual interest;
·       Engagement of students, faculty, and staff in community outreach and education;
·       Exchange of materials in education, research, publications and academic programming;
·       Engagement of faculty, students and staff members for participation in research, study, conferences, seminars, and workshops.
The specific details of cooperation necessary to implement the activities noted above will be negotiated between the parties subject to mutually acceptable written agreement
Collaborative research and training should enrich the pool of knowledge relevant to the parties involved and funding for such training and research should be secured with the agreement of both parties.

At the ceremony were VTT Drexel Members including Dr. Shannon Marquez representing the the President and the Provost of Drexel University, meeting with the Vice Chancellor of Makerere University his staff and the the Principal of Makerere College of Health Sciences, the Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the faculty of Makererere University College of Health Sciences. Rotarians at the ceremony were Ron Smith, Blue Bell Rotary and President Jayne of Kampala North.

This agreement will now provide the basis for 5 years and then for many more to permit collaborations with all the academic programs and research and pave teh way for faculty and students to exhange.... deepening the connections bewteen the institutions.

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