By Jimmy Siyasa
Uganda Christian University (UCU) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Japan-based Tokyo Christian University (TCU). This marks the beginning of an unprecedented collaboration between the two universities, which will from now onward conduct joint research and exchange programmes for both students and staff, as part of the terms of the agreement.
The bilateral agreement is part of UCU’s commitment to research and partnership with both national and international universities and other non-academic, but relevant organizations.
“ We want to partner with more universities in Europe and Asia such that our students get as much exposure as possible to other environments and cultures,” said the UCU Vice-Chancellor, Prof Aaron Mushengyezi, upon signing the agreement.
According to the document co-signed by Dr. Randall Short, Vice President of International Affairs at Tokyo Christian University, the MoU will also include, among others: participation in seminars, innovations, meetings, exchange of students, academic materials and special short-term academic programs.
Pamela Tumwebaze, Head of Department of the UCU Honors College says the collaboration between the two universities is easily most beneficial to students, since they are the major stakeholders of the two signatories. “Through the exchange programme, our students will get the opportunity to travel and study in Japan in the same way Japanese students will come and study from UCU,” Pamela said.
The MoU between UCU and TCU is one of many partnerships the University is establishing with notable national and international organizations.