UMU receives delegation from the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt

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On the 12th October 2018, it was not business as usual for the university was hosting a high powered delegation from the Katholische Universität Eichstätt-Ingolstadt (KU) which was led by none other than the University President, Prof. Dr Gabriele Gien.

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The visitors were welcomed by the Uganda Martyrs University (UMU) team led by the Vice Chancellor, Rev. Prof. John C. Maviiri. Memorable Photographs were taken at the Nkozi Equator near St.Mugagga Primary School, at the main gate and inside UMU main campus. The guests were served delicious local and international foods and taken to a well-prepared exhibition by participants from the Lake Victoria Catchment Environment Education Project and students of the School of Arts and Social Sciences.

Katholische Universität Eichstätt-Ingolstadt (hereinafter referred as KU) was established in its present form in 1980. The academic tradition of the institution started in 1563. The university is committed to academic as well as a Catholic tradition. A special emphasis is placed on to the cooperation of disciplines and the open-mindedness, which is also the basis for dialogue with other religions. The university attempts to be an academic community, which mediates expert knowledge and social competence at the same time. KU is a non-state public institution under church leadership, officially recognized by the Free State of Bavaria, Germany.

The Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt (KU) is the only Catholic university in Germany and emerged in 1980 from the Eichstätt college. With more than 5,300 students in eight faculties, the Bavarian KU is one of the largest private universities in Germany. Through its staff department for educational innovation and knowledge transfer, the KU promotes networking and exchange with numerous social, cultural and church organizations, as well as with businesses. Within the framework of the transversal sustainability concept of the KU, the university strives to impart future decision-makers practice-oriented skills.

The bilateral discussions between delegations from the two universities culminated in the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding by the President KU and Vice Chancellor UMU.

The general objective of this MoU is to establish academic collaboration on the basis of a future exchange programme, involving mutual student and staff exchanges, and joint research programs.

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The specific objectives are:

  1. To build upon the social and educational interaction between our two universities.
  2. Build an international learning environment to propel our students towards acceptance and understanding of an array of different cultural and community perspectives.
  3. Awareness and adoption of alternative, multi-faceted approaches to learning.
  4. Analytical and problem-solving skills.
  5. Enhanced interest in global issues as well as a broader general knowledge through research.
  6. Develop better intercultural communication between students to build an awareness of world cultures and intercultural competencies.

The immediate result is that with effect from the next academic year there will internship involving two students on Social Work programme from UMU and other two students from KU. The Title of the internship project is Best Practices for dealing with abuse of trust in governing commons.

The first internship is scheduled in Eichstätt and Thalmässing between 1 April and 30 June 2019. The second internship will take place in Mpigi-Nkozi between September 2019 and January 2020.

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