UMU receives two interns from Germany under the ASA Internship Exchange Programme 2019.
Ines Reinstädtler: a fourth-year student of Culture, Individual and Society, pursuing Bachelor of Arts Degree, at Ruhr-Universität Bochum, and Mona Leminski: also a fourth-year student, pursuing a Bachelor of Arts Socioeconomics, at the Universität Hamburg, Mittelweg, are at Uganda Martyrs University for a three months research internship phase in Uganda (August to October 2019). Their coming to Uganda follows their completion of the three months phase in Germany (April to June 2019) together with two UMU students i.e. Jjuuko Jude, second-year student, pursuing Bachelor of Social Work and Social Administration and Sr. Phionah Akankwasa, third-year student, pursuing Bachelor of Social Development and Counseling.
The internship exchange project is a result of the cooperation agreement and MOU signed between UMU and the Katholische Universität Eichstätt-Ingolstadt (KU) in Bavaria, Germany on October 2018.
The ASA Internship Programme is supported by the Engagement Global GmbH- Service for Development Initiative, with funding from the German Ministry of Development and Economic Cooperation (BMZ). The program is a learning and capacity-building program dedicated to Global Learning and aims at raising awareness on the interdependencies between local and global issues and promoting social transformation based on equity, justice, and solidarity. It broadly aims to preserve traditional knowledge and strengthen sustainable communities.
The ASA 2019 internship Project is focusing on; “Establishing the Best Practices for dealing with abuse of trust in governing commons/zum Umgang mit Vertrauensbruch in der Verwaltung von Gemeingutern: Einen Leitfaden entwickeln”. Participants enrich their academic competence by gaining international experiences, reflecting on their perceptions on the management of commons or social communities as a basis for sustainable development; develop an understanding of managing commons based on social concepts such as Degrowth, Resilience, and Regionalization; and, compare their findings in Germany and Uganda with these theories.
At UMU, the program is implemented by the Department of Education for Sustainable Development and Community Engagement and the Department of Ethics and Development Studies (EDS). While at UMU, the students will be engaged in research with the community groups supported by a partner organization Nature Uganda that promotes conservation and sustainable natural resource management; as well as audit one to two-course units.