MUST Antwerp PhD Fellow – Project “ Making Refugee Integration Sustainable: In Search of Durable Relations with Host Populations in Uganda”

PhD Fellow- “Making Refugee Integration Sustainable: In Search of Durable Relations with Host Populations in Uganda

The Faculty of Interdisciplinary Studies, Department of Planning and Governance, Mbarara
University of Science and Technology (MUST), Uganda and the Institute of Development Policy
(IOB), University of Antwerp, Belgium, invite applications for a four-year, full-time position as
Doctoral Researcher.

The position provides the opportunity to pursue a doctoral degree in development studies in
an international development institute (IOB) with high academic standards and an
interdisciplinary environment. The PhD Fellow conducts fieldwork-based doctoral research
with a focus on social relations between hosts and refugees in Uganda.
This position is financed as part of a grant from the Flemish Interuniversity council (VLIR-UOS)
for the project “Making Refugee Integration Sustainable: In Search of Durable Relations with
Host Populations In Uganda” led by Dr. Frank Ahimbisibwe (MUST) and Dr. Bert Ingelaere

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Global Health Collaboration awards MUST Students

MUST takes strides under ‘The First Mile’ Project with 57 scholarships announced!

The research and grants winning culture at Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST) has reached a higher level with 57 scholarships awarded at MUST through a new grant “the first mile” project and Kayanja Fellowship. The grant “The First mile: Powering the Academic Medical Centre to deliver Health Care in the Community in Uganda” was awarded to MUST in collaboration with Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) funded by Wyss Medical Foundation. The project focuses on improving patient care through nursing and community based initiatives basing on four aims. These aims are; empowering nursing leadership to develop and implement innovative models of care, establish MUST as a premier academic centre focused on community based healthcare delivery research and innovation for East Africa, equip the Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital (MRRH) affiliated community health facilities to better understand and meet the burden of disease and leverage technology innovation and co-creation to support patients, community health workers and nurses. In implementing this project, the main stakeholders are MUST, MRRH, Community–Kasese District, MGH and Global Health Collaborative (GHC).

Under the program, MUST together with MGH provides the overall leadership and stewardship, offers support to the; MGH fellowship, the Master of Nursing Program, the UBUNTU project, Bugoye Integrated Community Case Management Initiative project in Kasese, and the CAMTech- Uganda innovations and development. MUST also supports MRRH in advancing the critical care nursing component, Master of Medicine fellowship program and equipping Natasha nutrition centre and cancer ward.

Special recognition goes to Prof. Celestino Obua the Vice Chancellor MUST for his tireless efforts in developing the grant together with Pat Daoust, Director Nursing MGH and all members of the writing team. MUST has witnessed great strides in grants winning and research development under the leadership of Prof. Obua. The new scholarships to such a huge number of students in the disciplines of medicine, nursing, public health, medical laboratory science and biochemistry is a great capacity building strategy for MUST in the medical discipline. Succeed we MUST!

Muganzi David Jolly, The Vice President of the Federation of African Medical Students Associatio (FAMSA)

MUST Student elected Vice-President of the Federation of African Medical Students Association

Muganzi David Jolly, a second-year student of the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery at MUST has been elected as the Vice President of the Federation of Africa Medical Students Association (FAMSA) at the Assocation’s 32nd General Assembly held at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria from 18th -24th November 2018. The event also served to mark the 50th Anniversary of FAMSA.

The Federation of African Medical Students’ Associations is an association with a vision of improving the health of African people. In line with their vision, the week-long conference was themed, Repositioning Healthcare In Africa For Sustainable Development.

Muganzi David Jolly is also a student leader in student led associations at MUST serving as  Director of Publications in the Medical Students Association, he is an executive member of the Students One Health Club (OHCEA) , an International Campus Ambassador of FAMSA where he is currently Vice President  after being voted in at the 32nd FAMSA GA held in University of Ibadan.

Note from Mr. Muganzi David Jolly

I got interested in the FAMSA GA and Scientific Conference 2018 because I believed that it was a golden opportunity to learn more about health in Africa. I know that the more you know about health the more you can contribute significantly.  The need to network and grow my social circle and the fact that I love activities outside the lecture room were also reasons for my interest.

Working around the theme, “Repositioning healthcare in Africa for sustainable development” I learnt a lot about the various drivers of health in Africa and what I, as a student can do to better health. Speakers from; WHO, Johnson & Johnson, Wellbeing Foundation Africa, Bill & Melinda Gates foundation and many health organizations provided knowledge that has reshaped my perception about healthcare in Africa. I have been triggered to think in various dimensions. I have been able to make friends form Nigeria, Sudan, Cameroon, Botswana, Somalia and other countries. I got a platform to present an abstract about Promotion and Implementation of One health Activities. This was based on my field attachment with One Health Central and East Africa (OHCEA).

I hope to share knowledge and wonderful experiences with students at MUST. I also hope to apply the knowledge I have attained.

I thank the Vice Chancellor, Prof Celestino Obua and Dean Faculty of Medicine, Associate Prof. Gertrude Kiwanuka for funding my travel. I am grateful to OHCEA for giving me a chance to be part of the One Health Institute 2018 where I carried out research that was presented.

The MUST community congratulates David on this important milestone.



Dr. Elioda Tumwesigye addresses participants of the MUST Research Conference

MUST Holds 14th Annual Research Dissemination Conference

Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST) held its 14th Annual Research Dissemination Conference on 23rd November 2018 at the Lake View Resort Hotel in Mbarara, Uganda.

Over 110 research papers were presented at the conference, organized by the university’s Directorate of Research and Graduate Studies.

The Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation Dr. Elioda Tumwesigye was the Chief Guest and presided over the closing ceremony. In his remarks, Dr. Tumwesigye stressed the need for students to undertake research aimed at solving pressing societal challenges instead of only targeting publications.

At the conference’s plenary session, Dr. Maxwell Otim Onapa, the Deputy Executive Director of the Uganda National Council for Science and Technology (UNCST) delivered the keynote address.

The Vice Chancellor of MUST, Prof. Celestino Obua commended Dr. Elioda Tumwesigye for his efforts as the pioneering head of the new Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation.


MUST staff clean Mbarara Town

MUST Staff Clean Mbarara Town

The staff of Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST), on Wednesday 21st November 2018, led cleaning exercise of Mbarara Town.

The exercise is one of the activities to mark the university’s 14th Annual Research Dissemination Conference to be held on 23rd November 2018 at the Lake View Hotel, Mbarara.

The chief cleaner of the exercise was the University’s Vice Chancellor, Prof. Celestino Obua who was flanked by the Chairperson of the Conference organizing committee, Prof. Amon Agaba and the Director of the Research & Graduate Studies, Assoc. Prof. Vincent Batwala.

All the town’s major streets as well as the Central Market were covered in this cleaning exercise.