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Sharing research management skills23 Sep 2010, PR 202/10
As part of a project funded by The Carnegie Corporation in New York to develop research management in higher educations institutions in Africa, King's is currently hosting Dr George Nasinyama, Deputy Director of Research, Makerere University, Uganda. The visit is led by King’s Business.
The project, ‘Research Management in African Universities: from awareness raising to developing structures’, is managed by The Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) and includes five institutions in four countries in Africa including Makerere University, Uganda. Running until 2011, the project will assist the institutions in converting their awareness of research management issues into robust, sustainable structures, and in developing appropriate professional standards within the established structures. Each of the African participant institutions has been partnered with 'mentor' universities, who will assist in the development of specific proposals and provide guidance on identifying their institutional strengths and weaknesses.
King’s is the mentor in a project with Makerere University that is aiming to create in the first instance an Intellectual Property (IP) management capability at Makerere and subsequently in East Africa more generally. As part of this evaluation Dr Nasinyama is spending two weeks with King’s Business, gaining an understanding of the establishment and management of an IP office in a university setting in which IP issues occur in the research, teaching and commercialisation context. Reciprocal visits to Makerere University will follow later this year.
During his stay Dr Nasinyama also met with Professor Keith Hoggart, Vice-Principal (Arts & Sciences), to learn about the range of Africa-related activities the College is engaged with.
Dr Mike Shaw, Commercial Director, King’s Business said: ‘This visit has enabled Dr Nasinyama to learn and witness in detail both strategy and operations, which surround an IP management resource. We have been able to give him a first-hand experience of the role IP management plays in a variety of important College activities, not just those directly linked to commercialisation. By being embedded within the Commercial Development team, he has observed the complex interrelationship between our research and commercial activities and therefore the skills and resources a team in Makerere will need to consider when determining its own suitable approach to IP management in East Africa.’
Professor Hoggart added: ‘There is real need for international exchanges of expertise and understanding, so the Carnegie Corporation and the Association of Commonwealth Universities are to be commended for coming together to make this scheme a reality. King’s will be learning a great deal from Dr Nasinyama’s visit, and his visit should lead to a valuable ongoing dialogue with King’s, from which we hope Makerere will benefit.’
King's is committed to translating its world-class research into practical solutions that work on the ground. The College has had a long-standing commitment to Africa and a strong core of African experts and Africanists, many of whom have made significant contributions to African-led processes, such as Desmond Tutu, an alumnus of King’s and more recently Visiting Professor at the College.
Most recently the College was awarded a grant in excess of $1.6 million from the Carnegie Corporation of New York to fund Peace and Security Fellowships at the African Leadership Centre (ALC). The ALC equips young Africans with the skills and knowledge to become leading analysts and policymakers on peace, security and development in Africa.
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