Bilateral Research Fund Launched

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Her Excellency Wendy Swartz (Left) the Deputy High Commissioner, Republic of South Africa, Mr.Michael Nxumalo and Ms. Puleng Tshitlho (centre) of the NRF joined by the UNCST at the sidelines of a meeting called to finalise the joint research programme to be launched in March

The Uganda National Council for Science and Technology (UNCST), and the National Research Foundation (NRF) of South Africa have finalised all paperwork and are set to launch a joint research programme dubbed: South Africa – Uganda Joint Research Cooperation.

This collaborative project will have researchers in possession of a PhD from Uganda and South Africa team up to research in the thematic areas of Renewable energy, Biotechnology (Health and Agriculture), and ICT (Education).

Up to six projects will benefit from this two-year programme, to be launched in March 2016.

The joint research is part the many components of the ongoing bilateral Scientific and Technological Cooperation Agreement signed between the governments of Uganda and South Africa. The programme will be managed by the UNCST in Uganda and the NRF in South Africa on behalf their respective governments.

Her Excellency Wendy Swartz the Deputy High Commissioner, the Republic of South Africa at a meeting between the two institutions convened at the UNCST offices in Ntinda, hailed the level of professionalism exhibited by both institutions saying: “This will go a long way in strengthening the bilateral agreements.” She further pledged to have the South African embassy continue supporting and promoting the Council’s mandate.

The UNCST Executive Secretary, Dr. Peter Ndemere applauded the cordial relationship attained over the years between the two governments culminating into bilateral agreements; and expressed optimism at the yet to be launched joint funding.