This is an international project bringing together the strengths of four different universities which together will contribute and develop the goal of this project. Funded from Irish Aid in its programme of Strategic Cooperation with Higher Education and Research Institutes.
Irish Aid is the Irish Government’s programme for overseas development. The programme is managed by the Development Co-operation Division of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Higher Education Authority
The Higher Education Authority is the statutory planning and policy development body for higher education and research in Ireland.
University of Kwazulu-Natal (UKZN), South Africa
The Centre for Civil Society
The Centre was established at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in July 2001, with the mission of promoting the study of South African civil society as a legitimate, flourishing area of scholarly activity.
Discipline of Psychology
There are 18 full-time and approximately 25 part-time members of the academic staff and four permanent administrative staff. Fifteen undergraduate courses are offered, for which we have more than 2000 registrations per annum. There are several postgraduate options, including a Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology, Honours in Psychology and professional Masters courses in Clinical, Counseling, Educational and Research Psychology. At any one time we have more than 10 Doctoral and 60 Masters students registered in the school.
The Discipline of Psychology has a vigorous and varied research programme and a good publication and grants record. Several members of staff serve on international and national professional and scientific bodies.
University of Dar es Salaam (USDM), Tanzania
Department of Political Science
The Department of Political Science and Public Administration was established in 1964, as one of the first teaching units in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences of the University College, Dar es Salaam. At the time of its establishment, it incorporated the Institute of Public Administration, which was providing performance improvement training for middle level public servants. Having started with a small staff of three expatriate lecturers, it currently has 31 academic members of staff, only one of whom is an expatriate. It is one of the largest departments of the University of Dar es Salaam. The Department has a rich course offering in four areas of concentration: public administration, international relations, politics, and philosophy with more than 1000 students taking its courses at undergraduate level. It also offers three distinct but interrelated MA degrees in public administration, international relations and public administration, with the politics stream having few takers.
Makerere University, Uganda
The College of Humanities and Social Sciences
The mission of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences is to create and transmit ideas, knowledge, virtues and values to students with a view to preparing them to be leaders and workers for their country in particular and the world at large. Apart from being one of the oldest and largest in the University, the College has a reputation for excellence and a commitment to ensuring that its students are well prepared for the ever-changing job market. Aware of the global challenges, the college of Humanities and Social sciences designed new strategies to provide its students with more favourable and marketable programs and courses. Professional programs and new subject combinations have been introduced at the undergraduate level and are now being offered. These programs provide students with specific knowledge and skills. The choice of subject combinations entirely depends on one’s interests, strengths and career aspirations.
University of Limerick, Ireland
Department of Politics and Public Administration
The Department of Politics and Public Administration represents a broad range of interests and areas within the discipline of political science. With internationally recognised experts in European, African, Latin American, Russian and post-Soviet politics, as well as Irish politics and public policy, the department has an international and cosmopolitan orientation. The Department of Politics and Public Administration has 13 permanent faculty, 36 PhD students, 30-plus taught MA students and around 300 undergraduates studying politics on a range of UL programmes. We are a department committed to the highest standards of international research and teaching. In 2012, we published 5 books, 15 ISI publications, 18 book chapters, 25 conference papers and acted as reviewers (to book manuscripts or articles). Student evaluations of our modules routinely rate us above average and two members of Faculty have won awards for teaching. The atmosphere in our department is informal, friendly and above all professional.
Department of Psychology
The Department of Psychology is committed to excellent undergraduate and postgraduate education and world class psychological research. We focus on contemporary social issues, encourage intellectual curiosity, and promote critical thinking and compassion to maximize social and psychological wellbeing. To cultivate our guiding principles in education, research and connectedness, we: promote our vibrant learning environment, characterized by research-led teaching; consolidate and build new, long lasting research communities amongst academics, practitioners and students; extend an Irish presence throughout our international networks. There are 14 full-time members of the academic staff and three administrative staff. We plan to hire two further faculty in the coming academic year. Four undergraduate courses are offered, two of which are accredited by the Psychological Society of Ireland. We graduate approximately 60 students from these accredited programmes annually. An additional 60 students complete some psychology modules as part of their BA degrees. There are several postgraduate programmes, including a Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology, Masters programmes in Social and Clinical Psychology and an accredited Doctoral Degree in Clinical Psychology as well as a structured PhD programme. At any one time we have approximately more than 50 Doctoral and 60 Masters students registered in the department. The department has a rich research programme and a good publication and grants record. Activities are concentrated within the Centre for Social Issues research has a track record of working with non academic partners. Several members of staff serve on international and national professional and scientific bodies.