Start-up of the proposed NOMA M.Sc. program in Technology Innovation and Industrial Development at Makerere University, Uganda: Challenges, needs and possibilities
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NTNU and Makerere University has a long history of close collaboration. This collaboration has earlier lead to the start-up and running of different master and Ph.D. programs at Makerere University. Now a new project is started in order to start up and run two cohorts of Master of Science in Technology Innovation and Industrial Development.The project will be economically supported by NOMA for four years.The contact between Makerere University and the industry and business life in Uganda is weak or non-existent. The goal of the new program at Makerere University is to increase this contact, and establish long-term collaboration between the university and the industry. The students will partly be recruited from companies in the industry, and the companies will be involved in the students’ projects and thesis work.The possibility of scholarships is found to be very attractive among relevant candidates, and seems to attract attention and interest in the program. It will be important to secure the candidates’ motivation to complete the program when receiving scholarships. Experiences from similar projects show that students might be more interested in economic assistance and scholarships, than in the program and the education.Current students tend to express frustration with the help and guidance from their supervisors. It is found to be of great importance to the students that the supervisors and professors take interest in their work and progression.Contact with the industry during project and thesis work is also found to motivate the students more than ordinary academic assignments given by the university.It will be important to follow up the students and give them guidance during the two years of the program.Problems and challenges need to be dealt with as soon as possible in order to secure a well organized program before enrolling students without scholarships.