KIU, Main Campus - On Wednesday, July 26th, 2023, KIU signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Al Hayat Medical University, Somalia. During the MoU signing ceremony, KIU was represented by Prof. Mouhamad Mpezamihigo, Vice Chancellor, Dr. Sophia Kazibwe, DVC Academic Affairs, and Prof. Durraiz Rahman, DVC Research, Innovations, Consultancy and Extensions (RICE). Al Hayat was represented by Prof. Dr. Abdikani Ahmed Farah, the Vice Chancellor, Khadar Nur Muhummad, DVC, Development & External Relations.
The VC, Prof. Mpezamihigo, welcomed the team from Al Hayat and thanked them for taking the initiative to collaborate with KIU. "We are glad and willing to collaborate you. Through this MoU, we can conduct activities together and will seek more areas of collaboration. At KIU, we have more than 50 MoUs in terms of research and partnerships."
The MoU was signed after weeks of consultation between the two universities. It will focus on areas of collaboration like joint research, joint seminars and conferences, community service projects, staff exchange, and student exchange.
The partnership will focus majorly on health science programs. Currently, KIU offers 21 undergraduate and 22 postgraduate programs in Medical Sciences, Biomedical Sciences, Allied Health Sciences, Nursing Sciences, and Pharmaceutical Sciences.
"We have visited the hospital (KIUTH). What we saw at the Western Campus is very massive. It rivals facilities at public universities", said Khadar Nur Muhummad, Al Hayat DVC, Development & External Relations.
The VC Al Hayat, Prof. Dr. Farah noted in his speech that many possibilities shall arise between the two universities because of this holistic collaboration.
“Today is an important moment for Al Hayat Medical University (AMU) and Kampala International University (KIU). We are pleased that the AMU and KIU have reached an agreement on this Memorandum of Understanding and Exchange Agreement. When I think of the tremendous possibilities that can arise as our two universities begin this historic cooperation, I know that my colleagues and I share the same sense of excitement and hope. I say this because we are well aware of KIU's academic excellence and strong dedication to expanding its international academic presence.”
In her remarks, the DVC Academic Affairs thanked the Al Hayat team for choosing KIU and promised that this MoU will lead to further areas of collaboration and partnerships.
"I am personally excited that you are benchmarking with one of the best universities in East Africa, guided by one of the best Vice-Chancellors in the person of Prof. Mouhamad Mpezamihigo. We look forward to a fruitful relationship. Grants and partnerships have a lot of opportunities and collaborations."
After the signing ceremony, the Al Hayat team also visited the KIU Centre of Excellence. Entrepreneurship and Innovation which serves as the University’s innovation gateway into society and industry.
About KIU Teaching Hospital (KIUTH)
The biggest private University Teaching Hospital in Uganda, KIUTH, was established in 2007 at the Western Campus in Ishaka, Bushenyi to enhance the quality of health science professionals' training while at the same time complementing the efforts of the government of Uganda towards the provision of quality, equitable and accessible preventive, and curative health services to the people of Uganda.
The Teaching Hospital is accredited by the East Africa Community (EAC) Medical Council and offers 21 undergraduate and 22 postgraduate programs in Medical Sciences, Biomedical Sciences, Allied Health Sciences, Nursing Sciences, and Pharmaceutical Sciences.
KIUTH has teaching sites in Hoima Referral Hospital, Jinja Referral Hospital, Lira Referral Hospital, and Fort Portal Referral Hospital. These teaching sites are platforms for medical students to get concrete clinical experiences while learning.