11:00-11:30 A New Research Triangle: Universities Working Together to Establish an African Centre of Excellence in Educational Research

Presenters: 
Dr Anja Hallacker
Dr Proscovia Namubiru Ssentamu
Prof Laban Ayiro
Prof Paul Webb

Dr Anja Hallacker

Dr Anja Hallacker has been the director of the DAAD Information Center Johannesburg and a lecturer in the German Department of the University of the Witwatersrand since November 2017. She has worked in higher education systems all her life and takes pleasure and pride in supporting students and researchers. From 2009 until 2014 she was the director of the DAAD Information Center Pune in India and for the past three years she served as managing director of the world-renowned Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School for Literary Studies at the Freie Universität Berlin.

Dr Proscovia Namubiru Ssentamu

Proscovia Namubiru heads the Quality Assurance Department and is a senior lecturer at Uganda Management Institute, Kampala. She has a Doctorate of Philosophy in Education, of Bayreuth University (Germany); M.A (Curriculum Studies) of University of London (UK); M.ED (Curriculum Studies) of Makerere University; Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management of Uganda Management Institute; Postgraduate Diploma in Education Technology of the University of Cape Town. She is a trained expert, an international consultant and researcher in curriculum studies, teacher education and training, and quality assurance. She has participated on various national, institutional and international education-related consultancies supported by the Uganda Ministry of Education and Sports, the Private Sector Foundation, National Council for Higher Education, World Bank, the Belgian Technical Cooperation, CILC/NUFFIC, USAID, UNICEF, Baylor Foundation, CDC, German Technical Cooperation, Mastercard Foundation, and World Vision. She has participated in north-south-south education partnerships, and is currently the Project Leader for the DAAD-funded East and South African-German Centre of Excellence for Education Research Methodologies and Management (CERMESA) at UMI. She is a recipient of the Kulika Trust Award (Master’s degree), the KAAD Award (PhD Program), Carnegie and Mellon Foundation Award (PGD) and the Commonwealth Scholarship Award (Graduate Certificate).

Prof Laban Ayiro

Laban Ayiro (PhD, MA, MSc, MEd, BEd.) has vast experience in leadership at school level, at policy level, and at university level (as a Director of Quality Assurance and as Ag. Vice-Chancellor). In this career path he has acquired expertise in Educational Leadership, Policy Development and Implementation, Curriculum Development, Research Methods and Statistics, Quality Assurance Issues and use of ICT’s in pedagogy.  He is a peer reviewer on quality issues for the Commission of University Education in Kenya and is a Fulbright Scholar. Currently he is a Professor of Research Methods and Statistics at Moi University and a member of the international board of CERM-ESA. He has a wide research and publication track record of over thirty per-reviewed journal publications and several books. He has supervised 15 PhD’s and over 40 Master candidates to graduation. He is a consultant in Strategic planning, Performance Management, Policy Development and Emotional Intelligence. His career goal is to use his skills and experience to make a meaningful contribution to the transformation of the Quality and Management aspects of Higher Education globally.

Prof Paul Webb

Paul Webb is a professor of science education at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. His interests lie in the promotion of scientific literacy in its broadest sense, including promoting understandings of the nature of science, inquiry and productive discussion, alternative worldviews and science, language issues in science teaching and learning, technology in science education and the development of thinking skills. He is also the South African Project Leader for the East and South African-German Centre of Excellence for Education Research Methodologies and Management (CERMESA). Paul has had academic links in the USA and Europe and has worked on a number of development projects in South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria and Malawi. He has worked with teachers across India and with academics in Oman. He has published widely and his latest research publication was with the Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection (MISTRA) on the pedagogy of mathematics in South Africa. He is a National Research Foundation rated researcher and was appointed as Distinguished Professor at his home university in 2014.

The East and South African German Centre of Excellence for Educational Research Methodologies and Management (CERMESA), a consortium of four African and one German university, aims at providing close supervision support and innovative methodologies towards shaping human experiences and behaviours for a better quality of life.

The activities underpinning this aim are the provision of scholarships by German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and academic support for postgraduate students, support for supervisors, and engaging in research activities that are relevant and meaningful in the African context. The results of our support activities in East and South Africa, and the framework provided by the academic programme for students, can be seen on our website at https://cermesa.uol.de.

Recently our focus has been broadened into a wider vision which includes teaching and learning as well as developing research competences for all academic disciplines. This is done via the newly developed CERMESA Capacity Building Programme for Lecturers and Supervisors (CABLES). Our first engagement has been with other African-German Centres of Excellence, but our longer term aim is to provide opportunities for academics and students in universities across the continent.

In our session issues around our aims and strategies will be aired and debate as to ways forward will be encouraged.

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