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From Kyambogo to HiOA

FK Norway brings administrative staff to the Faculty of Education and International Studies for one year internships.

Kari Aamli Published: Updated:
John Innocent Auk og Charity Byarugaba

Oslo and Akershus University College and Kyambogo University outside Kampala in Uganda have been partners for 13 years in building institutional capacity which includes both Academic and Administrative staff exchange.

Through this partnership, two new programmes have been developed at Kyambogo University. That is Masters in Vocational Teacher Education and a PhD. At the moment four PhD-candidates attend the Faculty`s Doctoral Programme.

– We have many similar programmes such as Teacher Education, Vocational Teacher Education and Social Studies, says Higher Executive Officer Charity Byarugaba who is mainly involved in Project Implementation and Internationalisation. Together with Higher Executive Officer John Innocent Auk she will be part of the administration at the Faculty for one year.

Byarugaba will be working three days a week at the Department of Vocational Teacher Education and two days a week together with the international team at the Faculty.

– I work with internationalisation at Kyambogo as well, so a lot is similar, but in a different context, says Byarugaba. – While here, I also work with a number of projects under the Faculty like the Erasmus+ Programme. I have the opportunity to build capacity that will be important for me and to add value to my institution  when I go back to Kyambogo.

Both Byarugaba and Auk live in Lillestrøm. They came to Norway in the beginning of May. – That morning when the snow covered everything white, I asked John if it was possible to go out, smiles Byarugaba.

Norwegian Course this summer

Byarugaba is amazed by how she has been taken care of and by the workplace effectiveness. By using a mobile-app she has learned some Norwegian, but this summer both she and Auk will attend a Norwegian Language Course.

– We quickly understood that Norwegian is the main medium for communication, says Auk. Back home at Kyambogo works in the Office of the Vice Chancellor. At the Faculty he will be preparing Educational Conferences, plan meetings, write reports and participate in the process of application for new projects.

– The computer systems are very impressive with use of less paper, says Auk. – At the same time the work culture is quite amazing with adherence to planned schedules.

He enjoys the independent nature of his work as he is accustomed to independence at Kyambogo as well. The working language at Kyambogo is English. – When I have learned more Norwegian, I hope to be able to read more literature relevant to my work in Norwegian, says Auk.

Byarugaba and Auk are in exchange for two persons from HiOA who are involved in administration in Kyambogo. In August two teachers from Kyambogo are coming to the Department of Early Childhood Education for one year internship, exchanging with two teachers from HiOA.