On 27-29 November 2019, the DAAD community of Uganda came together in the capital city of the country.

The Association of Ugandan-German Alumni (AUGA) conducted a workshop on Leadership Skills in Kampala and trained 22 alumni, 4 current scholarship holders and 4 other scholars in leadership, team building and management, as well as communication skills. The workshop was facilitated by Dr. Benson Ojwang, a DAAD Alumnus and representative from the Kenyan DAAD Scholars’ Association (KDSA) and Prof. Proscovia Namubiru, Alumna of the DAAD DIES programme. After 2,5 days of working groups and case studies, lively discussions and insightful presentations, the meeting was followed by the AGM of AUGA. The members of the association thanked the outgoing team of board members and elected a new executive board which will be led by Dr. Gerald Ahabwe as chairperson and Dr. Jacintha Nayebare as deputy chairperson for the next two years.

Earlier this year, the DAAD awarded scholarships to 17 students for selected Masters and PhD courses at Makerere and Busitema University which started in September. The scholarship holders received their certificates from the director of the DAAD Regional Office in Nairobi, Beate Schindler-Kovats, and the deputy ambassador to Uganda, Hans von Schroeder. The current and former scholarship holders came to Kampala from all of Uganda. The presence of Prof. Patrick Rubaihayo, who has studied in Bonn (Germany) with a DAAD scholarship in the 1970s, and that of the young scholars who were just selected, reflects the long-standing relationship between the organisation and universities in Uganda.