Conjoint Professor Shirley Randell AO visits the University of Rwanda

Thursday, 2 April 2020

The University Of Newcastle's continued collaboration with The University of Rwanda.

Professor Randell with Council members of the Rwanda Association of University Women
Professor Randell with Council members of the Rwanda Association of University Women

I was delighted to return to Rwanda in November 2019 where I had worked for ten years from 2006 to 2015, including establishing the now Centre of Gender Studies at the University of Rwanda (UR). I met again with the Vice Chancellor (VC) Professor Phil Cotton.

The VC has a major interest in collaborative work with the University of Newcastle and in particular with the School of Medicine and Public Health in line with UR’s needs and interests: medical education especially in health professional programs and aspects of health service development, psychiatry, mental health, research – masters programs and assessment tools.

Another major interest is leadership development for senior academic women, gender studies, women’s academic progress at UR, and women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM). The VC again raised the issue of mentoring senior UR women staff through connections by Skype with senior women staff at the University of Newcastle, especially related to administrative policies and procedures. Professor Cotton continues to be concerned about the lack of women in the management of UR and the challenges preventing women from enrolling in courses and putting themselves forward for consideration for promotion. We talked about the interest of Rwandans in both master’s and PhD studies at the University of Newcastle and the difficulties graduates face in winning PhD scholarships. CARE-P and the legal departments of both universities are currently working on a Memorandum of Understanding focusing particularly on UR interests where the University of Newcastle has the capacity to collaborate is now being developed.

  • Professor Shirley Randell

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