Shortage of speech – language pathologists and audiologists in Uganda will be no more as plans get underway to introduce the field practice learning program at Ndejje University.
The new development follows talks between Ndejje University Top Management led by Prof. Eriabu Lugujjo and while Southern Illinois University, Edwards vile (SIUE) represented by Public Health and Speech pathologist, Assistant Prof. Kathryn Brady and Dr. Michelle Cathoral held at Luweero Main Campus.
The two universities are however due to sign a Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate in the field practice learning.
Dr. Brady while welcoming the new venture in Uganda, said the two parties will also discuss the possibility of developing grants in the area of public health.
She said the US-based University was prepared to reach out and work with rural communities in Uganda and other countries.
The partnership will however kick off initially in June this year in an exchange program venture which will include the study tour of three student interns and three dons from the SIUE.
Ndejje University Vice Chancellor, Prof. Eriabu Lugujjo hailed the newly established relationship between the two universities and reiterated the importance Ndejje University attaches to partnerships, research, innovations and values.
“It is important we collaborate in areas which can benefit the Uganda communities and also add value to graduates who face challenges in working with speech impaired people especially in rural areas,” he said.
The partnership comes at the time when Ndejje University starts a medical school next year.
Once the partnership takes off, the program will provide students with scientific background fo understanding communication disorders, acquire knowledge in speech and language.
Speech language pathology and audiology has an established strong science and liberal arts background that provides students with competitive edge on the job market.
The certified speech language pathologists and audiologists are on high demand worldwide. They are employed in hospitals, schools, rehabilitation centres, nursing homes, media, judiciary and many other government agencies and the private sector.
In attendance were Deputy Vice Chancellor Dr. Fred Kakembo, University Secretary Mr. Elijah Kiyingi, Finance Manager; Mr. Paul Mark Kayongo, Academic Registrar; Dr. Mary Wanda, Dean of Students, Wilfred Muhumuza, Dean Social Sciences Dr. Saida Mbooge, Dean Education; Mr. Semivule, Canon James Serugo among other University dignitaries.