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KI Alumni gather in Uganda

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KI alumnis in Uganda 2019

KI alumni and friends in Uganda reunited for an afternoon of fellowship together with visiting KI researchers.

On the 10th of April 2019, KI Alumni hosted a casual outdoor gathering at the Mulago Guest House, near the College of Health Sciences at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda. Nineteen alumni and friends gathered to share stories about their professional development, career paths and relations to Karolinska Institutet. The guests were welcomed by Professor Cecilia Stålsby Lundborg, Department of Public Health Sciences, who also talked about the successful collaboration between the two universities that has a history of nearly 20 years. The evening was filled with many fascinating and interesting stories and fostered new connections between those who attended.

The attendees had the pleasure of hearing from two KI alumni during the event: Iryne Marunga Banoba - Master's in Public Health ‘11, Program Director for Save Street Children and Prof. Celestino Obua - PhD ‘07, Vice-Chancellor of Mbarara University of Science and Technology (photo to right).

Who attended? KI’s alumni and friends in attendance represented all levels of the collaboration. Some had been at KI for a shorter period of studies or teaching, or on exchange on undergraduate level. Others had graduated from a Global Master’s programme at KI, or had graduated with a joint PhD from KI and Makerere University.

Where are KI’s Ugandan alumni today? Several are working in other countries, and others had established their own organisations. Most are working within the health care context, and some hold leadership positions, including university Vice-Chancellor!

The event was organised by Monika Berge, KI and Aidan Kiseka, College of Health Sciences, Makerere University, (photo to left) and supported by the KI Alumni Office.