Case Western Reserve University’s work in Uganda spans many years, includes numerous partnerships and comprises disciplines across campus. The cooperative efforts of Case Western Reserve University in Uganda represent a dedicated, long-term institutional and multidisciplinary approach.
CWRU’s presence in Uganda began in 1987 when the Ugandan government invited Dr. Frederick C. Robbins, Nobel Laureate and Emeritus Dean of the School of Medicine at CWRU, to research an epidemic that was ravishing its country. The resulting multidisciplinary research collaboration included faculty from the School of Medicine, College of Arts and Sciences, and the School of Nursing. The original focus on HIV and TB continues today and now, 27 years later, there is research addressing heart disease and cancer, and new initiatives by faculty at the School of Dental Medicine to research complications of HIV and oral diseases. Beyond medicine, faculty and students from the Case School of Engineering will be traveling to Uganda in March as part of a course exploring engineering solutions to global health problems. Also, the School of Law is exploring a partnership with the International Legal Institute-African Centre for Legal Excellence.
Central to the success of the work in Uganda has been teamwork and key partnerships. CWRU has a long-standing memorandum of agreement with the Uganda Ministry of Health, but also has deep and extensive cooperation with researchers at Makerere University, Mbarara University, and the Joint Clinic Research Centre. Most critically the collaboration has been committed to improving the human capital in Uganda through training with 60 Ugandans receiving graduate degrees from CWRU and more than 100 Ugandans receiving non-degree training. The majority of these trainees continue to collaborate with CWRU and many now serve in key roles in government and non-government organizations in Uganda.
It is work that is needed, has worldwide implications and exemplifies what internationalization at CWRU is all about.