ICHAD Director, Dr. Fred Ssewamala has been appointed by the Washington University Chancellor Andrew Martin and the McDonnell International Scholars Academy to serve as the University’s Ambassador to Makerere University, his alma mater. Dr. Ssewamala played a key role in facilitating the establishment of the partnership between Washington University in St. Louis and Makerere University located in Kampala, Uganda.
The McDonnell International Scholars Academy provides the network with which Washington University incubates new ideas and mentors future leaders. Through partnerships with universities around the globe, the Academy seeks to lead groundbreaking research projects and prepare scholars to be effective leaders in the global community.
In his role as Ambassador, Dr. Ssewamala will be responsible for building relationships with Makerere University and with alumni, friends, corporations and government entities in Uganda. He will also identify opportunities for scholarly collaboration involving other faculty and students at Washington University and Makerere University. In addition, he will assist in the development of the academic and professional life of Academy Scholars who have been selected on the basis of their promise to become future leaders in academia, government, the professions, or the corporate world.
Dr. Ssewamala’s role as Ambassador to Makerere University is a natural extension of his ongoing efforts to provide capacity building opportunities and fellowships to students, team members, and scholars across the globe. His newly awarded CHILD-Global Research Fellowship brings early career researchers from Ugandan institutions to Washington University for state-of-the-art methods training, mentoring, and “hands-on” research experience.