Education minister discusses further cooperation with romanian government
The First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports Mrs. Janet Museveni has met with a five-man delegation from Romania led by the Ambassador at Large and Special Envoy for Romania’s Candidature to the UN Security Council Daniela Gitman and discussed further cooperation in the area of Education.
The meeting held at State House Nakasero on Tuesday 2nd April 2019, had Ambassador Gitman express Romania’s desire to resume and revitalize cooperation with the Government of Uganda especially now that they are marking 50 years of the two countries’ cooperation.
Others in the Romanian delegation included Julia Pataki who is Romania’s Ambassador accredited to Uganda, Professors from renowned Romanian Universities and an official from Romania’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. They were accompanied by the Honorary Consul of Romania to Uganda Godwin Murungi.
The First Lady welcomed the proposal of strengthening mutual cooperation between Uganda and Romania and thanked the Romanian delegation for considering to cooperate further in the education area since education is the way to transforming society.
Mrs. Museveni informed the delegation that Uganda has nine (9) public universities some of which can be considered for cooperation with Romanian Universities. She also pointed out some priority programmes, including Research and Innovations, that are being promoted in Uganda’s Universities and can be areas of cooperation between the Universities in the two countries.
She thanked the Romanian Government for the scholarships they give to Ugandan students
Ambassador Daniela Gitman said, “We have studied Uganda’s Vision 2040 and we want to see how to build further on the education pillar and enhance education for the young generation”.
She said Romania has 94 well known Universities and requested Uganda’s Education Ministry to encourage students to consider Romania as a study destination. She added that Universities in Uganda and in Romania can also cooperate through the exchange of Professors and student mobility.
Ambassador Daniela Gitman also talked about Romania’s candidature to the UN Security Council and their plan to promote the education pillar at that level and also introduce the connection between climate change and security on the UN Council agenda.
Julia Pataki, Romania’s Ambassador accredited to Uganda said that they want to build a bridge between Romania and Uganda and education is one of the avenues through which this can be done. She added that the Education Pillar is a priority in Romania and they want to find out the priorities in Uganda’s Education sector that Romania can support.
Professor Leonard Azamfirei, the Rector at the University of Medicine, Pharmacy, Sciences and Technology of Targu Mures said Romanian Universities directly offer scholarships and fellowships for students in Medicine, Engineering, Veterinary Medicine, Agriculture and Food Technology and Environment and Climate Change. He advised Ugandan students wishing to study in Romania Universities to apply as soon as possible to be considered for the Academic year 2020.