UniK-Windesheim Conference 2017


University of Kisubi Social work students, Management and staff, hosted the delegates from Windesheim headed by Gerrita Muis and Marlies Orsel and nine social work students of the same university. The conference/ Social work dialogue of two days centered on:

“African Culture and Gender: Opportunities and Challenges, Accessibility to sexual and reproduction health services in Uganda & Community based working in social work and Health
care.” on 2nd to 3rd November 2017 at University of Kisubi – Uganda in Blouin Main Hall.
The Vice Chancellor Professor John Ssebuwufu welcomed the delegates in his office in the morning of 2rd November 2017 and shared with delegates on possibilities of continued collaborations. Professor John officially opened social work dialogue. The delegates from Windesheim toured the University premises and appreciated the naturality and aesthetics of the university environs.

The two day of social work dialogue were beneficial in the sense that:
1. The social work dialogue benefited the University of Kisubi by giving it the visibility to a global perspective.
2. Secondly our student was able to interact with students of Windesheim University on many themes and topical issues thus deepening their multicultural and Global perspectives.
Among things that were discussed for the future collaborations with the University included;
1. Windesheim international days on 22-26 April 2018 on Health Care and Social work which will be held in Windesheim University. The Management, the lecturers and the students of University of Kisubi were invited to be part of this great event. These days bring on board expertise on multidisciplinary subjects and discuss the model of working in communities, supporting formal and non formal networks.
2. Activities of next year 2018 for the staff and students of both Windesheim University and University of Kisubi were also discussed. These include but not limited to;
• The possibility of having joint internships for some of Windesheim University students with University of Kisubi students here in Uganda in future.
• Possibility of joint lectures by Social work staff from Windesheim University with University of Kisubi social work staff and students
• The possibility of arranging for the second Social work students dialogue here at University of Kisubi sometime next year.

The deputy Vice Chancellor Br. Dr. Celestine Kakooza graced the occasion on the second day. On behalf of the UniK management he emphasized that University of Kisubi is open to collaborations with other academic institutions in areas of academic programmes, research and community engagements. Together with the host Faculty of Human and Social sciences, Dean, the received a certificate of appreciation that was offered to the University. The Dean of the Faculty of HASS Fr. Dr. Evarist Ankwasiize on behalf of the University received two social work books concerning social work in Europe by John ter Host (Ed.) 2009 and the Impact of person –centered and integrated care for community living older adults on quality of care and service use and costs; Two sides of the same coin by Ronald Uittenbroaek 2016. Dr. Akwasiize thanked management of the University of Kisubi and Delegates from Windesheim University and Social work students of both Universities for the lot of creativity in the two days of academic engagements. He urged social work students to keep translating their lecture knowledge into societal transformation.

By Dr. Fr. Evarist Ankwasiize
Dean Human and Social Sciences University of Kisubi