UTAMU appointed a new Research & Grants Officer. She brings on board a wealth of experience and knowledge particularly in research, advocacy and capacity building. Besides academics, she is a strong gender and child rights advocate attached to the Centre for Batwa Minorities which allows her to seek justice and governance for women and children. UTAMU News had a one-on-one with her and here is what she had to say.
Dr. Martha Kibukamusoke, Research and Grants Officer at UTAMU
Briefly tell us about yourself
I am a humble holder of a doctorate of Philosophy degree in Sociology and a Master of Arts degree in Development studies from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in South Africa. I pride myself as an administrator, who has been able to manage programs and projects across board with a number of organizations. My specialized knowledge and expertise is in research, advocacy and capacity building.
Clearly, you are an achiever in the academic sphere. How have you been able to make it?
One is an achiever when ones’ goals have been attended to and achieved to full capacity. I have not yet achieved my academic goals thus not yet an achiever. I take pride and interest in working with experts in fields where I have very little or scanty information. These experts gear my interests towards the realization of my personal mission which I borrow from Richard Bach, a famous writer, who says, “Here is a test to find out whether your mission in life is complete. If you are alive, it isn’t.”
My major dream for UTAMU as a research and grants officer is to two fold. Under the research docket, I would love to see UTAMU as a regional centre taking its active role as the accredited centre from which universities worldwide contract international peer reviewers with a diversity of skills and knowledge for academic research. For the grants aspect, I reverie UTAMU to develop a prospective and produce an extensive institutional donor profile that will target appropriate amounts, prioritize prospects for corporate, foundation, and government grants. Eventually, UTAMU will develop and foster relationships with institutional funders, find personal connections with staff, board, trustees, volunteers, donors that will ensure the attention of institutional funders. The teams that will be contracted for both research and grants are presumed to be UTAMU bred students.
With this background of experience and knowledge, why did you choose to be part of UTAMU?
UTAMU is not only one of the leading Universities training students using sophisticated online training systems in Uganda. It is actively engaged in a broad range of programs and activities which focus on involving students with various stake holders on realizing the value of education in the employment arena for sustainable practice, personal, social and economic development. UTAMU aims at making remarkable progress by developing collaborative relationships among different individuals, communities, organizations, the government and institutions in participating in the realization of using research and education as a stepping stone to successful heights for students.
Where do you see UTAMU in a few years from now?
A self-sustaining university with a pool of UTAMU bred researchers and professionals from which other universities contract for various consultancies.
Besides academics, what else do you do?
I am a strong gender and child rights advocate attached to Centre for Batwa Minorities which allows me to seek justice and governance for;
- Women through advocating for the “say no to gender based violence campaign”.
- Children through advocating for the “say no to all forms of child labour.”