From Left to Right: Prof. Ric Bernard, UMP DVC Academic Affairs; Prof. Waswa Balunywa, Principal MUBS; Prof. Thoko Mayekiso, UMP Vice-Chancellor; Prof. Phindile L. Olurunju, UMP Director of Research; and Mr. Johannes K. Muoka, CAPA Projects Officer
From Left to Right: Prof. Ric Bernard, UMP DVC Academic Affairs; Prof. Waswa Balunywa, Principal MUBS; Prof. Thoko Mayekiso, UMP Vice-Chancellor; Prof. Phindile L. Olurunju, UMP Director of Research; and Mr. Johannes K. Muoka, CAPA Projects Officer

Makerere University Business School(MUBS)of Kampala, Uganda and University of Mpumulanga (UMP) inNelspruit, South Africa have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate in the fields of education, research, development, student exchange, transfer of technology and dissemination of knowledge on a long term and at non-commercial basis.
Under the umbrella of Commonwealth Association of Technical Universities and Polytechnics in Africa(CAPA), the partnership is hoped to enhance the resource base of the two institutions according to the terms and conditions set out in the Memorandum of Understanding.


The partnership will see the two institutions engage in joint research, organisation of conferences and workshop, students and staff exchange, mutual assistance in establishment of the new programmes and the exchange of both information and publications.
Speaking minutes after the historic event held at University of Mpumalanga Vice- Chancellors’ board room, UMP VC Professor ThokoMayekiso praised the new partnership saying it would help build bridges not just between the two institutions but also between the two countries.
“We witnessed a great change in the President of the Students Council of our University when he returned from a one week visit to MUBS at the end of last year 2017”, said Professor Mayekiso. “We are in no doubt that the signing of this memorandum of understanding and the partnershipshall be of mutual benefit to our two institutions”,She added.
In his turn Professor WaswaBalunywa, Principal of MUBS expressed great optimism that the partnership shall be a game-changer for the two institutions. “MUBS has built a name in entrepreneurship programmes, while UMP is very well established in the area of Agriculture and Natural Sciences”,he said.
Professor Balunywa went on to say that MUBS will be sending some staff to pursue Doctoral studies at UMP. “This we always do with partner institutions to mitigate the challenge of in-breeding”, said Balunywa.
Professor Ric Bernard, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic Affairs at UMP lauded the partnership with MUBS, saying University of Mpumalanga has had partnership with universities in Europe and in the Americas, but none within Africa. He said this was a watershed moment and an opportunity to build bridges of friendship between African nations.
Present at the partnership signing ceremony were:Mr. Barry Masoga, Executive Director/ CEO, Education-Industry-Exchange(EIE-SA);Mr.KiokoMuoka, Senior Projects Manager at CAPA secretariat; UMP Coordinator - Stakeholder Liaison, Communication and Marketing, Professor John Shongwe;UMP Director of Research Professor PhindileLukheleOlurunju; and UMP Dean of Students Affair,Dr. Paul Maminza, among other Senior Staff of the University of Mpumulanga.
It is notable that the Chancellor of University of Mpumalanga is none other than His Excellency CyrilRamaphosa, current President of the Republic of South Africa and leader of the ruling party ANC.