Exploring Legislative Studies Curriculum in Uganda
As part of the Parliamentary Research and Internship Project, funded by USAID through HED, SUNY dispatched Deputy Provost James Ketterer and PRIP Director James Utermark to Kampala to review program progress. To date, the PRIP program has organized and implement five internship rounds, with a total of 90 students from our three partner universities spending two and one-half months working in and learning about the Parliament of Uganda. In addition to this primary component of PRIP, the program is designed to foster linkages between SUNY and our Ugandan University partners-Nkumba University, Islamic University in Uganda, and Uganda Martyrs University. As part of the February 2010 SUNY visit, meetings were held with our university partners to discuss the development and implementation of a legislative studies curriculum. Such a curriculum, implemented by our partners, would serve to improve the level of knowledge and research regarding the operations and management of legislative institutions. This will expand the role of our partner universities, provide additional opportunities for students, and provide a more effectively trained labor pool for the Parliament of Uganda.