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Research in Higher Education

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Presenter: 
Dr. Fred E. K. Bakkabulindi, Associate Professor, East African School of Higher Education Studies & Development, Makerere University
Dr. David Onen, East African School of Higher Education Studies & Development, Makerere University
Date: 
Thursday, 14 November 2013
Chaired by: 

The East African School of Higher Education Studies and Development (EASHESD) held the first Doctoral Colloquium on Research in Higher Education on 14th Nov. 2013 in the Curriculum Building at the College of Education and External Studies (CEES). A total of 23 students participated, 20 of whom are continuing doctoral students. The other three are prospective students. 

The East African School of Higher Education Studies and Development (EASHESD) held the first Doctoral Colloquium on Research in Higher Education on 14th Nov. 2013 in the Curriculum Building at the College of Education and External Studies (CEES). A total of 23 students participated, 20 of whom are continuing doctoral students. The other three are prospective students.  

Two papers, ‘Planning the Doctoral Journey by Dr. Fred E. K. Bakkabulindi’ and ‘Conceptualization and the Use of Theory in Educational Research: An Insight by Dr. David Onen,’ were presented at the colloquium.

On behalf of the Dean, EASHESD, Dr. Bisaso encouraged students to visit and interact with members of staff. He emphasized that the School is committed to attracting more students to enroll for doctoral studies, and that the necessary academic and administrative support will be given to see this come to pass.

Deputy Principal CEES,Officially Opening the Event.In his opening remarks, the Deputy Principal, Dr. Anthony Mugagga Muwagga noted that the College of Education and External Studies is a product of restructuring that saw the elevation of the EASHESD to its current status. He apologised for the previous inadequate support given to doctoral students due to problems of understaffing. “The issue of understaffing has been steadily addressed through recruitment of new staff with international exposure and networks for collaborations and diverse expertise,” he said.

Dr. Muwagga emphasized that the academic profile of the College was improving with the forthcoming promotion of the academic staff to Professorial ranks. According to him, such reunions enable participants to interface with members of staff who can offer specialized support in various areas including theorising, scholarly writing and methodology.

On their part, the participants noted that this colloquium should have come yesterday. They highlighted a couple of challenges associated with supervision including role and relevance of doctoral committees and challenges regarding delays in completion.

The doctoral colloquium will be a monthly activity. The second doctoral colloquium is scheduled for 12th December 2013. It will entail paper presentations by doctoral students on any aspect of their research.