Objectives

The Makerere University Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) research\r\ntraining programme in Infection and Immunity (MUII) is a strategic\r\ninitiative, designed to establish a centre of excellence for Infection and\r\nImmunity research in Uganda. It builds on the relative strengths of these\r\ntwo institutions in tertiary education and health research, and upon strong\r\nregional and international collaborations which provide a world-class\r\nresearch training platform. The programme has so far received funding for\r\ntwo phases. The combined objectives of these phases have been as follows:

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1. Partnership. In phase 1 we aimed to establish a vibrant partnership\r\n between Makerere University - one of the leading institutions for tertiary\r\n education in the region and the Uganda Virus Research Institute one of\r\n the leading research centres. In phase 2 we extended the partnership to\r\n other interested, local stakeholders.

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2. Research Training Programme. We aimed to initiate a Makerere\r\n University - UVRI Research Training Programme in Infection and Immunity\r\n that would produce Ugandan and East African scientists capable of\r\n competing for sustainable research funding in the eld. As a key component\r\n of our training programme, we aimed to provide access to world-class\r\n science, ensuring opportunities for bright young Ugandans to interact\r\n directly with leading African and international scientists.

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3. A supportive, sustainable and up-to-date research and training\r\n environment. Working within UVRI and Makerere, we aimed to develop\r\n human and infrastructural resources designed to support research and\r\n training excellence within the Makerere - UVRI partnership in the long term.

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