UCD Physiotherapy + School of Physiotherapy at Mbarara University of Science and Technology

Developing Educational and Research Capacity


The purpose of project is to strengthen an existing partnership and to develop educational and research capacity between UCD Physiotherapy and the School of Physiotherapy in Mbarara University of Science and Technology, (MUST) Uganda. A secondary aim is to explore the opportunity to further develop links between UCD College of Health Sciences and the department of Medicine at MUST for interdisciplinary learning. The objectives include identifying areas of reciprocal support in health science teaching, particularly in the area of disability and rehabilitation, and to build a research partnership between UCD and MUST to strengthen the evidence base for rehabilitation in low-income settings. Furthermore, to facilitate exchange and sharing of ideas around interdisciplinary teaching and learning methodology, and to share learning and experiences in terms of models of clinical education. The Faculty of Medicine at MUST began in 1989 and has grown in terms of programmes offered and student numbers at undergraduate, post graduate and diploma levels. Their vision is to build educational and research capacity in the areas of disability and rehabilitation between University College Dublin and Mbarara University of Science and Technology. Their aim is to develop an international interdisciplinary collaborative education and research programme on disability and rehabilitation for health science students so that health professionals have an awareness of disability issues and the impact on patients, their families and communities.

For more information on the partnership, please click below to view a video of UCD’s Dr. Cliona O’Sullivan speaking at the 1st ESTHER Ireland Partnerships Forum in November 2016.


Partnership Coordinators:

Dr. Cliona O’Sulllivan (Lecturer, UCD School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Sport Science, Health Science Center, University College Dublin).

Mr Herman Kazibwe (Head of Department, Department of Physiotherapy, Mbarara University of Science and Technology).


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