Proscovia Namubiru Ssentamu is one of many African KAAD-scholars who discovered the University of Bayreuth as outstanding academic home. The local tradition of academic connection to Africa creates excellent conditions for research on African issues, especially in the social sciences. Mrs. Namubiru did her PhD-studies there from 2003 to 2006 in education studies. However, she did not see Bayreuth only as an academic “habitat”, but also as a social and religious one. Her doctoral thesis dealt with the topic of teacher education and compares the methods in Germany and Uganda. For this, she naturally did research in her home country, but also held intensive interviews with staff at schools in Bayreuth. In addition to her active participation in the local parish and the Catholic University Chaplaincy she was also an active member of the Kolping Family Bayreuth and through this she managed to raise funds for a self-initiated project in her home country.
Her academic zeal and good academic achievements distinguished Mrs. Namubiru as well as her university teaching, for which she is highly recognized. She first completed bachelor’s and master’s degree (both in educational theory) in her home country Uganda. After that followed a one-year additional Master in Curriculum Studies at the University of London. And also, when she had already received her doctorate in Bayreuth, she still added graduate diplomas and certificates in Melbourne and Nairobi. For her social commitment she received an award during her time in Germany: In 2003 she got the special award of the German UNIFEM (United Nations Development Fund for Women) which was handed to her by the Minister of Environment of Northrhine-Westphalia, Baerbel Hoehn. The award acknowledged her commitment to the “Akutwala Ekiro” women’s group in Uganda. Academic and social engagement went hand in hand also after her return to Uganda: She is a member of the steering group ‘East and South African Centre of Excellence for Educational Research Methods and Management’ (CERM-ESA) and leading member of the project ‘Strengthening Institutional Capacity for Higher Education Leadership and Management in sub-Saharan Africa’. Both initiatives are based on international partnerships. In her home country, she is instrumental in an initiative called Buleega-Makindu Association (BUMA) – in support of two villages.
Professionally, she was employed for fourteen years (1996 to 2010) as a lecturer at Makerere University in Kampala, before she joined the Uganda Management Institute in 2010. Here she is teaching and holds the important leadership position in quality assurance. She is also the chief editor of the institute’s Journal of Public Administration and Management.
Within the network of KAAD, Proscovia Namubiru is a highly dedicated alumna. For a good number of years she was chairlady of the Ugandan branch of KASEA (KAAD Association of Scholars from East Africa) and is a frequent speaker at KAAD-seminars and conferences in various African countries. Her presentations have been about regional integration, quality standards in education and related issues. Most recently, she spoke at the KAAD conference in Tamale Ghana on a subject which is currently heavily discussed in the African KAAD community: “Transformation of African Education Policies and Approaches – Which Type of Education is Necessary to Bring About Meaningful Change?” It was about the question of how education can be changed in African countries in order to be conducsive for independent thinking of students and contribute to their self-responsible reflection and action.