MISR's First Batch of PhD fellows earn their MPhils

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Event Date: 
Wednesday, 21 January 2015 - 3:00am

Makerere Institute of Social Research (MISR) is proud to announce the graduation of its 2012 pioneer class of the Interdisciplinary PhD in Social Studies at the 65th graduation ceremony of Makerere University scheduled on Wednesday, 21st January, 2015.  With interests ranging widely from the study of political economy to that of culture, and with three years of immense study and research, the cohort that will be conferred the Masters of Philosophy (MPhil) are already contributing to the world of academia within their different fields of specialty.


MISR has had a proud existence since its establishment in 1948, formerly known as the East African Institute of Social Research (EAISR) where it catered for research in Kenya, Tanganyika, Zanzibar, Northern Rhodesia and Nyasaland, Somalia and Sudan. The secret of this pride has been its ability to change with the times, at times to muster the courage to defy scholarly rule in order to be at the cutting edge of academic change within Makerere University.

In January 2012 the Institute transitioned from a research-based centre to a research and teaching institute. It started a fully funded interdisciplinary MPhil/PhD in Social Studies, the first ever in the history of Makerere University. The five-year programme entails two years of rigorous coursework and three years of dissertation research and writing. Four broad themes define the programme’s intellectual focus: Political Studies, Political Economy, Historical Studies, and Cultural Studies.

Following a comprehensive search for suitable students both nationally and internationally, the Institute recruited nine successful applicants from Uganda, Kenya and Ethiopia.  Seven of these, who have successfully completed their two years of course works and one year of PhD proposal development, and currently in their fourth year will graduate with MPhil this Wednesday.

The MPhil Graduands are  Frank Emmanuel Muhereza, John Senkumba Nsimbe, Laury Lawrence Ocen, Netsanet Gebremichael Woldesenbet, Noosim Naimasiah, Semeneh Ayalew Asfaw and Yusuf Serunkuma.

MISR congratulates its graduates upon this achievement.

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