Peace & Strategic Studies
United Nations Donates Books to IPSS, Gulu University
Over the last 10 years, the Institute of Peace and Strategic Studies (IPSS) has offered graduate courses that equip and enable students to acquire knowledge and skills in areas of Governance, Ethics, Conflict analysis and Peace – building. In order to offer courses that remain relevant to the students/ learners and the country at large, regular program reviews have always been conducted with the participation of different stakeholders. The institute also put in place a community resource center where the surrounding communities can access relevant literature on various topics. Despite its limited capacity, this has always been a huge resource to the community of Northern Uganda where literature on human rights and peace building is very important.
On Friday 26th, August, 2016, the Institute was privileged to receive a donation of books from the United Nations (UN). On behalf of the UN, Ms. Yvonne Masarakufa, Human Rights Team Leader, Gulu Regional Field Office, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights handed over the consignment to the Institute Director, Dr. Daniel Komakech, in the presence of other staff members. These books mainly focus on Human Rights and Governance. In addition to the already existing support the UN representative promised further support in form of linkages for collaboration with other universities.
The Institute Director appreciated the timely donation which comes at a time when the University is about to roll out an undergraduate course on Governance and Human rights. He further pointed out the possibility of the University launching a Master’s programme in a related field. These books will therefore be of great importance to the teaching staff and the students using them as reference materials. Other community members will also be able to access them in the community resource center.