Institution: French Section, Department of Languages and Communication, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Kyambogo University, P.O. Box 1 Kyambogo, Kampala, Uganda.
Summary of Skills: Associate Professor Titus Ogavu obtained his Doctorate degree in Francophone Literature at Université de Limoges (France), MPhil in Semiology of Cultural Interactions; Université de Limoges (France),MA in Language and Society at Makerere University (Uganda), B.A in Politcal Science (Public Administration and Adminstative Law) and French at Makerere Univesirty, Diploma of Education at Makerere University and a Diploma in Law at the Law Development Centre (Kampala). His professional skills include: bilateral/collaborative research management; training of trainers and development of consultancy; community development and institutional capacity building; research in languages and language learning, literacy and teaching material production; project planning and management, training of trainers in language teaching; managing NGOs / CBOs for poverty and exclusion reductions.
Career Background: As an Associate Professor, teaches French Language, Francophone Literature, Research Methods, trains teachers of French as a foreign language and has developed French curriculum/syllabuses at Kyambogo University. Furthermore, Associate Professor Ogavu has supervised scores of undergraduate research work for Bachelor of Arts with Education, Bachelor of Education students as well as guiding some master’s students in other faculties. He has also reviewed some articles written by some academics for publication. In the 1980s - 1990s, Associate Professor Ogavu worked as a teacher of French, geography, commerce, and political education in various secondary schools in Uganda after having served at the Ugandan High Court (Kampala) as a Court Clerk in 1970s.
Professional and Working Experience: In addition to his professional duties at Kyambogo University (Uganda’s second biggest public university), Associate Professor Titus Ogavu has served as a Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences staff representative in the University Research Grants and Publications Committee; vetting and approving Masters and PhD research proposals and grants; External Examiner (French) at Makerere University and Kabale University; Team Leader for a collaborative research (Projet CECA) involving International Federation of Teachers of French/Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie, the University of Nancy (France) and Kyambogo University; research project on Cultural Clash in the French Speaking Sub-Saharan African Drama at the Université de Ouagadougou and Centre Culturel Gambidi (Burkina Faso). He undertook several short courses in teaching French as a foreign language at CAVILAM/Université de Clermont Ferrand (France), CLAB/Université de Besançon (France), CELAB/University of Burundi, (Bujumbura). He worked as an examiner of French with the Uganda National Examinations Board. He has translation and interpretation skills in English, French, and vernacular languages. Working with communities is one of his hobbies.
Research Interests, Publications and Conferences: Associate Professor Ogavu has published books, produced manuscripts, peer-reviewed articles, research papers, and presented papers in many conferences, seminars, and workshops, and chaired many international, regional, and national conferences. One of his new books is titled: Local Culture and Teaching Foreign Languages, LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing, ISBN 978-3-659-17730-9, Saarbrücken, Germany. He has also published several articles in international journals. Currently, he is undertaking projects of writing study and reading materials in both foreign and local languages.
Membership: Associate Professor Ogavu is a member of many national, regional, and international networks: The Uganda Textbook-Academic and Non-Fiction Authors’ Association (UTANA), International Literacy Association;Reading Association of Uganda; Reading Council of Central Uganda; Association of Teachers of French in Uganda and the Scientific Committee of the African Synergy Magazine of the Great Lakes. He served as a member of the Board of Directors of Alliance Française de Kampala for a number of years. He speaks many key languages spoken in Uganda, Eastern Africa and the Great Lakes region like Kiswahili, and Europe including French (perfectly) and German (elementary).