NORHED Masters Vocational Project


Kyambogo University offers an exciting Masters programme in vocational pedagogy under the NORHED project.

Vocational Pedagogy is a field of study oriented towards trades, occupations and professions. A large part of vocational pedagogy is based on understanding the relationship between learning in school life and learning in work life. It also entails understanding of human learning and the integration of ÔÇ£hand mind and heartÔÇØ in any learning situation.

The programme largely promotes action-oriented and interactive research, where social research for change and the simultaneous creation of valid social knowledge. The purpose of the program is to strengthen capacity in higher education institutions to contribute to a better qualified workforce, increased knowledge, evidence-based policy and decision making and enhanced gender equality

NORHED is a new NORAD programme designed to stimulate South-North collaboration. It is intended to strengthen the institutional capacity and performance of higher education institutions in the south to deliver quality education and research. This may also include capacity development within system development, administration and infrastructure with due attention to gender balance considerations.

The program will complement NORADÔÇÖs specific support to research projects through the Research Council Of Norway and other mechanisms, drawing heavily on the findings and recommendations from the external evaluation of the NOMA programs. ItÔÇÖs merging the two programmes and moving capacity-beyond individual students and researchers to address the broader institutional environment. NORHED has been developed on the basis of a broad domestic and international consultative process.

NORHED is organized in thematic sub-programmes with a possibility of defining specific geographic priority areas paying attention to thematic areas of high political priority where Norway has a strong comparative advantage and can make special contribution in collaboration with partners.

The 6 areas defined as NORHED sub-programmes are;

  • Education and training

  • Health

  • Natural Resource management, climate change and environment

  • Democratic and economic governance

  • Humanities, cultures, media and communication

  • Capacity development in South Sudan

The main African countries for long-term bilateral collaboration are; Burundi, Ethiopia, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Sudan, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia. The range of interventions potentially eligible for NORHED support is broad with some degree of flexibility as long as project outputs meaningfully contribute to defined level outcomes and longer-term effects.

The projectÔÇÖs overall objectives are to expand and advance the capacity and quality for development of vocational education and training in Uganda, South Sudan, and Norway. Students will develop competence in critical thinking and reflection upon existing and future trends in vocational pedagogy.

The programme will be strengthened by staff exchanges between Kyambogo University in the South and Akershus University in the North under the Norwegian Voluntary Service.


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