The RAN team is facilitating a summer course on “Humanitarian Engineering; Designing solutions for health challenges in protracted crises; Case of Refugee communities” to Students from University of Boston and Makerere University. The course that started on 2nd – 20th July 2019, was organised by Makerere University School of Public Health in collaboration with RAN lab and University of Boston. RAN is particularly delivering courses on innovation design, scaling, stakeholder engagement and pitching. This is a joint course between students from the US and Ugandan students pursuing Bio medical engineering, Masters in disaster management and Public Health. This promotes mutually beneficial interactions between the two great universities in research, community work and innovation. The three weeks program was been designed to develop global competency of Makerere University and University of Boston students, while encouraging joint research projects and new approaches to problem solving,
which empowers young aspiring entrepreneurs learning from best practices for catalyzing innovative solutions for complex challenges.
This was not a typical class, the students took part in various field immersion activities including a visit to a refugee camp in Adjumani and some of the Health centers in northern Uganda to get first-hand user point of view of the community challenges. There after through intensive sessions they have been working hard in teams to co-create solutions and ultimately pitch their final prototypes at the end of the program. The RAN team is also supporting the mentorship program by giving one-on-one feedback to the teams that are co-creating solutions for refugees communities.
RAN lab continues to harness such opportunities and facilitate interactions between universities to promote cross-learning, empower students with unique skills to solve development challenges.