Exchange report - incoming teachers
Home university: Makerere University
Study programme: Physiotherapy
Exchange programme: Linnaeus-Palme
Semester: Spring semester 2008/2009
Duration: 25
Name: Helen Omare
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The first time I came to Sweden in May 2008, Odette was asked to stay with me and I had no problem with that. She, together with Colleagues at the Institutet took me around and guieded me throught the different areas of Stockholm. The place is good and convienent in getting to the Sodra station and to the University. My second stay this time has been equally good. However, it might be nice to continue finding out from the Host if it still does not affect her convenience.

Language and Culture

English, and most students/teachers attending had limited barriers. The Swedish culture is warm, at leat most colleagues we met are ready to greet, chat and invite out which is also typical of African culture!

Leisure time

YES! I had an experience at an opera show, visited National meusium, a boat ride /picknic and a visit to the countryside.


We have been participating and sharing with most teachers from Universitiies awarding Bsc. Degree in PT or OT. It would be more interesting and applicable if students from our countries also originated from schools at degree level. Could it be possible as teacher exchange to share some activities with the teachers at Karolinska Intitutet to treamline curriculum for Bsc. Degree programme in Uganda in those two courses?

Other activities

Study visits of research contacts have so far not as yet, been done, could be because of the time limit. The time allocated currently enables us just to attend the programme. Perhaps it would be nice to get some study visit for example at the hospital physiotherapy gymn, normal teaching session here at Karolinska Institutet and research topic presentations.


I received an invitation from International Course Co-ordinator inviting me as one of the Facilitators on the CBR course. Since I was sent the full time schedule for the programme I took time to prepare information needed, clear with the Norwegian embassy for the visa. Being a head of the Physiotherapy school, I had to delegate responsibilities to the other Tutor and attain permision to be away from head office.


Personally, I feel learners are always avialable at all corners and times. They need to be handled with guidence,understanding and not spoonfeeding. Meeting different students from different countries/experiences at a common subject, was taxing in that it needed skill in choice of teaching methods and presentation to keep all them alert and interested! If possible I need to reduce much on the modified lecture and use more of case-presentations / discussions.


The teaching task I was involved in was mainly academic in the areas of Assisstive devices and Theoratical Dilemma in home and community health care in Uganda.I used mainly modified lectures using power point, White board and group discussions. The same topics at school in Uganda could also have inluded some demonstration of use of the devices both at hospital clinic and field visit at a community setting and individual home visit. The teacher / student relationship and participation Karolinska Institutet is good and similar to that at the Uganda Physiotherapy school.The difference however, is there in availability/ variety of access to library, material, appliances to be used. For example, all coursework here is sent through internet and typed! It is very interesting to supervise students listening and critiquing each others work.This we uaually do as part of continuous student assessment, but written and practical examinations contribute to 70% of the student performance assessment.

Teaching hours

Since I play two roles of a lecturer as well as administration at the school, I spent 9 hours weekly teaching and others on ofice work etc. The rest of the Lecturers each takes 15 hours weekly  on lessons, individual coursework supersion or clinical collaborations with Supervisors. There are however limited seminers, but when available are fully attended by both staff and students.