Exchange report - incoming teachers
Home university: Makerere University
Study programme: Dentistry
Exchange programme: Linnaeus-Palme
Semester: Spring semester 2014/2015
Duration: 22
Name: Eriab Moses Nkamba
Email address:


Accommodation was arranged by KI officials. The self-contained flat which we were offered was just enough for the two of us. I suggest that similar arrangements should be maintained for future exchanges.

Cost of living was very expensive. If at all possible, the stipend should be increased reasonably. I have no particular suggestions for keeping costs down.

Language and Culture

Teaching was conducted in English and there were no language difficulties since we use English at home.

The Swedish people who we interacted with were so welcoming and to the few homes that we visited, we were welcomed with hapiness and we did not notice any cultural differences.

Leisure time

Very few social activities were arranged for us. e.g the eveng fires on the 30th April to mark the end of winter and some dinners with some members of staff.


The exchange programme is a good idea as it exposes both teachers and students at both universities to new cultures and teaching methods. On observation that there are no differences in what is taught, both students and teachers gain confidence in what they have at home.

Other activities

We had study visits to Directa AB where they fabricate denta instruments, geriatric home where dental care is offered to and private dental clinics.

Research contacts were made with some members of staff and with continued collaborations, I hope the two institutions will benefit from each other as KI has the technology and Makerere has patients.


I knew about the opportunity to go on the teacher exchange through the contact person for this programme at our department.

I did not have much to prepare in terms of material and language since I was already in the teaching service at Makerere University and English is the official language used in the country.

However, acquisition of the visa was not easy. Officials at the embassy think that all people who apply for visas are going for greener pastures and so they gave me hard time until an official from KI wrote to them. I therefore suggest that programme officials help both students and teachers in the process of acquring visas.


Following the exchange I realised that there are many chances to start on a PhD programme. I also observed on how the Swedish manage their time effectively. I will advocate for weekly staff meetings.


Arrangements were made for us to attend different activities such as seminars, paediatric dentistry, phantom procedures, geriatric dentistry, prosthetics etc. I noted the high technology at KI, but with limited number of patients for the students to practice on. At home, the opposite is true.

It was interesting to find that staff members meet every monday morning to review activities of the past week and plan for the new week. There are no such arrangements at home.

Overall, teaching contents are similar although the approaches are different. For example, whereas teaching at KI is teacher-centred, it is student-centred at home.

We did not have chance to look at modes of examinations and methods  of assessment because of the limited time of our stay.

Teaching hours

It is not possible to state the amount of teaching hours per week or other activities since our time table just indicated where we were supposed to be on particular days.