VECD Fellowship Site Director:
Mohsin Sidat, MD, PhD (UEM)
As the oldest and largest university in Mozambique, Universidade Eduardo Mondlane (UEM) strives to produce and disseminate scientific knowledge and promote innovation through research, extension, and outreach activities to face contemporary development challenges of the society. This multidisciplinary institution is known for training professionals of higher learning, research, extension, and mastery and cultivation of human knowledge. The university is comprised of 14 faculties and the attached school of medicine has 10 departments – all with a combined student body of over 30,000. The high and growing demand for university training that UEM provides is the result of both the low availability of university graduates in general and the very high rate of economic growth attained by Mozambique since 1992.
For the last 10 years, the UEM Faculty of Medicine has collaborated with its international partner Vanderbilt University Medical Center, in terms of shared faculty for medical and public health teaching, mentoring of students, and shared resources for the pursuit of research activities. Vanderbilt faculty members have worked with UEM to train Mozambican research scientists within the context of the Vanderbilt-led PEPFAR HIV scale-up program in Zambézia Province. UEM and Vanderbilt researchers have co-authored over 20 manuscripts in the HIV/AIDS field since 2009.