Government wants UCU to start PhDs in science courses

BY MARIA EYORU

In line with the government’s plans to promote sciences, Uganda Christian University (UCU) has been advised to initiate PhD programs in science courses.

The Minister for Science, Technology and Innovation, Dr Elioda Tumwesigye made the appeal on Wednesday while opening the first exhibition organised by the Faculty of Science and Technology at UCU.

“The country needs more researchers and knowledge generators at PhD level. I will be glad to provide any form of support that UCU will require in making this a reality,” Tumwesigye said.

A student showing a modern way of cutting animal feeds without endangering the climate change (Photo by Samuel Tatambuka)

UCU runs a number of science courses, but at the undergraduate and master’s degree levels.

Tumwesigye also offered to work with UCU to develop a technology and business incubator in Mukono to aid in the growth of the science students and their ideas in a bid to develop technology in Uganda.

Tumwesigye said he was proud of the students’ exhibitions as they were innovative and creative. “If UCU continues like this, a brighter future is guaranteed,” he observed.

Mr. David Mugawe, the Deputy Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration offered the University’s land at Ntawo in Mukono for the construction of the business incubator. “We have enough land which can be used to construct the incubator. We shall be happy to work with you on the project,” Mugawe said.

Another speaker, Maxwell Otim, the Director of Science, Research and Innovation at the Ministry also congratulated the University for tackling the key area in national development. He noted that the University had demonstrated that it is in the pipeline of creating job creators.

ICT department also exhibited their new technology that they had developed on the same day (Photo by Samuel Tatambuka)

 “We shall partner with you to see that the innovations that have been exhibited here can earn you some income from government because the quality I have seen can compete and gather some resources,” Otim said.

He added that Uganda needs climate-smart agriculture to minimise the effects of climate change among farmers. “The ministry decided to start an institution that will aid the mission called the Climate Science Institution.  UCU will be a primary candidate in this and we shall be glad to work with you,” Otim said. The exhibition ran on the theme, “Climate Smart and Technology”.