Prime Minister, Ms Robinah Nabbanja revealed that since the government is already committed to improving the welfare of scientists through the Salary Enhancement Scheme, one of the many avenues through which the government can help universities that conduct research and innovations go through the use of funds to facilitate them.
“The government already gives grants to some private universities in Uganda. Funds will also be available to stimulate certain research work in public and private universities. Funds will be available on a competitive basis. Let the university management not hesitate to contact the government when this opportunity arises,” she said in her speech delivered by Kampala Minister of State, Mr. Kabuye Kyofatogabye during the celebrations marking the 30 years of Ndejje University in Luweero District on May 27. 2022.
Although research and innovation is not limited to universities and higher education institutions, the government believes that the availability of funds to support certain research and innovations will partly solve some of the daily challenges.
The government is already aware that the cost of investing in science and technology is high, but technology is the way forward. This partly explains why the government supports the student loan program for science students in public and private universities.
“As a Christian founded university that cherishes Christian values for learners, we encourage you to produce disciplined graduates who cherish integrity after leaving the University of Ndejje. President Museveni has pledged to upgrade the main road leading to the university campus and this pledge will be made by the end of 2022,” said the prime minister who paid 10 million shillings to the university.
The University of Ndejje was founded in 1992 and is owned by a consortium of six Central Uganda Dioceses of the Church of Uganda Province which include; Luweero, Mukono, West Buganda, Mityana, Namirembe and Central Buganda. It is one of the pioneering private universities that have championed science and technology.
“It is common knowledge that the reason why many private universities in Uganda are reluctant to teach different science and engineering courses is that the investment in setting up the labs and setting up the respective workshops is very expensive. We are the pioneer administrators and the university foundation body for choosing to invest more in science courses for the good of the country,” revealed the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Eriabu Lugujjo.
“The University educates a holistic person and that is part of why we emphasize the spiritual aspect in addition to the academics. We also prepare and encourage talent. The University of Ndejje is a sports powerhouse not only nationally but also in the East African region. We are organizing the University of East Africa games in December 2022. This is because the University of Ndejje has the capability and capacity. We are five time East African University Games Champions and have represented Uganda at the African and World University Games on several occasions,” he added.
The University of Ndejje has opened a water research and development center where the community is part of the project to help improve water harvesting systems and make water available for irrigation.
Waste energy management, manufacturing of wooden ball sports equipment where University of Ndejje holds the manufacturing franchise in the region is among the many projects of the university, reveals the chancellor of the Rtd Bishop Hanninton Mutebi University.