Makerere University displays 90 research innovations

Sunday, 8 November 2009

akerere University academicians displayed over 90 research innovations in their Annual Research and Innovations Dissemination Conference that took place at Hotel Africana on November 5-6.

“Makerere has taken a lion’s share of the science awards in Africa and it is through such innovations that we will be able to improve our ranking not only on the worldwide web but also be able to reclaim our glory on the world map,”  said Venansius Baryamureeba, the university’s new Vice Chancellor while closing the conference.

The VC’s comments came as no surprise considering that he has personally won several awards for improving the study of science subjects in Africa, and that the institution he now heads is currently ranked at the 20th position on the webometric in Africa.

Academic experts at the conference said that this addition on the body of research and knowledge was massive and that it is likely to raise the institution’s ranking worldwide.

The conference whose theme was ‘Sustainable Socio-economic Development in Uganda: The Contribution of Makerere through Research and Innovations’, was a fulfillment of a move by the university last year to hold annual dissemination conferences where stakeholders are appraised on the type of research outputs that have impact on people’s livelihoods and on national development.

The chairperson of the organising committee, Prof. Elli Katunguka Rwakishaya said the conference was organized in plenary and five specialized scientific sessions.

According to several participants at the conference, the Health and Health Systems Research session was the most enriching and Prof. Charles Kwesiga, the Executive Director of Uganda Industrial Research Institute   called upon “those who know and care to stand up and revamp the health system in Uganda.”

The conference was organised by the School of Graduate Studies, Makerere, and according to the chairperson of the science committee, Prof. George Nasinyama, over 180 abstracts were received for oral presentation, and the majority of the presentations was by way of posters, and only those that have potential to impact on society could be showcased.