Makerere University says it has taken a strategic decision to spend sh30b on supporting PhD students to aid them to do research and write theses that address national transformation.
Makerere University Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, said that the university aims at conducting research that can address societal challenges.
He was addressing academia, politicians, students and religious leaders during the Makerere University Symposium on National Transformation at the Department of Food Science and Technology.
“I believe that this is a matter of priority for our country to address the urgent need for us to come up with solutions for our national transformation,” he said.
“As impactful as this is going to be, our ultimate wish is to see a scholarship or loan scheme dedicated to graduate students.
“We are intentional about conducting research that is responsive to challenges facing our society with the view that this will help unlock the potential of Makerere to more substantively contribute to national development,” added Nawangwe.
The VC revealed that Makerere designed a ten-year strategic plan to implement the third National Development Plan (NDPIII) with a focus on positioning Makerere as the engine of growth of Uganda’s economy.
“With eyes on the 2030 mark of our strategic plan, Makerere is more committed than ever before to supporting government efforts to develop Uganda’s knowledge economy.
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