Uganda - Developing a Green Strategy and Three Climate Change course modules for Makerere University

Context: 

Makerere University is a premier university in Uganda and has been in operation since 1922. The university has over 35,000 students enrolled into graduate and undergraduate programmes. Over the years the university has also become a key regional training hub attracting students and partners from the COMESA region and beyond. In 2013, Makerere University Senate approved the University Research Agenda (2013-2018); that clearly identifies five key research thrusts for the university that include: Environment, Natural Resources Management and climate change. In order to provide cutting edge research, training and outreach that encompasses climate change analysis and adaptation programming; the Department of Environmental Management wishes to develop a green strategy for Makerere University as well as undertake curriculum development in the integration of climate modelling, vulnerability assessment and adaptation programming into the existing and upcoming programmes in the university.

Objectives: 

The overall objective of this project was to develop a green strategy for Makerere University and integrate climate analysis studies in graduate programme by developping three interdisciplinary course modules on climate analysis within the existing MSc. ENR and proposed MSc. FEMD Programme curricular.

Results: 

A team of 5 experts from the CSF collaborated through four field missions in order to develop the requested outputs :

  • draft guidelines for the set-up of a simplified Environmental Management System at University
  • Well-structured course modules developed Teaching plan for the new course modules (climate modelling, climate vulnerability and climate adaptation), including power point presentations Training of trainers on climate analysis on the newly developed course modules undertaken
  • Concepts and modules of the new climate analysis courses are integrated into the MSc. ENR and MSc. FEMD programmes