UMU bids farewell to exchange visitorsDavid Musoke
Uganda Martyrs University (UMU) has bid farewell to a team of staff and students from the Sustainable Agriculture and Community Development (SACDEP) College in Kenya who have been on a week exchange visit at the Main Campus Nkozi from Monday, 29th August 2022. The visit was organized by the African Centre of Excellence in Agro-Ecology and Livelihood Systems (ACALISE) in conjunction with the Faculty of Agriculture.
The team was composed of; 15 students, 2 Trainers, the Principal of the College, Dr. Nickson Ogada and the overall Executive Director of SACDEP-Kenya, Joseph Ngugi Mutura. Their visit was a follow up of the interactions that were held between the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Patrick Edrin Kyamanywa and the Principal of SACDEP College, Dr. Nickson Ogada, when he visited UMU a month ago.
The visit included a one day workshop on the; History of Alternative Agriculture in Africa that was facilitated by the Executive Director of SACDEP-Kenya, Joseph Ngugi Mutura who is also one of the pioneer African Scientists on “Alternative Agriculture”. It was attended by Heads of Ugandan Organic Farming Agencies, members of the University Management, staff and students on Friday, 2nd September 2022 in the University Auditorium.
The Deputy Vice Chancellor Rev. Dr. Christopher B. Mukidi who officially opened this workshop said that this visit has opened doors to more exchange of experts, mutual research work and possibilities of the development of curricula together.
Dr. Jude Ssebuwufu, the head of the ACALISE Project highlighted the possibilities of getting the Certificate finalists from SACDEP absorbed into the UMU Diploma programme at the Faculty of Agriculture but also give the students an opportunity to experience the life at UMU, hence creating more avenues of internationalizing the University.
The visitors received hands on training in Organic Farming Inspection, interacted with their UMU counterparts through Sports, class work and social evenings among other on Campus activities. They were later treated to a send off party that was held at the University Pub.