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Life time achievement award

Is the University of Rwanda Vice Chancellor. Prior to his appointment, he served as the Executive Secretary of the Inter-University Council for East Africa. He has served in different capacities in the Government of Rwanda. In 1999, he was appointed Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education.


Professor Marangu is considered one of Kenya’s leading humanitarians and is highly decorated both locally and internationally. She is an Honorary Alumni of Kenyatta University and is decorated with Moran of the Order of the Burning Spear (MBS) and Silver Star of Kenya by H.E. President Mwai Kibaki and retired President Daniel Moi respectively. She received an International Leadership and Character Award and Distinguished Achievement Citation by Iowa State University and an Outstanding Alumni Lay Award, Maggie Sloan Crawford Award and Doctor of Letters (D.Litt.) all from Olivet Nazarene University.

Ntege has served as University Librarian at UCU for the past 33 years.  Having started her higher education at Makerere University for a Diploma in Library studies, he later joined Kibuli Secondary School where she had her formation as a librarian.  From their he joined  Bishop Tucker Theological College (BTTC) on June 1, 1988 as an Assistant Librarian to the late Dr. Frederick Mukungu. From their she saw the transition of the college to Uganda Christian University and served on the same till 2021.


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Business School of the year

  The School offers a unique opportunity for individuals to develop and grow to become best business managers and practitioners; the School has been able to impart entrepreneurship knowledge and skills to our students. Many of our students have been able to employ themselves and create employment for others.

The MUBS Entrepreneurship Centre
Entrepreneurship is key to the growth of economies and is crucial for the long-term survival of organizations primarily because it is a source of innovations. The MUBS Entrepreneurship Centre exists to develop entrepreneurship along a variety of fronts through training, research, provision and dissemination of information. The Centre programs suit new and established businesses, individuals and organizations that work with entrepreneurs. It has a garage and incubation that fosters entrepreneurship through nurturing innovations and start-ups 

The university achievements include;

·  Promoting Excellence and Integrity in Management Practices. 

· Provision of quality training, research and consultancy services with the sole aim of assisting SMEs build their capacity for growth as they play a key role in wealth and job creation for this nation. 

· For the last 18 years, Kenya Institute of Management (KIM) has been running COYA Awards – a prestigious corporate event that recognizes organizations that have embraced Organizational Performance Index (OPI) Business Excellence framewor

College of business and economics;
1. Talent Match is a professional development program working to close the skills gap among Rwandan youth by helping them gain skills marketable to the Rwandan labour market.
They prepare youth through rigorous professional trainings, and individualized coaching to help them define and clarify their career goals, skills, and interests, place them in internships, jobs, and job shadows to provide them with the real-world work experience they need to meet the dynamics of the labour market.
Together with their most valuable partners and employers, they are crafting Rwanda’s talent to meet the demands of the Rwandan labour market.
2. Partnered with 250STARTUPS in 2019 to support innovative students by building for them new tech solutions

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Widening Participation or Outreach Initiative of the Year

The Open University of Tanzania complements campus education by offering chances for the expansion of educational opportunities at a relatively lower direct cost to students and by ensuring more equitable access to education than exists through conventional systems. Further, it makes possible for higher education seekers to have access to higher education opportunities at 24 relatively convenient situations.



Students, tutors and staff at AIMS Tanzania all participate in a wide range of school and community outreach activities. Highlights include:

  • Tanzanian Maths Camps
  • Bagamoyo Schools
  • Pi-Day in Tanzania
  • Understanding Albinism


University Covid-19 Emergency Response Fund
As we adapt to these unprecedented times of the COVID-19 pandemic, USIU-Africa is committed to keep our students in class and pursue their education uninterrupted. We have set up a University Covid-19 Emergency Response Fund to mobilize resources and support students experiencing financial constraints during these challenging times to continue with their classes in summer 2020 and beyond.

Daystar University sets aside over KES 30 million each year to assist approximately 300 students through a variety of scholarships and other financial aid. Eligibility and application process varies depending on the kind of scholarship.

Our scholarships fit a variety of our students’ needs. They include: 

  • Daystar Family and Daystar Sunday partial Scholarships – a one-time scholarship award aimed at helping students who have not completed paying their fees, sit for their exams.
  • Academic Merit Scholarship – a first year scholarship offered to students who have a mean score of A or A- in KCSE and have applied for admission to Daystar.
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Excellence and innovation in Arts

YMCA Department of Art and Design strives to provide full-time Art and Design programs that develop cultural, historical and industrial understanding of the Art and Design as well as creative and performing ability of its students. The YMCA Diploma in Art and Design requires at least two years of three terms each taken within a given period, in residence and with specific.

Realizing this, the Department has made art and design sensitivity to all aspects of visual experience central to the program. The task of the artist and art historian is to celebrate visual experience into a variety of media, technology and styles.

YMCA Holds a number of events, in music, dance, drama, exhibitions, fashions show, art galleries, webinars, seminars among others, in an effort to improve the skills and knowhow of Art and design benefiting both its students and the external environment.

Angela Wanjiku (21), a recent graduate of a Bachelor of Arts degree in design, has single-handedly created a lifestyle and fashion brand, which uses technology to address the needs of visually impaired persons in society.
“As a design student, I wanted to use my skills and passion to make an impact in my community,” she said, adding that she decided to focus on fashion for visually impaired persons.

“I used to wonder how they [visually impaired persons] interpreted fashion,” she said. According to Wanjiku, design, tech and innovation are powerful tools that can be used for empowering the underprivileged in society. Wanjiku‘s innovation offers verbal product identification during shopping and dressing.

Having conducted the best research that endeavored to ensure that child sexual abuse has been reduced at EMESA SUB-LOCATION sublocation in Kisii County-Kenya. This study contributed to the knowledge base on the etiology of child sexual abuse, shedding light on the mitigation strategies and informing on culturally competent practice preventing child sexual abuse

The Bagamoyo Arts and Cultural Institute (Taasisi ya Sanaa na Utamaduni Bagamoyo, TaSUBa) is a semi-autonomous governmental organisation in Bagamoyo, Tanzania, for training, research and consultancy services in arts and culture where an annual festival makes an important contribution to the continuing energy of Tanzanian theatre.

Furthermore, the institute organizes the yearly Bagamoyo International Arts Festival, which gives opportunity for performances for diverse audiences, for example schoolchildren, and promotess live interactions with other African or international artists.

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Outstanding Contribution to Leadership Development

In Egerton University, as is likely the case in other public universities, the student union is catered for in the university Act and Statutes (Egerton University, 1999a; 199b). The union plays an integral role in university management as it contributes to decision-making on matters affecting students’ academic and social life on campus. It is registered in the office of the Dean of Students and approved by the University Senate.
Viewed from this perspective, the student union is therefore a legally binding institution recognizable in university administration and governance. It has a guiding constitution that determines and controls the activities and responsibilities of the leaders to the student body and to the university as defined by the various organs. As a legal entity, the students’ union has various rights and obligations such as holding term elections, collecting funds, organizing meetings and disciplining its members

University of global health Equity UGHE’s Moskovitz Scholarship for Women in Global Health Leadership.

This is awarded annually to incoming MGHD candidates who have demonstrated a clear commitment to advancing the status of women and serving the most vulnerable, along with a strong desire to advance global health delivery.

The university is training future African leaders by allowing students to select missions to pursue as opposed to majors. Also runs 6-month accelerator programs in leadership and technical skills from low-cost set ups like coworking spaces. The ALX hubs enable leadership development at a scale, building ecosystems of entrepreneurship, innovation and collaboration to prepare young people to become job creators and leaders.


UONGOZI Institute is dedicated to supporting African leaders to attain sustainable development for their nations and for Africa. They seek to inspire leaders and promote the recognition of the important role of leadership in sustainable development. They believe that:
• Leadership is the key to achieving sustainable development
• The development of a leader requires specialized grooming
• An African model of leadership is vital for achieving the most favorable development outcomes for Africa. The Institute is an independent government agency established by the Government of Tanzania and supported by the government of Finland.
This study responded to an issue that emerged from the UONGOZI Institute’s ongoing work on leadership in Africa.

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Research Project of the Year: Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

“Historicising the Humanities at Makerere University since 1922”
Makerere University, the college of humanities and social sciences launched a 3 year research project aimed at rethinking and reshaping the role of humanities and humanistic social sciences in Uganda and the entire Africa continent. The project is titled “Historicising the Humanities at Makerere University since 1922” funded by the Andrew W.Mellon Foundation. The project will trace and examine the development of humanities at the university since then the humanities have been at the heart of Makerere University but also pioneering knowledge production on the continent especially in literelly and political science scholarship.

Submision Determinants of Gender Relations among Educated Working Married Employees in Mbarara Municipality, Mbarara, Uganda
The question of gender relations among working-educated, married employees in developing countries has long been a concern among development practitioners and policymakers. The study examined gender relations among educated working married employees in Mbarara Municipality, Mbarara, Uganda. The study was guided by the feminist conflict theory. The study employed a cross-sectional and used a mixed-method approach. It considered working educated married employees from Municipality with a study sample of 113 respondents consisting of 92 married, educated working employees. Purposive sampling was used to select key informants (21) i.e. LCs 1,(6) 2(6) and 3(6) mayor,(1) probation officer(1), and legal officers (1) in the 6 divisions in the municipality was interviewed. Qualitative data were analyzed using frequency, percentages, mean, and ANOVA with the aid of the Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) software. The study established that age, marital status, religion, educational qualification, years of marriage, monthly income influence the relationship of working educated married employees


HATUA is a project funded by European & developing countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP). The core institutions engaged in undertaking this project include: the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI), the National Commission for Science, Technology and Innovation (NACOSTI), the Pharmacy and Poisons Board (PPB), Synergy Informatics, intelliSOFT Consulting and the Council of Health Research for Development (COHRED). In addition, the
Project will engage local private and public universities and the Bioethics Society of Kenya (BSK).

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STEM Research Project of the Year

As part of corporate social responsibility initiative, a group of Faculty of Engineering and Technology (FET) lecturers and students from the Centre for Engineering Computational Intelligence (CECI) partook in a Teen Talk Programme at Kafeteen, UTC Melaka recently. The programme was part of the LPPKN’s (Lembaga Penduduk dan Pembangunan Keluarga Negara) Teen Educators and a total of 40 students from 5 schools around Melaka were invited to join the programme

STEM subjects can be equipped with a lot of hands-on activities, experiments, and practices to support theory content and improve the 21st-century skills of students.

This paper aims at exploring the presence or absence of learning clubs in primary schools, outline possible hands-on activities which matches with the STEM subjects content and propose a way to integrate with the education system in Tanzania
The ATC students will come to Cornell and work with their Cornell counterparts on senior design projects, as well as take a short course focused on human biology, physiology, and disease team-taught by BME faculty.

The student trying to solve the food waste crisis,
He’s spreading the word about a device he’s created which could be a solution to Africa’s food waste crisis.
Food wasted every year in the continent could feed up to 300 million people, according to the United Nations. In just Uganda alone, up to 40% of fruit and vegetables end up being discarded.
But Lawrence, a 23-year old engineering student, hopes that his invention, the Sparky Dryer, will change everything.
The device is a dehydrator running on garden waste that dries fruit and vegetables quickly, making them last for months instead of days.


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Technological/digital Innovation of the Year

The Kabarak University Online Voting system that was first utilized ins 2018 has contributed greatly to the improvement in efficiency in the elections process and led to a significant reduction in the costs and logistics of the election process.
The need for the system was occasioned by the growing number of students in the university participating in the elections. In the manual process, vote counting took 12 hours in the 2017 elections. The costs of managing the manual election were also observed to be growing as the student numbers grew.
The University therefore embarked on the development of an online voting system that was piloted in 2018, deployed in an offline mode in 2019 and in fully online mode in 2020.


Boardrooms are known to host serious meetings and discussions. Sometimes they can be monotonous. To kill boredom, a Technical University of Kenya student has come up with a Teardrop Collection. Ombaso Benard Mirera, a 3rd year student pursuing a Diploma course in Fashion and Textile Design, has come up with an innovation of a parrot cage, designed in the shape of a teardrop. And there is also a coffee table.
“The 3D teardrop shape is used to create an executive boardroom table and a bird cage,” he says. Human beings tend to respond to nature with a smile or rather a sense of happiness especially after a sorrowful experience.
In boardroom environment he says, the parrot can imitate the chairman of the meeting and repeat the statements later therefore bringing laughter in the room and adding a soft touch to the discussion. “What the chair needs to do is to maintain eye contact with the parrot especially when emphasizing on some phrases. The parrot will repeat the same,” adds the innovator.
Mirera explains that the cage has got a coat hanger where the chairman can hang his coat as a sign of authority.

Universities and institutions of higher learning are striving to stop exam cheating and produce credible results. Media houses, Security institutions such as military barracks as well as correctional facilities such as prisons prevent photographing and recording of information for security reasons.
The evolution of mobile phones therefore pose a great threat to security of individuals well as institutions.

Boniface Mutegi Kithinji, a 4th year student pursuing a Bachelor of Technology, Technical and Applied Physics, is confident that crime can be tamed. The student has come up with a gadget that can detect a cellphone in an examination room and in other institutions.


CD4Lab is a research and development startup incubation hub at the University of Nairobi. C4DLab we take startups which are multi-disciplinary but have a computing element. And with initiatives like the TUMI Startup Accelerator, startups are equipped and trained in the ways of taking their businesses to the next stage. Currently, the University of Nairobi, through C4DLab (the Innovation and Incubation Hub) and a strategic industry partner, is running a 6 month-long prestigious Research & Innovation Fellowship.

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Outstanding Contribution to the Local Community

Green Resources Innovations for Livelihood Improvement (GRILI) project organizes training workshop for traditional healers in Morogoro

Traditional healers in the country have been advised to take a closer look at how to use the results of research conducted by researchers from the Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) and other institutions to improve existing products and introduce new products to meet the needs of the community at the right time. The university took an initiative to train the traditional healers on how to improve their existing products and introduced new products to meet the needs of the community.

Mount Kenya University in partnership with Partners for Care, a local NGO operating in Kenya, have in the last two years implemented projects that impact significantly in the community.  For example, the two institutions have distributed 50,000 water backpacks as a safe water transport and storage device, providing access to safe water transport and storage for hundreds of thousands of people; treatment of 9,000 pupils for jiggers and eradication of jigger infestations in Marsabit & Kilifi Counties leading to improved school performance; involvement of 547 students and 56 members of staff in community outreach programs. During the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic period, we were able to jointly distribute 5,000 water backpacks in the slum areas of Nairobi which served as hand wash units. In addition, we treated an additional 3,500 children and adults with jiggers in Watamu, Kilifi County. This treatment activity was complemented with training the local communities on how to reduce the risk of getting jiggers, local solutions of reducing fleas and the opportunistic infections as a result of jigger infestations.


  On 10th April 2020, the Office of the Vice-Chancellor made the first press statement on what Kabale University was doing to support the efforts of Government in the fight against the COVID-19 Pandemic. The University through its appropriate organs has continued to support Government effort through other urgent interventions.  Kabale University is located in a high-risk region, given the porous nature of the borders between Uganda, Rwanda, and DRC; where cases of the people affected have been reported. As such, the region has to increase its vigilance and preparedness. The Kabale District Task Force (DTF) and the Regional Referral Hospital identified key urgent areas that must be addressed to reach the expected level of preparedness, should an outbreak of the Corona Virus occur in the region. Under an MOU between Kabale University (KAB) and Kabale Regional Referral Hospital (KRRH), this Hospital serves as the Teaching Hospital for Kabale University School of Medicine (KABSOM). 

Building a gender equal world through higher education

Sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) at universities in Kenya often leaves female students with internal wounds beneath the ‘happy faces’ seen on graduation day. As SGBV is frequently camouflaged by a culture of intimidation and silence, addressing the issue is a challenge. When it comes to confidentiality, the protection of survivors and their dignity, and the dissemination of appropriate information, poor university responses and systems can leave the traumatised victims in limbo.

Armed with this knowledge, I applied for funding from the ACU to develop a mobile app to address SGBV in September 2019. The app facilitates anonymous, efficient and timely reporting of SGBV cases, helps to analyse data, and provides reports on submitted cases for further investigation.

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Outstanding government support for students

National ICT Initiatives Support Program (NIISP) for Gulu University

Ministry of Information Communication and Technology (MoICT) has awarded 70 million Uganda shillings grant to Gulu University who emerged as one of the 45 winners or innovators that won the National ICT Initiatives Support Program (NIISP) announced in early February.

The project named ‘Gulu University Digital Solutions Platform’ stood out among the 45 best according to Bagirre Vincent Waiswa the Permanent Secretary Ministry of ICT in the award letter to the University dated 3rd February 2021.

The project will focus on creating a digital solution to support the public service delivery system in the country through digital education platform and solutions to support the fight against coronavirus COVID19 pandemic.

Government of Rwanda promoting ICT through;

·         The government of Rwanda has been a foremost champion of women in ICT and in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (also known as STEM), by driving initiatives like the establishment of the Carnegie Mellon University-Africa campus, for which the Bank provided funding. Students from 17 different countries pursue highly specialized ICT skills at the Africa campus.

·         The country also hosts the African Institute of Mathematics (AIMS) which is now recruiting balanced cohorts of women and men. Lastly, the Bank-funded University of Rwanda College of Science and Technology has for many years produced women leaders in the ICT sector in Rwanda and globally.


Support to Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) – for Relevant Skills Development Project (TVET Phase II Project)

The overall development objective of the project is to increase access and equity, improve quality and relevance of TVET education and training. The specific objective of the project is to equip youth, at least 50% of them women, with relevant TVET skills for the immediate and emerging labor market needs. The expected project outcome is increased skilled and employable youths. The project’s envisaged results are to contribute to enhanced quality and relevance of TVET programs in line with the TVET Act of 2013 provisions; and to support increased access (enrolment) in engineering and applied sciences TVET Programs to meet the immediate and emerging labour market demands

The project targets 3000 poor and vulnerable youths, including 300 youths living with disability from across the Country. Of the target youths, at least 50% will be females.

Tanzania ICT Technology Park

The ICT Technology Park, a Public and Private Partnership between the Government of Tanzania and SEACOM, will become a focal point for innovation, and include an Incubator providing co-working space, seed funding, training and mentorship for ICT entrepreneurs. Good progress has been made in identifying locations. The areas for the park has been confirmed in Bagamoyo and classified as a Special Export Zone, thus attracting low tax and tariffs, with SEACOM providing bandwidth. The data centre will be managed by NIDA as a 2 Tier data centre suitable for government, private sector and multinationals. The Park will help provide jobs by housing multinational enterprises and startup incubators, which will encourage them to interact.

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Outstanding Entrepreneurial University

UDSM Annual Innovation and Entrepreneurship Challenge (UD-AIC 2020)

This challenge was launched last year (2019) and this year was its second season. UD-AIC is open to ALL students from UDSM, this includes all undergraduate, and graduate programs.

The challenge requires students to form teams that must consist of two to six members and may be formed across different schools and colleges. Projects with only one participant are not be accepted. The theme for the challenge is “Creating Youth employment by turning challenges into innovative business opportunities and startups”. Student teams were supposed to identify a challenge in the community and come up with a bankable solution.

All the preparations for the challenge were completed, however, the process was halted due to corona pandemic which led to the suspension of second semester. We were just waiting for the students to come back and proceed

Strathmore University entreprenuership programmes include;
• Entreprise Development Programme.
• Private equity and venture capital programme
• Owner management programme
• Family business executive programme.
@iBizAfrica, a hub of Strathmore university, seeks to provide a nur-tur¬ing envir¬on¬ment that builds on the poten¬tial of the youth to develop ICT solu¬tions and busi¬nesses that work for the com¬mon good in soci¬ety. We focus on the fol¬low¬ing areas:
• Fos¬ter¬ing an envir¬on¬ment for entre¬pren¬eurs to develop, nur-ture and exchange their innov¬at¬ive ideas.


Daystar Leadership and Professional Development Institute (DLPDI) under Dayster University has a mandate to offer short courses that impart practical skills to professionals in the various sectors.
DLPDI short courses are run by two arms namely;
• Christian Ministries and Training (DLPDI-CMT)
• DLPDI-Executive Education (DLPDI-exEDU)
DLPDI-CMT’s courses are tailor-made for Church and community leaders while DLPDI-exEDU’s courses target corporate leaders.
The DLPDI courses are designed to help business and organizational leaders to explore ways of moving their businesses forward. As such, the courses are conducted in a facilitative way with an emphasis on current trends and practical ways that can help an organization fulfill its mandate. The courses are conducted in such a way that allows maximum interactions and networking among participants.

• University of Rwanda has a Grid Innovation and Incubation Hub (GIIH) . An incubation centre for young entrepreneurs with the best innovative business ideas. In a bid to inspire, mentor and create an environment where the development of start-up enterprises can be supported.
It partnered with, Wadhwani Foundation, a US-based non-governmental organisation in 2020 to promote entrepreneurship and support the skills ecosystem. • Through its National Entrepreneurship Network, the Foundation s focus in East Africa is to advance the availability of high quality entrepreneurship education. The organisation conducted training sessions with students and faculty members, where they were equipped with skills and knowledge in entrepreneurship.

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Outstanding Technical and Vocational Institute

Nakawa Vocational Training Institute (NVTI) is one of the four Public Vocational Training Institutes directly operated and administered by the Ministry of Education & Sports (MoES) through the BTVET Department.

 The Institute was established in 1971 by the GOU in cooperation with the Government of Japan through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). The primary objective of the establishment was to provide vocational training skills to school leavers and apprentices in enterprises and to upgrade and assess competencies of industrial workers. 

Arusha Technical College in Arusha, Tanzania is a public coeducational post-secondary tertiary education institution, which was jointly established in 1978 by the Governments of the United Republic of Tanzania and Germany, as the Technical College Arusha.


The College is accredited by the National Council for Technical Education (NACTE) to run and grant awards to successful candidates in technician and Engineering programmes. Awards offered are Ordinary Diploma namely the National Technical Level (NTA) 4 – 6 and the prospective Bachelor of Engineering namely the National Technical Level (NTA) 7 – 8.


The mission of Rubengera TSS is to provide solid technical teaching in a modern training environment, the training of informal skills as well as team work and leadership skills, to endow certificates in line of the Rwandan official training system and to offer lifelong -learning and training for local citizens.

The institute trains young people to believe in a future for their lives and families, supporting through their competence their community and country.

Kenya Institute of Professional Studies (KIPS TECHNICAL COLLEGE) is a premier Tertiary Institution established and mandated to operate as an Educational Training Institute by TIVET
Authority under the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology to offer technical training leading to Artisans, Certificates, Diplomas and higher Diplomas in various Courses. It has an active online campus that provides you with the opportunity to virtually visit the college and is committed to Customer focus, Professionalism, Reliability, Efficiency, Integrity & Affordability.

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University of the Year

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Outstanding cultural heritage advancement


The university hold an annual cultural gala for a week where students from different backgrounds and tribes can be represented and expressed. These have gone ahead and formed associations with the institutes that gets to promote culture with in the institute. These include Kigenzi, Ankole, Baganda Nkoba zambogo, Acholi, Basamiya, Japadhola, Basoga nseete.

Cultural heritage can be used as a tool for environmental protection. The Maasai culture was used to preserve the environment; with a lot of success. A study was undertaken developing a tool that could correctly correlate cultural activities and environmental conservation. The study developed a tool for data collection, from several questionnaire guides. The results were very satisfying and the cultural analysis tool was proven to correctly predict environmental outcomes from observing/not observing cultural activities.


Improving the understanding and the importance of cultural tourism and thus its ethical care for the country has already been defined as one of the key success factors while developing sustainable tourism. Thus, for cultural heritage tourism industry to flourish and continue being one of the important GDP contributors as well as an important employer, the various stakeholders need to understand the dynamics and needs of the industry. Through this understanding it can be easy to prepare suitable environment for it to flourish. It will help to boost public awareness of tourism, whilst enhancing its image and positioning it positively in the minds of people in terms of economic, social and environmental development within the public domain. In order to mobilize support for the sector across the nation, it is deemed necessary to implement a national public awareness campaign that needs to focus on policymakers from both the executive and legislative branches to ensure policy reform requirements are prioritized and addressed effectively.

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Outstanding agricultural research of the year

Kenya Launches a coral reef fish project (Funded by Japan/FAO) to improve food security, livelihoods and maritime safety through increased resilience of coastal fishing communities.
Objectives for the research include;
To achieve strong and sustainable economic growth, Kenya is diversifying her sources of economic growth by prioritizing the Blue Economy, which has a great potential to contribute to higher and faster Growth Domestic Product. Innovation and technology in the coastal, marine and maritime sector, including harvesting of both living and non-living resources from marine and fresh water ecosystems could deliver food and nutrition security, energy, transport, among other products and services including serving as a foundation for sustainable development in Kenya.

Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Horticulture

Researchers from Busitema University in Uganda have worked with the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Horticulture to advance fruit and vegetable production for Uganda’s smallholder farmers.


There is need for green fertilizers which will increase availability of food without causing harm to the soil. Conventional and inorganic fertilizers destroy the soil by causing excessive acidity or minerals that kill soil microbes. This research aimed at catalyzing organic fertilizers using friendly catalysts. Terminalia brownii and Acanthaceae spp. extracts were added onto kitchen waste as catalysts to hasten the nutrient availability from these biomasses. The biocatalysts tremendously increased the availability of calcium, nitrogen, nitrates, phosphates, total phosphorus, sulfur, sulfates, soluble silicic acid, potassium, zinc amongst other plant nutrients. The research indicated that the two bio-catalyzed can be adopted to hasten decomposition during preparation of green fertilizers. This would increase the effectiveness of green fertilizers thus more food production and soil conservation. From the research, another research on effects of Red Bomet rock on green fertilizer was carried out; successfully.

Novel Compounds for Countering Insecticide Resistance and Improving the Control of Plague Flea Vectors

Project Summary;

We envision development of low cost rodent contamination device (RCD), where rodents would visit, get contaminated with control agents and feed on bait with ivermectin; and vehicle those agents to microhabitats. As such, we will ensure routine and targeted control, which in turn will circumvent delayed control and high costs. We will aim to develop low-cost RCD which could be used to auto-disseminate novel compounds and or chemical insecticides to rodent microhabitats.

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International Collaboration of the Year

GREEN (Global Roots Ethic and Economics Networks) in Partnership with University of Rwanda

It connects graduate students, post-doctoral researcher, professors and practitoners around the world thus enhancing learning from each other, learning video skills and ultimately leads to human development.

• Makerere University entered a partnership with The MasterCard Foundation to offer scholarships to 1,000 academically bright but economically disadvantaged youth from Africa to study at Makerere University from 2013 to 2023. This is a project worth US $ 20,989,965.15 implemented at Makerere University with the aim of developing the next generation of African LeaMakerere University ders and also to promote the strategic objectives of Makerere University and The MasterCard Foundation in contributing to Africa’s higher education sector and development. The project is implemented under the leadership of the Planning and
Development Directorate (PDD).
• The MasterCard Foundation Scholars at Makerere University offers comprehensive student support, that include;
• Tuition and Functional fees
• Laptop, books and other learning materials
• Accommodation, beddings and meals
• Medical insurance
• Stipend
• Transport to and from home
• Psychosocial and mentorship support
• Capacity building training in leadership, Communication, Entrepreneurship, Financial Literacy, Gender and Human Rights

(MUHAS) is based in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and has a long standing collaboration with the Harvard Chan School on a number of public health research and training efforts. This relationship, which began more than 35 years ago, has grown even stronger during the last 20 years through joint large research studies, and both programmatic and training activities. Building human capacity has been a long-term goal of the collaboration. Each year numerous Tanzanian physicians, scientists, and researchers attend degree programs or participate in non-degree training programs or academic sabbaticals at the Harvard Chan School.

• The HBNU Fogarty Global Health Fellowship connects high-potential global health researchers with innovative, mentored research opportunities designed to improve the health of low-resource populations around the world. Sponsored by the Fogarty International Center (FIC) and several collaborating Institutes and Centers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the HBNU program brings together a consortium that includes Harvard University, Boston University, Northwestern University, and University of New Mexico, in collaboration with 22 partner institutions in low-and-middle-income countries (LMICs).

International collaboration for training medical chief residents in Rwanda

The year-long position of chief medical resident is a time-honored tradition in the United States that serves to provide the trainee with an opportunity to gain further skills as a clinician, leader, teacher, liaison, and administrator. However, in most training programs in the developing world, this role does not exist.

We sought to develop a collaborative program to train the first medical chief residents for the University of Rwanda and to assess the impact of the new chief residency on residency training, using questionnaires and qualitative interviews with Rwandan faculty, chief residents, and residents.

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Outstanding Innovation towards climate change

Water pollution is fast changing our climate for the worse. There is need to purify the current sources of water using green methods that do not further contribute to climate change. We aimed at purifying water using photodegradation in the presence of zinc oxide and beta-carotene. We successfully cleaned sewage water and mimicked carbonyl-containing water. These findings imply that sewage water can be treated and re-used for domestic and industrial consumption. The discovery has also allowed us to work on treatment of dye wastewater for re-use in tanneries and tea industries.

The research aims to address the trade-off between water savings, and productivity and soil fertility brought on by the use of alternate wetting and drying, a water management technique that uses much less water in rice irrigation. Rice, a staple food for 3 billion people, consumes more water than any other crop. In the coming decades, as demand for rice increases, freshwater resources dwindle and become more unpredictable due to climate change, and evaporation rates increase due to higher temperature, rice production will become unsustainable in most regions, requiring alternate wetting and drying but its use will need a trade-off to reduce organic nutrients being mineralized and to prevent the loss of soil fertility.


Air Quality: Makerere University Initiative Eases Detection

In a bid to address the challenges of air pollution in Kampala and other African cities, AirQo, a research initiative from Makerere University was officially launched to focus on collecting, analysing and forecasting air quality data in Uganda, and most importantly working with other stakeholders to inform mitigation actions. This is the first local air quality monitoring research initiative in Uganda and by far the biggest in Africa.

While launching the Research Initiative Project in Kampala, the Project Lead Prof. Engineer Bainomugisha noted that lack of air quality data to quantify the magnitude and scale of air pollution levels is a big challenge in Uganda and across the African continent.

Condition Monitoring for ireless Sensor Network Based Automatic Weather Stations:

Wireless Sensor Network (WSN)-based Automatic Weather Stations (AWSs) perform automatic collection and transmission of weather data. These AWSs face challenges, which lower their performance. Hence, a need for regular monitoring to reduce down time. We propose condition monitoring, comprised of a data receiver, analyser, problem classifier and reporter and visualizer, to mine data relationships, identify possible causes of problems and perform reporting of AWS status. 

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Outstanding Innovation towards health

Prediction and classification of heart failure in Rwanda using hybrid machine learning algorithm 

• Landmark achievements include in the following areas:
o Demonstrated that Pelvic Inflammatory Diseases (PID) in HIV positive women can be treated as out-patients
o Influenced Global policy on the Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) among discordant couples and placed KEMRI on the global platform among the top 10 innovations of the year.
o Established Shamba Maisha as a study which is addressing the dilemma faced by those affected and infected with HIV/Aids in Africa in terms of stigma and food security.
o Transformed lives and economic status through simple small loans that has ensured food security and health of HIV-infected patients.
o Provided a platform for conducting clinical and implementation research
Contribution to National Development;
• In line with the constitutional requirements, KEMRI has developed a comprehensive framework
• under which the Institute has devolved its research activities and through seven regional clusters
• that serves the forty seven counties under the strategic pillar of health research in the context of devolution.


• TIBA-VENT, in Nairobi, Kenya, have designed and built a low-cost ventilator to combat COVID-19. The project aims to address the shortage of mechanical ventilators in Kenya, says IEEE Student Member Fidel Makatia Omusilibwa. He is studying electrical and electronics engineering at Kenyatta University and is chair of the student branch there. He leads the ventilator team, which includes 15 students from the university’s schools of engineering, medicine, nursing, and pharmacy. He says the university also offered assistance in a number of ways.
• The ventilator goes by the name Tiba-Vent. Tiba is a Swahili word for cure. It makes use of the principles of ventilation, fluid mechanics, control engineering, software engineering, and signal processing.

• Scientists behind Uganda’s Corona Birus Kits. The development of a much cheaper and faster test kits that don’t need a laboratory like the existing test kits is expected to lower the cost of Covid-19 tests and boost Uganda’s fight against the pandemic. Covid-19 test costs about Shs200,000, which is expensive for many Ugandans.
• This will be used in schools and hard-to-reach parts of the country. The kit, like the rapid diagnostic kit for malaria, detects whether someone has been exposed to the coronavirus. It gives results between three to five minutes, according to the developers.
• The team of scientists behind the team is composed of Alumnis and lecturers of Makerere university.

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Outstanding Marketing/Communications Team

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