Kampala University School of Natural Sciences
Kampala University School of Natural Sciences – see the list of courses offered at the school:
BackgroundThe school of Natural Sciences and Agriculture started officially in the year 2011 August. The school is comprised of two Major Departments that teach courses at certificate, Diploma and Degree levels. The Department of Environmental Science and Management offers Environmental management while the Department of Agriculture and Community Services offers a course in Agriculture and Community Development- an extension based course aiming at training extension workers in Agriculture.
Other departments include Biology. Physics, Mathematics and Chemistry- these are yet to receive students but all have accredited programs. The department of Agriculture, in addition to teaching also runs demonstration and production projects to equip students with practical skills in the various disciplines. Currently, the department operates a layer poultry unit with over 700 birds, a fish farm with five stocked ponds. The fish farm also has an advanced technology approach to solving water problems in the dry corridor of Uganda.
The crop section has an established banana plantation equivalent to an acre, pasture units the livestock section and student demonstration plots for students where vegetables are grown. Organic Farming principles are emphasized in the crop section.
The livestock section has expanded to include sheep and Rabbits while An Apiery will soon be completed.
MissionThe main vision is to provide scientifically valid and proven solution to scientific problems and challenges of present day Uganda and its neighbors.
Organization structureThe school is headed by a Dean deputized by a deputy dean – who together oversees the smooth running of the activities of the school on a daily basis. The program coordinator ensures smooth running of, proper organization of academic programs of students and monitors the quality of the work done.
The project coordinator over sees the school projects in the different departments of the school, ensuring smooth running of those established and proper planning for those to be established.
Each department is headed by a Head of Department who oversee the academic programs of the school. Each head reports to the programs coordinator who then reports to the dean of school. The teaching and non -Teaching staff reports to the Heads of Department.
Future plansThe school has developed new attractive programs that have been submitted to National Council for Higher Education for approval and they include;
- Bachelor of science Agriculture
- Bachelor of Science Agriculture with Education
These would be very attractive and more enriching to bridge up the gap in the different fields of work. The School plans to strengthen its current achievements and then embark on establishment of a Fish Hatchery, a Sericulture demonstration unit and a commercial production unit to feed the vast university market. The production unit will comprise of all the projects mentioned above operated at a commercial level.