The DALILA - Development of New Academic Curricula on Sustainable Energies and Green Economy in Africa project is a three-year project which aims to unlock and strengthen technical and economic capabilities strengthen the capacities in renewable energy sector. This project constitutes of 9 partners namely: Sapiensia University in Rome (the lead partner), Uganda Martyrs University, Uganda Christian university, Cadiz university in Spain, the state university of Zanzibar, university of Dodoma, Sahara Ventures (a Business Accelerator Enterprise based in Tanzania), Asud (a Climate Conservation NGO based in Rome) and Inoma (a Business Accelerator Enterprise based in Rome.
In the implementation of this project Uganda Martyrs University is working on the introduction of programs in Renewable Energy in collaboration with partner university and accelerator companies. The focus is on developing skills that are in line with the competence requirements in the market to enable beneficiaries to react to job market demands and to take advantage of the related entrepreneurial opportunities. To equip beneficiaries with practical skills in renewable, a state of art renewable energy laboratory is being established. This will facilitate learning through practical applications in laboratory experiments. This will also promote the use of innovative technologies and adaptation of green technologies to local contexts.
Focus is also on equipping beneficiaries with entrepreneurial abilities. Specialized training to enable participants start businesses from scratch will be given with the support of two Business accelerator companies (i.e. Sahara Ventures from Tanzania and INOMA from Italy). corporate visits to existing local businesses and placements with relevant organisations.
To support the employability for trainees who are job seekers, information about local job opportunities and financing opportunities/facilities will be provided by way of dissemination of adequate information about local job opportunities and financing opportunities for natural resources related businesses. A web platform will be created to connect students with local enterprises. The “E-mployability Hub” will have two different sections: a web-based portal for sharing information about students’ placement and network events.
The project further intends to create stable and durable collaboration between local universities and international stakeholders. Collaborative activities will include exchange programs for both staff and students, joint research projects etc.
Collaboration with stakeholders in the industry
The project intends to create stable and durable collaboration with the various actors in the renewable energy ecosystem including private enterprises, NGOs, government entities, support institutions etc.
In the case of Uganda Martyrs University, implementation of the project will include the introduction of a bachelor’s program, a master’s program and short courses focusing on renewable energy.
The Bachelor of Science in Economics and Natural Resource Management
This is a fulltime program that will run at our Nkozi main campus for three years. The program is offered by the Faculty of Business Administration and Management. The program intends to equip students with state-of-the-art competences that will make them employable in the private sector, by NGOs, and even the public sector and to enable them establish and manage businesses in natural resources related areas.
Students on this program will receive training from highly competent staff of Uganda Martyrs University and from two European universities i.e. University of Cardiz in Spain and Sapienzia University in Italy. To support the development of the required competences, theory learnt in class will be complemented with the practical applications learnt through laboratory experiments, corporate visits to existing local businesses and placements with relevant organisations. The university will work with employers and local business to ensure work experience opportunities for students. 3 best students in the pioneering year will have an internship in Europe i.e. two weeks in Spain and two weeks in Italy. During this time those students will receive additional lectures, technical visits, and seminars by European stakeholders operating in the renewable energy fields.
To support the students’ development of entrepreneurial abilities, additional specialized training will be given to enable students start businesses from scratch. There are two Business accelerator companies that will support the university in this endeavour i.e. Sahara Ventures (from Tanzania and INOMA from Italy). These will facilitate an intense course on how to successfully start a business which aims at equipping selected students with the foundational skills, knowledge and resources required to build their start-ups. The course will focus on developing an entrepreneurial mindset writing business plans & design thinking and prototyping.
First Year – Semester I:
Microeconomics – 1
- Introduction to Natural Resources Management
- Systems Ecology
- Introductory Statistics
- Principles of Entrepreneurship
- Elements of Mathematics
- Introduction to Computer Science and IT
- English Language Grammar
First Year – Semester 2:
- Macroeconomics - I
- GIS and Remote sensing 1
- Environmental Sociology
- Industrial Ecology
- Energy and Sustainable Development
- Renewable Energy Technologies and Decentralization of Energy production
- Literature and Composition
- Introduction to Ethics
Second Year – Semester 1:
- Microeconomics - II
- Natural Resource Economics and Policy
- GIS and Remote sensing II
- Gender and Natural Resources Management
- Quantitative Methods
- Renewable Energy Enterprises’ Management
- Communication Skills
Second Year – Semester 2:
- Environmental Economics and Waste Management
- Environmental Monitoring and Impact Assessment
- Ecological economics
- Research methodology and Data analysis
- Energy Efficiency and Storage Applications
- Field attachment
Third Year – Semester I:
- Land Management Economics
- Environmental law and Governance
- Urbanization and Environment
- Financial Models for Renewable Energy
- Rural development and Environment
- Project Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation
- Business English
Third Year – Semester 2:
- Climate Change Economics
- Resource and Environmental ethics
- Renewable Energy Financing and Modelling
(Mineral Resources option)
- Geomorphology and Mineral resources
- Oil and Gas Economics
(Bio-physical Resources option)
- Forestry Economics and Management
- Wildlife and Ecotourism Economics
Application Requirements & Procedure
The first admissions for this program are planned for the academic year 2021-2022. The B.Sc. in Economics and Natural Resources Management programme targets direct high school leavers, as well as diploma holders. Candidates seeking admission to this program should have the following: (i) The Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE) with at least six credits of which two credits must be in English and Mathematics. (ii) At least two principal passes at the same sitting of the Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE) in a combination involving: Economics, Geography, Agriculture, Mathematics, Entrepreneurship, Physics, Chemistry and Biology.
To apply for this program, you can download the undergraduate application form from the university website.
The Masters of Science in Energy Resources Management
The above program is still under development
Working with the various actors in the sector, several short courses are to be developed under this project