Education for Sustainable Development and Community Engagement

A department that promotes prosperity and collaborates with the community for quality education, research, sustainable development and improved livelihoods.


The purpose of the department is to fulfil one aspect of the university’s mission for existence, that is, “Service to Humanity”, and her view that the university must not exist in isolation but must be involved and concerned about the challenges faced by communities around it.

  1. To spearhead implementation of Education for Sustainable Development in the university (mainstreaming of ESD in the university curricula, programs, policies, plans and practices)
  2. To coordinate the Regional Centre of Expertise Greater Masaka activities on Education for sustainable development in the region
  3. To develop, coordinate and implement in communities sustainable development programmes and projects aiming at improving the livelihoods of communities.
  4. To build strong relationships, consolidate networks and collaborations form platforms to document and share ESD best practices


The first attempt to carry out community engagement started with the setting up of the Centre for Extra-Mural Studies in 1996 which served as an incubator for new programmes, courses and faculties. It brought to life many programmes especially those using the distance education mode. It also conducted short courses for the benefit of many members of society. In order to mainstream community engagement in UMU a special unit was created in the year 1999 to serve as a community social service arm of Equator Valley Farm (EVF), with a purpose of contributing to community development. This was to be achieved by active involvement of beneficiaries – farmers within a short radius of the university... More >>

Engagements with communities

From 2003 to 2015, the Directorate and then the Department have managed and implemented a number of community development programs and researches

  • 2003 – 2008: With support from a Belgian organization AP TRIAS, implemented a program which involved promotion of sustainable production and sales of agricultural inputs, development of marketing opportunities, and training of farmers and improvement of the nutritional situation in Nkozi Sub County, Mpigi district. The program saw over 1000 farmers mobilized to form a farmers’ association called Nkozi Agri-Business Training Association (NABTA) which is still existing and running independently of UMU support.
  • 2009 – 2011: with support from the SIEBEN Foundation (USA), implemented a project on promoting cooperative commercial agriculture... More >>

Visions Purpose & Objectives

Contact us

Head of department

Br. Aloysius Byaruhanga

  • +256 772 689206


Ms. Basemera Theopister

  • +256 774302671

Field Officer, Measurement & Evaluation

Ms. Nambuubi Juliet

  • +256 773 035520