Pro Vice Chancellor Bindura University of Sciences Education, Zimbabwe Dr. Cuthbert Katsvanga visits Makerere University
The Principal CAES, Prof. Bernard Bashaasha and Dr. Cuthbert Katsvanga meet the Ag. VC Dr. Okello Ogwanga
On 5th -7th May 2016, the Pro Vice Chancellor Bindura University of Sciences Education, Zimbabwe, Dr. Cuthbert Katsvanga paid a benchmarking visit to Makerere University College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES).
Dr. Cuthbert Katsvanga, paid a courtesy call to the Vice Chancellor Makerere University and was received by the Ag. Vice Chancellor Dr. Ernest Okello Ogwang. Dr. Ogwang welcomed the move of benchmarking fellow African universities saying, mobility among African institutions was crucial for relations, infrastructural and human capacity building.
Dr. Cuthbert Katsvanga receives a gift from the Ag. VC Dr. Okello Ogwanga
“Unlike 20 years back where there was little mobility in Africa, today there is criss-crossing that is very healthy in the context of our environment. The moment has changed and we should capture something that we should hold on”, Dr. Ogwang said.
Dr. Ogwang implored his counterpart to feel at home, tour the University and hold discussions with the relevant units in CAES for a possible collaboration.“If there is something that you would like, our doors are open and we would incorporate it in an MoU”, the Ag. VC pledged.
Dr. Cuthbert signing the Visitors book in the VC's Office
Dr. Katsvanga held a meeting with the CAES management where the Principal CAES welcomed him and gave a presentation on the college structure, management and leadership as well as learning and teaching facilities.
Dr. Katsvanga told CAES management that his university started training programs in forestry and natural resources in 2000 and was still in infancy stages that is why he needed to benchmark more established institutions like Makerere University to try and establish the training needs in those areas.
Prof. Moses Tenywa, Dr. Cuthbert and the Prof. Bashaasha pose for a photo at the CAES Grants Office in the school of Forestry
Dr. Cuthbert also visiting the college Library. In the picture, the Librarian Mr. Onan Mulumba takes him through the CAES Library
“We are looking at how more established institutions have incorporated emerging issues like climate change, bio-energy, clean energy in their curriculum more particularly in agriculture and forestry programmes”, the Pro VC said.
Dr. Katsvanga also said that he was benchmarking Africa’s old institution to see how gender issues were being incorporated into the curriculum and what was being done to encourage women to enroll in sciences.
“In our science based programmes, if we get 1% of the females, we would be very lucky. For female students to qualify they require 8 points but at times we reduce it to 2 points for every 2 science subjects they qualify. So we would like to know how you bring ladies into sciences”, Dr. Kastvanga said.
Dr. Cuthbert and the hosts touring the BNF lab
Dr. Cuthbert touring the soil lab
The Pro VC toured the teaching and learning facilities in the CAES three schools including the Food Technology and Business Incubation centre.
In the school of Food technology Nutrition and Bio engineering the visitor toured the Food parlour, the FTBIC and new extension building
He also visited the Makerere University Agricultural Research Institute Kabanyolo (MUARIK) and held a meeting with institute Director, Assoc. Prof. PhinehasTukamuhabwa who introduced activities carried out on the University farm before touring the research facilities at the institute.
At MUARIK, places visited include the poultry unit, tissue culture lab, dairy unit, research screens and the biotechnology lab.
In his fare well remarks, the Principal CAES, Prof. Bernard Bashaasha thanked the visitor for choosing to visit Makerere of all other universities. He said the college was looking forward to any collaboration be it in teaching, research, staff and student exchange.
Dr.Katsvanga appreciated Makerere University for the hospitality. He said he was overwhelmed by what he had seen pledging to return for possible collaboration in areas of staff and student training and research in forestry and agriculture.
In the biotechnology lab at MUARIK
“Makerere University is ranked as number four in Africa. But for me I regard it as number one since the other universities on top operate in different socio economic arrangement with a different history. Makerere deserves the first position because it operates in the typical African context and its performance has been improving year by year.” Dr. Katsvanga remarked.
Dr. Katsvanga was finally hosted to a dinner at MISO restaurant in Nakasero.
Dinning time: The Principal CAES Prof. Benard Bashaasha treated his guest to a dinner at MISO restaurant
About Dr. Cuthbert Katsvanga
- Joined the university as a lecturer in the Department of Environmental Science in 2001.
- Appointed Chairman, Environmental Science Department in 2003
- Appointed Executive Dean, Faculty of Agriculture & Environmental Science in 2006
- Promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2005
- Acting Vice Chancellor, 2008 to 2010
- Appointed Pro Vice Chancellor of the Bindura University of Science Education 2010 to date
Prior to that he worked for The Wattle Company and Border Timbers (Pvt) Ltd 1996 to 2001), where he was awarded The Nic Kruger Trophy for best Silvicultural practices in Pine-Eucalypt re-establishment for 1997 and 1999
He holds a Doctor of Philosophy (Forest Protection) and an MSc (Silviculture and Management). Dr. Katsvanga’s research interests are mainly in Forestry; Ethno-botany; Agroforestry and Natural Resources Management.
He has published twenty eight (28) articles in referred scientific journals, two (2) book chapters. He has also presented papers at various conferences and workshops.
He has successfully supervised several MSc and undergraduate research projects.
Story compiled by:
Communication Officer, CAES