From 12th - 23rd of July 2022, the KIU team (comprising of a staff and two master's students from the Department of Civil Engineering, School of Engineering Sciences (SES), joined other participants from six other partner Universities under the NORPART ALL4WASH project for a two weeks summer school, at the Regional Water and Environmental Sanitation Centre (RWESCK), in Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology Kumasi (KNUST).
The summer school brought students and facilitators (teaching staff from each partner university) to learn from situations in each country on solid and liquid waste management activities. Specific training on fusion 360 design software and contemporary topics-blue circular economy, biogas digestion of wastes, waste composting, wastewater treatment, nutrient recovery from wastes, design thinking, sustainability, prototype development, and product certification were given to help students identify problems within their communities and develop sustainable solutions that are adaptable, economic and sustainable.
On behalf of the KIU NORPART ALL4WASH project team, the facilitator from KIU (Fwangmun Wamyil) presented a paper on solid and liquid waste management in Uganda.
(Image) - KIU Facilitator (Engr. F. Wamyil delivered a paper on solid and liquid waste management in Uganda during the summer school
ALL4WASH Project is a joint project under the Norwegian Partnership Programme for Global Academic Cooperation (NORPART), bringing together the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in the north, three African Centres of Excellence in water supply and sanitation in Ethiopia (Addis Ababa University), Ghana (Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.), and Tanzania (Nelson Mandela African Institute of Technology); and other South partner universities including Kampala International University KIU (Uganda); National School of Engineers ENI-ABT, Bamako (Mali); and the University of Venda (South Africa).
The overall aim of the 5 years project is to strengthen inclusive education and research in sustainable water supply and sanitation in NTNU and the partner Universities through co-curriculum development, student/academic staff exchange, joint research projects, and co-supervision. The project will develop a relevant curriculum incorporating eLearning & blended learning to equip students with the transversal skills needed to be active participants in the knowledge economy of water and sanitation considering the SDGs.
(Image): Postgraduate students from KIU, Mr. Ogwang Nickson and Ms. Ayan Muse Osman giving cultural, culinary, tourism, and other features of Uganda during the summer school
The project will establish research hubs to increase the quality of research and advance knowledge in the areas of circular economy, digitalization, governance, equity & inclusion, resource recovery, health, and climate change. Mechanisms will be established in the research hubs for Norwegian and partner University students to work on joint research projects to cross-fertilize ideas, innovate and develop solutions from different cultural perspectives. The project will establish long-term partnerships at the institutional and individual levels to continue to pursue these activities of mutual interest beyond the lifespan of the project. The Norwegian Government is the major sponsor of the five-year grant through the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).
KIU became part of the project through a successful project proposal in 2021 by Dr. Zubeda Ukundimana, the ALL4WASH project coordinator at KIU. Other ALL4WASH project team members at KIU include Dr Suzan Luyiga, Engr. (Dr) Kolawale Adisa Olonade and Engr. Fwangmun Wamyil.