KIU CREATES AN ENABLING ENVIRONMENT FOR STUDENT'S INNOVATION
By Prisca Adaeze Nenger
Kampala International University Western Campus (KIU-WC) from Wednesday 11th - 13th September 2019, hosted a mind-blowing Research Dissemination and Innovation Conference (KRIC 2019) tagged - Multi-Sectoral Collaboration Towards The Prevention And Management Of Non-Communicable Diseases. The event which was held in her Western Campus in Ishaka-Bushenyi, had over 500 participants in attendance.
The conference was packed with Pre,
Main, and Post Conference activities that challenged the thinking of all participants
as they explored the heights. And in
line with the mission of KRIC, the conference provided a platform for the dissemination
of research knowledge and presentation of various innovations. This was
achieved, through the promotion of various students inventions that were
turned into products that can benefit the community.
"The conference was a big success. This was unique in a way that it was organized by the students and the staff. For such a rare collaboration it's rare to get that kind of success. It shows that KIU puts its students at the center. Whatever we do, we involve our students."
Prof. George Nasinyama; DVC RIE, KIU
In addition, Dr. David Kalenzi, Director Post
Graduate Studies and Research, KIU-WC, could not contain his joy when he stated
that the just-concluded KRIC 2019 is a very successful event, despite being the
first of its kind in the campus. This is what Dr Kalenzi had to say: "Being
the first of its kind, it was fantastic and well attended. We had the presence
of the Ministry of ICT and Health and they've promised to support the
Outstanding Students Awarded For Their Innovations
The Executive Director/Dean KIU Teaching Hospital (KIUTH), Professor Robinson Ssebuufu posited that KIU as an institution has given a great platform for innovative students to bring their projects to the limelight as such they will be rewarded accordingly.
Students are Innovators. KIU has given them a platform and an enabling environment. Those who are coming up should be inspired. Their ideas matter and we are rewarding them.
Prof. Robinson Ssebuufu; Executive Director/Dean KIU Teaching Hospital (KIUTH)
On this note, the winners of the innovation challenge were rewarded and promised support for the development of their innovations subsequently.
The 2nd runner up Kyeyune (Pharmacy), Lule Patrick (Medicine) and team invented MED SYSTEM an online-based system software and mobile app that helps fight Non-communicable diseases. They received an award of UGX 500,000/=.
The 1st runner up Kamyuka Solomon and Kigozi
David invented a mobile app called GLUCOHEART
that estimates blood glucose levels. The duo was award UGX 750,000/=.
The overall winner was Higenyi Eria (Pharmacy) who
invented THE STREET DIAGNOSIS MACHINE
that calculates BMI, takes blood pressure, oxygen circulation and heart rate.
The machine, which he called The Higenyi Constant, advises on
the course of action after diagnosis. He walked away with a rewarding prize of UGX 1,000,000.
The keynote speakers for the event were Dr. Gerald Mutungi; Commissioner Non-Communicable Diseases Uganda, and Prof. Fred Wabwire Mangen of the College of Health Health Sciences, Makerere University. Other personalities that graced the occasion were delegates from the Ministry of Science Technology and Innovation, Uganda, KIU Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research, Innovation and Extensions; Prof. George Nasinyama, The Deputy Vice-Chancellor KIU-WC; Prof. Patrick Kyamanywa, the Director Higher Degrees and Research KIU; Dr. Wardah Rajab-Gyagenda, among others.
International University Research Dissemination and Innovation Conference
(KRIC) is slated to become an annual event aimed at growing and strengthening a
research and innovation culture among all students and staff at KIU Western Campus
as well as other universities in the region.