Makerere University Business School (MUBs) celebrated the graduation of eight PhD students and over five master’s degree students in Energy Economics and Governance, supported by NORAD, during its 74th graduation ceremony held from January 29 to February 2, 2024.
This collaboration between the governments of Norway and Uganda in the energy education sector is proving fruitful. Dr. Ezra Muhumuza, the Executive Director of Uganda Manufacturers Association (UMA), emphasized the importance of such studies, especially as Uganda advances its oil and gas sector and seeks sustainable energy resource management.
Dr. Livingstone Senyonga, a senior lecturer at MUBs, highlighted the impact of the project on individuals like himself, who received scholarships for PhD studies in Norway, enriching Uganda with expertise in economic regulation and energy governance.
Prof. Mohammed Ngoma and Dr. Bosco Amerit from MUBs noted the significance of introducing programs like Energy Economics and Governance to fill gaps in energy sector economics and strategic planning.
Norway’s contribution to Makerere University’s research profile was commended by Ngoma and Amerit, with Professor Olvar Bergland of the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) acknowledging Makerere University’s role as a leading institution in energy economics education and research in Africa.
Adella Migisha, a PhD candidate and lecturer at MUBs, expressed how the program deepened her understanding of Uganda’s energy potential, emphasizing the importance of unlocking these resources for everyone’s benefit.
Graduates, including Bosco Amerit, Jacob Otim, and Alice Arinaitwe, among others, have contributed to Uganda’s energy sector through their specialized knowledge. Further, graduates from NMBU have also added expertise in areas such as bioenergy modeling and oil investment analysis.