The school of Forestry, Environmental and Geographical Sciences, , located in the western part of Makerere University opposite St. Augustine Community Center, is one of the three schools in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences of Makerere University. The school was formed by integration of the former Faculty of Forestry and Nature Conservation, the Institute of Environmental and Natural Resources and the Department of Geography.
It is comprised of three departments that is; the Department of Forestry, Tourism and Bio-diversity, the Department of Environment and the Department of Geography, Geo-informatics and Climatic Sciences. The School offers both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.
The core function of the school is training of students in areas of Forestry, Biodiversity, Tourism, Environment and Geographical sciences. The other school mandates is research and outreach.
The School’s strategic framework is in response to Makerere University vision; “To be a leading institution of academic excellence and innovations in Africa.”
“To advance training, knowledge generation and service delivery in order to enhance sustainable forestry resources and environmental management, and promote Geographical sciences. ”
The School agrees with the College values and is committed to excellence in all its endeavours, and this will feature prominently in its advocacy, partnership and capacity strengthening activities. Achievement of the above vision and mission will be facilitated by the core values:
- Transparency, accountability, honesty and openness
- Collective action, teamwork and shared responsibility
- Ethical conduct and integrity
- Timely delivery of services
- Positive attitude towards change
- Confidence and believing in our abilities
- Respect and trust in one another
- Customer care and clientele services
1. Build national and regional human capacity for broader Forestry, Biodiversity, Tourism, Environmental and Geographical Sciences Develop and implement undergraduate, graduate and graduate programmes and short courses responding to stakeholder needs in the fields of Forestry, environmental and Geo-Informatics and Climatic Sciences.
2. Generate innovative and well-targeted development solutions. This is being achieved by supporting research projects in areas of scientific and technical competencies; Developing novel contributions to bring improved products to the market; Designing and deliver research products that are responsive to dynamic society needs and to build basic scientific foundation.
3. Capability strengthening to deliver high quality services. Develop highly professional staff in adequate numbers for innovative and adaptive training, research and practice.
4. Proactively support the development and implementation of relevant national and regional policies. This will be achieved via a number of well-targeted outreach messages and policy dialogue activities.
5. Mobilize resources. Generate and mobilize resources both internally and externally in order to achieve the strategic goals.
1. Capacity developed: At least 80 MSc graduates in diverse disciplines offered by the School yearly, 4 PhDs in selected disciplines and 300 undregrdauate students
2. In-service and mid carrier support. Continuing professional development of mid-career scientists.
3. Outreach and publications. Outreach messages Publications (50 per year) and conferences conducted to promote knowledge transfer and sharing.
4. Infrastructure developed. Physical infrastructure for teaching, research and management upgraded and developed to service.
5. ICT infrastructure. Maintenance of existing ICTs equipment and laboratories.
6. Innovations. Well targeted research innovations generated for diverse stake holder needs and demands.
7. Finance generated. Some are funds generated to finance the activities in order to produce the above outputs.
Major areas of student training tategic, research and outreach
1. Building capacity for in areas geographical, Geo Informatics and Climatic sciences viewed as an integrative science involving among others emerging technologies like Remote Sensing, Geographical Information Science and Atmospheric Sciences;
2. Develop human resources, generate knowledge in the fields of Forestry, Biodiversity and Tourism; link up technology, production and natural resource use with conservation and education; Trains environmental managers and researchers at all levels;
4. The engaged in outreach activities with diverse stakeholders, conducts student internships and field attachments, open day, exhibitions, and short training programmes.
5. Carry out both basic and applied research in areas of Forestry, Environment and Geographical Sciences.