National ICT Research Capacity - The Republic of Uganda

Seven main national research priorities have been identified for ICT development in Uganda: ICT for Governance; ICT for Citizen Empowerment; ICT to support human rights protection, peace and conflict resolution; eHealth; eEducation and Rural Access to ICT (Telecentres).

National ICT Research Priorities include:

- Health & eHealth: Diagnostics; Epidemiological survey; Health care; Telemedicine; Service delivery. Instituions involved include: Ministry of Health, Makerere University, Mbarara University and Gulu University

- Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture: Climate Change; Agroforestry; Marketing; Agribusiness. Institutions involved include: Ministry of Agriculture, Makerere University, Gulu University and USAID.

- Secure clean and efficient energy. Institutions involved include: Ministry of Education and GIZ.

- Future Internet: Networks, Software Services, Wireless and mobile Applications. Institutions involved include: Makerere University

- Technology-enhanced Learning

- eGovernment

- Digital Content, Digital Libraries and Geographic Information Systems

The following universities and research centres in Uganda are undertaking ICT-related initiatives:

Makerere University

Departments include: Faculty of ICT (Computer Science, Information Technology, Information Sciences), Business School , East African School of Library and Information Science

Research areas include: Mobile Applications, ICT for Governance and Policy modelling, eInfrastructures, Information Systems, Networks, ICT for Sustainable Development, Software Engineering

Kyambogo University

Departments include: Department of Computer Science; Department of Mathematics; Department of Physics;

Mbarara University of Science & Technology

Departments include: Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Computer Services, Information Technology, Software incubation

Uganda Christian University (UCU)

Departments include: Faculty of Science & Technology - Departments of Computing, Environmental Science and Health Science

Gulu University

Departments include: Computer Science, Library and Information Services, Biosystems Engineering

Research areas include: eGovernance, eInclusion, eHealth, Technology-enhanced Learning, Agriculture, Environment

Kampala International University

Departments include: Computer Science - Information Technology and Systems, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mathematics, Biological and Environmental Sciences

Uganda Martyrs University

Research areas include: Technology-enhanced Learning

Bugema University

Departments include: Computing and Technology

Research areas include: eHealth, GIS, Engineering, eEducation

The initial mapping to Horizon 2020 Research areas is summarised below

Horizon 2020 Industrial Leadership Institution, Relevant Dept and Research area
Components and Systems Makerere University; Uganda Technology Management University: Smart Enbedded Components
Advanced Computing Makerere University; Mbarara University
Future Internet Makerere University
Content Technologies & Information Management Makerere University; Gulu University: Technology-enhanced Learning; Uganda Martyrs University: Technology-enhanced Learning
Robotics Makerere University (Faculty of Engineering): Robotics

Horizon 2020 Societal Challenges Institution, Relevant Dept and Research area
Health Makerere University (School of Public Health): Epidemiology, Diagnostics, Telemedicine; Mbarara University: Epidemiology
Food Security, Sustainable Agriculture Makerere University (College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences): Sustainable Agriculture, Food Security, Agri-business
Energy Makerere University (College of Computer and Information Technology, Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering)
Inclusive, Innovative and Reflective Societies Makerere University (College of Computer and Information Technology): eInclusion
Secure Societies Makerere University (College of Computer and Information Technology): Information Security