Ndejje University has won an international Innovation award for Climate and Environment protection.
The 2017 award granted by German Fraunhofer Institute comes with 3000 Euros which will be used to support the university’s Energy Research and Development Centre .
The university’s project presentation of briquettes produced from bio-waste as an alternative cooking method of protecting the environment and reduction of wood consumption earned it the award contested worldwide by hundreds of institutions and organizations.
A total of seven organization practitioners engaged in climate change action worldwide including Ndejje University won various prizes at the awards presentation held in February this year in Berlin, German.
Ndejje University has also featured in a documentary video clip that was done by German’s international broadcaster, ‘Deutsche Welle’ showcasing the briquette project at the University.
Documentary video clip is available on “Deutsche Welle”, Germany’s international broadcaster: http://www.dw.com/en/protecting-forests-with-maize-briquettes/av-43085312
This award honours intercultural teamwork, technology adapted to local needs, practical environmental protection and sustainable strategies.
Former Development Worker with Ndejje University, Thomas Lube and the Christian Service International Managing Director, Mr. Lutz Benard collected the award in Berlin on behalf of the university.
While presenting the award to Ndejje University Vice Chancellor, Mr. Lutz Benard thanked the university’s Renewable Energy Research team, German development workers. the university administration and students role played in making the briquette project a success.
“You have shown what it means to share knowledge and develop new solutions. You have invested time, energy and finances for the protection of the world around you and the good of the people around you.
“Having received the award is not only an honour but also a responsibility. It means to keep on moving together, continue making the most out of this opportunity that was given to you. Don’t relax but rather press on to achieve even more for the good of the people of Uganda,” said Mr. Lutz Benard.
He also thanked the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, German Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, Federation of German Industries and support network of churches and Christians in German who initiated such climate and environment projects.
Christian Service International is one of the strong partners in the renewable energy projects of Ndejje Uinversity.
While receiving the award, Vice Chancellor Prof. Eriabu Lugujjo thanked all the development partners in the renewable energy research centre for supporting the university’s programme of producing graduates who are practical and relevant to the society.
“This is a historical moment for this country and the university winning this international award. Its a big landmark of cultural interface, collaboration and learning geared towards the university’s internationalization roadmap,”adding, “We can now produce graduates as custodians of the earth, who can use and conserve the environment as a natural resource beneficial to society.
He echoed Ugandan’s need to harness the environment and the abundant wastage by changing waste to wealth.
The Vice Chancellor said the university has now evolved from the initial three roles which include teaching and research to training, innovation, being practical and relevant to society.
Over 500 engineering university students take renewable energy as one of the units of study. Biogas and briquette manufacture is currently the biggest niche in the University’s Renewable Energy and Research Centre.
The awards handover function was also attended by the GIZ Country Representative Hendrick Hundhousen and other development partners.
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