Establishment

Established in 1994, the School of Sciences evolved from the School of Hospitality and Environment Science as the newest of the six Schools at Nkumba University.  The School takes academic study and research as priority and strives to provide an attractive academic and social environment that both students and staff appreciate.  All talented and committed applicants with academic capability and potential to make the most of the opportunities that the School has to offer are welcome

Mission

The mission of the School of Sciences is to offer relevant scientific knowledge and skills in research, teaching, and public service for sustainable development. Excellence in research forms the foundation upon which academic programmes flourish and translates to excellence in graduate education and undergraduate experiences. The School is developing stellar academic programmes for discoveries and applications in science and technology and for graduate and under-graduate education. The research and teaching programmes are serving as an economic engine for the nation and are contributing to development of a college-going culture not only in Uganda but also in the East African region and globally.

Vision

The vision of the School of Sciences is being the centre of academic excellence by developing multidisciplinary and inter-disciplinary research programmes and innovative undergraduate and graduate curricula, distinguishing itself among established science programmes, providing the best possible preparation for its students as they address the many scientific challenges facing human kind, and by addressing the needs of its stakeholders in the region and globally. Multidisciplinary and inter-disciplinary research programmes are thematically categorized into Applied Mathematical Sciences, Environmental and Evolutionary Sciences, Applied Pure Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, and Physics), Management and Technology of Natural Resources, Biomedical Sciences, Physics, and Chemistry. Thematic groupings are emphasizing the commitment of the School administration to research programmes that encourage cooperation and collaboration across disciplines. Thematic groupings acknowledge that finding answers to complex problems often requires multi-disciplinary expertise so that the growth of research programmes is not hampered by disciplinary boundaries. Innovative undergraduate and graduate curricula and foundational courses for science students are highly valued by the School. The school administration is committed to innovative pedagogies that increase the recruitment and retention of students in the sciences. The School has the wonderful opportunity to create and shape curricular programmes and offerings to provide both the scientific breadth and the depth required for graduates in the 21rst century. Providing the best possible preparation for its students as they address the many scientific challenges facing human kind gives enormous opportunities to develop a diverse workforce with a strong science preparation. An appreciation and commitment to diversity at all levels (students, staff and faculty) in the School and across multiple activities are essential for success of students. Contributing to addressing the needs of stakeholders and constituents in Uganda and internationally is in recognition of its responsibility and value to the public. Many young people are being underserved in access to higher education and in reaping the economic and intellectual benefits of a teaching and research university. Graduates of degree programmes are being well-prepared to contribute to solving complex problems that face the nation and the world. Access is the key to personal success in modern society and an important goal is opening doors to higher education to groups that have not traditionally had opportunities in higher education. The research programmes will continue have far reaching implications to advance the health and well-being of humans and the environment, while making fundamental discoveries about the world in which we all live.

Objectives

The main aim of the School of Sciences is to endow the students with sufficient knowledge in basic and applied scientific issues, basic ability to think logically, and the skills to utilize acquired knowledge to solve scientific problems in the various communities for their personal gains and the good of the society at large. The specific objectives of the School are to: Empower the students with scientific knowledge and skills so that they are able to:

ask questions that help them to learn about the world;
figure out answers to their questions by investigating the world;
learn about the world from books and other sources of information;
communicate their findings to other scientists and the rest of society;
reconstruct knowledge that they have partially forgotten
Mentor the students in scientific research
Scientifically literate people are learners, as well as “knowers” of science. Their theories about how the world works are constantly changing as they encounter new information through reading, personal experience, or active investigation of the world around them. There are important similarities between the curiosity of childhood and the research programmes of mature scientists. In particular, both children and scientists are driven by a desire to understand the world around them. This drive needs to be encouraged and nurtured in schools and advanced at universities. Apart from teaching, the academic staff and students in the School are engaging themselves in active research and rendering extension services to community within and outside the University. The School is also expected to render outreach programmes through its facilities i.e. Botanical Garden and Herbarium (being developed) and other scientific facilities to various categories of interest groups.

Values

The values that the School of Sciences upholds include:
(a) excellence in scholarship
(b) academic excellence in training scientists
(c) innovativeness in its research, teaching and relationships
(d) teamwork
(e) hospitality
(f) conduct
(g) time management

Staff