Acting Kyambogo University vice chancellor Eli Katunguka has been elected interim chairperson of the newly-formed Eastern Africa Research and Innovations Management Association (EARIMA).
Prof Katunguka’s election was endorsed by representatives of universities and research institutions at EARIMA’s recent conference in Arusha, Tanzania. Others elected include: Prof Richard Kangalawe (vice chairperson), Dr Edwomis Lyaya (secretary), Prof Abdirizak M. Aden and Prof G Mwangi as committee members.
The team is supposed to serve until August next year when permanent members will be elected.
EARIMA is a network of regional research and innovation management practitioners from eight countries including: Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi, Rwanda, Kenya, Somalia, Eritrea and Mauritius.
When contacted, Prof Katunguka was upbeat about the new responsibility, saying it would offer him an opportunity to market Kyambogo University and boost research at the institution.
“I have a rich profile and with this opportunity, Kyambogo and Uganda will immensely benefit in area of research and innovation,” Prof Katunguka said in an interview on Monday.
He said the new body would play a significant role in the professional development and capacity building of its members while promoting best practices in research management and administration.
Prof Eli Katunguka, 59, joined Kyambogo University early this year at the height of internal bickering among top management which eventually led to the exit of former vice chancellor Prof Omolo Ndiege.
For the six months he has been in office , Prof Katunguka has tried to restore normalcy. Before joining Kyambogo, he served as director of the School of Graduate Studies at Makerere University.
He moved to the school having served Makerere University as a Dean of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine for more than nine years.
SOURCE: Daily Monitor