Bemanya Twebaze, a lawyer says that Uganda’s education system is not training students to manage and protect their innovations.
Makerere University Vice Chancellor Barnabas Nawangwe together with Maria Hakanson, the Ambassador of Sweden during a panel discussion about research done at the institution on thursday
at Makerere University have been urged to drop the approach of aiming more for publishing
their work in academic journals than working on innovations that can generate
relevant solutions for the country’s development.
Speaking at inaugural Sweden - Makerere Days of Excellence event which will
be marked annually to assess the nature of research arising from the
partnership between Sweden and the university, Bemanya Twebaze, a lawyer who
delivered the keynote address said researchers are only excited about publishing
their work in journals.
Twebaze, who is the Director General of the African Regional Intellectual
Property Organization, told researchers and students on Thursday that African
researchers are publishing more but the expenditure on research does not match growth in innovations.
He said that at the university level, while students are creating
intellectual property every day, Uganda’s education system is not training
students to manage and protect their innovations. Twebaze says that intellectual property should
be taught in all courses at the university.
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he says there are numerous opportunities for research in the area of climate
change and food security-related issues where if well studied a lot of
innovations can result if the university partners with the right entities such as
the Uganda Registration Services Bureau (URSB) that would then help in protecting
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Mercy Kainobwisho, the Registrar General at URSB reveals only a few researchers
have had their innovations filled at the bureau even as the university
has already put in place an intellectual property and patenting entity.
that Uganda has very good laws on intellectual property but what is still
lacking is enough awareness for innovators to see the relevance of having their
Makerere University Vice Chancellor Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe said they have
developed the capacity to behave like a university-led research hub where
through partnerships they are even allowing lay people to work together on
innovations with students.
newly established intellectual property management office, he says they will be
able to protect innovations such that even when students complete their
university studies, they are able to continue developing usable products.
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Twebaze pointed out that women should be fully involved in research and they should
gain as much as their male counterparts noting that data shows that female
researchers tend to earn less from their innovations.
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