The College of Agricultural, Environmental, and Natural Sciences is run by St Augustine International University.
The college is constituted of 4 Schools, 9 service departments and 2 directorates. These include,
- School of Agricultural Sciences and Ecological Farming (ASEF)
- School of Agricultural Innovations and Technological Advancement (AITA)
- School of Sustainable Farm Planning and Development (SFPD)
- School of Agricultural Social-Economics, networking and marketing (SENM)
Department of Agro-ecology and meteorology
- Department of Landscape surveying and planning
- Department of Soil Health and water management
- Department of Crop Science and biotechnology
- Department of Animal Husbandry, nutrition and welfare
- Department of Horticulture, nutrition and design
- Department of Appropriate technology, fabrication and maintenance
- Department of Food Technology, handling and processing
- Department of Agri-business planning and investment
- Directorate of Research and Documentation/Multi-stakeholder Centre
- Directorate of Outreach, Information and Communication (include an incubation role/ discovery park)
The College ideally established all Schools and departments at the same time due to the integrated and multi-disciplinary nature of our programmes, as indicated in the interactive matrix below. However, more emphasis is put on the School of Agricultural Science and Ecological Agriculture, which offers a Bachelor of Agriculture Degree (BAG) and Diploma in Agriculture. The College has in place competent lecturers and support staff who have the capacity to contribute to sustainable development. They are facilitated to innovate, engage with communities and to make global linkages. Our students are taught in an enabling environment to be innovators hence morally sound and self-reliant citizens today and in the future.
Our mandate is to conduct innovative research, address community needs, and educate the community in respect of sustainable development, hence inclusive growth (Malabo Declaration (2014), food and nutrition security, poverty eradication,environmental conservation and climate change mitigation/adaptation. The Collegecaters for people who would need to be re-tooled to meet current and future needs of Uganda (Vision 2040) and the wider community (Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme/CAADP; Agenda 2063, the Africa we want). We seriously pursue concerns of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) 2010 for a Climate Smart Agriculture, and the UN-SDGs by 2030.
1.2.1 Objectives of the college
Therefore, at the College of Agricultural, Environmental and Natural Sciences, we are strategically set to contribute to sustainable development, and hence putting an end to un-employment, corruption, poverty, and food insecurity. We do this through innovating and exploring all avenues for an ethical productive business, mindful of the growing world population, climate change and sustainable production needs for today and the future. Therefore, our objectives are,
Advancing innovative and morally just business for sustainable food and nutrition security,
food sovereignty,as well assustainable livelihoods
The SAIU College of Agricultural, Environmental and Natural Sciences shall aim at innovating and creating jobs to achieve sustainable development, food security, sovereignty, and prosperity of the community, while conserving the environment and mitigating climate change through research, community engagement and teaching.
The College aims at offering demand driven agricultural programmes that re-tool and empower learners with knowledge and skills to be self-employed as well as be ethically innovative for sustainable development.
- To produce graduates that are just, innovative and able to be self-employed
- To provide high quality education, designed to meet dynamic demands of the agricultural sector and the community at large
- To execute research and disseminate appropriate knowledge and skills for sustainable development, inclusive modernization through improved productivity and profitability of agriculture
- To collaborate with other advanced knowledge institutions, International Agricultural Research and Development Centers, Networks and individual enterprises with a stake in developing sustainable agriculture
1.2.6 Learning Out comes
- Knowledgeable and skilled graduates meeting sector human resource needs
- Skilled youth who contribute to causing sustainable development and better performance of the agriculture sector
- Graduate who are well exposed and able to network with other actors and create jobs
In order to address those objectives a needs assessment was conducted and a job market analysis done to identify the most feasible and cost- effective areas to primarily focus on. After extensive consultations among stakeholders and sensitization of the general public, it was agreed that the School of Agricultural Science and Ecological Farming be established to offer the hands on Bachelor of Agriculture (BAG) degree programme (Full-time and Distance Learning). Likewise, we went back to stakeholders to review this curriculum and their report is provided in appendix 1.
The programme is offered as full-time. Courses are (in vitro and in situ), participatory and student centered teaching methods are applied. Relevant knowledge and skills are delivered by resource persons, in a participatory manner, to meet learners’ needs for a complete innovative production package. Students conduct a tandem field work exercise through the course to put knowledge acquired to practice, share it with farmers or industry and submit a report on the action research on a semester basis. Generated innovative ideas or products are coded, and availed to the DISCOVERY PARK for incubation and commercialization. These cases are used in examinations to ensure a multi-disciplinary approach to analyzing development situations. Resource persons are regularly re-oriented to ensure constant perfection of our innovative and participatory teaching methods. Students are taken out on field tours to harmonize their understanding of the agriculture value chain and farming ecosystem. Each course has good exposure to national and international policies in respect of political, economical, social-cultural and technological guidelines (PEST) as well as the agro-ecosystem from systems perspective. Applied ethics is taught as part of every course programme to morally rearm our students.
In order to capacitate the programme and College at large, students and lecturers are encouraged to write and publish both books and research papers.
The Bachelor of Agriculture Degree programme (BAG) is taught both theoretically and practically in alternating manner, and on full time basis. In vitro and in situ case studies, seminars and tutorials are used. The course has a total of 108 credit units minimum and 126 credit units maximum. Each semester has 3-5 courses. Each course unit takes about 3-5credits (3 credits for light/ introductory courses, and 5 credits for heavy courses; each credit is equivalent to 15 face to face hours). A total of 25 credits are devoted to practical community engagement/outreach/action research work which culminates into reports submitted on a semester basis. Successful students are awarded a Bachelor of Agriculture Degree (BAG) of St Augustine International University. Details of the course are presented in the proposal below.
In line with national objectives and those of St. Augustine International University, the School of Agriculture has the obligation to offer quality and relevant education to Ugandans, and non-Ugandans too, that way make a difference and contribute to national development. Currently, Uganda is limited in undergraduate degree programmes that offer hands-on training to meet practical skills demanded by the community. There has been a growing cross-section of our stakeholders who would like to enroll directly for the Agriculture degree programme after senior six. The full-time Bachelor of Agriculture degree programme caters for this category of applicants as well as those holding a diploma in biological sciences from a NCHE accredited institution or equivalent.
As fulltime students, they shall have regular access to laboratory practical as well as field value chain based practical experiences on their field practical work on campus farm and with the industry.
The programme is intended to contribute to empowering especially the rural community, women and youth through participatory practical student training. This are done by equipping learners with agricultural knowledge and practical skills as well as community outreach engagement, in order to contribute to achieving Sustainable Development Goals, and hence contribute to national as well as regional development efforts.
- To impart knowledge and practical skills to students to effectively and inclusively advise farmers and other stakeholders along the value chain on improving agricultural production and productivity in a sustainable manner, for improved food sovereignty, food security and nutrition, better incomes and enhanced living standards.
- To train students to innovate, manage and run profitable agricultural enterprises
- To engage in research in order to generate up dated knowledge and skills for well informed training of learners, which lead to sustainable development of the agro-ecosystem and sector at large
The course is open to holders of “A” Level Certificate with at least two principal passes in biological subjects such as agriculture, biology with chemistry, physics, geography or the equivalent. Applicants with two principle passes at A’level and holding a diploma in agricultural sciences or equivalent are admitted. Those with one principle pass or certificate in agriculture plus a Diploma or equivalent are admitted on passing an entry examination.
The programme is completed in three years for full time with a maximum of 141CU out of the 224CU possible in a year. This means that our students have about 1245hours for individual study in a year.
The programme is conducted on a full-time basis over a minimum of three years. Each year consists of two semesters. There are community engagement field practical work and in situ case studies implemented throughout the first year. Full time students attend both theory and corresponding practical sessions in an alternating manner. During each semester there are continuous assessments of students in form of practical work, reports, assignments, mid-semester tests and examinations at the end of each semester. Field practical written reports are submitted and marked as part of continuous assessment. During the third year each student is required to conduct an action research which culminates in a dissertation which is marked as partial requirement for the degree award.
The programme is conducted through a mixture of lectures, practical work, in situ and in vitro cases, skype conferences and community engagement. In some cases study visits are undertaken. Students follow a value chain with each stage consisting of theory followed by practical work at the University farm. Third year students conduct their action research during vacation and in the 2nd Semester of third year. A report/dissertation is written for submission as a requirement for the award of BAG Degree.
Whereas distance learning students have their off campus on farm or with the industry, full time students have 5-9credit units per semester for community engagement with the exception of semester six vacation in the third year. Furthermore, full time student action research is conducted on-farm to engage the community or with the agro-industry, and are used to impart knowledge and skills to stakeholders as both parties follow various stages of the value chain on the farmers’ farm or agro-industry in tandem with lectures. Resource persons are required to visit and appraise on-farm/agro-industry student practical field work every year following student report presentation in a seminar on campus.
Assessment is based on continuous assessment/community engagement reports, action research dissertation and end of semester examinations as well as practical work for distance learners. The relative contribution of two forms of assessment is: –
Continuous assessment (assignments and practical reports) 40%
Semester examination 60%
The dissertation contributes 20% of the total final mark as computed at the end of the degree program.
A successful candidate who has passed all continuous assessments, examinations and a dissertation is awarded a degree of Bachelor of Agriculture of St Augustine International University. Details of the progressive development, which is attained during the programme, is presented in the academic transcript. The Grade Point Average (GPA) grading system is used as presented below.
|Marks||Alpha grade||Grade point|
|80 – 100%||A||5|
|75 – 79%||B+||4.5|
|70 – 74%||B||4.0|
|65 – 69%||C+||3.5|
|60 – 64%||C||3.0|
|55 – 59%||D+||2.5|
|50 – 54%||D||2.0|
|0 – 49%||F||0|
The Bachelor in Agriculture Degree is classified according to the following Cumulative Grade Point Averages
|Second class-Upper Division||3.60-4.39|
|Second class-Lower Division||2.80-3.59|
The Cumulative Grade point Average is obtained by multiplying the GPA obtained in each course by the credit units assigned to the course, adding together the weighted scores for all the courses taken up to the time, and dividing the total weighted score by the total number of credit units taken up to that time.
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