Dr David Ssekamatte

Dr David Ssekamatte

Uganda

Uganda Management Institute

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Dr. David Ssekamatte is a lecturer at Uganda Management Institute (UMI) in Kampala Uganda. He holds a PhD in Education of Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg, Germany, and a Master of Arts in Economics of University of Lucknow in India. His research interests include Sustainability and climate change education , environmental citizenship, Higher education management and MEL. He is currently working on a research project to investigate the integration of climate change and sustainability education in management and business training at two (2) HEIs in Uganda. He has published widely on climate change education in the African context.

Fields Of Expertise

Sustainability education
Environmental Economics
Community development

GIANT STEP TOWARDS ESTABLISHING A CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE IN CLIMATE CHANGE AND SUSTAINABILITY MANAGEMENT IN AFRICA

Climate change and sustainability remain huge issues among scholars, practitioners, and decision-makers across the globe and in Africa. The call for action to come up with interventions for mitigation and adaptation thereof by formal, informal, and non-formal education is now urgent; and the need is to explore how higher education in Africa can significantly play a key role in mainstreaming these concepts in learning even more so.

 

The importance of education, training, public awareness, public participation, and public access to information about this and cooperation at all levels on climate change cannot be stressed enough,” asserts Dr David Ssekamatte of the School of Business and Management at the Uganda Management Institute, who dreams of establishing a Centre of Excellence in Climate Change and Sustainability Management there.

 

His FAR-LeaF research project is titled Cultivating climate change and sustainability education in business and management training at Higher Education Institutions in the African context: Multiple cases of Uganda Management Institute and Nkumba University in Uganda.

 

“We need to mainstream climate change and sustainability education. Teaching this to students of business and management education can contribute greatly to a more sustainable world,” he says. The concepts have been an influential concept in economy, policy, philosophy, leadership and marketing – but they can be better exploited and established furthermore in business and management education.

 

Business schools and management training institutions have the highest impact to increase environmental awareness and sustainability and have the capacity to incentivize change in values and enable pro-sustainable behaviours.

 

The purpose of his study is to ask the question: How can business and management training at higher education institutions be organized and restructured to integrate climate change and sustainability knowledge, skills, and attitudes – in the curricula and institutional practices?

 

The case institutions have been purposely selected because they offer business and management training, but the Uganda Management Institute is government-owned, and the Nkumba University is privately owned. Data will be collected from administrators, lecturers and students via survey questionnaires, semi-structured in-depth interviews and focus group discussions.

 

The study is expected to add to the yet scanty theoretical and empirical scientific literature on climate change and sustainability education in the African context. It will yield policy briefs to be used in engaging policymakers and actors in the business and management education institutions to effectively integrate the relevant education in their study and research programs. It will also lead to a review of institutional culture towards climate and sustainability-friendly practices within the case institutions and other similar places of higher learning in Uganda.