After putting a stamp on approved industrial products in the market, Uganda National Bureau of Standards now wants the stamp on courses offered in universities in the country.
The acting executive director Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) David Livingstone Ebiru is calling for a partnership with the National Council for Higher Education to develop modules on standardization for courses in Universities.
He was speaking on Wednesday at the awards ceremony for last year’s continental essay competition on standardization.
The annual competition is organized by the Africa Regional Organization for Standardization (ARSO) and conducted through the African National Standards Bodies (NSBs) who are members of ARSO.
Last year’s competition was the 7th edition and claiming the top prize was Golda Desiree Abesiga from Makerere University who scooped $1,000 for her efforts.
The first runner up spot was claimed by another Ugandan student named Steven Marvin Nsubuga from Kyambogo University who walked away with $800.
The Continental essay competitions are organized every year with the aim of fostering standards knowledge among students.
The essay theme was “The Role of Standardization in resolving and addressing the social-economic issues for the Refugees, Returnees and Internally Displaced Persons and creating durable solutions to forced displacements in Africa.”
The awards ceremony was held at the Uganda National Bureau of standards (UNBS) headquarters in Bweyogerere.
David Livingstone Ebiru noted that there is still limited understanding about quality standards, he says students who are trained to be business leaders need to know how critical standardization is.
He reveals that aside from the African competition, UNBS will domesticate the competition and organize a national competition for students from local universities adding that this would help stimulate engagements and discussions on standards among the young people.
At the same event, the 8th ARSO Continental Essay Competition for FY 2020/2021 was launched under the theme: The role of standardization in promoting Arts, Culture and Heritage – The Creative Economy in Africa (2020/2021).