Summer School - Natural Resources & Development 2023


Kyambogo University, Kampala and Kidepo Valley National Park, Northern Uganda.

Summer School Dates: 3rd July – 31th July 2023

Application deadline: 30th April 2023

Natural Resource Development examines the linkages between development and Natural Resources, the Principles of Managing Natural Resources, and the sustainable conservation of these resources. The Programme depicts on case studies from a wide range of the current natural resource across the globe, the course considers how different social, political, economic and cultural and gender aspects compete for and sustain natural resources.

The course also uses a gender perspective to examine the interventions by environmental activists in conserving natural resources in the face of climate change. The course will consider both local and international best practices in the sustainable management of natural resources. The course aims at equipping students with the knowledge and skills to become competent professionals who can plan for the sustainable use of natural resources globally.

Universities that have participated 

  1. Oslo Metropolitan University – Norway
  2. Mendel University – Chez Republic
  3. University of Leuven (KU Leuven) – Belgium
  4. University of London – UK
  5. Kyambogo University – Uganda

Course objectives

  1. Understand the relationship between natural resources and development.
  2. To equip learners with skills in preserving, conserving and sustainable use of natural resources in the face of climate change.
  3. To equip learners with the knowledge on how to critique international responses on the use of natural resources.
  4. To explore cross-cultural communication and collaboration

Learning outcomes

At the end of a course, a student should be able to:

  1. Understand the relationship between natural resources and development
  2. Apply the skills in preserving, conserving and sustainable use of natural resources
  3. Demonstrate knowledge on how to critique international responses on the use of natural resources.
  4. Demonstrate the cross-cultural communication practices

Contact hours:

The course will be delivered from Monday to Thursday for a period of Two (2) weeks on a Face-to-Face basis.

On Fridays, all students shall be taken to different Historical, cultural and geographical sites in and around Kampala. These field visits will be composed of a range of ‘activities’ relating to their academic content (e.g. visits to the national museum, Kasubi tombs cultural heritage site, source of River Nile, women conservation projects, Uganda Wildlife Authority offices, National Environment Authority offices, Uganda Tourism Board offices, Entebbe botanical gardens and Uganda wildlife conservation Education centre).

In the 3 weeks, students will go to the field to put theory into practice.  The 2023 Uganda summer school intake field site will be Kidepo Valley National Park (the core of the savannah landscape next to a few mountains, with a huge abundance of wildlife) and Karamoja region, North Eastern Uganda characterized by a variety of wildlife reserves like Matheniko, Bokora and Pian Upe, cultures that hold their customs and cultural beliefs in high esteem and the endangered IK culture that lost their lands to pave way for conservation. Students will interact with communities surrounding the park and understand their co-existence with wildlife. Wrap-up and evaluations will be in the 4th week.

Course structure

 Week 1: Understanding development and Natural resources

  • Development and Natural resources
  • Conservation strategies and Practice
  • Oil and Gas

Week 2: Functions and interventions

  • Environmental conservation
  • Protected areas and their unique features
  • Integrated water resources management.
  • Week 3: Community Outreach/practice- Kidepo Valley National Park & Karamoja Region
  • Nature Walk in the National Park and Waterfall cruises/Nile River Excursions
  • Birding, hiking, game viewing, camping and sightseeing
  • Understanding how communities adjacent to Kidepo Valley National Park co-exist with wild animals
  • Touring the park, birding and boating cruising

Week 4: Horizons for Natural resources and development

  • Climate change and natural resources effects
  • Gender and natural resource management


Each course unit takes 2.0 Credit Units (CU) and the total Credit Units shall be 18 CU.

 Note that assessments and evaluations will be optional. NB: Check out the website of Kidepo Valley National Park for more information –

Registration fees (accommodation inclusive)

  • 2000 USD for International Students
  • 1000 for East African Students

The following components are included with the summer school fees:

  • Airport Transfers between Entebbe Airport and Kyambogo University
  • Orientation, welcome and farewell dinner
  • Accommodation
  • Tuition Fees
  • Registration Fees
  • Student ID Card
  • National Park guiding fees, park entry fees and fees for boat cruises
  • Programme Excursions and Cultural Activities
  • Emergency Service & standby Person-24hours
  • The following components are not included in the summer school fees:
  • Flight Tickets
  • Lunch and Dinners
  • Travel and Medical Insurance
  • Personal Liability Insurance
  • Lunch and Dinners

All other excursions that are not included in the official summer school Programme

Application deadline: 30th April 2023

Number of places available

20 for International students and 15 for East African students


Open to students in similar fields or people working in the same discipline.

Questions and application requirements

If you have any inquiries, please e-mail us at: 

Contact Person:

If you would like to apply, please send the following information by e-mail

  • Full name
  • Nationality
  • Current place of studies or work
  • Field of study or work (include semester if you are a student)
  • Short letter (half a A4 page) with motivation and fields of interest
  • CV
  • Address
  • Phone number
  • E-mail

My summer School Experience a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Uganda

Sarah Buck

In July 2018, I was incredibly lucky to be granted an ACU Global Summer School grant to travel to Kampala to study at the first-ever summer school at Kyambogo University.

Summer School Coordinator

Judith Irene Nagasha (PhD)

Tel: +256 782 321113