HEGES-Addressing Needs of Agro-Processing MSMEs: Project-Based Learning Approaches for Students

This session explores how higher education institutions can simultaneously skill students and develop innovations that meet the needs of industry, in this case, the food industry in Uganda. The presenters show how they applied two approaches—human-centered design (HCD) and project-based learning (PBL) to engage students and address challenges faced by agro-processing medium, small, and micro-industries. The presentation outlines challenges in student learning within the agro-processing industry and the proposed training models that can bridge the identified gaps. Through an interactive panel discussion, the team shares how HCD and PBL were employed to build innovation ecosystems that respond to the needs of external stakeholders and provide students with skills to apply theories to practice. This Research to Practice session features:
– Emmanuel Baidhe, Project Administrator, Makerere University
– Moses Kalyango, Project Administrator, Makerere University
– Julia Kigozi, Senior Lecturer, Makerere University
– Isaac Oluk, Research and Development Lead, University of Kentucky