Early this year, as the COVID-19 pandemic swept the world and states of emergency were declared by one country after another, Uganda Industrial Research Institute through the $30m backing from the Government of China continued the establishment of the Machining Manufacturing Industrial Skills Development Centre(MMISDC). The training facility was handed over to UIRI by Jiangsu Jiangdu Construction Company Limited in January 2020. UIRI hosted the media team last week on Tuesday 11th August 2020 in an event to show the excellent progress on the work being done at the skills training centre.
Speaking at the event, the Executive Director Prof Charles Kwesiga asked a crucial question on our attitude towards industrialisation as Africans. He said “Why are we as Africa not moving along with other continents in terms of industrialisation? Because we are not using appropriate technology, highly skilled human capital and affordable financing.”
The facility will adopt the 21st-century approach to training technicians at the centre with a focus on skills training and entrepreneurship. Ultimately the technicians trained at the centre will be fully prepared for employment anywhere on the globe and, even more, important will have the capacity to create jobs by establishing their enterprises.
The Machining Manufacturing Industrial Skills Development Centre (MMISDC) was set up to address the three vital Industrial needs, of quality, skilled human capital and appropriate technology. That is the main reason as to why the skill training centre is built on a foundation to combine classwork with practical hands-on experience using state of the art machines.
MMISDC will be structured to enrol 200 apprentices, 160 recruited from schools and higher institutions of learning and 40 from the professional engineering fields to cater for those who want to upgrade their skills. The production facilities are intended to make high precision machined parts and accessories for the market. The revenues thus generated can, in turn, support the whole centre.
About Uganda Industrial Research Institute(UIRI)
Uganda Industrial Research Institute is a government parastatal organisation under the auspices of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MoSTI). The institution that was established by an act of parliament in 2002 is a competence and capability centre that champions innovations translate applied research results into practical applications that lead to high quality efficient industrial products, processes and creates highly skilled human resources.
The Machining, Manufacturing Industrial Skills Training Center is far fetch journey which started over eight years ago in May 2012 when the project proposal was submitted to the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning.