Busoga: As part of his ongoing official tour of the United States, His Majesty William Gabula Nadiope IV, known as Isebantu Kyabazinga of Busoga, had a meaningful interaction with the leadership of Iowa State University (ISU) of Science and Technology. The meeting was presided over by the President of Iowa State University, Wendy Wintersteen.
Guided through the university campus by Dr. Daniel J. Robison, the Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, the Kyabazinga commended the university’s management for their initiative in establishing a center in Uganda. This center, named after the main campus, aims to extend the university’s contributions to the region.
Reflecting on the tour, the Kyabazinga stated, “Agriculture is the backbone of Uganda, and my firsthand experience during this guided tour reaffirms this belief. The establishment of Iowa State University Uganda Program highlights the importance we place on agriculture.” He assured his hosts that Busoga Kingdom is committed to exploring all available opportunities for the mutual benefit of all involved entities.
President Wendy Wintersteen expressed her satisfaction with the impact of the learning center in Uganda. She highlighted how the center’s establishment has significantly contributed to deepening the relevance of agriculture within society.
Prof. David Acker, the Associate Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Chairman of the Board of the Center for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods, praised the warm reception they received from the Kingdom.
President Tim Kolschowsky of the Kolschowsky Foundation, one of the partners for the Uganda program, emphasized their concern for addressing issues related to nutrition and sustainable livelihoods.
During the guided tour, Gideon Nadiope, the National Coordinator of Iowa State University Uganda Program, provided insights into the achievements realized since the program’s inception 20 years ago. The Uganda program has facilitated enrollment of numerous learners into Iowa State University of Science and Technology.
Iowa State University of Science and Technology, established in 1858, holds a significant role in producing a substantial number of science graduates in the United States. The state’s reputation as a leading producer of maize and soybeans globally further enhances its contribution to agricultural development.