BY RICHARD DRASIMAKU
ARUA: TUESDAY, MAY 17, 2022
Dr Charles B Niwagaba, the designer of the sh580m sludge and waste water treatment plant in Yumbe district has ranked third among 500 most productive scientists in Uganda by the Alper-Doger Scientific Index.
Dr Niwagaba, a Makerere University scientist is an expert in faecal sludge management and sanitation in slums.
In February, he told the Kigezi News Agency that the sludge treatment plant in Bidibidi refugee settlement would help to reduce cost of human waste treatment in Yumbe district from about sh1m per trip to as low as sh200,000 per trip.
With the capacity to treat 10,000 litres of sludge per day, it is the second such plant in the West Nile region.
Previously all sludge from the septic tanks and VIP latrines in Yumbe district were transported to Arua City for treatment in a plant managed by the National Water and Sewerage Corporation.
Uganda’s top ten scientists
Harriet Mayanja Kizza, a specialist in Medicine at Makerere University tops the list with 4,973 citations and ranking 246th in the region and 52,863 in the world, followed by Andrew Kanbugu of the infectious Disease Institute.
Alper-Doger Scientific index, a new system of analysis and ranking based on scientific productivity and the added value of the scientific product of individual scientists conducted the ranking.
It is an independent system developed by Professor Murat Alper and Associate Professor Cihan Doger.
The next ranking, “version 3” is slated for August 2022 and scientists that want to be included for ranking must create Google Scholar profile with links to their published and cited works.
The Alper-Doger Scientific Index developers content that it is an instrument that lists productive scientists in a given area, discipline, university or institution and country and can guide development of meaningful incentives and academic policies.
Where are the top 50 meritorious scientists
Makerere University leads the way with 32 most productive scientists in top 50 and is followed by Kampala International University that has three scientists in the list.
Kyambogo University, the National Agricultural Research Organisation, Busitema University, the Infectious Disease Institute and Gulu University each have two scientists among Uganda’s top 50 while Makerere University Business School, Uganda Martyr’s University, Kabale University, the Uganda Cancer Institute and Mbarara University of Science and Technology have one scientist each to complete the list.