Gulu University

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Gulu University (GU)
Motto For Community Transformation
Established 2002
Type Public
Vice-Chancellor Prof. J.H. Pen-Mogi Nyeko
Admin. staff 287 (2008)
Students 3,347 (2008)
Location Gulu, Uganda
Campus Urban
Website Homepage

Gulu University (GU), is a university in Uganda. It is one of the eight public universities and degree-awarding institutions in the country. The list includes the following:

  1. Makerere University - Founded in 1924
  2. Uganda Management Institute - Founded in 1968
  3. Mbarara University - Founded in 1989
  4. Gulu University - Founded in 2002
  5. Kyambogo University - Founded in 2003
  6. Busitema University - Founded in 2007
  7. Kigumba Petroleum Institute - Founded in 2009
  8. Muni University - Founded in 2012


Gulu University was established by Act 7 of 2001 of the Parliament of Uganda. That Act was subsequently amended by Act 3 of 2006. The university admitted its first students and commenced teaching activities in September 2002.[1]


As of September 2013 Gulu University has three campuses.

(a) The main campus is located approximately 5 kilometres (3.1 mi), by road, northeast of the central business district of Gulu, the largest city in Uganda's Northern Region. This location is approximately 320 kilometres (200 mi), by road, north of Kampala, Uganda's capital and largest city. The coordinates of the university's main campus are:02 47 24N, 32 19 01E (Latitude:2.7900; Longitude:32.3170).

(b) The second campus, known as Gulu University Constituent College Lira (GUCCL),[2] is located in the town of Lira, approximately 108 kilometres (67 mi), by road, southeast of Gulu, also in Northern Uganda.[3]

(c) The third campus of Gulu University is located in the town of Kitgum, approximately 105 kilometres (65 mi), by road, northeast of Gulu,[4] close to the international border with the Republic of South Sudan. That campus became operational in 2011.[5]


On Saturday, 23 January 2010, during the 5th annual graduation ceremony, Gulu University awarded degrees, to 1,050 new graduates, including 40 medical doctors, the first graduating class of Gulu University School of Medicine (with the help of University of Naples Federico II).[6] The new graduates also included thirteen students who received the degree of Master of Business Administration (MBA).[7]


As of March 2009, Gulu University has 5 Faculties and 2 Institutes: [8]

Academic Courses[edit]

Undergraduate Programs[edit]

As of September 2013, the following undergraduate academic degree courses are offered at Gulu University, according to the university website:[9]

Faculty of Agriculture and the Environment
Faculty of Business and Development Studies
Faculty of Law
Faculty of Education and Humanities
Faculty of Medicine
Faculty of Science

Postgraduate Programs[edit]

The following postgraduate degree courses are offered at the university in September 2013.[10]

Faculty of Medicine
Faculty of Business and Development Studies


As of March 2009, the student body at Gulu University totals 3,347 students.[11]


According to the Gulu University 2008 Newsletter, the university employs 283 full-time staff of whom 155 are academic while 117 are non-academic.[12]

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Coordinates: 02°47′24″N 32°19′01″E / 2.79000°N 32.31694°E / 2.79000; 32.31694