Gulu University

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Gulu University (GU)
Motto For Community Transformation
Established 2002
Type Public
Chancellor Prof. Frederick Kayanja[1][2]
Vice-Chancellor Prof. J.H. Pen-Mogi Nyeko
Administrative 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.[3]


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), is located in the town of Lira, approximately 108 kilometres (67 mi), by road, southeast of Gulu, also in Northern Uganda.[4] GUCCL became operational in 2012.[5]

(c) The third campus of Gulu University is located in the town of Kitgum, approximately 105 kilometres (65 mi), by road, northeast of Gulu,[6] close to the international border with the Republic of South Sudan. That campus became operational in 2011.[7]


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).[8] The new graduates also included thirteen students who received the degree of Master of Business Administration (MBA).[9]


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

Academic Courses[edit]

Undergraduate Programs[edit]

As of October 2014, the following undergraduate academic degree courses are offered at Gulu University, according to the university website:[10]

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.[11]

Faculty of Medicine
Faculty of Business and Development Studies


As of March 2009, the student body at Gulu University totaled 3,347 students. In July 2014, the university admitted 2,500 privately sponsored students and approximately 250 government-sponsored students. It is estimated that the total student population in 2014, is about 5,000, including diploma, undergraduate and postgraduate programme enrollees.[12]


As of August 2013, Gulu University employed 416 full-time staff, of whom 235 were academic staff and 181 were non-teaching staff. At that time, the university had a shortage of 73 academic staff, according to Professor Jack Nyeko Pen-Mogi, the Vice Chancellor.[13]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Red Pepper Reporter, . (27 October 2014). "Gulu University Gets New Chancellor". Red Pepper Newspaper. Retrieved 28 January 2015. 
  2. ^ Ocungi, Julius (20 January 2015). "Gulu University Gets New Chancellor". Daily Monitor (Kampala). Retrieved 29 January 2015. 
  3. ^ David Tash Lumu, . (28 January 2009). "Interview: Gulu University Eyes Colleges In Lira, Arua". The Observer (Uganda). Retrieved 19 October 2014. 
  4. ^ "Road Distance Between Gulu And Lira With Map". Retrieved 19 October 2014. 
  5. ^ Okino, Patrick (1 June 2012). "Lira University Opens In August". New Vision (Kampala). Retrieved 19 October 2014. 
  6. ^ "Map Showing Gulu And Kitgum With Distance Marker". Retrieved 19 October 2014. 
  7. ^ "Gulu University Kitgum Campus". Gulu University. Retrieved 20 October 2014. 
  8. ^ Amoru, Paul (22 January 2010). "Gulu University To Pass Out Its First Doctors". Daily Monitor (Kampala). Retrieved 20 October 2014. 
  9. ^ "Gulu Passes Out First Medical Doctors". New Vision (Kampala). 24 January 2010. Retrieved 20 October 2014. 
  10. ^ "Gulu University: Bachelors Programmes". Gulu University. Retrieved 20 October 2014. 
  11. ^ "Gulu University: Postgraduate Diplomas And Masters Degrees". Gulu University. Retrieved 20 October 2014. 
  12. ^ Innocent Anguyo, and Conan Businge (31 July 2014). "Gulu, Busitema And Mbarara Admit 6,000". New Vision (Kampala). Retrieved 20 August 2014. 
  13. ^ Kashaka, Umaru (5 August 2013). "Gulu University Lacks Funds To Recruit Staff — Vice Chancellor". New Vision (Kampala). Retrieved 20 October 2014. 

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