Mbarara University of Science and Technology

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Mbarara University of Science and Technology
Motto Succeed We Must
Established 1989
Type Public
Chancellor Prof. Peter Ndimbirwe Mugyenyi
Vice-Chancellor Prof. Frederick I B Kayanja
Admin. staff 200+ (2008)
Students 3,000 (2008)
Location Mbarara, Uganda
-0.6170; 30.6565
Campus Urban
Website Homepage

Mbarara University of Science & Technology (MUST), commonly known as Mbarara University, is a public university in Uganda. Mbarara University commenced student intake and instruction in 1989. 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. Kyambogo University - Founded in 2003
  5. Gulu University - Founded in 2002
  6. Busitema University - Founded in 2007
  7. Kigumba Petroleum Institute - Founded in 2009
  8. Muni University - Founded in 2012


The university campus of MUST is located in the town of Mbarara, on the Mbarara-Kabale Highway, approximately 178 miles (286 km) southwest of Kampala, Uganda's capital and largest city. The coordinates of the university campus are: 00 37 01S, 30 39 24E (Latitude:-0.6170; Longitude:30.6565).


The University was founded in 1989 to address the shortage of scientists in Uganda and to instill a sense of community service in its students.[1]

Faculties and Institutes[edit]

As of March 2009, MUST has three Faculties and two Institutes:[2]


The courses offered at the university include:[3]

Undergraduate courses
Masters courses
Doctorate courses

Students & Staff[edit]

As of March 2009, the student body is in excess of 3,000 students. The university employs over 200 staff members.[4]


Mbarara University of Science and Technology is administered by three bodies; the University Council, University Senate and Top Management.[5]

University Council[edit]

The University Council is the supreme organ of the university responsible for the overall administration and ensuring that the establishment objectives and functions of the university are duly implemented. The Council members are drawn from stakeholders including university staff, students, and members from the Ministry of Education, other government departments, University Convocation, the Private Sector and the general public.

University Senate[edit]

The University Senate is responsible for overall administration, of all academic programs. The current Senate is instituted in accordance with the provisions of the Universities and other Tertiary Institutions Act of 2001, as enacted by the Parliament of Uganda.

Top Management[edit]

The Top management consists of the Vice Chancellor, Deputy Vice Chancellor, University Secretary, Academic Registrar, Dean of Students, and the Executive Director of Mbarara Hospital.

University Teaching Hospital[edit]

The university teaching hospital is Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital, a 300-bed public hospital that serves as the referral hospital for the districts of: Mbarara, Bushenyi, Ntungamo, Kiruhura, Ibanda and Isingiro.

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Coordinates: 00°37′01″S 30°39′24″E / 0.61694°S 30.65667°E / -0.61694; 30.65667