Gulu University

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Gulu University (GU)
Gulu University logo.png
Motto "For Community Transformation"
Type Public
Established 2002
Chancellor Frederick Kayanja[1][2]
Vice-Chancellor Pen-Mogi Nyeko
Students 5,000+ (2014)[3]
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.


GU 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.[4]


As of September 2013, GU had three campuses.

(a) The main campus is approximately 5 kilometres (3.1 mi), by road, north-east of the central business district of Gulu, the largest city in the Uganda's Northern Region. This 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 2°47'19.0"N, 32°19'01.0"E (Latitude:2.788620 Longitude:32.316946).[5]

(b) The second campus, known as Gulu University Constituent College Lira (GUCCL), is in the town of Lira, approximately 108 kilometres (67 mi), by road, southeast of Gulu.[6] GUCCL became operational in 2012.[7]

(c) The third campus is in the town of Kitgum, approximately 105 kilometres (65 mi), by road, north-east of Gulu,[8] close to the international border with South Sudan. That campus became operational in 2011.[9]


On 23 January 2010, during the fifth annual graduation ceremony, GU awarded degrees to 1,050 graduates, including 40 medical doctors, the first graduating class of the Gulu University School of Medicine (with the help of the University of Naples Federico II).[10] The graduates also included thirteen students who received a Master of Business Administration degree.[11]

Academic courses[edit]

Undergraduate programs[edit]

As of October 2014, the following undergraduate academic degree courses were offered at GU, according to the university website:[12]

Faculty of Agriculture and the Environment[edit]

Faculty of Business and Development Studies[edit]

Faculty of Law[edit]

Faculty of Education and Humanities[edit]

  • Bachelor of Arts Education
  • Bachelor of Business Education

Faculty of Medicine[edit]

Faculty of Science[edit]

  • Bachelor of Science Education in Biological Sciences
  • Bachelor of Science Education in Physical Sciences
  • Bachelor of Science Education in Economics
  • Bachelor of Science Education in Sport Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
  • Bachelor of Information and Communication Technology

Postgraduate programs[edit]

The following postgraduate degree courses were offered at GU in September 2013.[14]

Faculty of Medicine[edit]

Faculty of Business and Development Studies[edit]

  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Public Administration
  • Master of Arts in Conflict Transformation Studies
  • Master of Arts in Governance and Ethics
  • Masters of Science in Public Health


In July 2014, GU admitted 2,500 privately sponsored students and approximately 250 government-sponsored students. The total student population in 2014 was about 5,000, including diploma, undergraduate, and postgraduate programme enrollees.[3]


As of August 2013, GU 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 Vice Chancellor Jack Nyeko Pen-Mogi.[15]

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. ^ a b Innocent Anguyo, and Conan Businge (31 July 2014). "Gulu, Busitema And Mbarara Admit 6,000". New Vision. Kampala. Retrieved 11 January 2016. 
  4. ^ David Tash Lumu (28 January 2009). "Interview: Gulu University Eyes Colleges In Lira, Arua". The Observer (Uganda). Kampala. Retrieved 19 October 2014. 
  5. ^ Google (8 April 2016). "Location of the Main Campus of Gulu University" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 8 April 2016. 
  6. ^ "Road Distance Between Gulu And Lira With Map". Retrieved 19 October 2014. 
  7. ^ Okino, Patrick (1 June 2012). "Lira University Opens In August". New Vision (Kampala). Retrieved 19 October 2014. 
  8. ^ "Map Showing Gulu And Kitgum With Distance Marker". Retrieved 19 October 2014. 
  9. ^ "Gulu University Kitgum Campus". Gulu University. Retrieved 20 October 2014. 
  10. ^ Amoru, Paul (22 January 2010). "Gulu University To Pass Out Its First Doctors". Daily Monitor. Kampala. Retrieved 20 October 2014. 
  11. ^ "Gulu Passes Out First Medical Doctors". New Vision. Kampala. 24 January 2010. Retrieved 20 October 2014. 
  12. ^ "Gulu University: Bachelors Programmes". Gulu University. 20 October 2014. Retrieved 20 October 2014. 
  13. ^ Ocungi, Julius (4 June 2016). "Gulu varsity introduces new course". Daily Monitor. Kampala. Retrieved 4 June 2016. 
  14. ^ "Gulu University: Postgraduate Diplomas And Masters Degrees". Gulu University. 20 October 2014. Retrieved 20 October 2014. 
  15. ^ 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