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 George Openjuru[3]
Administrative staff
421 (2016)[4]
Students ~5,000+ (2014)[5]
Location Gulu, Uganda
2.7900; 32.3170
Campus Urban
Website Homepage

Gulu University (GU) is a university in Uganda. It is one of the nine public universities in the country, as of September 2016.[6]


As of October 2016, GU has 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 339 kilometres (211 mi), by road, north of Kampala, Uganda's capital and largest city.[7] The coordinates of the university's main campus are 02°47'18.0"N, 32°19'01.0"E (Latitude:2.788340; Longitude:32.316949).[8]

(b) The second campus is in the town of Kitgum, approximately 97 kilometres (60 mi), by road, north-east of Gulu,[9] close to the international border with South Sudan. That campus became operational in 2011.[4]

(c) Upon the request of the Kingdom of Bunyoro, the university established a campus in the city of Hoima, offering agriculture, the environment, computer science, information technology, business studies, accounting and education.[4]


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.[10]


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).[11] The graduates also included thirteen students who received a Master of Business Administration degree.[12]

Former association with Lira University[edit]

In 2009, GU established a constituent college in the town of Lira,[13] which is about 102 kilometres (63 mi) to the south-east of Gulu.[14] The campus, then named Lira University College,[15] admitted its first students in August 2012 (100 of them).[16] It continued operating in this capacity until the Ugandan Parliament (Act No. 35, July 2016) elevated it to an independent public university. Since 1 August 2016, it has been referred to as Lira University.[13][17]

Academic courses[edit]

Undergraduate programs[edit]

As of January 2016, the following undergraduate academic degree courses were offered at GU, according to an advertisement placed in the New Vision by the university.[4]

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 January 2016.[4]

Faculty of Medicine[edit]

Faculty of Business and Development Studies[edit]

  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Arts in Public Administration & Management
  • Master of Arts in Conflict Transformation Studies
  • Master of Arts in Governance and Ethics

Faculty of Science[edit]

  • Master of Science in Applied Tropical Entomology and Parasitology
  • Master of Science in Agri-Enterprises Development
  • Master of Science in Food Security and Community Nutrition


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.[5]


As of January 2013, GU employed 421 full-time staff, of whom 241 were academic staff and 180 were non-teaching staff.[4] As of August 2013, the university had a shortage of 73 academic staff, according to Vice Chancellor Jack Nyeko Pen-Mogi.[19]

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. ^ Ocungi, Julius (12 January 2018). "Gulu University gets new VC". Daily Monitor. Kampala. Retrieved 12 March 2018. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f Advertisement (9 January 2016). "Gulu University" (PDF). New Vision. Kampala. Retrieved 27 October 2016. 
  5. ^ a b Innocent Anguyo, and Conan Businge (31 July 2014). "Gulu, Busitema And Mbarara Admit 6,000". New Vision. Kampala. Retrieved 11 January 2016. 
  6. ^ Editorial (10 September 2016). "Uganda: Don't Create Universities the Way You Do Districts". The Observer (Uganda) via Kampala. Retrieved 27 October 2016. 
  7. ^ (27 October 2016). "Distance between Kampala Road, Kampala, Uganda and Gulu University, Gulu, Uganda". Retrieved 27 October 2016. 
  8. ^ Google (27 October 2016). "Location of the Main Campus of Gulu University" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 27 October 2016. 
  9. ^ (27 October 2016). "Distance between Gulu University, Gulu, Uganda and Kitgum, Northern Region, Uganda". Retrieved 27 October 2016. 
  10. ^ David Tash Lumu (28 January 2009). "Interview: Gulu University Eyes Colleges In Lira, Arua". The Observer (Uganda). Kampala. Retrieved 19 October 2014. 
  11. ^ Amoru, Paul (22 January 2010). "Gulu University To Pass Out Its First Doctors". Daily Monitor. Kampala. Retrieved 20 October 2014. 
  12. ^ Chris Ocowun (24 January 2010). "Gulu Passes Out First Medical Doctors". New Vision. Kampala. Retrieved 27 October 2016. 
  13. ^ a b "History of Lira university". Lira University. Lira University. Retrieved 15 January 2017. 
  14. ^ (27 October 2016). "Distance between Gulu University, Gulu, Uganda and Lira, Northern Region, Uganda". Retrieved 27 October 2016. 
  15. ^ John Otim, and Ekkehard Doehring (November 2013). "Pioneering a young University: one year on at Lira University College". Archived from the original on 5 February 2016. Retrieved 27 October 2016. 
  16. ^ Okino, Patrick. "Lira University opens in August". New Vision. New Vision. Retrieved 15 January 2017. 
  17. ^ Okello, Dickens (26 June 2015). "Lira, Kabale, Soroti now Public Universities". Kampala: Retrieved 27 October 2016. 
  18. ^ Ocungi, Julius (4 June 2016). "Gulu Varsity introduces new course". Daily Monitor. Kampala. Retrieved 4 June 2016. 
  19. ^ 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′18″N 32°19′01″E / 2.78833°N 32.31694°E / 2.78833; 32.31694