The Main Administration block for Makerere University, normally called the Main Building
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Makerere University Kampala (MUK) (// mə-KAIR-uh-ree) is Uganda's largest and third-oldest institution of higher learning, first established as a technical school in 1922. In 1963, it became the University of East Africa, offering courses leading to general degrees from the University of London. It became an independent national university in 1970 when the University of East Africa was split into three independent universities: University of Nairobi (Kenya), University of Dar es Salaam (Tanzania), and Makerere University. Today, Makerere University is composed of nine colleges and one school offering programmes for about 36,000 undergraduates and 4,000 postgraduates.
U.S. News & World Report has ranked Makerere University as the eighth best university in Africa and the 569th best university worldwide. The Times Higher Education World University Rankings for 2016 ranked it as the fourth best university in Africa.
Makerere was alma mater to many post-independence African leaders, including Ugandan president Milton Obote and Tanzanian presidents Julius Nyerere and Benjamin Mkapa. The president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Joseph Kabila, and Kenyan president Mwai Kibaki are also Makerere alumni.
In the years immediately after Uganda's independence, Makerere University was a focal point for the literary activity that was central to African nationalist culture. Many prominent writers, including Nuruddin Farah, Ali Mazrui, David Rubadiri, Okello Oculi, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o, John Ruganda, Paul Theroux, V. S. Naipaul and Peter Nazareth, were at Makerere University at one point in their writing and academic careers.
Because of student unrest and faculty disenchantment, the university was closed three times between 2006 and 2016. The final time was on 1 November 2016 when President Yoweri Museveni declared it closed indefinitely.
- 1 History
- 2 Organisation
- 3 Academic units
- 4 Notable former and current faculty administrators
- 5 Other academics
- 6 Notable alumni
- 7 Halls of residence
- 8 Upcountry campuses
- 9 See also
- 10 References
- 11 External links
Founding of the technical school
The trade school that became Makerere University began operating in 1921 with the first classes in carpentry, building construction and mechanics. In 1922 it was founded as the "Uganda Technical College" with additional courses in the arts, education, agriculture and medicine. That same year it was again renamed as Makerere College. In 1928, the vocational classes were separated from the college and renamed Kampala Technical School. In 1937 the college began offering post-secondary education certificate courses.
In 1949 Makerere College was granted university status and its name became Makerere College, University of East Africa.
Unrest in the 2000s
The university was closed three times between 2006 and 2016.
Beginning on 1 August 2016, the non-teaching staff went on strike demanding their back pay. The strike lasted three weeks and the government agreed to pay them by the end of October; however, the government failed to do so. This was but one more broken promise in the cycle of failed promises, strikes and more promises. That strike was followed by a strike of the lecturers over unpaid incentive pay, and that strike was joined by students in solidarity. This led to President Yoweri Museveni closing the university "indefinitely". Additional protests, including from parents whose children were left hanging in mid-semester, led to Museveni appointing a special commission to try to rectify the situation but with no promises of reopening. The commission's report is due in late February 2017.
Subcommittees of the University Council
- Appointments Board 
- Finance, Planning and Administration
- Quality Assurance, Gender and ICT
- Estates and Works
- Staff Development, Welfare and Retirement Benefits
- Students Affairs and Disciplinary
- Honorary Awards
- College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences
- College of Business and Management Sciences
- College of Computing & Information Sciences
- College of Education and External Studies
- College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology
- College of Health Sciences
- College of Humanities and Social Sciences
- College of Natural Sciences
- College of Veterinary Medicine, Animal resources and BioSecurity
Directorate of Research and Graduate Training.
- Alokolum Seminary
- Katigondo Seminary
- Ggaba Seminary
- Kinyamasika Seminary
- Mbale School Clinical Officers
- Mbale School Hygiene
- Mulago Paramedical Schools
- Kampala university
Notable former and current faculty administrators
- John Ddumba Ssentamu, economist, academic and banker. Current Vice Chancellor
- Venansius Baryamureeba, computer scientist, former Vice Chancellor
- Hugh Dinwiddy, lecturer in literature, warden of Northcote Hall
- George Kirya, microbiologist, diplomat, academic, former Vice Chancellor at Makerere and former Chairman of Uganda Health Services Commission
- Mahmood Mamdani, political scientist and historian
- Ali Mazrui, academic, historian and political scientist
- Apolo Nsibambi, former Prime Minister of Uganda and former Chancellor of Makerere University
- Joe Oloka-Onyango, former Dean of Law and human rights expert
- Okot p'Bitek, poet
- John Ssebuwufu, a renowned chemist, former Vice Chancellor of Makerere University, current Chancellor of Kyambogo University
- David Serwadda, former dean, School of Public Health
- Nelson Sewankambo, principal, College of Health Sciences
- Harriet Mayanja-Kizza, current Dean of Students, Makerere University School of Medicine
- Sylvia Tamale, lawyer, academic, women's rights activist
- Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o, novelist
- Timothy Wangusa, author, poet, one time minister of education
- David Wasawo, zoologist and educationist, former vice principal
- John L. Ziegler, former Director of Uganda Cancer Institute, current Professor in Residence Emeritus at UCSF
- Hakim Sendagire - Physician, biochemist and microbiologist. Current Dean of Habib Medical School
- Charles Olweny - Physician, oncologist, medical researcher. Former Vice Chancellor of Uganda Martyrs University
- Paul D'Arbela - Physician, cardiologist, academic. Dean of the Mother Kevin Postgraduate Medical School, Nsambya.
- Celestino Obua - Physician, pharmacologist, academic. Current Vice Chancellor of Mbarara University
Political figures and government employees
- Godfrey Binaisa, former president of Uganda
- Gilbert Bukenya, former vice-president of Uganda
- Julius Nyerere, Tanzanian politician and the first president of Tanzania
- Mwai Kibaki, the third president of Kenya from December 2002 until April 2013. Graduated at the top of his class (summa cum laude) in 1955 with a bachelor of arts in economics.
- Kanyama Chiume, a Malawian who worked for the independence of Nyasaland (now Malawi)
- Daphrosa Gahakwa, Rwandan education minister
- Aloisea Inyumba, Rwandan minister for gender and family promotion
- Joseph Kabila, Congolese politician and president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo
- Specioza Kazibwe, former vice-president of Uganda
- Samson Kisekka, former vice-president of Uganda
- Henry Kyemba, minister of health under Idi Amin
- Benedicto Kiwanuka, first prime minister and first chief justice of Uganda
- Sam Kutesa, Uganda's foreign affairs minister. President of the sixty-ninth session of the United Nations General Assembly, beginning in September 2014 and ending in September 2015.
- Yusuf Lule, former president of Uganda
- Jehoash Mayanja Nkangi, government minister and former Katikkiro of Buganda (1964–1966, 1993–1994)
- Benjamin Mkapa, Tanzanian politician and former president of Tanzania
- Emmanuel Tumusiime-Mutebile, governor, Bank of Uganda
- Apolo Nsibambi, former prime minister of Uganda and former chancellor of Makerere University
- Oginga Odinga, Kenyan politician and the first vice president of Kenya
- Milton Obote, two-time former president of Uganda
- Ruhakana Rugunda, prime minister of Uganda, physician, and former permanent representative of Uganda to the United Nations
- Amama Mbabazi, former secretary general of the National Resistance Movement and former prime minister of Uganda
- Kizza Besigye, physician, retired colonel in the Uganda People's Defence Force. Opposition politician, former leader of the Forum for Democratic Change party, presidential candidate in 2001, 2006, and 2011.
- Crispus Kiyonga, physician, minister of defense of Uganda
- Samuel Awich (1973), justice of the Supreme Court of Belize
- Moses Ebuk, physician, neurophyiologist, former lecturer and tutor in the department of physiology at the Makerere University College of Health Sciences, diplomat. Ambassador of Uganda to the Russian Federation.
Writers and journalists
- Christopher Henry Muwanga Barlow
- Jane Kaberuka, novelist
- Micere Githae Mugo Kenyan novelist, poet, activist
- Michael Nsimbi, "Father of Ganda literature"
- John Nagenda, writer, political commentator and adviser to the president of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni
- Peter Nazareth, author, critic
- Okello Oculi, author, poet
- Charles Onyango-Obbo, journalist and political commentator
- Mark Ouma, athletics journalist and former philosophy lecturer at Makerere
- David Rubadiri, poet, novelist, diplomat
- Daniel Kalinaki, journalist
- Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o, Kenyan novelist
- Hilda Twongyeirwe, editor, poet, shortstory writer
- Timothy Wangusa, author, poet, one-time minister of education
- Elvania Namukwaya Zirimu, poet and dramatist
- Matthew Lukwiya, physician in Gulu during the 2000 Ebola outbreak
- Patrick Mazimhaka, deputy chairperson of the African Union's African Commission
- Andrew Mwenda, the managing director of the "Independent" Newspaper in Uganda
- Harry Nkumbula, a leader during Zambia's struggle for independence
- Olara Otunnu, former United Nations under-secretary general and special representative for children and armed conflict
- John Sentamu, the Anglican Archbishop of York, England, the first black Archbishop of the Church of England
- Martin Ssempa – controversial Ugandan pastor and AIDS activist
- Anne Kansiime, comedian
- Robert Kezaala, physician, Senior Health Advisor at UNICEF
Halls of residence
As of September 2015, the halls of residence at Makerere University included the following:
- Livingstone Hall
- Lumumba Hall
- Mitchell Hall
- Nkrumah Hall
- Nsibirwa Hall
- University Hall
- Africa Hall
- Mary Stuart Hall
- Complex Hall
For students of medicine in their final years
- Galloway House
In January 2010, the university announced the opening of two new campuses, one in the city of Fort Portal, approximately 310 kilometres (190 mi), by road, west of Kampala, and another one in the city of Jinja, approximately 85 kilometres (53 mi), by road, east of Kampala. The following courses will be offered at the upcountry campuses:
Eastern Campus, Jinja
- Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
- Bachelor of Information Technology
- Bachelor of Development Studies
- Bachelor of Tourism
Western Campus, Fort Portal
- Bachelor of Commerce
- Bachelor of Business Administration
- Bachelor of Science in Surveying
- Bachelor of Science in Land Economics
- Bachelor of Science in Conceptual Economics
- Bachelor of Science in Business Statistics
- African Writers Conference
- East African Geographical Review
- African Geographical Review
- List of universities in Uganda
- Makerere University College of Health Sciences
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- "Finance, Planning and Administration". Retrieved 13 September 2012.[dead link]
- "Quality Assurance, Gender and ICT Sub Committee". Retrieved 13 September 2012.[dead link]
- "Estates and Works". Retrieved 13 September 2012.[dead link]
- "Staff Development, Welfare and Retirement Benefits". Retrieved 13 September 2012.[dead link]
- "Students Affairs and Disciplinary Sub Committee". Retrieved 13 September 2012.[dead link]
- "Honorary Awards Sub Committee". Retrieved 13 September 2012.[dead link]
- "Audit Sub Committee". Retrieved 12 September 2012.[dead link]
- "Directorate of Research and Graduate Training".
- "Celebrating Ngugi wa Thiong'o at 70". African-Writing Online.com. Retrieved 15 January 2012.
- Ainebyoona, Emmanuel (15 February 2015). "Makerere Gets Mwai Kibaki Presidential Library". Daily Monitor (Kampala). Retrieved 15 February 2015.
- Kyemba, Henry. A State of Blood, p. 21
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