Makerere University

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Makerere University
Makerere University, Main Administration Block(main building).JPG
The Main Administration block for Makerere University, normally called the Main Building
Motto We build for the future
Type Public
Established 1922
Chancellor Ezra Suruma[1]
Vice-Chancellor John Ddumba Ssentamu[2][3]
Students 40,000+ (2015)
Location Kampala, Uganda
00°21′00″N 32°34′03″E / 0.35000°N 32.56750°E / 0.35000; 32.56750Coordinates: 00°21′00″N 32°34′03″E / 0.35000°N 32.56750°E / 0.35000; 32.56750
Campus Urban
Website Homepage

Makerere University Kampala (MUK) (/məˈkɜːrərɪ/ mə-KAIR-uh-ree)[4] 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.

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.


Subcommittees of the University Council[edit]

  • Appointments Board [5]
  • Finance, Planning and Administration[6]
  • Quality Assurance, Gender and ICT[7]
  • Estates and Works[8]
  • Staff Development, Welfare and Retirement Benefits[9]
  • Students Affairs and Disciplinary[10]
  • Honorary Awards[11]
  • Audit[12]

Academic units[edit]



School of Law

Directorate of Research and Graduate Training.[13]

Affiliated institutions[edit]

  • Alokolum Seminary
  • Katigondo Seminary
  • Ggaba Seminary
  • Kinyamasika Seminary
  • Mbale School Clinical Officers
  • Mbale School Hygiene
  • Mulago Paramedical Schools

Notable former and current faculty administrators[edit]

Other academics[edit]

Notable alumni[edit]

See also Category:Makerere University alumni

Political figures and government employees[edit]


Writers and journalists[edit]


Halls of residence[edit]

As of September 2015, the halls of residence at Makerere University include the following:[19]

For men[edit]

  1. Livingstone Hall
  2. Lumumba Hall
  3. Mitchell Hall
  4. Nkrumah Hall
  5. Nsibirwa Hall
  6. University Hall

For women[edit]

  1. Africa Hall
  2. Mary Stuart Hall
  3. Complex Hall

For students of medicine in their final years[edit]

  1. Galloway House

Upcountry campuses[edit]

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: [20]

Eastern Campus, Jinja[edit]

Western Campus, Fort Portal[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Ahimbisibwe, Patience (18 January 2016). "Dr. Suruma installed Makerere chancellor". Daily Monitor. Kampala. Retrieved 18 January 2015. 
  2. ^ Kagolo, Francis (28 August 2012). "Professor Ddumba Is New Makerere Vice Chancellor". New Vision (Kampala). Retrieved 30 January 2015. 
  3. ^ VC-MAK (6 September 2012). "Professor John Ddumba Ssentamu Takes Office, Pledges To Promote Makerere's Brand". Office of the Vice Chancellor, Makerere University (VC-MAK). Retrieved 30 January 2015. 
  4. ^ Peter Roach, Jane Setter, John Esling, eds., Cambridge English Pronouncing Dictionary (Cambridge University Press, 2011; ISBN 0521765757), p. 302.
  5. ^ "Makerere University Governance: Appointments Board". Retrieved 30 January 2015. 
  6. ^ "Finance, Planning and Administration". Retrieved September 13, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Quality Assurance, Gender and ICT Sub Committee". Retrieved September 13, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Estates and Works". Retrieved September 13, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Staff Development, Welfare and Retirement Benefits". Retrieved September 13, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Students Affairs and Disciplinary Sub Committee". Retrieved September 13, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Honorary Awards Sub Committee". Retrieved September 13, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Audit Sub Committee". Retrieved September 13, 2012. 
  13. ^ "Directorate of Research and Graduate Training". 
  14. ^ "Celebrating Ngugi wa Thiong'o at 70". African-Writing Retrieved 15 January 2012. 
  15. ^
  16. ^ Ainebyoona, Emmanuel (15 February 2015). "Makerere Gets Mwai Kibaki Presidential Library". Daily Monitor (Kampala). Retrieved 15 February 2015. 
  17. ^ Kyemba, Henry. A State of Blood, p. 21
  18. ^ "Special Sitting of the Supreme Court of Belize". Press Office of the Government of Belize. 28 March 2001. Retrieved 20 April 2012. 
  19. ^ Grace Kenganzi, and Rose Rukundo (20 February 2014). "The stories behind Makerere University halls of residence". Daily Monitor. Kampala. Retrieved 2 September 2015. 
  20. ^ Haywood, Katherine (5 January 2010). "Makerere VC Rolls Out 2010 Plan for Varsity". Daily Monitor (Kampala). Retrieved 30 January 2015. 

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