Makerere University

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Makerere University
Makerere University, Main Administration Block(main building).JPG
The Main Administration block for Makerere University, this is normally called the Main Building
Motto We build for the future
Established 1922
Type Public
Chancellor Prof. Mondo Kagonyera

Prof. John Ddumba Ssentamu

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) (/məˈkɜrərɪ/ mə-KAIR-uh-ree)[3] is Uganda's largest and third-oldest institution of higher learning, first established as a technical school in 1922 (the oldest is Katigondo National Major Seminary in Masaka District, which was established in 1911; and Bishop Tucker Theological College, which was established in 1913), and is now part of Uganda Christian University.[4] 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 9 Colleges and one school offering programmes for about 36,000 undergraduates and 4,000 postgraduates.

Makerere was home to many post-independence African leaders, including former Ugandan president Milton Obote and late Tanzanian president Julius Nyerere. Former Tanzanian president Benjamin Mkapa current president of the DRC Joseph Kabila and the former 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. Some 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.

Historical background[edit]

Established in 1922 as a technical school, Makerere University (MAK) is one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in Africa. In January of that year, the school, which was later renamed Uganda Technical College, opened its doors to 14 day students who began studying carpentry, building, and mechanics. MAK soon began offering various other courses in medical care, agriculture, veterinary sciences, and teacher training. It expanded over the years to become a Center for Higher Education in East Africa in 1935. In 1937, MAK started developing into an institution of higher education, offering post-school certificate courses.

In 1949, it became a University College affiliated to the University College of London, offering courses leading to the general degrees of its then mother institution.

With the establishment of the University of East Africa in June 1963, the relationship with the University of London came to a close and degrees of the University of East Africa were instituted.

In July 1970, MAK became an independent national university of the Republic of Uganda, offering undergraduate and postgraduate courses leading to its own awards. MAK offers day, evening, and external study programmes to a student body of about 36,000 undergraduates and 4,000 postgraduates (both Ugandan and foreign). It is also a very active centre for research.

MAK transitioned from the faculty-based to the collegiate system on 1 July and as of 30 December 2011, MAK officially transformed into a collegiate university with nine constituent colleges and one school, operating as semi-autonomous units of the university.



The University Council is the supreme governance body- The University council works through Eight Committees. Academic matters are channeled to Council through Senate.

Sub Committees 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]

Members of Management[edit]

  • Vice Chancellor
  • First Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic Affairs)
  • Deputy Vice Chancellor (Finance and Administration)
  • University Secretary
  • Academic Registrar
  • University Bursar
  • Dean of Students
  • University Librarian
  • Director of Planning and Development
  • Director of Human Resources

Academic Units[edit]



School of Law

Directorate of Research and Graduate Training.[13]


The University Library was established in 1949. In addition to its primary role as an academic library, it also serves as the national reference library and the legal depository of all works published in Uganda. It is also a depository for the United Nations.

The University has maintained a non-sectarian stand on creed, and admits student from every religious background. Nevertheless, the institution is home to St. Francis Chapel for the Church of Uganda – since 1955, St. Augustine Chapel for the Roman Catholic Church (1955) and a Mosque for The Islamic faith (1948).

Games and sports facilities include a swimming pool, a rugby pitch (popularly known as "The Graveyard"), three football pitches including the famous Nsibirwa Grounds, four tennis courts, an athletic track, two basketball courts, a cricket oval, two squash courts among others. University sports teams participate both locally and internationally. Some of the teams participate in the National leagues of their disciplines, the most famous being The Impis Rugby Club which won the 1998 league title. Makerere also plays host to The Makerere 10s Rugby Tournament every November, which is the biggest 10s Rugby tournament in East Africa. Makerere University has nine undergraduate halls of residence three female and six male and one postgraduate hall. Two off campus hostels in Mulago and Kabanyolo accommodate students from the Faculty of Medicine and the Faculty of Agriculture respectively.

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]

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

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: [19]

Eastern Campus, Jinja[edit]

Western Campus, Fort Portal[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Kagolo, Francis (28 August 2012). "Professor Ddumba Is New Makerere Vice Chancellor". New Vision (Kampala). Retrieved 30 January 2015. 
  2. ^ 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. 
  3. ^ Peter Roach, Jane Setter, John Esling, eds., Cambridge English Pronouncing Dictionary (Cambridge University Press, 2011; ISBN 0521765757), p. 302.
  4. ^ UCU, . (20 September 2013). "Uganda Christian University: Bishop Tucker School of Divinity & Theology". Uganda Christian University (UCU). Retrieved 30 January 2015. 
  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. ^ Haywood, Katherine (5 January 2010). "Makerere VC Rolls Out 2010 Plan for Varsity". Daily Monitor (Kampala). Retrieved 30 January 2015. 

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