Mountains of the Moon University

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Mountains of the Moon University (MMU)
Mountains of the Moon University logo.jpg
Type Private
Established 2005
Chancellor Prof. Edward Rugumayo
Vice-Chancellor Prof. John M. Kasenene
Students 1,000+ (2012)
Location Fort Portal, Uganda
00 39 31N, 30 17 06E
Campus Urban
Website Homepage

The Mountains of the Moon University (MMU), is a private, non-profit university in Uganda. It is named after the Rwenzori Mountains, also known as the Mountains of the Moon.


The university is located approximately 1 kilometre (0.62 mi), northwest of the central business district of the town of Fort Portal, Kabarole District, in Western Uganda, approximately 320 kilometres (200 mi), by road, west of Kampala, Uganda's capital city.[1] This location lies in the Kibundaire neighborhood, to the north and west of the Fort Portal-Mubende Road, immediately after the bridge, as you leave Fort Portal. The coordinates of the university campus are:0°39'31.0"N, 30°17'06.0"E (Latitude:0.658611; Longitude:30.285000).[2] A new campus is under construction at Lake Saaka, approximately 8 kilometres (5.0 mi), northwest of Fort Portal, along Saaka Road. The coordinates of the new campus are:0°41'15.0"N, 30°14'51.0"E (Latitude:0.6875; Longitude:30.2475).[3]


After a long planning phase, the Mountains of the Moon University received the official license to become active as a University on March 29, 2005. The License was granted by the Uganda National Council for Higher Education (UNCHE).[4] MMU is a Community Trust University and is a non profit organization. The trustees include the Local District Councils, the three main religious bodies and interested and supportive individuals. It has no specific affiliations.


MMU was established as a service for the rural communities of Uganda. Courses are structured to develop analytical and applied skills. All students undertake assessed field work during the 'recess term' which is presented using computer based technology at the start of the next semester. All students complete three hours of hands-on computer studies every week. The majority of courses can be taken as either a Weekend or an Evening option. This is designed to allow students to work and help to pay their way through their courses. The Austrian Service Abroad is active at the MMU since 2007.

The University has established a Centre for African Developmental Studies, to study, research and create African knowledge and understanding, and suggest how this can be applied to inform development in an African context. MMU’s ‘special approach’ will permit new ideas that effectively bridge between local cultures and broader developmental opportunities to be tried and tested, new development models to be synthesized and development competences to be identified and understood in a holistic framework. As well as integrating these ideas with current courses, the centre has established a Masters programme, undertaking research and establishing a Cultural and Historical Archive. All these areas of activity have strong potential for partnership between MMU and universities overseas.

Programs offered[edit]

At the moment there are multiple study programmes offered which generally include Certificate, Diploma and Degree options. The academic courses on offer are organised under the following Schools:[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Map Showing Kampala And Fort Portal With Distance Marker". Retrieved 20 July 2014. 
  2. ^ Google, . "Location of Downtown Campus of Mountains of the Moon University". Google Maps. Retrieved 20 July 2014. 
  3. ^ Google, . "Location of Lake Saaka Campus of Mountains of the Moon University At Google Maps". Google Maps. Retrieved 20 July 2014. 
  4. ^ UNCHE, . (2005). "Private Universities: Mountains of the Moon University". Uganda National Council for Higher Education (UNCHE). Retrieved 20 July 2014. 
  5. ^ MMU, . "The Schools of Mountains of the Moon University". Mountains of the Moon University (MMU). Retrieved 20 July 2014. 

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Coordinates: 00°39′31″N 30°17′06″E / 0.65861°N 30.28500°E / 0.65861; 30.28500