Nkumba University

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Nkumba University (NKU)
Type Private
Established 1994
Chancellor Prof. Gordon Wavamunno[1]
Administrative staff
300+ (2014)
Students 10,000+ (2014)
Location Entebbe, Uganda
00°05′42″N 32°30′27″E / 0.09500°N 32.50750°E / 0.09500; 32.50750Coordinates: 00°05′42″N 32°30′27″E / 0.09500°N 32.50750°E / 0.09500; 32.50750
Campus Urban
Website Homepage

Nkumba University (NU) is a private university in Entebbe, Uganda. It was established in 1994 as part of a group of schools and colleges which originally grew from a kindergarten set up in 1951. The University is dedicated to the promotion of excellence in applied business education. Nkumba University builds students on the 4Cs: Creativity, Confidence, Competence and Character. The university is not affiliated with any particular religious organization, but it accommodates several religious associations, which allow the students to fellowship along religious beliefs and to devote adequate time to God.


The university campus is located on Nkumba Hill, in Wakiso District, approximately 10 kilometres (6.2 mi), by road, northeast of Entebbe International Airport,[3] along the northern shores of Lake Victoria, the second-largest fresh water body in the world. The coordinates of the university campus are:0°05'42.0"N, 32°30'27.0"E (Latitude:0.095000; Longitude:32.507500).[4]


Nkumba University is one of the largest private universities in East Africa. As of December 2011, the student body exceeded 7,000, with over 300 academic staff. The university offers courses leading to certificates, diplomas, baccalaureate degrees as well as postgraduate academic qualifications.[5] At its graduation ceremony in October 2013, a total of 1,700 students were awarded certificates, diplomas and degrees at a function, presided over by the university Chancellor, Professor Sir Gordon Wavamunno.[6] Nkumba University was one of the first universities in the country to introduce the degree of Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Studies, Mineral Management & Technology. The inaugural intake occurred in 2011. A master's degree in the same field is in development.[7]


On July 29, 1951 at 9.00AM, Ssalongo Kintu a local merchant, invited two of his best friends to a meeting: Charles Kisitu Ffulu, the then Parish Chief of Nkumba, and Zefania Mpanga, a civil servant who resided in the area. Their meeting led to the establishment of a kindergarten for their infants. The school opened on February 6, 1952 with twelve pupils at Ffulu’s home. Within two years the student population had grown to over 150.

The kindergarten grew into a primary (elementary) school. Over the years, the school grew into a junior secondary (middle) school and a senior secondary (high) school. In 1969, the school became a vocational school. In 1974 the name of the school was changed to Nkumba College of Commerce and Advanced Studies. Finally in 1994, the Board of Trustees were approved by the Ministry of Education to transform the College into a University. This marked the beginning of Nkumba University. On 16 February 2007 Nkumba University was granted a Charter by the President of Uganda upon the recommendation of the National Council for Higher Education as provided in the Universities and Other Tertiary Institutions Act 2001.[8]

Academic Affairs[edit]

The academic affairs of Nkumba University are organized under six constituent schools of the university.[9]

  • School of Business Administration
  • School of Education, Humanities and Sciences
  • School of Social Sciences
  • School of Law and Institute of Criminal Justice
  • School of Industrial, Commercial Art and Design
  • School of Sciences.

Courses offered[edit]

Postgraduate Courses[edit]

Undergraduate Courses[edit]

Diploma Courses[edit]

Certificate Courses[edit]

  • Certificate in Tourism Operations
  • Certificate in Institutional Catering & Hotel Management
  • Certificate in Early Childhood Education
  • Certificate in Primary School Mathematics
  • Certificate in Pastoral Student Care
  • Certificate in Guidance and Counseling
  • Certificate in Educational Management
  • Certificate in Swahili Education
  • Certificate in Computer Applications

Notable alumnus[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ NKU, . (2010). "Governance At Nkumba University". Nkumba University (NKU). Retrieved 12 July 2014. 
  2. ^ NKU, . (21 June 2013). "Nkumba University Gets New Vice Chancellor". Nkumba University (NKU). Retrieved 12 July 2014. 
  3. ^ "Distance Between Entebbe International Airport And Nkumba With Map". Globefeed.com. Retrieved 12 July 2014. 
  4. ^ Google, . "Location of Nkumba University At Google Maps". Google Maps. Retrieved 12 July 2014. 
  5. ^ Newvision, Reporter (8 January 2014). "Nkumba University Supplement". New Vision. Retrieved 12 July 2014. 
  6. ^ Nakajubi, Gloria (20 October 2013). "Over 1000 Graduate From Nkumba University". New Vision. Retrieved 12 July 2014. 
  7. ^ Local, Content (6 July 2012). "Nkumba University Gets First Foot On Oil Training Ladder". OilInUganda.org. Retrieved 12 July 2014. 
  8. ^ Namutebi, Joyce (24 April 2006). "Uganda: Nkumba to Get Charter". New Vision via AllAfrica.com. Retrieved 12 July 2014. 
  9. ^ NKU, . "The Schools of Nkumba University". Nkumba University (NKU). Retrieved 12 July 2014. 

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