Waswa Balunywa

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Waswa Balunywa
Born (1955-12-03) December 3, 1955 (age 63)
ResidenceKampala, Uganda]
Alma materUniversity of Delhi
(Bachelor of Commerce)
(Master of Business Administration)
University of Stirling
(Doctor of Philosophy
OccupationAcademic Administrator
Years active1983 — present
Known forAcademics
Home townIganga
TitlePrincipal of Makerere University Business School

Juma Waswa Balunywa (born 3 December 1955), is a scholar in management, leadership and entrepreneurship. He is also an academic administrator, who serves as the Principal of Makerere University Business School (MUBS), a public institution of higher education in Uganda. He has been at the helm of the institution since 1991, when MUBS was the Faculty of Commerce of Makerere University.[1]

He has been credited with having revolutionized business education and spearheading the private students’ scheme in Uganda that has become a model for many universities across the country and region.[2]

Background and education[edit]

Balunywa was born in Kasolo Village, Bulamagi County, in Iganga District, on 3 December 1955.[3]

He attended Mwiri Primary School for his elementary schooling. He transferred to Jinja College for his O-Level education and studied at Namasagali College, for his A-Level studies.[3]

Balunywa holds a Bachelors of Commerce degree obtained in 1979 from the University of Delhi in India. He also has a Master of Business Administration, also awarded by the same university in 1981.[4] His Doctor of Philosophy in Entrepreneurship was awarded in 2009, by the University of Stirling, in the United Kingdom.[5]

Professional career[edit]

Balunywa started his academic career as lecturer in 1983, in the then Department of Commerce at Makerere University. In 1987, he was appointed a senior lecturer in the Department of Accounting, Banking and Finance, also at Makerere, serving there from 1987 until 1990.[3]

He then served as Dean Faculty of Commerce, Makerere University from 1991 to 1998. In 1997, he was instrumental in the creation of Makerere University Business School (MUBS). MUBS was created in 1997 by the merger of the former faculty of Commerce at Makerere University and the then National College of Business Studies, Nakawa. Prof. Balunywa headed MUBS at its inception in 1997 as the school's first Director. In 1998, the position of Director was changed to Principal.[6] In June 2018, Waswa Balunywa began another three-year term as the Principal of MUBS..[1]

Other considerations[edit]

Balunywa served on the Board of Directors of the Bank of Uganda, the country's central bank and national banking regulator, from 2001 until 2012.[7] He was the serving board chairman of Uganda Airlines, at the time of its liquidation in 2001.[7][8] Balunywa is the Patron of the Balunywa Foundation in memory of his late father who disappeared under mysterious circumstances during Idi Amin's regime. The foundation focuses on helping needy youth and women in obtaining vocational skills for self sustenance.[9]


  1. ^ a b Otage, Stephen (30 May 2018). "Balunywa lays plans for new term as MUBS Boss". Daily Monitor. Kampala. Retrieved 3 June 2018.
  2. ^ Mukama, Gee (12 September 2015). "MUBS Principal, Prof. Waswa Balunywa Set to Retire". Kampala: Howwe.biz. Retrieved 3 June 2018.
  3. ^ a b c Muhame, Giles (14 September 2014). "Prof. Balunywa: Uganda's Education Strongman". Kampala: Chimpreports.com. Retrieved 3 June 2018.
  4. ^ LSEAfricaSummit (3 June 2018). "About Professor Waswa Balunywa". LSEAfricaSummit. Retrieved 3 June 2018.
  5. ^ Waswa Balunywa. "Portfolio Entrepreneurs and Economic Growth: The Case of Uganda" (A thesis submitted for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy). Stirling, Scotland, United Kingdom: University of Stirling. Retrieved 4 June 2018.
  6. ^ Atuhaire, Alex (15 September 2015). "Balunywa to step down as MUBS Principal". Daily Monitor. Kampala. Retrieved 4 June 2018.
  7. ^ a b Kyokwijuka, Alexander (19 May 2017). "Why Makerere Needs A Dynamic, Innovative and Visionary VC". New Vision. Kampala. Retrieved 4 June 2018.
  8. ^ Rwothungeyo, Billy (16 May 2015). "Uganda Airlines should not be revived – Balunywa". New Vision. Kampala. Retrieved 4 June 2018.
  9. ^ Balunywa Foundation (4 June 2018). "About Balunywa Foundation". Iganga: Balunywa Foundation. Retrieved 4 June 2018.

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