The Government of the Republic of Uganda (GoU) is expanding its higher education network to address the growing demand for higher education fuelled by the expanding national population projected to reach over 35 million by 2014 and growing regional initiative like the East African Federation framework.
The system of education in Uganda has a structure of 7 years of primary education, 6 years of secondary education (divided into 4 years of lower secondary and 2 years of upper secondary school), and 3 to 5 years of post-secondary education. The government of Uganda recognizes education as a basic human right and continues to strive to provide free primary education to all children in the country. However, issues with funding, teacher training, rural populations, and inadequate facilities continue to hinder the progress of educational development in Uganda. Girls in Uganda are disproportionately discriminated against in terms of education; they face harsher barriers when trying to gain an education and it has left the female population disenfranchised, despite government efforts to close the gap.
Boasting of the oldest university in East & Central Africa, Uganda has for years been a major education destination for students in the region, both at the university level and at the elementary and high school (or secondary school/college) levels, and interest continues in both the public and private Ugandan universities.
International University of East Africa
International University of East Africa is a private university which celebrates a multi-cultural atmosphere and a thriving international community of scholars and students engaged in the pursuit of advanced knowledge, practical skills and humane values. At IUEA we are dedicated to producing excellent graduates who are masters of their chosen fields of study, highly employable, and capable of creating new products and building new companies as entrepreneurs.
Established in 1922 as a humble technical school, Makerere University is one of the oldest and most prestigious Universities in Africa. Makerere University strives to be the leading institution for academic excellence and innovations in Africa. The university additionally aims to provide innovative teaching, learning, research and services responsive to national and global needs.
Uganda Management Institute
Uganda management Institute (UMI) is a National Centre for Training, Research and Consultancy in the field of Administration, Leadership and Management. The university has an established vision to be a world class management development institute and a stated mission to excel in developing management capacity.
Mbarara University of Science & Technology
Mbarara University of Science & Technology is a public university and over the years it has won acclaimed national and international recognition for best practices in outreach and community relations. Mbarara University of Science & Technology aims to provide quality and relevant education at national and international level with particular emphasis on Science and Technology and its application to community development.
Initially the University was named Gulu University of Agriculture and Environmental Science and was to specialise in agricultural mechanisation. However, it was later proposed that the University should widen its scope beyond agricultural mechanisation and produce high level human resource that can effectively participate in solving the social and economic problems of the country. It was then renamed Gulu University.
Kyambogo University is a relatively new University created with the main aim of promoting and advancing knowledge and development of skills in Science, Technology and Education and such other fields having regards for quality, equity, progress and transformation of society. Kyambogo University has the following faculties:
- Faculty of Science
- Faculty of Education
- Faculty of Arts and Science
- Faculty of Engineering
- Faculty of Special Needs and Rehabilitation
- Faculty of Vocational Studies
- School of Management and Entrepreneurship
Busitema University offers a variety of unique choices to ensure that a student follows a rewarding academic path according to their interests and capabilities. In addition to academics, students have opportunities to develop new relationships, many of which will last a lifetime. Leadership capacity building is prioritized so as to prepare students to play leadership roles in society. Recreational activities are also promoted.
Institute of Petroleum Studies
IPSK is the Premier provider of Petroleum and Energy Education in East Africa. Situated in the tranquil suburb of Muyenga- Kisugu at the heart of Kampala, the institute is proud to be leading the way in the delivery of Undergraduate and Postgraduate, world class education, research and training in Petroleum and Energy Studies.
Soroti University intends to anchor its life on five thematic areas to address the human resources gaps in Uganda, in the region and/or develop more capacity to enable society to cope with poverty, unemployment, inadequacy of skilled workers in key sectors endemic problems like health. It will also address national concerns such as modernizing agriculture, supporting industry, raising the level of technical skills for operating small and medium size businesses, raising science education, increasing ICT diffusion and business education.
Islamic University in Uganda
The Islamic University in Uganda aspires to function as a highly academic and cultural institution based on Islam and love of the country. It aims at promoting and enhancing the civilization and scientific influence of Islam and physical world to produce well-cultured, morally-upright graduates of sound character, equipped with useful skills and knowledge, to enable them participate positively in the development process of their countries. The University aims at achieving these goals through the pursuit of teaching, learning, research, scholarship, good governance and service to humanity.
Uganda Martyrs University
Uganda Martyrs University (UMU) is making a difference as an institution for higher learning by ensuring high quality education. UMU offers an education that prepares students for their future fields of occupation. UMU’s vision is to be a student-centred, comprehensive and research intensive University that is uniquely Ugandan in character. It is a university that is imbued with Christian values, and an institution that is of national and international acclaim.
Uganda Christian University
Uganda Christian University is dedicated, through teaching, scholarship, service, spiritual formation, student development and social involvement, to preparing students for thoughtful, productive lives of Christian faith and service in their respective professions and places.
Nkumba University is one of the largest private universities in East Africa. The University is a non-profit, non-denominational institution providing an enabling environment for students to achieve competence, creativity, confidence and character so as to think critically and act responsibly in an increasingly competitive national and global environment.
Kumi University is a community based non-profit religious institution and was founded in 1996. ALTI soon grew into Kumi University in 1999. Kumi University accommodates believers from various ethnic groups, nations and church denominations. The main focus of the institution is to raise leaders who will serve the community in virtues of godliness, faithfulness and deep sense of accountability as well as transparency.
Busoga University is a private (non-profit making) institution founded by the Church of Uganda under the Busoga Diocese. In the last 15 years and 3 months, BU has been growing bigger and bigger. Today, the university has six faculties:
- Faculty of Agriculture, Science and Technology (FAST)
- Faculty of Education, Arts and Vocational Studies (FEAVS)
- Faculty of Humanities, Business and Management (FHBM)
- Institute of Health Sciences (IHS)
- Faculty of Law
- School of Graduate Studies (SGS).
Kampala International University
Kampala International University is a private university in Uganda which has built a name in Uganda’s education sector with remarkable resilience. The university has a recognition and acknowledgement of its ability and competence to offer relevant education.
This rich diversity of students is always appreciated by the Kabale community, especially when academic and social functions are held by the University. Kabale University is unique in its origin. It is a secular community-founded and people-centred institution, which was established by a group of promoters who continue to support the institution.
Mountains of the Moon University
Mountains of the Moon University boasts having a very active student body which carries out its activities in line with the university’s core activities. These activities, which include sports, drama, debates and musical events, are coordinated by the Student Guild.
St. Lawrence University
St. Lawrence University in Uganda opened its doors to new students in 2007. This University is unique because in every degree or diploma course offered it emphasizes Entrepreneurship, ICT (Information Communication Technology) Research Paper, and Empowerment in order to produce graduates who are self-reliant, versatile and who will answer the usually disturbing question of “after University what next”?.
Aga Khan University
In Uganda, where nurses provide the vast majority of health services, the Aga Khan University (Advanced Nursing Studies) programme helps working nurses to improve their knowledge and leadership skills. As of 2009, almost 300 students have graduated from the ANS programme with a nursing qualification. These graduates represent a significant addition to the qualified nursing professionals currently working in Uganda.
All Saints University
All Saints University has three faculties (Faculty of Business Administration and Management, Faculty of Social Science and Faculty of Education), which provide daytime, evening and weekend lecture programmes to an expected student body of 250 undergraduates, diploma, professional and certificate students.
International Health Sciences University
International Health Sciences University is a private non-residential university in Uganda. International Health Sciences University at the moment has four faculties;
- Institute of Health Policy and Management (IHPM)
- School of Nursing (SON)
- Institute of Allied Health Sciences (AHS)
- Faculty of Medicine
Cavendish University Uganda, is a private university in Uganda, the third-largest economy in the East African Community. The university started operating in 2008 and is located in the country’s capital. The aim at Cavendish University Uganda is to offer quality and value for money education. This is achieved by ensuring that study programmes are delivered exceptionally by qualified and experienced lecturers.
Victoria University strives to be the first choice University with state of the art facilities nurturing a holistic person and contributing to regional and global development. The academics at Victoria University have rich collaborative relations with global scholars with whom they share a commitment to advance knowledge and address challenges in areas as diverse as Public Health, Business Management and Science and Technology.
The Virtual University of Uganda
The Virtual University of Uganda is fully licensed by the Uganda National Council for Higher Education. As the first on-line university in the region, we are proud to be part of the technological revolution in tertiary education.
Uganda Technology & Management University
The Uganda Technology & Management University (UTAMU) nurtures students and helps them become what they want to be after completing their courses. UTAMU was established with a purpose of making a difference in the training of technology and management students within the region. The university’s vision is to become a global educational institution for management, science, technology and innovation.
St. Augustine International University
St. Augustine International University offers a broad range of academic programs to prepare the students for the work place, from entry level diplomas to eminent post graduate level degrees. All of their programs are recognised by National Council for Higher Education and professional bodies. The university’s experienced, competent team of professionals provide the students with lecture, tutorial and examination support.
|Name of institution|
|University of Military Science and Technology|
|Uganda Military Academy|
|Uganda Senior Command and Staff College|
|Uganda Junior Staff College|
Other degree-awarding institutions
|Name of institution|
|Kigumba Petroleum Institute|
|India Africa Institute of Trade|
|Institute of Petroleum Studies Kampala|
List of business schools in Uganda
The table below lists the accredited, university-based business schools available in Uganda as of August 2013. The list also includes the university that each school is affiliated with and whether the school is private or public. The schools are listed alphabetically.
|Bugema University School of Business|
|Eastern and Southern African Management Institute|
Business School – Kampala Campus
|Gulu University Faculty of Business & Development Studies|
|Kabale University Department of Business & Economics|
|Kampala International University|
School of Business & Management
School of Management & Entrepreneurship
|Makerere University Business School*|
|Makerere University School of Business|
|Mbarara University Institute of Management Sciences|
|Mountains of The Moon University|
School of Business & Management
|Muteesa I Royal University Faculty of Business Management|
|Ndejje University Faculty of Business Administration|
|Nkumba University School of Business Administration|
|St. Augustine International University School of Business & Wealth Creation|
|Uganda Martyrs University Faculty of Business|
Administration & Management
|Uganda Management Institute|
School of Business, Productivity and Competitiveness
|Uganda Pentecostal University|
Faculty of Business Administration]
|Uganda Technology and Management University|
- Makerere University Business School (MUBS), was formerly affiliated with Makerere University. It has been granted autonomy to separate from its former parent institution. A new name is under formulation
List of law schools in Uganda
This is a list of accredited institutions offering law courses in Uganda, as of October 2020.
|Makerere University, School of Law||LLB, LLM & LLD|
|Bishop Stuart University, Faculty of Law||LLB|
|Busoga University, Faculty of Law||LLB|
|Gulu University, Faculty of Law||LLB|
|Cavendish University Uganda, Faculty of Law||LLB & LLM|
|Islamic University in Uganda, Faculty of Law||LLB&LLM|
|Kampala International University, Faculty of Law||LLB|
|Kampala University, Faculty of Law||LLB|
|Nkumba University, School of Law||LLB & BCJ|
|Uganda Christian University, Faculty of Law||LLB|
|Uganda Pentecostal University, Faculty of Law||LLB|
|Law Development Centre||Diploma in Legal Practice, Diploma in Law & Diploma in Human Rights|
|St. Augustine International University, Faculty of Law||LLB|
List of medical schools in Uganda
There is a significant disparity between enrolment rates in primary and secondary schools in Uganda. Census data from 2004 indicates that for every ten students enrolled in primary schools, only one is enrolled at a secondary institution. The structure of Uganda’s secondary education system follows the education system of its former colonial masters, Britain. It is divided into the Ordinary level and Advanced level. Lower secondary consists of 4 years of schooling at the end of which students undertake Ordinary-level exams (O-level) in at least 8 subjects with a maximum of 10 subjects. Upper secondary consists of 2 years of schooling at the end of which students sit Advanced-level exams (A-level) in at least 3 subjects.
The curriculum for lower secondary is currently being reviewed by the National Curriculum Development Centre, and a new curriculum is expected to be rolled out in 2014 or 2015.
Three-year technical schools provide an alternative to lower secondary school. Alternatives for graduates from lower secondary school include: 2-3 year Technical institutes; 2 year Primary Teacher Colleges (PTC); Department Training Colleges (DTCs) and Upper secondary schools; including:
- Kitante Hill Secondary School – Mixed day school
- St Mary’s Secondary School Kitende
- St. Mary’s College Kisubi – All boy’s boarding school
- Mount Saint Mary’s College Namagunga – All-girl boarding school (S1 to S6)
- Kibuli Secondary School – Mixed day and boarding school (S1 to S6)
- Bugema Adventist Secondary School – Mixed boarding school(S1 to S6)
- King’s College Budo – Mixed boarding school (S1 to S6)
- Gayaza High School – All-girl boarding school (S1 to S6) – Oldest girls secondary school
- Uganda Martyrs’ Secondary School Namugongo – One of the best in the country
- Mengo Senior School – Mixed day school
- Ntare School
- Nabumali High School
- St. Henry’s College Kitovu
- Makerere College School
- Comboni College
- Kinaawa High School-mugongo– mixed school
- German Secondary School Uganda
- Kiira College Butiki – Boys’ boarding school in Jinja (S1 to S6) founded in 1959
- Ebony College Luwero – Mixed day and boarding school (S1 to S6)
- Seat of Wisdom Secondary School- All-girl day and boarding school (S1 to S6)
- Sseguku Hill College- All-girl day and boarding school (S1 to S6)
- Mackay Memorial College Mixed day and boarding school located in Nateete (S1 to S6)
- Serere Township Secondary School– A Christian private “O” and “A” Level Mixed Day and Boarding School
- St.Lawrence Group Of schools.
- Rainbow International School
- Kampala International School
- International School of Uganda
- Heritage International School
- Taibah International School
- Delhi Public School International
- Bethel International Christian School
Although 60,000 to 70,000 students in Uganda leave secondary school each year qualified to go on to higher education, only some 35 per cent of them (at most 25,000) are able to find places at the limited number of institutions. The majority of students go to universities, both public and private. Makerere University in Kampala has about 95 percent of the total student population in Uganda’s universities. The remainder are distributed among the more than 20 private universities and a smaller number of non-university institutions. Recognised universities in Uganda include:
- Busitema University
- Gulu University
- Kabale University
- Kyambogo University
- Makerere University www.mak.ac.ug
- Mbarara University of Science & Technology
- Muni University
- Soroti University
- Lira University
- African Bible University
- Africa Renewal University, Buloba
- All Saints University
- Ankole Western University
- Bishop Stuart University
- Bugema University
- Busoga University
- Islamic University in Uganda
- Kumi University
- LivingStone International University
- Ndejje Christian University
- Uganda Christian University
- Uganda Martyrs University
- Uganda Pentecostal University
- Metropolitan International University
- [University of kisubi(UNIK)]
Private secular universities
- African Rural University
- Cavendish University Uganda
- International Health Sciences University
- International University of East Africa
- Kayiwa University
- Kampala University
- Kampala International University
- Mountains of the Moon University
- Muteesa I Royal University
- Nkumba University
- Royal Open University
- St. Augustine International University
- St. Lawrence University
- Uganda Technology and Management University
- Victoria University
- Nile University