Makerere University

Makerere is a premier and oldest University in eastern and central Africa, currently ranked position number five (5) among the top Universities in Africa (Times Higher Education, 2020), and also ranked 2nd in research training and output on the continent. Established in 1922 as a technical school, it was later renamed Makerere College offering courses in Carpentry, Building and Mechanics, Medical Care, Agriculture, Veterinary Sciences and Teacher Training. In 1935, it became a Centre for Higher Education in East Africa, and in 1949, became a University College affiliated to the University College of London, offering courses leading to the general degrees of its then mother institution. In June 1963, it became the University of East Africa with three Constituent Colleges namely Makerere, Nairobi and Dar es Salaam. Makerere became an  independent national university of the Republic of Uganda in July 1970. 

In 2011, Makerere transformed from a faculty-based to a collegiate University and now comprises of ten (10) constituent Colleges headed by Principals. These include:  1. College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES); 2. College of Business and Management Sciences (CoBAMS); 3. College of Computing and Information Sciences (CoCIS); 4. College of Education and External Studies (CEES); 5. College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology (CEDAT); 6. College of Health Sciences (CHS); 7. College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHUSS); 8. College of Natural Sciences (CoNAS); 9. College of Veterinary Medicine, Animal Resources and Bio-Security (CoVAB); and 10. School of Law (with College status). 

 The University’s total average student enrolment is 35,000, with 136 undergaduate programmes, and 179 graduate programmes (including postgraduate diplomas). Our strategic directon for the period 2020-2030 is to become a fully fledged research driven University. This will be guided by our vision To be a thought leader of knowledge generation for societal transformation and development and the mission To provide transformative and innovative teaching, learning, research and services responsive to dynamic national and global needs.

The University’s research priority areas are broadly categorised under: 1. Health and Health Systems; 2. Agricultural (crop & Livestock) Transformation, Food Security and Value Addition; 3. Natural Resources, Environment and Climate Change; 4. Education and Education Systems; 5. Governance, Culture, Visual Arts, Human Rights, Communication and Economic Development; 6. Science and Technology. Cross-cutting research interests include BiotechnologyKnowledge TranslationGender, and Human Resource Development

 The University indeed plays a central role in research at national, regional and international levels. We have several dedicated research institutions, centres and initiatives including but not limited to:

  1. The Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI)
  2. The World Bank Regional Center for Crop Improvement (MaRCCI)
  3. The ResilientAfrica Network (RAN) 
  4. Makerere Institute of Social Research (MISR) 
  5. Makerere University Agricultural Research Institute Kabanyolo (MUARIK) 
  6. The African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA) Centre of Excellence in Notions of Identity 
  7. The Makerere University Rotary Peace Center 
  8. Makerere University Center for Climate Change Research and Innovation (MUCCRI) 
  9. The Centre for Research in Energy and Energy Conservation (CREEC) 
  10. The Center for Research in Transportation Technologies (CRTT) 

For more details about Makerere University, please visit the university's website

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