30 April 2024

Makerere holds Mental Health Awareness Campaign for International Students

Makerere University held a Mental Health Awareness Campaign for International Students. The event aimed to address mental health challenges faced by international students, promote well-being, and encourage help-seeking behavior. Officials from the university’s student support services spoke about available resources and emphasized the importance of open communication. A student also shared her experience to inspire and motivate others. More

Makerere Luminaries Call for the Promotion of Humanities & Literature in Uganda’s Education System for a Balanced Citizenry with Human & Moral Values

Ugandan literary scholars Professors Arthur Gakwandi and Austin Bukenya were celebrated at Makerere University for their contributions to the field and the development of a well-rounded citizenry. The event, which focused on the importance of humanities and social sciences in education, comes amidst government efforts to promote natural sciences for economic growth.  Gakwandi and Bukenya, both 80 years old, cautioned against neglecting the humanities, arguing that they are essential for nurturing empathy, critical thinking, and moral values in society. More


31 March 2024

Over 600 awarded UBTEB certificates

Over 600 students of Makerere University Centre for Lifelong Learning and Makerere University Jinja Campus have graduated with diplomas and Certificates from the Uganda Business and Technical Examinations Board (UBTEB). More


31 January 2024

2025 Fulbright Foreign Student Program – Call for Applications

The U.S. Mission is now accepting applications for the 2025 Fulbright Foreign Student Program. This program awards grants to -pursue advanced degree, non-degree and research-programs in the United States. Read more

Bugema University 75th Anniversary Fete to Promote Sciences 

Bugema University, an entity of the Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) church has launched a weeklong activity to mark its 75th anniversary celebrations. The university is to mark its celebrations together with its sister schools including Bugema Adventist Vocational Institute,… Read more

Govt Takes HIV Fight to Universities

The government through the Ministry of Education has commissioned 140 students from Makerere University to help fight against HIV/Aids, especially among the youth. Read more

Govt to Erect Innovation Hubs Across Uganda

Government plans to erect innovation hubs in various regions across Uganda to allow young people enjoy untapped opportunities that come with invention, authorities have said. Read more 

Gulu University Law Don Interdicted Over Academic Documents

Gulu University management has interdicted one of its senior lecturers over inconsistencies in his academic documents and personal information. Dr. Shadat Mutyaba Ssemakula Mohmeded, the Dean Faculty of Law was interdicted… Read more

High Prevalence of Hypertension Risk Factors Among Makerere University Faculty…

In a recent study conducted at Makerere University in Uganda, a high prevalence of risk factors for hypertension was found among university faculty. The research, conducted from January to March 2018, engaged 141 participants and revealed several significant risk factors for hypertension among the group. Read more

Jinja approves campus for Makerere University

Jinja City leaders have accepted a proposal by Makerere University to set up a permanent campus in the area. In 2009, the university started a campus at Bell Avenue in Jinja City, which currently runs seven courses studied by the 750 students accommodated at a rented facility in Jinja Town. Read more

Kyambogo Varsity Don Allegedly Defiled a 16-Year-Old Girl 

The appointments committee at Kyambogo University is set to sit to decide the fate of its former vice chancellor in charge of finance Dr. Eron Lawrence whom police is hunting on charges of aggravated defilement. Read more

LDC Wants Universities Investigated Over Fake Law Degrees

The Law Development Centre (LDC) wants the Uganda Law Council, a body charged with regulating the legal profession in the country, to address the suspicious degrees from some universities. New Vision Online has learnt that the call follows LDC receiving an abnormally high number of students for the Bar course. Read more

Prof. Nawangwe: Makerere University Main Building to Be Ready by July

Makerere University Main Building famously known as the Ivory Tower will be ready by July this year, according to Vice-Chancellor Professor Barnabas Nawangwe. Nawangwe told URN most of the structural works have been completed over the past few years, … Read more

Makerere Equips Refugees with Entrepreneurship Skills

Makerere University through the research and innovation fund with the funding from the Government of Uganda has equipped entrepreneurial skills in refugees from 10 countries. Read more

Makerere Graduates 132 PhD Students; Honours Bigombe, Egonda-Ntende 

Makerere University, which opened its doors to its first 14-day students in 1922, is currently holding its 74th Graduation Ceremony at the campus’ Freedom Square. Read more

Makerere Set to Graduate Highest Number of Ph.D. Students

At least 132 students from across different colleges at Makerere University are set to receive their doctorate degrees during a week-long graduation ceremony set to kick off on January 29. Read more

Makerere Staff Petition Council Chairperson to Reconsider Composition of the Senate 

Makerere University staff members petitioned the University Council Chairperson Lorna Magara, to reconsider the composition of the Senate. Earlier this month, Makerere University staff through their Associations; the Makerere University Academic Staff Association- MUASA,… Read more

Makerere Starts Issuing Transcripts Ahead of Graduation

Graduates of Makerere University are relieved that they will start accessing their academic documents before graduation following a recent decision by management. Read more 

Makerere University Bids Farewell to Outgoing UNDP Resident Representative 

Makerere University has Tuesday, January 9, 2024, bid farewell to Ms. Elsie Attafuah, the outgoing United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative for Uganda. Read more

Makerere University Partners With Tea Researchers to Increase Production

Makerere University has partnered with tea researchers from the National Agriculture Research Organization (NARO) to train tea researchers at Masters and PHD levels. Read more

Makerere University Plans to Have Transcripts Ready Before The 74th Graduation

Makerere University has plans to ensure that transcripts are ready by the beginning of the one-week-long 74th graduation ceremony slated for January 29th to February 2, 2024. Read more

Makerere University Staff Calls Off Strike

Makerere University staff have agreed to temporarily called of their strike. Last week, staff through their Associations; Makerere University Academic Staff Association- MUASA, Makerere Academic Staff Association-MASA and the National Union of Education Institutions- NUEI declared their intention for new industrial action… Read more 

Makerere University Sues Its Tribunal Over Dr Malowa Appointment

In a twist of events, Makerere University has sued its tribunal, challenging the appointment of Dr Davis Ndanyi Malowa as the human resource director of the institution of higher learning. Read more

Minister Cautions University Student Leaders Against Extremism at the ELP

Agriculture Minister Frank Tumwebaze has challenged University leaders to exercise tolerance for divergent views in order to stand out in the evolving governance systems. Read more 

New Report Uncovers 200 Outdated Courses in Public Universities

The government has in the latest findings established that five top public universities were found to be running a total of 222 courses that were not accredited by the National Council of Higher Education (NCHE), out of the reviewed 692, the Daily Monitor has learnt. Read more

Sharz Annual Education Fair 2024: Universities from Over 15 Countries Confirm Attendance

As preparations get into high-gear, universities are rushing to make confirmations to attend the Sharz Annual Education Fair, slated for February 29, 2024 and March 1, 2024. Read more

Uganda Denies Reports of Nigeria Rejecting Its Degrees

The National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) has denied any knowledge of claims that Uganda is among the African countries whose degree certificates risk being rejected by Nigeria over authenticity issues. Read more

Universities From Canada, 14 Other Countries to Attend Education Fair in Kampala

As preparations get into high-gear, several universities have confirmed attendance of the Sharz Annual Education fair in Kampala slated for February 29 and March 1 this year. Read more

University Games Serve as Excitement

The 19th edition of the Association of Uganda University Sports (AUUS) games concluded just before Christmas at UCU Mukono campus on a high. Earlier fears of short preparation time were allayed when teams swung into action. Read more


30 November 2023

39 Ugandans Win University Scholarships in Algeria

A total of 39 Ugandan students have been flagged off to study various disciplines from different universities in Algeria. The Algerian scholarship beneficiaries who are expected in Algeria on Friday 24th November, were flagged off at Makerere University in Kampala during their pre-departure briefing on Thursday. Read more

Attacks on Academic Freedom Recorded Across Africa

War-torn Sudan is one of the 30% of countries in the world with the lowest levels of academic freedom, where scholars and university students frequently face pervasive attacks and universities are denied autonomy, according to Scholars at Risk (SAR), a global network that campaigns for the right of academics – and students – to think and express ideas without fear. Read more

Dire Need for Free Access To Agricultural Repository

The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) and the West and Central African Research and Education Network (WACREN) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to enhance scientific and scholarly communication in Africa. Read more

Do not Quit School Before Completing Your Course Because of Money, Students Advised 

The College Principal at Makerere University College of computing and information science (CoCIS) Tonny Oyana has advised students at the college to complete their courses and avoid abandoning studies when they are presented with job opportunities that pay them a lot of money. Read mor

Do not Undermine Your Professions, Vocational Graduates Urged

The Chairperson of the Directorate of Industrial Training (DIT) Council, Dr Ruth Biyinzika Kasolo has called upon graduates from vocational institutes, to desist from undermining their hard-earned qualifications. Read more

Engineering Emerges as an Area of Strength in Subject Rankings

A total of 112 universities in 17 African countries have been ranked in the 20th edition of the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings by subject 2024, an index that each year lists institutions’ performance in academic fields across 11 selected subject areas. Read more

Focus On Quality, Uganda’s Researchers Told 

University researchers and other researchers have been asked to focus on the quality of their evidence and data. The quality of evidence and data gathered has an impact on the policy recommendations and solutions they provide. Read more

Makerere Grants Amnesty to De-Registered Students 

Makerere University has pardoned thousands of its Masters’ and PhD students who were deregistered after failing to complete their academic programmes within the stipulated period. Read more

Makerere to Verify Degrees of Employed Alumni Afresh

Makerere University has asked employers and higher academic institutions whose staff and students, respectively, graduated from Uganda’s oldest and largest public university, to submit their academic documents for reverification. Read more

Makerere University Hosts 2nd Nsibirwa Annual Public Lecture

On Thursday, Makerere University hosted the 2nd Nsibirwa Annual Public Lecture, commemorating the life of the former Katikiro of Buganda, Martin Luther Nsibirwa. Read more

Makerere University to Partner with the Egypt-Japan University of Science and Technology (E-JUST)

The collaboration between the two universities to be formalized with the signing of a memorandum of understanding soon will see the two universities working together in several respects including staff and student exchanges, joint research, and student supervision among others. Read more

Mak Staff Question ULS Nomination Process

The Makerere Joint Staff Associations has urged the Uganda Law Society (ULS) to independently nominate its representative to the University Appointment Board. Read more

Nsibirwa Annual Lecture: DFCU Bank CEO Emphasizes the Value Of Education As a Pillar of Legacy

Makerere University, in collaboration with DFCU Bank and Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, hosted the second memorial lecture to honour the Late Owekitibwa Martin Luther Nsibiriwa, a celebrated patron and forefather of Makerere University. Read more

Over 700 Makerere Students Seek Help

Over 700 Makerere University financially constrained students are seeking assistance to raise money to pay their tuition debts which date back to over two academic years. Read more

Prof William Senteza Kajubi Honoured as Father of Education Sector in Uganda 

Professor William Senteza Kajubi, a two-time Vice Chancellor of Makerere University, has been honoured as the father of the Education Sector in Uganda. This was during the 4th Annual Kajubi Lecture 2023 co-hosted by Makerere University Vice-Chancellor, Prof Barnabas Nawangwe and the new U.S. Ambassador … Read more

Russian and Ussr University Alumni Unite in Tanzania for the First African Forum

First African forum of graduates of local universities started on Wednesday, 8 November, TASS reported. More than one and a half hundred people gathered in Tanzania. Guests from Rwanda, Tunisia, Uganda, South Africa, Botswana and other countries of the continent came to Dar es Salaam. Read more

Skills Development for Nuclear Energy Management in Africa

Thirteen member states were represented at this year’s Nuclear Energy Management school, hosted by the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa). Read more

Technology Minister Directs Universities Account for Innovation Funds 

The Minister of Science, Technology, and Innovation, Dr. Monica Musenero, has challenged universities to account for innovation funds by linking products to the economy. Read more

The School of The Built Environment at CEDAT Conducts the First Ever Ph.D. Colloquium

There is need for change in the way graduate students are handled if the University is to realize its Research- led agenda. Read more

Ugandan Students in India Form Association to Boost Academic Excellence 

In a bid to obtain academic excellence and smoothen their stay in India, Ugandans and other stakeholders have launched the Association of Uganda Students in India (AUSI). Read more


31 October 2023

Artificial Intelligence Making Our Students Lazy

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor in charge of academic affairs at Makerere University, Assoc. Prof Umar Kakumba has said that a section of students are misusing the application of artificial intelligence (AI) by solely relying on it while doing their coursework. Read more

Beyond BRICS: The Shaping Of New Development Narratives

Efforts by both China and India to deepen cooperation with Africa in the higher education and research space are evident in several recent high-profile initiatives that reveal more about the geopolitical goals and engagement style of the countries. Read more

Busitema and Kumi Universities Draw 1-1 In Thrilling Football Clash

Busitema and Kumi Universities played a 1-all draw in a University Football League game played at the Forest grounds in Busitema. Nyalimo Stephen opened the scoring for Busitema in the 22nd minute before David Opolot put through his own net two minutes later. Read more

Challenge-Based Research Funding Helps Teams Work on SDGs

Maynooth University in Ireland, in partnership with Makerere University in Uganda, has been awarded €1 million (US$1.05 million) under a Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) research challenge funded by Irish government agencies. Read more

Kyambogo University Wins Inter-University Poetry Competitions 

Kyambogo University emerged winner of the first edition of the inter-university poetry competitions that took place at the university on Saturday, October 28, 2023. Read more

Deadline Looms for 1,500 University Courses

The fate of over 1,500 study programmes in Uganda’s universities and other tertiary institutions hangs in the balance as a deadline set for their review by the National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) approaches. Read more

Experts Want Makerere, Kyambogo Probed Over Sale of Marks 

In more details shared by our sources about how some academic staff at Kyambogo University allegedly solicited bribes from students in exchange for better grades, Monitor has learnt that when members of a 2022 final year class … Read more

In Search of a Pan-African Homeland and Education

Everywhere we look in our global village, we find the Chinese being educated to be Chinese, Americans to be American and Europeans to be Europeans, and so we can go on. The African, on the other hand, has been and is still being educated to be Arabic, European, or European American. Read more

ISBAT University Artificial Intelligence Tudents Win Shs11.1m 

Artificial Intelligence students from International Business, Science and Technology (ISBAT) University, ISBAT, have received Shs11.1 million cash prize in a three months long Revolution Hackathon Uganda competition. Read more

Makerere Don Slams Honorary Doctorate Holders

The Deputy Vice Chancellor of Makerere University, Prof Umar Kakumba, has slammed a section of honorary doctorate holders who adopt the title doctor, saying that it should be reserved for Ph.D. holders who have done actual academic work to earn it. Read more

Makerere Staff Threaten to Strike Over Delayed Promotions, Salary Increment 

Makerere University staff members have threatened to strike over delayed promotions and salary increment, among other issues that they say have not been addressed despite several meetings held and promises made to that effect. Read more

Makerere Students Move to Restore the Environment

Makerere University students from the College of Business and Management Sciences (CoBAMS) have donated 800 umbrella tree seedlings in Kiboga District in a bid to restore the environment. Read more

Makerere Taps Agriculture Programs to Arrest Rankings Slide

Makerere University is seeking accreditation of two of its programs by the Inter-University Council for East Africa (IUCEA) as one of the ways to regain its ranking. Read more


Makerere University Gets $1m to Tackle Newborn Sepsis

Makerere University in Uganda has secured €1 million ($1.05 million) funding to address sepsis in newborn babies, using a new low-resource test that can be conducted using a small drop of blood obtained from a heel prick. Read more

Makerere University Lecturers Embrace Emerging Leaders Program 

Makerere University lecturers have embraced the ‘Emerging Leaders Program’, a project by Mrs. Janet Museveni the First Lady and minister of Education and Sports. Read more

Mak student leaders spearhead corruption, HIV/Aids fight in varsities 

Makerere University student leaders have spearheaded the national Anti-corruption and HIV/Aids campaign in higher learning institutions. The campaign is an initiative of Ms Janet Museveni, the First Lady and also Minister of Education … Read more

Marks for sale at Kyambogo, Makerere

A few years after several Ugandan universities were rocked by sex-for-marks scandals, a new vice has been exposed with some students this time claiming they bribed their way to better grades and graduation. Read more

MUASA Votes to Reject Makerere Biometric Attendance System

Makerere University lecturers have firmly rejected the proposed introduction of a biometric staff attendance management system at the university.Academic staff further argue that the Biometric Attendance Management system primarily focuses on monitoring staff attendance between 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Read more

No Solutions Yet to Funding The ‘New’ African University

Funding crises have been among the most intractable problems facing African universities during the entire post-independence period. While the new agenda proposing a ‘new African university’ has focused on identity, potential missions, and philosophical standpoints, few ideas on how to finance these institutions have been offered. Read more

Over 1,000 Graduate from Nkumba University 

Over 1,000 students on Thursday graduated from Nkumba University after being conferred with different awards. The Vice Chancellor of the University Prof Jude Lubega said 1,857 students graduated in different disciplines including Degrees, Diplomas and Certificates.  Read more

Ph.D. Shortage: Govt to Address High Cost of Doctoral Training

The Government has asked more Ugandans to take up doctoral studies to solve the shortage of doctor of philosophy degrees (PhDs) in the country. According to Dr Jane Egau Okou, Director in charge of Higher Education and TVET at the Ministry of Education and Sports, not many Ugandans are demonstrating interest in pursuing doctoral education, which has left the country short in the area. Read more

Students in Africa Are Among the Most Dissatisfied Globally

African universities score poorly on all metrics of student satisfaction save for online classroom experience where South African institutions scored higher than the global average, according to the 2023 Global Student Satisfaction Awards report just released. Read more

Students Initiate Campaign to Combat Alarming Dropout Rates at Makerere University

Student leaders at Makerere University led by the Guild President Robert Maseruka have initiated a campaign dubbed “Save a Makererean” aimed at raising Shillings 1 billion to help their underprivileged colleagues on the verge of dropping out due to tuition fees. Read more

UCU Ready to Host 19th Edition of Inter-University Games 

Uganda Christian University (UCU) has expressed readiness to host Inter-University games that will run from December 16-21. The event organised by the Association of Uganda University Sports (AUUS) will include 16 disciplines which are expected to attract over 1,500 athletes. Read more

Uganda Wins Sh168b for HIV/AIDS Vaccine Research

The Joint Clinical Research Center (JCRC) and Makerere University Walter Reed Project (MUWRP) have been awarded a sh168,811,425,000b grant ($45 million) to advance HIV vaccine research & development in Uganda. Read more


30 September 2023

Concern As IUIU Reinstates Mandatory Pregnancy Test for Students

Every female student at Islamic University in Uganda (IUIU) will be subjected to a compulsory pregnancy test, a move that has triggered concern in the country. Read more

EU Project Aims for Climate-Smart Agribusiness Graduates

A European Union-funded project that seeks to improve the teaching of agriculture entrepreneurship at African universities has been officially launched with a promise to revolutionise programmes with lessons from some of the best universities in the world. Read more

Government of Uganda Signs Historic Charter with RUFORUM

Kampala, Uganda – In a momentous development for the agricultural sector in Uganda, the Government of Uganda has formally signed the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) Charter. This historic event marks a significant commitment to advancing agricultural education, research, and innovation in the nation. Read more

HRH Sylvia Nagginda Delivers 2nd Sarah Ntiro Lecture

Makerere University on 31st August, 2023 hosted the Second Edition of the Sarah Ntiro Annual Public Lecture, graced by Her Royal Highness, Nnabagareka Sylvia Nagginda, Queen of Buganda as the distinguished keynote speaker. Read more

Kampala University Secure 2-1 Win Against Bishop Stuart 

Kampala University rallied from behind to secure a 2-1 home win against Bishop Stuart University in the University Football League at the Luzira Prison Grounds. Read more

Makerere Staff Question Management as Appeals Tribunal Saga Continues 

Tension is rising among Makerere staff following the university’s decision to invalidate the selection of their representative to the staff appeals tribunal. Dr. Henry Michael Onoria was named the new Chairperson of the Staff Appeals Tribunal last month after nearly five months of inactivity … Read more 

Makerere to Showcase Outstanding Youth Innovations

In a bid to promote outstanding youth innovations and youth enterprise in the country, Makerere University and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have orgnaised a Youth and Innovation Expo 2023. Read more

Makerere University Launches Second Edition O f The Guild League 

David Katende, the assistant general secretary of the National Council of Sports, officially launched the second edition of the Makerere University Guild League in a function that was held today morning at Makerere University rugby grounds.

Makerere University to Host 6th Geopolitics Conference

Makerere University is all set to host the sixth edition of the Kampala Geopolitics Conference. This two-day high-level academic public event is scheduled for October 17th and 18th, 2023, at Makerere University. Read more

Makerere University Prepares For 6th Geopolitics Conference

Scholars, international researchers and experts will converge to analyse the current geopolitical questions and trends when Makerere University hosts the sixth edition of the Kampala Geopolitics Conference. Read more

Museveni Queries Delayed Construction of Gulu University Teaching Hospital 

President Museveni has questioned officials at the Health Ministry over delays in finalizing the signing of a memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with an Austrian firm for the construction of a specialized Teaching Hospital at Gulu University. Read more

Prof Simon Anguma Appointed As Muni University Vice Chancellor

Prof Simon Anguma Katrini has been appointed as the new vice chancellor of Muni University by institution’s Chancellor Archbishop Emeritus Henry Luke Orombi. Read more

The Hidden Costly Truth Behind TVET Govt Scholarships 

Justus Balyanyuka’s journey toward higher education was painted with wondrous dreams of opportunities when he secured the coveted government scholarship to study at Uganda Cooperative College in Tororo. Read more

Ugandan Pharmacist Wins Young Scientist Award in South Africa 

Emmanuel Mukisa Kiyonga, a 28-year-old pharmacist from Uganda, has won the Young Scientist Award, beating top researchers from renowned universities across South Africa. Read more


31 August 2023

19 Ugandans Flagged Off for EU Study Scholarships 

The European Union (EU) has pledged to continue empowering Ugandan youth by skilling them for the world of work as well as supporting their education for participation in the decision-making process of their country. Read more

42 TVET Students to Repeat Over Cheating National Exams

A total of 42 technical vocational and education training institution (TVET) candidates are to repeat semesters after the Government cancelled their results over indulging in examination malpractices. Read more

4,671 Candidates Missed TVET Exams 

A total of 4,671 candidates who had been enrolled by the Uganda Business and Technical Examination Board (UBTEB) missed the April/May TVET exams. According to UBTEB’s data, out of the 13,209 candidates registered across 262 examination centers for the final program exams, … Read more

Africa is Home to the Oldest and Youngest Universities

The African continent is home to four of the world’s oldest universities and to some of the planet’s youngest, first-ever universities in a given country, with some countries having established their first institutions less than 10 years ago. Read more

Africa-Russia HE Cooperation Plan Reflects Geopolitical Tussles

Africa and Russia are planning to cooperate more closely in the higher education and scientific research spheres, including formulating joint research and educational projects in nuclear, space, and digital technologies along with artificial intelligence, networking among Russian and African universities, and enhancing student and academic mobility. Read more

Aga Khan University Don Urges Researchers to Stick to Ethics

Ms Elizabeth Anne Bukusi, an honorary lecturer at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Aga Khan University, Nairobi Kenya, has said researchers should conduct research with integrity so that authenticity of their findings is not questioned by citizens. Read more

Aviation University Graduates More Than 1,550 Professionals

Ethiopian Aviation University, the largest aviation university in Africa, graduated today 1,551 professionals, about 100 from other African countries. The university graduated 160 pilots, 458 aircraft maintenance technicians, 702 cabin crews, 69 hotel operation professionals and customer service agents. Read more

Balunywa Successor at MUBS Revealed

Prof Wasswa Balunywa’s tenure as MUBS boss expired on 31st May, this year. Whereas intense lobbying is going on to have him handed another five year term, a section of staff are against the move. Read more

Demand for Higher Education Keeps Growing

Today being International Labour Day Education Times tackles an interesting subject; the pursuit for higher education beyond Rwanda’s borders. The increasing competition on the job market has literally forced those in offices to step out of their comfort zones in search of better qualifications. Read more

Fight Erupts Over Top Job at MUBS

A feisty fight for the job of Principal of Makerere University Business School (MUBS) is raging at the Nakawa-based institution. Sections of the academic staff at the school have petitioned First Lady and Education minister Janet Museveni over handing Prof Juma Waswa Balunywa another contract as Mubs principal. Read more

First Cohort of Medical Doctors Trained by Uganda’s Anglican Church in 140 Years Graduates

The first cohort of 44 medical doctors trained by the Anglican Church of Uganda in its history spanning over 140 years has graduated, marking a milestone in the church’s history of training medical experts in the country. Read more

Governments Should Value the Teaching Profession

The education sector on the African continent faces various challenges, some of which always recur. They include funding, strikes and protests, poor education systems (the leading challenge), weak education policies and socio-economic issues. Read more

Govt Unveils Commonwealth Scholarships

The Ministry of Education and Sports yesterday unveiled the Commonwealth scholarships for the 2024/2025 academic year, unlocking doors for Ugandan students to pursue higher education in the United Kingdom. Read more

Gulu University Takes Over Kotido PTC

Gulu University has taken over the administration of Kotido Primary Teachers College (PTC) in Kotido district. This is following a February 9, 2023 letter from the Ministry of Education and Sports directing the University management to take over the former teacher’s training institution and turn it into a public degree-awarding institution. Read more

How Technology Developed at Uganda’s Makerere University is Helping African Cities 

A technology developed by a group of tech-savvy engineering and computer science students led by a computer science professor at Uganda’s Makerere University is helping cities with a major problem: accessing equipment to monitor air quality. Read more

Idi Amin Memorial Lecture in Doubt

The management of Muni University in Arua city has denied reports that it had offered to host the proposed inaugural memorial Lecture for Former President Idi Amin. Read more

IUCEA Foster TVET Knowledge Transfer Through Partnership with Chinese Universities

The Inter-University Council for East Africa (IUCEA) has partnered with China to improve the quality and relevance of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) programs in East Africa. Read more

Kabale University Launches Institute of Tourism and Hospitality 

Kabale University has launched the Institute of Tourism and Hospitality, Dr. Christine Ampumuza, a Specialist in Tourism and Hospitality, and who doubles as the Head of Tourism and Hospitality at Kabale University, has said. Read more

Kyambogo Lecturers Withhold Marks for Over 3000 Students

A section of Kyambogo University students has raised concern over the delay to release their results. Speaking to Daily Monitor yesterday, the students said some lecturers were withholding their results in protest of the university’s delay to pay their outstanding arrears. Read more

Kyambogo University Students Protest Over Delayed Exam Results

At the Kyambogo University Campus in Kampala, students from the Faculty of Engineering are demanding marks for exams written over at least one year. They include continuing students and others, who are due for graduation in December. Read more

LDC Admits Over 1,600

The Law Development Centre (LDC) has released the names of successful students who applied to join the Bar Course at the institution for the academic year 2023/2024.A total of 1,649 students have been admitted to the Bar Course in a decision that was taken by the Admissions Board … Read more

Makerere Drops Four Places in African University Rankings

Makerere University has dropped in ranking to 17th position in Africa from 13th as of July 2023, which was its previous position at the beginning of this year. The new rankings, which also place Makerere at number 1,086 worldwide based on excellence, openness and impact, were released on Monday by Webometrics. Read more

Makerere’s Dr Namyalo on Becoming Leading Muslim Professor

Dr. Saudah Namyalo Birabwa has broken through the proverbial glass ceiling to become the second Muslim female Associate Professor in Uganda. Read more

Makerere To Resume Issuing Customised Graduation Gowns 

Makerere University management is slated to resume issuing compulsory customised gowns to its graduands, three years after it was suspended. According to a circular seen by Daily Monitor, the University Council at its 160th meeting resolved to approve the production, sale, and distribution of the graduation gowns … Read more

Makerere University Hospital & Rotary Club Launch Hearing Impairment Lab

Makerere University Hospital in partnership with the Rotary Club of Kololo has launched a state-of-the-art laboratory with the major aim of treating people with hearing impairments. Read more

New TVET Law to Guard Learners Against Fake Courses

The Ministry of Education and Sports (MoES) in partnership with the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs has embarked on consulting key stakeholders on issues that should be addressed by the Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) Bill 2022, once enacted into law. Read more

Portal To Focus on The Collection of Quality Data About TVET

A newly launched monitoring portal for collecting, analysing and sharing real-time data among technical and vocational education and training (TVET) institutions in East Africa will help close quality and data collection gaps in the region. Read more 

Student Housing Set to Become One of Biggest Challenges in HE

The shortage of quality and affordable housing units to accommodate university students has become one of the major challenges facing the higher education sector in Sub-Saharan Africa, according to Adamou Labara, the International Finance Corporation’s (IFC) country manager in South Africa. Read more

Sub-Saharan Africa Leads Enrolments in Professional Courses

The Sub-Saharan African region has the highest year-on-year average growth rate in the world in the number of people enrolling for professional certificate courses, a new study by a global trainer has found. Read more

Totalenergies EP Uganda Boosts Emergency Medicine, Training At Makerere University 

TotalEnergies EP Uganda has today handed over the largest high fidelity simulation center for medical training in sub-Saharan Africa, outside Cape town to Makerere University’s College of Health Sciences at Mulago Hospital. Read more

UG Graduates Urged To Strive For Excellence 

Newly graduated students from the University of Ghana have been urged to be solution-oriented and strive for excellence while serving society. Having been awarded degrees after completing their programmes of study from the University of Ghana (UG) School of Law, UG Medical School and … Read more 

Uganda, China Schools to Offer Oil, Gas Training

Uganda and China vocational schools and colleges have partnered to build the capacities of workers in the oil and gas sectors. This was a result of the China-Africa Vocational Education Academic Exchange Seminar in Uganda last week, which enabled such collaborations for technology and skills exchange …  Read more 

Universities Warned Against Duplicating Courses

The National Planning Authority has warned the government against allowing universities across the country to duplicate courses and transferring the cost to the government which is paying lecturers recruited for repeated courses. Read more


31 July 2023

AI Can Help HE, But Guidelines for Ethical Usage Are Needed

Higher education institutions should be prepared to adopt, absorb, and utilise artificial intelligence (AI). This is according to Rwanda’s Minister of Education, Dr. Valentine Uwamariya, who spoke during the 14th Inter-University Council for East Africa (IUCEA) Annual Conference and Meeting in Kigali that ended on 28 June. Read more

Bioscientists Task NCDC to Review Biology Syllabus

Bioscientists yesterday tagged persistent poor performance of candidates in the Biology subject to a complex secondary curriculum and inadequate attention to the challenges schools are grappling with. Read more

Busoga University Admissions to Resume Next Year

Students and parents who have been anxiously waiting for the re-opening of Busoga University for over five years, can now breath a sign of relief, following an announcement that the institute will start re-admitting students during the June 2024 intake. Read more

Decolonisation: Admit Weaknesses, Forge Home-Grown Solutions

With the current conditions of weakened institutions of care, research and higher education, Africa needs to ‘self-decolonise’ and mutually reinforce ‘egalitarian and inclusive’ partnership models for capacity-building that best fit the African context. Read more

Education Experts Query Findings That Rank Little-Known Universities as Best in Uganda 

Experts have raised concerns regarding the rankings that have placed Makerere University and four other universities in Uganda among the top higher education institutions in Sub-Saharan Africa. Read more

Gov Bago Set to Hike Tuition Fees of State-Owned Institutions

The Niger State Government has disclosed plans to increase tuition fees at the state-owned tertiary institutions to fund them adequately and effectively. The Permanent Secretary, Niger State Ministry of Tertiary Education, Science, and Technology, Dr Musa Abubakar Sadeeq, made the disclosure… Read more

Govt, Catholic Church to Construct University in Karamoja

The construction of the Karamoja Peace and Technology University in Karamoja region’s Kotido district has been launched. The laying of the foundation of the university, which is expected to foster Peace and Education in the Great Lakes region, was done by Vice-President Jessica Alupo at Losilang ward, Kotido municipality. Read more

Gulu University’s Dr. Mukembo Appointed Pharmacy Board Member 

The Health Ministry has appointed Dr. Robert Mukembo, the head of medical services at Gulu University to serve as a member on the Uganda Pharmacy Board. The appointment was announced by Health Minister Dr. Ruth Aceng Ocero in a June 27 letter to Dr. Mukembo seen by Uganda Radio Network. Read more

ICBA RUFORUM Collaboration

The International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA) in collaboration with the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) organized a four-day regional training workshop on “Improved land and water management practices and use of simulation models for increasing agricultural production in Sub-Sahara Africa”, … Read more

Increase Research Support for The Social Sciences

Africa needs a dedicated research platform to mobilise and coordinate individual and institutional research support for social sciences, humanities and the arts (SSHA) to enhance research leadership capacity and minimise research inequalities in Africa, a new study has suggested. Read more

Kaduna: University Students Receive Donations for School Fees

Professor Bala Dogo of the Department of Geography, Kaduna State University (KASU), has disclosed that Southern Kaduna people living in Europe have donated funds to pay the fees of indigent students in the institution. Dogo said about 23 beneficiaries have already been briefed of the development. Read more

Loan Scheme Favours Children of The Rich

As Parliament last week pushed the government to reverse its suspension of the higher education loan scheme, MPs also said they are concerned that poor students are being left out contrary to what was intended. Read more

Makerere Gets Shs1.6b Govt Boost for Protozoa Research Training 

Government has given Makerere University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, Animal Resources and Biosecurity Shs1.6 billion to facilitate science research in human capital development. Read more

Makerere, HR Managers Sign MOU to Promote Professionalism

Makerere University has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Human Resource Managers Association of Uganda (HRMAU) to promote professionalism among employers. Read more

Makerere Releases Admission List for Private Sponsored Students 

Makerere University has officially released the list of privately sponsored students for the next academic year 2023/2024.In an announcement by the Office of the Academic Registrar on July 12, a total of over 16,000 students have been granted admission to pursue their undergraduate programs … Read more

Makerere Seeks to Revive Interest in History Learning

Makerere University has embarked on championing a campaign to make the teaching of history interesting and attractive to learners.The move comes after establishing that many students in higher institutions of learning are increasingly losing interest in taking and learning the history discipline, … Read more

Makerere Sets Dates for 74th Graduation 

Makerere University has set the dates for its 74th graduation ceremony slated to take place next year at the institution’s main campus in Kampala. According to a released academic calendar seen by Monitor, the institution will hold its graduation from January 8 to January 12. Read more

Makerere Staff Threaten to Strike as Academic Year Starts

Makerere University staff are considering industrial action at the beginning of the 2023/2024 academic year if the University Staff Appeals Tribunal is not reinstated immediately. Read more

Makerere Supports Innovative Youth with Disabilities

Makerere University has launched the Innovativeness of Young Persons with Disabilities programme. The project funded by the Royal Academy of Engineering, is aimed at connecting young persons with disabilities (YPWD) engaged in innovative business to stakeholders that can provide financial support. Read more

Makerere University to Lead African Open Science Platform 

Makerere University have been selected to take lead in the African Open Science platform that seeks to facilitate Researchers to come up with common solutions to the challenges facing Uganda’s Development challenges.  Read more

Mak Lecturers Threaten to Strike Over Monthly Allowances

Makerere University teaching staff have threatened to go on strike after the university management abolished their monthly allowances. A source said the university management notified staff that they will not be receiving their monthly allowances effective July, drawing outrage from the dons. Read more

MPs Quiz MUBS Leadership Over Unprinted Transcripts 

The leadership of Makerere University Business School (MUBS) was on Monday tasked to explain why a large chunk of academic transcripts were not printed and issued as initially budgeted for during the 2021/2022 financial year. Read more

Nelson Mandela University to Host Thousands of Youth in a Coding Tournament on Mandela Day 

As the country takes steps to boost Maths, Science and Technology in schools, Nelson Mandela University, Tangible Africa and the Leva Foundation are set to host thousands of young people in a coding tournament on Mandela Day. Approximately 10,000 learners from across Africa and abroad will participate in the event, … Read more

TCU Warns of Scammers as Admission Window Opens

The Tanzania Commission for Universities (TCU) formally opened the application window for university admissions for the academic year 2023/24 yesterday, warning bachelor’s degree candidates to be wary of unscrupulous agents. Read more 

Ugandan Team Gears Up for Chengdu Universiade 

As the World University Games in Chengdu, China rapidly approach, Kenneth Mwambu, an engineering student at Makerere University in Uganda, is diligently fine-tuning his badminton skills. Read more

UNESCO Helps Varsity Students Stay Healthy

In Uganda, adolescent pregnancy is one of the main factors causing girls and young women to drop out of school, often putting an abrupt end to their education. The country currently has the highest school dropout rates in the East African region. Read more

Universities Faulted for Withholding Transcripts of Students Under Loan Scheme

The Uganda People’s Congress (UPC) is concerned about reports that universities are withholding transcripts of students who studied on government loan scheme. Read more


31 May 2023

AKU to Build New Campus in Kampala

Pakistan’s first private university to expand its operations in Africa, the Aga Khan University (AKU) celebrated the start of construction of its new campus in Kampala at a ceremony attended by the First Lady of Uganda, Her Excellency Janet Museveni, and Princess Zahra Aga Khan. Read more

Christopher Wasswa Elected New MUBS Guild President

Christopher Wasswa (BHRM II) is the newly elected Makerere University Business School (MUBS) Guild President for the 2023/2024 academic year. He becomes the 26th guild president after polling 1,927 votes in a hotly contested election. Read more

Kyambogo University Students Protest Over Surcharge on Late Tuition Payments

The police are holding seven Kyambogo University students, arrested on charges of engaging in an unlawful assembly. This follows a protest by university students over the imposition of a 50,000 shilling surcharge for late tuition payment. Read more

Lecturers to Go on Strike Over Salary

Lecturers in public universities across the country have threatened to go on a sit-down strike if the government fails to implement the presidential directive of enhancing academic staff salaries in the institutions. Read more

MMU, German University Partner on Research, Innovation

Mountains of the Moon University in Fort Portal has entered into an academic cooperation project with the Germany-based Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Sciences. Read more

Seven Arrested as Kyambogo University Students Strike

Police have arrested at least seven Kyambogo University students following their protest over missing marks, delayed allowances for government sponsored students and exorbitant charges on tuition, among others. Read more


31 March 2023

Academic Freedom in Decline in 22 Countries Worldwide

Over the past decade, academic freedom has declined in more than 22 countries representing more than half of the world’s population, four billion people, says the Academic Freedom Index: Update 2023 (AFI), a new study, produced by researchers at the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Institute of Political Science (FAUIPS, Erlangen-Nuremberg), Germany, and the V-Dem Institute in Gothenburg, Sweden. Read more

Are Political Science Departments Failing to Aid Democracy?

In his book, African Religions in Western Scholarship, published in 1970 in Nairobi by the East African Literature Bureau, the late Ugandan scholar Okot p’Bitek faulted departments of social anthropology at universities in Africa as camping grounds for Western anthropologists who perpetuated colonial myths of African cultures as primitive. Read more

Busitema University Wants Shs8b for Research

Busitema University has asked government to allocate Shs8b to fund its stalled research and innovation activities. The University Vice Chancellor, Prof Paul Waako, said they need direct funding from the government because it is not sustainable for the institution to rely on external support. Read more

Chinese Firm Seals Deal with Ugandan Universities on Skills 

Over 5,000 students are set to benefit from a skills partnership program between Ugandan universities and Chinese firm, Uhome Ltd.Under the deal announced last week, the program will commence with Makerere University Business (MUBS) and Uganda Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) … Read more

Clark International University Eyes Charter Status

Clark International University, formerly International Health Sciences University is pursuing all the necessary processes to obtain a Chartered Status, which is considered a mark of professional competency. Read more

Do Universities in the Sub-Sahara Serve the Public Good?

To what extent can higher education in Sub-Saharan Africa promote the public good? This was the theme that the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) chose for a special issue of the Journal of Higher Education in Africa. Read more

KCU 3rd Graduation: Tayebwa praises King Ceasor Mulenga T.G for Supporting Humanity

The Deputy Speaker of Parliament Thomas Tayebwa has described King Ceasor University Chancellor and Vietnam’s Consul, H.E King Ceasor Mulenga T.G, as a gift to Uganda-commending his humanitarian works including serving humanity and the vulnerable population. Read more

Kyambogo Students Train in Oil, Gas Extraction

A total of 26 students from Kyambogo University undertaking courses in oil and gas production; environmental engineering and management have received free training on how to extract oil and conserve the environment. Read more

Makerere Honors Former University Leaders

Makerere University has honored its former leaders that included the former Chancellors, Chairpersons of University Council, Vice Chairpersons of the University Council, Vice Chancellors, and Deputy Vice Chancellors for their service during the time they served in their positions at the University. Read more

Makerere Introduces Mindset Education Course

Most underdeveloped countries are facing challenges such as political instability, corruption, poor economic performance, soaring debts, climate vulnerability, etc. all of which are consequences of the inappropriate mindset of the citizens. Read more

Makerere, Kyambogo and Muni Universities Win Big at 2023 Huawei ICT Regional Finals in SA

Uganda’s university team to the Huawei Sub Saharan Africa Regional ICT competition has returned home with three titles. Team Uganda was represented by Makerere University, Kyambogo University, Gulu, Kabale Muni University at the compeition held February 22. Read more

Makerere Sacks Six Staff Over Sexual Harassment

Makerere University has sacked at least six of its staff over their involvement in sexual harassment scandals. The six, including one non-teaching staff and other five teaching staff, were involved in scandals recorded between 2018 and 2022. Read more

Makerere to Accredit Student Hostels

Makerere University has resolved to start accrediting private hostels that accommodate students, the Vice-Chancellor Prof Barnabas Nawangwe, has revealed. He says the move is aimed at enhancing the safety and security of the students. Read more

Makerere to Limit Entrance and Exit Points to Enhance Campus Security

Makerere University will have limited entrance and exit points after the construction of the new perimeter wall, management has revealed. This is one of the measures aimed at improving the safety and security of students, staff, and visitors to the university, … Read more

Makerere to Slash New Student Intake by 5,000 

Makerere University plans to reduce its intake of undergraduate students by 5,000, Vice Chancellor Barnabas Nawangwe has said.The phased reduction is pending Senate approval on Thursday, and will take effect the next academic year that starts in August. Read more

Makerere University Alumni in Court Over Convocation Elections 

A section of former Makerere University students has petitioned the high court challenging Convocation elections held in December last year. The petitioners led by former contestants Robert Rutaaro, Gerald Karuhanga, and Charles Odongtho through their lawyers of Elgon Advocates are seeking the nullification of the elections,… Read more

Makerere University Innovations Hub Set to Commercialize Innovations

The Makerere University Innovations Hub which was recently established with funding from United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is set to start driving commercialization of innovations and enterprises resulting from the research undertaken by scholars at Makerere University. Read more

Makerere University Introduces Mindset Course

For decades there have been calls for reforms to tertiary education many of them citing a so-called colonial hangover in public institutions of higher learning.  Read more

Makerere University Wants More Efforts to Improve Eye Care

Eye care experts at Makerere University hospital have tasked the government to increase support for the number of eye specialists to alleviate the burden currently faced by the few eye care specialists in the country. Read more

Mak Lecturers Ordered to Acquire PhDs or Lose Jobs

The Makerere University Academic Staff Association (Muasa) chairperson, Dr Edson Kakuru, has condemned a controversial university resolution that requires all assistant lecturers on permanent contracts to have a minimum of a Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) qualification by 2027. Read more

Mak Recommits in Fighting Non-Communicable Diseases Through Research 

Dr. Damalie Nakanjako, the Principal Makerere University College of Health Sciences (MakCHS) has reiterated the University’s commitment towards fighting Non-Communicable Diseases through intensified research. Read more

Ministers Hear Africa has Made Limited Progress Towards SDGs

African countries have been urged to harness science, innovation, and state-of-the-art emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence in the coming 10 years to achieve the objectives of sustainable development. Read more 

More 2022 UACE Candidates Qualify for University

A slightly higher number of 2022 Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE) candidates have qualified to join university as compared to the previous year. Read more

Mountains of the Moon University Administrators Lament the Insufficient Facilities

Administrators of Mountains of the Moon University in Fort Portal are appealing to the government for a 5.9 billion shilling supplementary from parliament to address a critical infrastructure shortage at the institution. Read more

MPs Query Supplementary Funding for Universities

Parliament’s Education and Sports Committee has asked officials from the Ministry of Education and Sports to present a list of all universities that sought supplementary funding in the current financial year 2022/2023. Read more

MTN Uganda Donates e-waste Worth UGX20M to Makerere University for Recycling

MTN Uganda on Tuesday donated e-waste worth UGX 20 million to Makerere University College of Engineering, Design, Art, and Technology for recycling, reuse, and disposal responsibly. Read more

PM Nabbanja Tips King Ceasor Varsity Graduates on How to Build the Nation

The Prime Minister of Uganda Robinah Nabbanja has advised graduates to use the skills obtained from their time of study to not only improve their personal lives but also contribute to the economic development of the country. Read  more

Post-Harvest Handling of Seed Potato training and extension held in Amboni, Mweiga, Kieni West, Nyeri

Egerton University, in line with its mission and mandate on extension training and outreach, has established a series of local and international partnerships and linkages in research, teaching, and industry. Read more

Prudential Uganda Awards the Top Five Students at the Makerere University 

Prudential Uganda through the Prudential Actuarial Support Scheme (PASS) awarded the top five students of Actuarial Science at Makerere University 500 USD each. In addition, the students will each receive a fully funded scholarship to sit for their professional exams and the top three will undertake a one-year apprenticeship… Read more

NCHE Proposes Central Admission Process for Universities

NCHE board chairperson Prof. Eli Katunguka believes that the approach will ensure quality assurance, eliminate unlicensed institutions, and prevent learners from enrolling in unaccredited programs… Read more

Student Petitions Makerere University Council to Drop 15% Tuition Policy

Hillary Odwee Oremo, a third-year bachelor of Journalism and Mass Communication student at Makerere University has petitioned the University Council to scrap the 15 percent annual tuition increment for privately sponsored students. Read more

The Capital Market University Challenge is Back

The Rwanda’s Capital Market Authority University Challenge has been launched with a call on youth to exploit savings and investment opportunities.It is the 10th edition, organized in collaboration with the Rwanda Stock Exchange (RSE), the Rwanda National Investment Trust (RNIT),… Read more

Uganda Needs a Comprehensive PhD Education Strategy

A comprehensive national strategy to develop doctoral education and training in Uganda is urgent – and may also be needed in other African countries. Read more

UNESCO-AU Report Places Equity at the Centre of Policy

Africa continues to suffer from wealth and gender disparities when it comes to tertiary education. This is evident from the “highly variable quality” of private tertiary education institutions along with low levels of investment. Read more

University Students Endorse Museveni for 2026

Students from different universities, who subscribe to the National Resistance Movement (NRM) party, have endorsed President Yoweri Museveni’s sole candidature in the 2026 presidential polls. They say President Museveni is still energetic and can still deliver as he has before. Read more

University Students Tipped on Opportunities in Oil and Gas

Students at Makerere University and other institutions have been urged to take advantage of the opportunities available in the developing oil and gas sector in the country. Read more


28 February 2023

164 Graduate at Mak’s Centre for Lifelong Learning

It was pomp and glamour as 164 students graduated at Makerere University Centre for Lifelong Learning (CLL). CLL is operated under the college of Education and External Studies (CEES)… Read more

A Sweet, Rich, and Alluring Tale of a Vanilla Farmer in Central Uganda

This involvement fueled his desire to invest in agriculture, propelling him from providing farmers with extension services to launching his Vanilla trading business. Kawooya, a recent Gulu University graduate under the TAGDev scholarship, founded the Divine Vanilla Enterprise in Bukasa village, Wakiso District, Uganda. Read more

Court Declines to Drop Mak Don’s Assault Case

The court yesterday declined to dismiss an assault case against a Makerere University professor who was filmed slapping a student in a lecture room. Prof Benard Wandera, 57, a lecturer in the Department of Social Work and Social Administration at Makerere’s School of Social Sciences, is facing two charges of assault. Read more

Dr Israel Masiko Kafeero named new Bugema University Vice Chancellor

Dr Israel Masiko Kafeero has been installed as the seventh Vice Chancellor of Bugema University. Dr Kafeero was installed on Saturday. Read more

Dr Maggie Kigozi Becomes UPU Chancellor as Over 300 Graduate

Prof. Dr. Maggie Kigozi has taken over office as chancellor of the Uganda Pentecostal University (UPU) in Fort Portal city, Kabarole district.This follows her election, appointment and approval by the university’s council and board after the position fell vacant last year when Justice Rubby Opio Aweri passed on. Read more

Educationists Hail Late Prof Lawrence Mukiibi -Icon of Uganda’s Education Sector

Educationists, friends, and family of the renowned founder of the St. Lawrence Institutions, the late Professor Lawrence Mukiibi, have paid him tribute at an inaugural memorial lecture, held at St Lawrence University in Kampala. Read more

Equator Varsity VC Prof Mukiibi Passes on

The academia, staff, and students of the Masaka-based Equator University Science and Technology (EQUSaT) are mourning the death of their Vice Chancellor Prof Frederick Banvu Nozmo Mukiibi who passed on at Masaka Regional Referral Hospital on Sunday evening. Read more

FAO Gives Makerere University ICT Equipment to Generate Climate Change Information, Empower Ugandans

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has on Monday given a set of ICT equipment to Makerere University to help in the collection and storage of climate information that can be used by districts and the wider public to improve their ability to adapt to climate change and improve resilience. Read more

Fostering Long-Term Agricultural Supply Chains for Smallholder Farmers

Finding the right market for grains at the right price is difficult, especially in farming communities in Northern Uganda. Meet Robine Okello, a TAGDev scholar who studied Agri Enterprise Development at the Master’s level at Gulu University. Read more

Govt Commends UBTEB for Fast-Tracking Implementation of TVET Policy, Training Assessors in the Latest Technology

The Government has lauded the Uganda Business and Technical Examinations Board – UBTEB for fast-tracking the implementation of the Technical Vocational Educational and Training – TVET Policy which was approved by the cabinet in January 2019. Read more

Hundreds of TVET Assessors Equipped with Modern Technology Competency Skills

On Tuesday, Uganda Business and Technical Examinations Board (UBTEB) ended the training in which over a hundred Technical and Vocational Education and Training – TVET assessors were equipped with modern technology competency skills. Read more

ICT Graduates to Join UICT Before Employment

The Ministry of Information, Communications Technology (ICT) and National Guidance plans to make it mandatory for ICT graduates to join Uganda Institute of Information and Communication Technology (UICT) before employment. Read more

It is Possible to Finish a PhD in Three Years at Makerere University!

I am a Liberian and a Lecturer at the College of Agriculture and Forestry in the University of Liberia. I began my PhD Journey in February of 2020 as a RUFORUM Graduate Teaching Assistant at Makerere University. Read more

KASU, Danfodio Varsity Scientists Get Grant For Liver Cancer Treatment 

Eight scientists from Kaduna State University and one from Usman Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, are among the researchers in the various Nigerian universities that benefitted from the over N4.7bn in grants through the TETFund National Research Fund (NRF) … Read more

Mak Bans Phones as Graduation Kicks Off

Makerere University management has banned students and parents from carrying their cell phones to the graduation ceremony, which kicks off today at the institution’s main campus in Kampala. Read more

Makerere University Resumes Bachelor of Environmental Sciences

Makerere University management has agreed to reinstate the Bachelor of Environmental Sciences (BEVs) as a standalone academic programme.According to the University Academic Registrar, this comes after a report from the Quality Assurance and Gender committee… Read more

Makerere University Wants shs 150 bn to Refurbish Halls

Vice Chancellor of Makerere University Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe has asked the government for 150 billion shillings to renovate the university’s infrastructure, most of which is over 100 years old. Read more

Makerere Virtual Guild Campaigns Spark Concerns Among Students, Former Leaders

Makerere University students and former guild leaders have expressed concerns about the organization of guild elections which will be conducted virtually. Read more

Making Wine from Fruits – A One-Stop Shop for Refreshments in Gulu

Ochama is a former TAGDev scholar who says the program helped her get her Master’s degree at Gulu University while also supporting her with tuition and research. She acknowledges that the program helped shape her into the businesswoman she is today. Read more

Muni Varsity Set for Graduation, Chancellor Installation

The South African Renewable Energy Technology Centre (Saratec) has been expanded to cater for an increased number of students enrolled for the 2023 cohort, as it prepares to support the implementation of the Eskom Just Energy Transition (JET) strategy. Read more

Museveni to Install Orombi as New Muni Varsity Chancellor 

President Museveni will this Friday install His Grace Henry Luke Orombi, the Archbishop Emeritus of the Church of Uganda, as the second Chancellor of Muni University. Read more

Our Research Flags Issues in Uganda

Makerere University’s 73rd week-long graduation ceremony ended last Friday with students from the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and College of Engineering, Design Art and Technology. Read more 

Pomp & Glamour as Mak Centre for Lifelong Learning Passes Out 160

The Centre, which offers UBTEB courses, operates under the College of Education and External Studies (CEES).  Read more

Research Ethics Project for Benin, the Gambia, Ivory Coast

Three West African countries – Benin, the Gambia and Ivory Coast – with the support of the South Africa-based ethical research non-governmental organisation EthiXpert – have secured a €1.5 million (about US$1.62 million) grant that will be used to build the capacity of research ethics committees, or RECs, in these countries. Read more

Rugunda Installed as Gulu University Chancellor 

Former Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda has been installed as the third chancellor of Gulu University.Dr Rugunda was on Friday issued instruments of authority to oversee Gulu University by Ms Jessica Alupo, the vice president, during the 18th graduation ceremony of the university … Read more

The Black Soldier Fly Insect Larvae Enterprise for COVID-19 Livelihood Resilience Project Launched at CoVAB

The College of Veterinary Medicine, Animal Resources and Biosecurity (CoVAB) in Collaboration with Michigan State University has embarked on upscaling the use of the Black Soldier Fly Larvae as a source of insect protein for animal production. Read more 

TVET: Schools Want High Cost of Materials for Practicals Addressed 

The Government has been urged to address the high cost of materials used for practical teaching in technical and vocational education and training (TVET) schools. Read more

Turning Organic Mangoes into Marmalade

Rose Moyoo set out to make mango consumption more nutritious and tastier with her organic Mango Marmalade jam. She started this initiative as part of Gulu University’s student Agribusiness incubation system, which was funded by the TAGDev Program. Read more

UNILAG, Ugandan Varsity Partner Against Air Pollution 

The University of Lagos and its Ugandan counterpart, Makerere University have formed a partnership that will combat air pollution across African cities. Both universities launched a consortium that is saddled with providing solutions for improving capacity for air quality monitoring… Read more

USJM Passes Out 184 at 2nd Graduation

Today 18th February 2023, the University of St Joseph’s -Mbarara has passed out 184 graduates in their 2nd graduation ceremony held at the University grounds at Nyamitanga hill, Mbarara city. Read more

Vice President Alupo Unveils New Chancellor at Muni University 

President Museveni has asked university graduates to avoid the mindset of only being job seekers but use the entrepreneurial skills attained to create more jobs. Read more

Vertical Farming Comes to the Aid of Refugee Families

As a beneficiary of the TAGDev program, Sognigbehopes hopes to become a Regional Manager for Africa at her current job within the next five years and to establish a scholar’s training center for vulnerable young women as her life mission. Read more


31 January 2023

Calls to Re-Energise the African Crop Science Society

The research community, in general, and agricultural scientists and institutions, in particular, have been called upon to join efforts in revitalising one of the most critical local research associations, the 30-year-old African Crop Science Society (ACSS). Read more

Celebrations of the World Philosophy Day 2022 in East Africa

In Kenya, the UNESCO Chair on Bioethics at Egerton University organized a Bioethics Café jointly with the Bioethics Society of Kenya and UNESCO Regional Office for Eastern Africa, on 23 November 2022, under the thought-provoking theme: “Decolonizing Bioethics in Africa“. Read more 

Connecting Agricultural Extension Services to Farming Communities

Riding under the scorching sun on a bumpy road in Pader district, Okelokoko Nobert ponders on his life journey from staying in an internally displaced person camp to pursuing a Master’s degree at Gulu University. Read more

Don Calls for Dialogue on School Fees Policy

The Vice Chancellor of Uganda Martyrs University (UMU), Prof Patrick Kyamanywa, has said the government should consider holding more discussions with proprietors of private schools before the school fees policy is effected. Read more

EU Gives Shs15b to Eight Varsities

At least eight universities and four organisations across the country have been allocated Shs15.4b by the European Union (EU) to carry out research in various fields. Read more

Fight Over Makerere Legal Deals Heats Up 

The Makerere University Staff Appeals Tribunal on Thursday ordered the reinstatement of Mr Javason Kamugisha as the university director of legal affairs. Read more

Government Suspends Study Loans for 1,000 Varsity Students 

The Higher Education Students Financing Board (HESFB) has suspended study loans for second, third and fourth-year students in all universities and tertiary institutions across the country, citing financial constraints. Read more

Govt Orders 30 Universities to Acquire Charter Status

The National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) has asked all universities across the country who are still operating on provisional charters to present their roadmaps for acquiring full ones by March. Read more

Gov’t Urged to Reverse Suspensions on Higher Education Loan Scheme

Student leaders from a cross-section of universities in Uganda have protested a decision by the government to suspend some of the higher education loan scheme programs. Read more

Ladies Outshine Gents as 1,989 Students Graduate from IUIU

It was all pomp and pageantry on Saturday, 21st January 2023 at Islamic University in Uganda (IUIU)’s Main Campus, Mbale when thousands of graduands, their parents and guardians, and distinguished local and International guests gathered to celebrate the University’s 31st Graduation Ceremony. Read more

Kyambogo University to Evict 300 Families

Kyambogo University is set to evict more than 300 families in a fight to recover 137 acres of its land, which has for long been occupied by squatters.Some of the said squatters on the contested land include UPK Parish with six divisions and Kisosonkole estate housing more than 300 families. Read more

Mak Council Directs Convocation to Account for Shs600m

A January 2 letter from the council Chairperson, Lorna Magara to Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, the Vice-Chancellor indicates that the alumni association has not provided accountability for the funds advanced to them from the university budget. Read more

Makerere Convocation Election Results to be Challenged in Court

Contestants of the Makerere University Convocation elections have resolved to go to court to contest the poll, arguing that it was marred with irregularities. Read more

Makerere Exam Process Disrupted as System Breaks Down

Makerere University has reported a technical problem in the Uganda Revenue Authority’s system, which it says is affecting the ongoing examination process. University vice-chancellor Barnabas Nawangwe says as a result of the problem, ‘payments being made by students for them to sit examinations are not being reflected on their statement. Read more

Makerere Moves to Reduce Undergraduate Admissions

Makerere University Vice Chancellor Prof Barnabas Nawangwe has said they will soon downsize undergraduate admissions as they move to transition into a research-led institution. Read more

Makerere University Waives Surcharge on Late Tuition Payment

Makerere University students will no longer pay surcharges due to late payment for the ongoing semester. The University had earlier activated a surcharge of 50,000 Shillings on students who fail to beat the registration deadline… Read more

Mak Participates in New Vision Education Expo 2023

Makerere University is participating in the New Vision Education Expo 2023 to strengthen its niche as the leading provider of education services. Read more

Museveni Directs Varsities on Curriculums

President Yoweri Museveni has directed Ugandan universities to begin developing academic curricula that meet job demands and societal needs. He says the university is not an island that exists on its own, rather, it owes its integral existence to society, … Read more

NCHE Decries Low Staffing

The National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) has decried low staffing rates, asking parliament to increase funding for the institution to recruit more staff. Read more

Open Access Publishing Deal for Low-, Middle-Income Countries

Academics based in 70 low- and middle-income countries, including those in Africa, Asia and the Middle East, will be able to have their primary research published Gold Open Access by Nature – at no cost – thus enabling their scientific work to be permanently and freely available online for anyone to read. Read more

Overqualification: A Symptom of Qualification-Job Mismatch

According to UNESCO’s International Institute for Educational Planning, countries in Sub-Saharan Africa are severely affected by qualifications and skills mismatches, making it hard for employers to find suitable job applicants, or develop the ability to forecast potential skills imbalances. Read more

Public Universities Fail to Collect Shs50 Billion Student Fees

Public universities failed to collect over Shs50 billion from students as school fees during the Financial Year 2020/2021.This detail is contained in the report of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) (Central) on the education sector that was on Thursday, January 19 2023 tabled, debated, and adopted by the House during plenary. Read more

RUFORUM Annual General Meetings Agreed upon and 14 New Member Universities Admitted

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) brings together leaders of RUFORUM Member Universities, Governance organs, and other actors, especially Agriculture and Education, Science, Technology, and Innovation sectors from within and outside Africa. Read more

Signing of Students’ Loan Agreements Starts Today

The Higher Education Students Financing Board (HESFB) is expected to kick off the process of the signing of students’ loan agreements today.This, according to the board, shall be rotational across the institutions with qualified beneficiaries and will run till Friday, January 13, 2023. Read more

Students Ask Kyambogo to Account for Shs1.6b  

The newly-elected students’ guild of Kyambogo University has tasked the university administration to account for Shs1.6 billion which is paid by the students as ICT Development Fund every year. Read more

…Youth brainstorming About the Region’s Science, Technology and Innovation Initiatives

The First East Africa Youth Innovation Forum brought together various innovation stakeholders including young researchers, innovators, entrepreneurs, finance actors, academia, and public policymakers from Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda. Read more

Ugandan Student Develops Mosquito Repellant from Sour Milk

By her own admission, 20-year-old Jovia Kisaakye, a Makerere University business statistics student, has been a restless soul since. When she was 17 she began looking for solutions to a problem that had led to tragedy in her family. Read more

Universities Ordered to Align Programs with Ongoing Lower-Level Curriculum Reviews

Maria Nakachwa Ssemakula, the acting Director of Quality Assurance, and Accreditation at NCHE says that it is critical that universities and other tertiary institutions start developing competency-based curricula so as to complete the cycle with competent students… Read more


31 December 2022

28 University Refugee Students to Get Scholarships

Needy university refugee students and asylum seekers now have hope for education after the signing of a partnership between Makerere University College of Education and External Studies and the Jesuit Refugee Services (JRS). Read more

40 Confirmed for East Africa Varsity Games

The original plan was to have more than 60 universities from across the East African region take part in the Eastern Africa University Games scheduled for Ndejje in about a fortnight. The games will be held from December 16-20, 2022. Read more

Academia to Put Scientific Knowledge into Practice

Hunger is increasing, and so is poverty. This is made worse by unpredictable climatic changes that are affecting agricultural production significantly. To get solutions, researchers at Makerere University have vowed to work with farmers and other stakeholders. Read more

Busitema Installs Global Space System Receiver

Busitema University has installed a state-of-art global positioning system receiver as part of efforts to establish a centre for space science. Read more

Common Mental Disorders an ‘Enormous’ Burden on Students

To what extent are common mental disorders among university students in Sub-Saharan Africa contributing to academic failure, effectively leading to skills shortages and mismatches in human resources and capacity with the labour market needs in the region? Read more

EACJ Justices Engage Makerere University on Promotion of EAC Integration 

The Judges of the East African Court of Justice (EACJ) and National Judiciary on Thursday paid a visit to Makerere University to engage with Members of academia on their role in promoting the EAC Integration agenda. Read more

Education Experts Task Universities on Unemployment

Education experts have tasked universities and other institutions of higher learning to repurpose their courses to help the country reduce the high levels of unemployment in the country. Read more

Embrace TVET Skills to Exploit Unlimited Job Opportunities

Unlike other institutions, technical vocational education and training (TVET) institutions offer hands-on courses such as bricklaying, tailoring, building, construction, plus engineering. Read more

Government Selects 625 Learners to Benefit from the Student Loan Scheme 

The Ministry of Education and Sports through its Higher Education Student’s Financing Board announced that at least 625 successful learners to benefit from the government loan scheme in higher education for the financial year 2022/2023. Read more

HESFB Unveils University Student Sponsorship 

The state minister for Higher Education Dr John C Muyingo has been launching the list of beneficiaries for tertiary university scholarships at the media centre. The beneficiaries will see the government pay their tuition during their university or college education, over the next three to four years. Read more

HE Should Beef up Efforts to Produce Indigenous Coaches

For the first time in the 92-year history of the FIFA World Cup, the five African teams participating at World Cup Qatar 2022 – Morocco, Tunisia, Senegal, Cameroon and Ghana – are each led by an indigenous coach, a welcome break from soccer federations’ habit of hiring foreign coaches. Read more

Kyambogo University Lacks 70% Of Needed Staff – Council Chairperson 

Kyambogo university is short of nearly 70 percent of the required staff due to the limited wage bill, the council chairperson, Dr. Gorreth Nakabugo has revealed. She revealed this as one of the key challenges facing the Institution is facing while speaking at the open ceremony of the 18th Graduation Ceremony. Read more

Makerere Lecturer Dr. Alice Nabatanzi Wins Prestigious $50,000 OWSD Award

Dr Alice Nabatanzi, a Lecturer in the College of Natural Sciences (CoNAS), has won the prestigious Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD) award worth US$ 50,000. Read more

Makerere to End Agriculture Undergraduate Courses 

Makerere University has undertaken to phase out undergraduate degree programmes in the Agriculture sciences to focus more on research and innovations. Makerere anticipates that other public universities will undertake undergraduate degree courses. Read more

Professor Adipala Ekwamu: A Science Ambassador of Note

Professor Adipala Ekwamu is one of the most influential figures in higher education in Africa today, having founded the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) and serving as its executive secretary for nearly two decades. Read more

Specialist Training of Health Workers is Urgent

Some universities in Eastern and Southern African countries have programmes for health workers offering advanced degrees that are not accredited by professional bodies, a situation that is misleading to potential candidates who would want to be recognised as specialists in their fields. Read more

Students’ Low Condom Use Continues to Drive HIV Infections

Are sexual relationships with older partners, who are more likely to insist on having sex without the use of condoms, one of the high-risk drivers that promote and encourage the transmission of human immunodeficiency virus, or HIV, among university students across Sub-Saharan Africa? Read more

Twenty (20) Winners of RUFORUM Young African Entrepreneurs Competition 2022…

The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) is pleased to announce the 20 winners of the 2022 RUFORUM Young African Entrepreneurs Competition. The competition attracted 136 applications from 16 countries in Africa. Read more

What Comedians as Funeral Mourners are Telling Researchers

The emergence of comedies that are performed at funeral rites in cities across Sub-Saharan Africa as business side hustles are getting the attention of researchers of African humour, according to Professor Katrien Pype, a social anthropologist at KU Leuven University in Belgium. Read more

30 November 2022

2023 YALI East Africa Regional Leadership Program Cohorts 49, 50 & 51 for Young Leaders in East & Central Africa …

The Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) was launched by former President of the United States Barack Obama as a signature effort to invest in the next generation of African Leaders. Read more

A Delegation from Netherlands Visits Makerere University

On Monday 14th November 2022, a delegation from the Royal Kingdom of the Netherlands visited Makerere University to discuss capacity building, scholarships, research and approaches to developing the Technical and vocational education and training (TVET) and Higher Education programme. Read more

Advances in the Health Sciences Noted

A total of 96 universities in 17 African countries have been ranked in the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2023 by Subject that lists achievements in academic fields across 11 selected major subject areas. Read more

Calls to Exclude Rich Students from HE Sponsorships

Amid concern over funding for Uganda’s higher education sector, calls have grown louder that the government should offer loans, rather than sponsorships or bursaries, to students – and should exclude the children from wealthy families from financial aid benefits for university study. Read more

Cancer Researchers Must Broaden the Focus of Their Work

Cancer research in Africa has increased over the past decade, but those gains were unevenly distributed as just 13 out of 54 countries on the continent produced 90% of the research, with Egypt and South Africa contributing two-thirds of the peer-reviewed contributions about cancer, … Read more

Car Vandals Target Mak Evening Students

Students at Makerere University on evening programme have decried the rampant cases of vandalism of their vehicles by unscrupulous people. The university has a police station within the campus, leaving the victims wondering how their properties are being vandalised. Read more

Challenges Embodied in SDGs Need Transdisciplinary Approach

The importance of the co-creation of knowledge involving African policy-makers, scientists and agricultural experts to transform African agricultural and food systems in the context of climate change, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Africa Agenda 2063 was emphasised during a round-table discussion on 14 November at COP27. Read more

Climate Action is a Key HE Mandate and in Need of Funding

As the Sharm el-Sheikh climate summit, COP27, unfolds, the higher education community is grasping the opportunity to put some of their demands on the conference table in Egypt, including calls to strengthen educational and research capacities of universities and research centres to tackle the impact of climate change. Read more

First Mile Community Health Program Applauded for Addressing Health Concerns in Kisoro.

The First Mile Community Health Program was established with an aim to strengthen health service delivery in Southwestern Uganda through a bidirectional approach of taking MUST to the community and bringing the community to MUST for capacity building and mentorship. Read more

Govt Research Funding Fuelling Makerere Innovations…

The research funding by the Government is fuelling innovations at Makerere University, vice-chancellor Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe has said.Nawangwe said the institution has the best facilities to drive innovations some of which he said have already started bearing fruit. Read more

Increase Funding at Tertiary Institutions

Members of Joint Admissions Board (JAB) have asked the government to increase funding of institutions to avoid over-stretching of their budgets.The Principle Uganda Teachers College Mbale, Paul Mulima made the call saying this will help institutions to manage their activities. Read more

Kabale University Fires Nigerian Lecturer for Sexually Harassing Female Students 

Kabale University has fired Dr Lukman Nafiu Abiodum, a senior lecturer of Statistics who was accused of sexually harassing his female students. Read more

Kabale University Lecturer Sacked Over Sex for Marks Scandal

Dr. Nafiu Lukman Abiodun, the Head Department of Economics and Statistics in the Faculty of Economics and Management Sciences at Kabale University in the Western Region of Uganda, has been sacked after being found guilty of sexual harassment. Read more

Makerere Lecturer Charged Over Slapping Student

A Makerere University lecturer, who is accused of slapping a student during a lecture last week, has been arraigned before a magistrates’ court in Kampala. Bernard Wandera, a lecturer attached to the department of Social Works and Social Administration, was yesterday charged with two accounts of assault. Read more

Makerere Starts Search for New Council Members

Makerere University has written to different constituencies to nominate people to represent them in the next University Council as the term for the current members expires next month. Read more

Makerere Suspends Lecturer Accused of Slapping Student 

Makerere University has suspended lecturer Bernard Wandera who is accused of slapping a student. Read more

Makerere University to Unveil Building Named After Yusuf

Makerere University will on Friday officially unveil the Central Teaching Facility named after former Ugandan president Yusuf Lule.”We are thrilled to announce the official unveiling of the renamed Central Teaching Facility 2 happening… Read more

Mak@100 in Uganda@60: Innovation into Commercialisation

“…well, we will not dwell much about the first 40 years, since at the time Makerere was an affiliate college. Makerere’s prime was when it was a constituent college of the University of East Africa. Read more

Mak Implored to Research into the Centralization of Forest Governance in Uganda

Mpigi District Local Government and stakeholders in the forestry sector want Environmental economists from Makerere University to conduct research into the impacts of centralizing the governance of national forests in Uganda. Read more

Mak Wins Inter-University Moot Court Competitions

Makerere University on Friday beat 11 other universities to win this year’s inter-university constitutional law moot court competitions. Makerere beat Cavendish University in the finals in Kampala to lift this year’s trophy. Read more

Measuring HE Ethics: An Inclusive New Ranking is Launched

It has been 18 years in the making, but a new university ranking based on “enriched student learning, inspired leadership and commitment to sustainability and integrity” has finally seen the light of day. Read more

Museveni Rallies Universities on Research, Technology

President Museveni has implored public universities to do more research in areas of science and technology, health, and environment.According to the President, universities should invest more in teaching science programmes because they are the centre of any country’s development. Read more

MUST Welcomes Occasional Students from Somali International University (SIU)

On 9th November 2022, Mbarara University of Science and Technology welcomed the 9th cohort of 21 students from Somali International University (SIU) for a one-year placement. Read more

New Observatory an Asset for Mitigating Climate Change

The Regional Research Observatory on the Environment and Climate (RROEC) has been inaugurated in Djibouti in a bid to produce data and climate models to inform political decisions on climate adaptation and resilience for the country and across the East African region. Read more

Prof. John Yakobo Okedi Installed as Chancellor of Kyambogo University

Prof. John Yakobo Okedi has been installed as the third Chancellor of Kyambogo university. He replaces Prof. John Ssebuwufu who served between 2014 and 2022. Read more

Prof. Ogwang Patrick Wins an Innovative and Research Award

On 16th November, Prof. Ogwang won an innovative research award from Global Peace Foundation as a result of his outstanding commitment to fight Covid-19 Pandemic using indigenous knowledge and herbal medicine. Read more

Students Help to Propel Zimbabwe, Uganda into Space

Zimbabwe and Uganda launched satellites into space on 7 November as beneficiaries of the Joint Global Multi-Nation BIRDS Satellite project, BIRDS-5 specifically, which has been a collaborative project involving these countries, …Read more

Sudan Offers Scholarships to Uganda

The Ambassador of Uganda to Sudan has been offered scholarships with a focus on science and technology by the International University of Africa, Sudan to help promote critical areas of economic growth and development in Uganda. Read more

Sudan University to Partner Bauchi Private Health College on Degree Programmes

The Sudan International University Khartoum, has declared interest to partner with Malikiya College of Health and Social Sciences Bauchi on degree programmes. Read more 

The Closing of BEAR II Marks the Opening of a New Green TVET Area for UNESCO in the Region

The stakeholders got the opportunity to share their success stories and reflect on how they will capitalize on their achievements. Initiated by UNESCO in 2017, with financial support from the Republic of Korea, BEAR II aims at improving the relevance, quality and perception of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) systems in the Eastern African countries involved. Read more

Twenty (20) winners of RUFORUM Young African Entrepreneurs Competition 2022…

The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) is pleased to announce the 20 winners of the 2022 RUFORUM Young African Entrepreneurs Competition. The competition attracted 136 applications from 16 countries in Africa… Read more

University Drops Pregnancy Test Demand Amid Uproar

A notice that asked Ugandan female students at Kampala International university to take pregnancy tests or be banned from taking exams has caused an online uproar. Read more

Universities in Uganda Progressed in Youth Skills Development

Effective collection and utilization of data and information is essential in mapping and bridging the gap between tertiary education provision and labor market demands for the strengthening of youth skills development. Read more

We Have Uncollected Transcripts and Certificates Dating Back to 1950s 

Makerere University on Tuesday, November 8, 2022, officially commenced a two-week Public Fair on Academic Transcripts and Certificates at Freedom Square. Read more


31 October 2022

40 Makerere Bright Girls to Get Tuition Waiver

Makerere University has given 40 bright students from vulnerable families a tuition waiver effective this academic year 2022/2023.The beneficiaries, according to the Directorate of Gender Mainstreaming, Ms Euzobia Mugisha Baine, should be first year students admitted to the university under the direct entry scheme. Read more

Baryomunsi Urges Universities to Take Lead in Integrating ICT as Ndejje Graduates 1,937 Students

The Minister for ICT and National Guidance, Dr. Chris Baryomunsi, has appealed to universities to take lead in integrating ICT and sciences. Baryomunsi noted the world is now focusing on ICT and Sciences to solve global challenges… Read more

Bishop Luke Orombi Appointed Chancellor of Muni University 

President Museveni has appointed Bishop Henry Luke Orombi as the Chancellor of Muni University.Farouk Kirunda, the deputy press secretary to the president, confirmed the appointment to SoftPower News on Tuesday. Read more

DRC Minister of Education Visits Inter-University Council for East Africa 

The Democratic Republic of Congo Minister of Higher Education, Muhindo Nzangi Butondo has on Monday visited the Inter-University Council for East Africa (IUCEA) offices in Kampala. Read more

Gender Dynamics affect Uptake of Agricultural Technologies…

A study conducted by Makerere University researchers in Iganga and Bugiri districts indicates that disparities still exist regarding access and sustained use of improved crop varieties among women and men. Read more

Govt to Ban Rich Students from Varsity Scholarships

The government is discussing plans to block children of the rich from getting government scholarships to study at universities.This was revealed yesterday by the Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Mr Thomas Tayebwa, during the Makerere University centennial celebrations in Kampala, Read more

Govt to Integrate University Students in PDM

The Government has indicated plans to integrate Makerere University students into the Parish Development Model (PDM) and the forthcoming population census program to aid research. Read more

Intra-Africa Mobility for Training Agribusiness and Food Systems Scientists for African Agriculture (TAFSA)… 

About TAFSA ProgramIntra-Africa Mobility to Train Agribusiness and Food System Scientists for African Agriculture (TAFSA) is funded by the European Union (EU). The program is run by 5 African Universities… Read more

Kyambogo in Final Push to Recruit Nine Cuban Professors

Kyambogo University is in the final stages of hiring Cuban professors, the Vice Chancellor, Prof Eli Katunguka, has said.While meeting the ambassador of Cuba to Uganda yesterday at the university, Prof Katunguka said the university has only three professors out of the required 37. Read more

Makerere Honors Julius Nyerere

Makerere University has paid tribute to Tanzania’s first President, Julius Nyerere. Nyerere graduated from Makerere University in 1947 with a diploma in education. Read more

Makerere Private Students Evicted from Lumumba Hall

More than 100 students on private admission at Makerere University are stranded after the administration evicted them from Lumumba Hall to pave the way for renovation. Read more

Makerere Stuck with 120,000 Uncollected Transcripts

Makerere University is stuck with 121,393 uncollected transcripts and certificates belonging to students who graduated from the institution as early as 1954, this publication has established. Read more

Makerere Students Raise 781 Concerns Against Blended Learning Tools 

Students of Makerere University have aired out deficiencies in the tools, methods and activities of blended teaching and learning, and proposed some remedies. Read more

Makerere to Inject Shs1.5b in Students’ Innovations

Makerere University has earmarked Shs1.5 billion to support the best innovations by students to help them penetrate available markets. While addressing guests at a public lecture at the university… Read more

Makerere University Staff Cry Foul Over Being ‘Left Out of Centenary Celebrations 

A section of students and academic staff of Makerere University is crying foul after being left out of centenary celebrations. With the attachment and memories of those who went through the gates of Uganda’s premier university, staff expected the celebrations to be open to their alma mater. Read more

Makerere University Students Lose Bid to Block Suspension of Guild Elections

The High Court in Kampala has dismissed with costs an application in which four Makerere University students wanted an interim order restraining the institution from continuing to enforce its decision to suspend the students’ leadership. Read more

Mountains of the Moon University Gets New VC

As Mountains of the Moon gets to operationalise as a public university, it has received a new Vice Chancellor and deputy Vice Chancellor.Prof Pius Coxwell Achanga and Prof John Massa Kasenene, have been appointed as Vice Chancellor and deputy, respectively. Read more

MUBS Welcomes Reintroduction of National Service

Makerere University Business School Principal, Prof. Wasswa Balunywa has expressed support for the government’s move to reintroduce national service in the country.The ministry of ICT and National Guidance recently revealed that through the National Guidance Policy that is being developed,… Read more

Museveni Applauds Makerere for Fostering Science & Technology 

President Yoweri Museveni has applauded Makerere University for fostering development through science and technology, and hailed Makerere scientists for their innovations and research projects to find solutions to challenges of present times. Read more

Museveni to Grace Makerere at 100 Grand Celebrations

President Yoweri Museveni will be the guest of honor as Makerere University holds grand celebrations to mark 100 years of excellence in building a transformed society. Read more

New Cinematography Institution to Boost Film Industry

The first-ever tertiary training institution for cinematography in the Central Africa sub-region, the Higher Institute of Cinema and Audiovisual Professionals of Central Africa (ISCAC), has opened in Cameroon. Read more

Number of Ranked Universities in Africa Increases to 97

African universities have made dramatic progress in the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2023 as, for the first time, 97 universities from 17 countries, up from 71 last year, have been rated to be part of the best universities globally, with 10 of them in the top 500. Read more

NUP Candidate Wins Mbarara Varsity Guild Polls

Bill Clinton Nasasira of the National Unity Platform [NUP] Candidate was on Friday elected the 34th Guild President of Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST).Nasasira polled 945 votes followed by Moreen Katushabe (785 votes) of Justice Forum (Jeema Party), … Read more

Over 80 Staff Jobs up for Grabs at Makerere

Makerere University is in the process of hiring at least 80 teaching and non-teaching staff for various colleges and schools. According to the advert Daily Monitor has seen, the university is hiring 46 academic staff (24 assistant lecturers and 22 lecturers). Read more

Preparations for Makerere Virtual Guild Elections Underway

Plans to conduct the 88th guild elections at Makerere University have been set in motion after the stabbing to death of one student resulted in the suspension of political campaigns at the institution in July. Read more

President Museveni Joins Makerere in Centennial Celebrations

President Museveni has formally launched celebrations to mark 100 years of Makerere University. The university, which has graduated hundreds of thousands of professionals over the years, … Read more

Research Ethics of Science, Innovation and Technology in Africa

Since the 1970s, UNESCO build knowledge and reinforce awareness linkages among ethicists, scientists, research institutions, policymakers, academia, judges, journalists, civil society as well as the general public to assist Member States in enacting sound and reasoned policies and setting up of institutional frameworks to address ethical issues in science and technology. Read more

[RUFORUM Postdoc Fellowship] Post-Doctoral Chronicles: Dr. Natasha M. Mwila RUFORUM Alumni in Zambia

Like a turtle in a shell walking slowly and getting back in its shell when senses something different, so was I as I returned to Zambia after my PhD in plant breeding and biotechnology studies at Makerere University, in Kampala, Uganda. Read more

S. Sudanese Students Lose Court Case against Kampala University

Uganda High Court has terminated the case of South Sudanese students seeking graduation from Kampala University’s main campus, having completed studies at the embattled Juba branch. Read more 

Teachers Given 8 Years to Upgrade or Quit Work

Teachers with diploma qualifications have eight years to upgrade to degree level or they will be forced out of the profession, a senior education official has said. Read more

Twenty (20) Winners of RUFORUM Young African Entrepreneurs Competition…

The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) is pleased to announce the 20 winners of the 2022 RUFORUM Young African Entrepreneurs Competition. The competition attracted 136 applications from 16 countries in Africa… Read more

Universities Ask Government to Increase Sponsorship Intake from 4000 to 10,000 Students

Universities have asked the Government to increase government sponsorship for university students from the current 4000 to 10,000 students annually. This was disclosed by the Chairman University council at Makerere University Business school … Read more


30 September 2022

12,000 Students Get Study Loans

A total of 12,780 students from 10 public universities and 12 private ones have received loans from Higher Education Students Financing Board (HESFB) since 2014. Read more

Africa Higher Education Centres of Excellence for Development Impact (ACE Impact) to Reward Quality, Applied Research and Innovation

SIRA recognizes and promotes excellent research and innovation which responds to Africa’s developmental challenges. Read more

Embrace Digital Tools to Ease Learning, Mbarara University Students Told

I&M Bank Uganda has held a study tour for Mbarara University students as it ramps up the education and skills development component of its corporate social responsibility programme. Read more

First Forensics Science University in Africa to be Built in Uganda

Uganda will become the first country in Africa to provide specialized training in forensics to security and law enforcement agencies as well as other sectors of Government and the private sector. Read more

Four Soroti University Students Arrested Over Strike 

Police in East Kyoga have arrested four Soroti University students for allegedly spearheading a strike at the learning institution. Read more

Governance Systems Can aid Seamless Leadership Transitions

Moments of leadership transition reveal much about the governance systems and processes in an organization. The more robust the institutional arrangements are, the more seamless the transition. Read more

Govt Sued Over Suspending Mak Guild Elections

The Soroti Woman MP has petitioned the East African Court of Justice challenging Makerere University Council’s decision to indefinitely suspend guild elections following the killing of a student during campaigns in July. Read more

How to Undo the Disconnect Between Researchers, Policy-Makers

Environmental scientists in Africa are struggling to get political and social support for their solutions to problems such as the desertification in North Africa and the Sahel region. Read more

Kyambogo’s New Chancellor set for November Installation

On November 9, 2022, Prof. John Okedi will be sworn in as the third chancellor of Kyambogo University.President Yoweri Museveni will install Okedi, who took over for Prof. Read more

Kyambogo Varsity Cries Foul Over Residents Who Pose as Students to Study 

Kyambogo University has decried the growing number of area residents who are posing as students and attending lectures free of charge. According to the university Vice Chancellor, Prof Eli Katunguka, the administration has received complaints from lecturers that some residents attend lectures… Read more

Mbarara Science University Develops New Organic Fertilizer

Mbarara University of Science and Technology has developed a new organic fertilizer.The Organic Fertilizer, I-Soft Organic Fertilizer was innovated and developed by students of the Faculty of Agriculture and Livelihood in collaboration with the Mbarara Grapes Farmers Association, and …  Read more

Makerere Blocks Freshers from Student Leadership

Makerere University Council has issued a raft of changes in the Students’ Guild constitution 2016.The changes will, among others, exclude first-year students from holding leadership positions. Read more

Makerere Launches Partnership with UNDP; to Focus on Gainful Research 

Makerere University Vice Chancellor Prof Barnabas Nawangwe and UNDP Country Representative Elsie Attafuah displaying copies of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) after signing. Read more

Makerere Plans to Gift All Professors with ‘Jobs for Life’

Makerere university staff at different levels are embroiled in debates on a proposal by the university council to review senior staff terms and enable professors to work until 80 years of age. Read more

Makerere University Gets $150,000 Emergency Medicine Boost 

TotalEnergies EP Uganda has committed $150,000 (Shs 576 million) to boost the capacity of Makerere University in emergency medicine. The deal was part of the three-year memorandum of understanding that was signed recently between Makerere University and Total Energies. Read more

Makerere University Students Want Referendum on Constitutional Changes

The Makerere University Students Guild Constitution review committee has recommended a referendum on any possible amendments to the University’s Guild Constitution. Read more

Mak Set to Use Robots to Deliver Lectures

Makerere University College of Computing and Information Science (CoCIS) has secured a technological robot that will aid teaching and learning processes at the college. Read more

Mining and Minerals have had Limited Educational Benefits

The story of mineral discoveries and mining in Africa being a social curse for the continent is likely to persist after researchers at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank recently found no conclusive evidence of intergenerational mobility into higher education in most African countries and districts where extractions of mineral resources occur. Read more

Network Will Support Implementation of Addis Convention

A group of African countries has launched the African Network of National Implementation Structures, a framework that will coordinate and campaign for the recognition of higher education qualifications, as well as facilitate academic mobility and inter-university cooperation across the continent. Read more

‘Rebuild the Intellectual Community on the Continent’

Neo-liberalism has devastated African universities, turning them from vibrant centres of new thinking and academic comradeship into factories churning out marketable academic products and “saleable” students, according to leading Tanzanian scholar-activist Issa Shivji. Read more

Ring-Fence Varsity Scholarships for the Poor

The Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Mr Thomas Tayebwa, yesterday asked the National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) to review the current government university scholarship policy and prioritise children of the poor. Read more

Renovation: Mak Orders Over 700 Students to Vacate Lumumba Hall 

Makerere University vice chancellor has ordered more than 700 students residing in Lumumba Hall to relocate to other halls of residence to pave the way for renovation. Read more

Smart Agriculture Research Centre can Help to Pool Resources

An African Centre for Innovation and Smart Agriculture (ACISA) will be set up in Tunisia with technical and financial assistance from Japan in a bid to promote Africa-Japan cooperation in innovation, training, higher education, research, climate-smart agriculture and the creation of start-ups in the field of agriculture. Read more

Standard Chartered Bank Donates Shs 50m Towards Makerere Centenary Celebrations 

Standard Chartered Bank Uganda Limited has today donated worth 50 million shillings towards Makerere University’s centenary celebrations. The donation will go towards supporting the university’s year-long anniversary celebrations, … Read more

Tertiary Institutions and Colleges to Get League

FUFA wants the Tertiary Institutions and Colleges Football Association tournament to be turned into an outstanding league. This was revealed during the opening match of this year’s competition at Nabweru Gobolola Grounds… Read more

Tumwebaze Tips Universities on Innovations as MUST Students Make Organic Fertilizer

Minister of Agriculture Frank Tumwebaze has urged universities to focus on the innovation of products that can compete on the national and global markets, saying the government is committed to supporting such undertakings. Read more

Uganda to Boost Chinese Language Learning at Upper Secondary School 

Uganda is finalizing the approval of a Chinese language teaching syllabus that will see students at the upper secondary school level learn the language, a government official said Friday. Read more

UNDP, Makerere Partner on Innovation, Grass Roots Development, Resilience, and Gender Equality in Public Institutions

The United Nations Development Programme – UNDP, a United Nations agency tasked with helping countries eliminate poverty and achieve sustainable economic growth and human development has signed a development partnership with Makerere University as part of the Makerere@100 celebrations. Read more


31 August 2022

ACCA Accredits Makerere University to Offer Professional Accounting Papers 

The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) has signed a memorandum of understanding accrediting Makerere University to teach professional accounting papers. Read more

African Seed Fund for Research and Education Launched by Imperial

Imperial has launched a wide-ranging new seed fund for research and education projects with partners in Africa.The College will provide funding for collaborations with partners at the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) and members of the African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA). Read more

A History of Groundbreaking Research at Makerere University

Since its humble beginning in 1922, Makerere University has been able to transform communities and societies through its wealth of human capital, numerous research outcomes, and Science and Technological Innovations that have served Africa and the world in general. Read more

Bishop Stuart University Finalist Found Dead in Guild Residence

Police in Mbarara are investigating the circumstances under which a Bishop Stuart University (BSU) student in Kakooba, Mbarara died at the Guild President’s residence on Tuesday. Read more

Dr. Edwin Nuwagira’s Grant Gives Hope to TB Patients in Uganda.

Dr. Edwin Nuwagira (MMED) received a 2021 American Thoracic Society (ATS) Community Diversity Grant for his project “Improving Pulmonary Function After Tuberculosis in Uganda (IMPACT-U).” Read more

Government Sponsorship for Mature Age Entry Scheme for (2022/2023)

A one week’s Art exhibition featuring work by Sculpture students was on 20th July 2022 opened at the Institute of Heritage, Conservation and Restoration, Makerere Art Gallery. Read more

Higher Technical Education Project Formulation Completed in 6 African Countries

Six validation workshops were organized from 1-15 July 2021 in Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Gabon, Senegal,  United Republic of Tanzania, and Uganda, to validate the country-specific formulation report of the China Funds-in-Trust Project Phase IIIRead more

ISBAT University Wins UCC Inter University Cyber Competition

ISBAT University has emerged winner of the inaugural Inter University Cyber Competition dubbed “Cyber Stars Competition” organized by the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC). Read more

Julius Nyerere Leadership Centre Gets New Board

The Julius Nyerere Leadership Centre has installed a new board of directors headed by Prof. Kasozi Mulindwa.The new board was inaugurated by the Vice Chancellor of Makerere University, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe. Read more

LASEC International Visits Department of Medical Laboratory Science.

The team made a presentation to MUST community and stakeholders on the topic “Introduction to LASEC International, Laboratory Solution Providers”. They also demonstrated how LASEC can improve research and Diagnostic Capacity at MUST and Mbarara Regional Referral and Teaching Hospital and other partnering research institutions. Read more

MakAdvance System Will Support Scholarship Scheme for Minorities

Makerere University Endowment Fund on August 2, 2022 launched the MakAdvance System at the Frank Kalimuzo Central Teaching Facility.The system aims at not only automating and streamlining efforts by the University to raise funds towards different purposes and causes… Read more

Makere@100: Airtel Uganda Supports Centenary Celebrations

Airtel Uganda, a long-standing partner with Makerere University has committed to supporting the centenary celebrations in a series of planned activities. Read more

Makerere Takes Foot of Tuition Brake

Makerere University has revealed that it will resume the 15 percent tuition increment next academic year after it was halted due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Read more

Makerere University Asks Court to Uphold Students’ Suspensions 

Makerere University has asked the High Court to stay the suspension of two University Students also guild presidential aspirants, and allow for the internal disciplinary structures within the University to function. Read more

Makerere University Calls for Proposals to Reform Guild Electoral Processes

Makerere University has called for written proposals from other stakeholders to reform guild electoral processes. The stakeholders include students, staff, and alumni among others. Read more

Makerere University to Open Campus in Rwanda

Makerere University Rwanda Alumni Association (MURWAA) seeks to start a campus in Rwanda as the institution celebrates 100 years of existence.According to Shukuru Bizimana Ruyondo, Chairman of MURWAA, they are set to work with partners, sponsors and Makerere University itself… Read more

Makerere Unveils Donor Monitoring System

Makerere University commissioned the #MakAdvance system also known as The Endowment platform which is a crowdsourcing platform where alumni and other well wishers donate to numerous causes in the university. Read more

Mak Staff in Last-Ditch Attempt to Stop Nawangwe Reappointment 

A section of staff at Makerere University have challenged the impending reappointment of Barnabas Nawangwe as vice chancellor, claiming his age contravenes the current cap in the human resource manual, and that his promotion to professor in 2013 was done irregularly. Read more

Mak University Launches System to Raise Funds

Makerere University on Tuesday launched a system dubbed Mak Advance System to automate raising funds towards different causes at the University while building digital and interactive alumni database. Read more

Muteesa University Promotes Agro-Ecological Farming Practices to Avert Climate Change

Muteesa I Royal University has started a campaign to promote eco-friendly farming practices to respond to the social and environmental problems affecting agriculture. Read more

Nawangwe Optimistic as Second Term Begins

Prof Barnabas Nawangwe was on Friday handed a second crack at the Makerere University vice chancellorship fending off a spirited challenge from a section of university staff opposed to his reign and reappointment. Read more

Nawangwe Suspends Student Over Indiscipline

Makerere University Vice Chancellor Prof Barnabas Nawangwe has suspended a medical student over alleged indiscipline.Sulaiman Namwoza, a third-year student of medicine and surgery has been suspended from the university indefinitely, pending investigations by management. Read more

Parliament to Honor Makerere in Special Motion

The deputy speaker of parliament has revealed that a special motion will be moved to celebrate Makerere University at 100 years as one of the ways to appreciate the contribution of the University to the development of the country. Read more

RUFORUM Board Appoints a New Executive Secretary

Professor Theresia Nkuo-Akenji, RUFORUM Board Chair and Vice Chancellor University of Bamenda in Cameroon today announced the appointment of Dr. Patrick Okoro as the next RUFORUM Executive Secretary effective 01 January 2023. Read more

Say NO to Urogynecology Disorders in NGH.

A MUST/MRRH team lead by Dr. Musa Kayondo (PhD) carried out a 5-day medical camp in Nakaseke General Hospital (NGH) to address urogynecology challenges in Nakaseke District and Surrounding areas. Read more

Shs100b Needed to Renovate MAK Halls of Residence

Makerere University is seeking Shs100bn to renovate the dilapidated halls of residence which house over 4,700 students on campus.The university Vice Chancellor Prof Barnabas Nawangwe says president Museveni directed the Ministry of Finance to avail funds for the renovation of all halls of residence. Read more

TotalEnergies, Makerere Sign Deal to Bolster Higher Education 

Makerere University has entered a partnership with TotalEnergies Uganda in which the latter will be providing funding for a number of projects in areas of education content creation, skills development, research and social activities. Read more

UNESCO O3 Plus Project Entry and Planning Meetings held with Piloting Universities in Uganda

Young people in Higher and Tertiary Education Institutions (HTEIs) in Uganda face numerous challenges especially related sexual and reproductive health (SHR) and gender-based violence. Read more

UNESCO Rallies Teacher Trainers to champion Peace Education and Prevent Violent Extremism in Teacher Education

The Ministry of Education and Sports (MoES) in Uganda is implementing the Peace Education and Prevention of Violent Extremism project with support from UNESCO’s International Institute for Capacity Building in Africa (IICBA) titled, “Youth Empowerment for Peace and Resilience Building and Prevention of Violent Extremism in African Countries through Teacher Development”. Read more

University of Rwanda to Introduce Master’s Programme in Biotechnology

Officials at the University of Rwanda (UR) have said they are ready to roll out a master’s degree in biotechnology, the field of study that could boost treatment of deadly diseases in the future. Read more

Vice chancellors propose varsity education reforms

Vice chancellors and administrators of institutions of higher learning have proposed a raft of university education reforms with special focus on life skills to match job markets and societal needs. Read more

We Want Makerere to Solve Uganda’s Problems – Prof Nawangwe 

Makerere University Vice Chancellor, Prof Barnabas Nawangwe has said that as the University marks 100 years of excellence in building a transformed society, the management is positioning the institution to find solutions to challenges facing this country. Read more


31 July 2022

4,000 Continuing Students to Apply for Govt Sponsorships

Makerere University has asked more than 4,000 continuing students in all public universities who sat for their Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE) in 2019 and 2020 to apply for government sponsorship this academic year… Read more

AgriEngage Summer School on Agri-Entrepreneurship and Community Engagement

The Summer School will offer practical skills and competencies on Agri-entrepreneurship and community engagement to 44 graduate students from Benin, Kenya, Morocco, and Uganda. Read more

China Offers Scholarships to Students in Uganda

China on Tuesday offered scholarships to 24 students in a ceremony at Uganda’s Makerere University. The scholarships, according to the university, are intended to help students who are economically underprivileged but are outstanding academically and of good character. Read more

Court Halts NCHE probe on Team Varsity Degree

The High Court has temporarily halted the National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) investigations into the award of a degree by Team University to a Kenyan senator.The Civil Division of the High Court issued the interim order against NCHE on Monday following an application by the university. Read more

Ethiopia, Uganda and Rwanda Universities Join Forces to Strengthen Teaching, Research

The University of Gondar (Ethiopia), Makerere University Business School (Uganda) and the University of Kigali (Rwanda) are joining forces to strengthen teaching, learning and research capabilities. Read more

Experts Weigh in on University Politics

There has been a call for mainstream political parties to be withdrawn from student politics following the violence that broke out at Makerere University, leading to the death of a student, four days ago. Read more

Govt Injects Shs40 Billion to Make Moon University Public

The government has earmarked Shs40 billion to fully operationalise Mountains of Moon University (MMU). This will make the institution in Fort Portal, Kabarole District, the 10th public university effective July 1. Read more

Gov’t Probing Validity of Sakaja’s Team University Degree

Uganda government has launched a probe into the validity of Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja’s degree from Team University.This comes after Uganda’s Minister of Education and Sports Janet Museveni received a letter from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI)… Read more

Hon. Baryomunsi Launches Book with Pledge to continue Supporting Research

The Minister for ICT and National Guidance, the Hon. Chris Baryomunsi today July 29, 2022, launched a book authored by 20 researchers of Makerere University. Read more

JCRC, Canada Varsity in Student Exchange

Exchange programmes have always been known to benefit the different institutions the participants are from. In Uganda, the recent emphasis on making the scientists. Joint Clinical Research Centre (JCRC) launched a partnership with Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry in Western University, Canada, … Read more

Impact of Climate Change on Healthcare Needs More Research

A study that mapped and analysed the available literature on the impact of climate change on the provisioning of emergency care in Africa indicated a lack of research, shortages in emergency care and human resources and weak health infrastructure and technology capabilities, among other things. Read more

Kyambogo Confirms Over 600 Staff, Extends Semester 

Kyambogo University Council has confirmed the appointment of 672 teaching and non-teaching staff and extended the second semester by a month.  Read more

Mak-CAES to provide Training Services to Technical Staff of Local Governments

While notable strides have been made to enhance household food and nutrition security, reduce poverty and improve household incomes through agriculture, Northern Uganda is still lagging behind due to the long-term insurgency that left many households disintegrated. Read more

Makerere Celebrates Mandela as Greatest Freedom Fighter in Human History

Makerere University has celebrated the life and legacy of South African anti-apartheid activist who served as the first president of South Africa from 1994 to 1999, Nelson Mandela. Read more

Makerere Journalism and Communication Department Elevates 3 Lecturers

Makerere University Department of Journalism and Communication has elevated three members to the position of lecturer. Dr Charlotte K. Ntulume was promoted to Lecturer in the Department of Journalism and Communication. Read more

Makerere Has Remained a Lifetime Symbol for Us, Say Alumni in Kenya

The Makerere University alumni in neighboring Kenya have described Makerere, not just as an institution, but rather a “symbol of a lifetime.” The alumni last week held an event in Nairobi to mark Makerere’s 100 years of building a transformed society. Read more

Makerere Positioning Itself to Become Research-led University

As Makerere celebrates 100 years of excellence, the University is positioning itself to become a research-led University, the Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Academic Affairs, …Read more

Makerere to Hold Nelson Mandela Public Lecture on Monday

Makerere University has announced that it will hold the annual Nelson Mandela public lecture on Monday, July 18, as part of its activities to mark 100 years of building a transformed society. Read more

Makerere to Hold Nelson Mandela Public Lecture on Monday 

Makerere University has announced that it will hold the annual Nelson Mandela public lecture on Monday, July 18, as part of its activities to mark 100 years of building a transformed society. Read more

Makerere University Dominates Inaugural AUUS Mind Games | Chess & Bridge 

The first ever Association of Uganda University Sports (AUUS) Mind Games tournament successfully concluded at Makerere University in Kampala city.The two day’s championship had two games; Bridge and Chess…Read more

Makerere University Strengthens Partnership with ACCA

Makerere University College of Business and Management Science (COBAMS) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants (ACCA) aimed at exploring collaboration opportunities for mutual benefit. Read more

Makerere University unveils plans to find HIV cure

Makerere University Walter Reed Project is partnering with a group of Scientists from different countries funded by the National Institute of Health from America to intensify the hunt for an HIV cure. Read more

Mak Staff Petition Council over Delayed Search for VC

Makerere University staff have petitioned the University Council over the delay to search for a vice chancellor, six weeks to the expiry of Prof Barnabas Nawangwe’s term of office. Read more

No Need to Search for New VC – Nawangwe

Over the last two weeks, Makerere University has been in the news. From the violence that marred the guild elections to the university staff petitioning the council over delayed search for a new vice chancellor, … Read more

NUP Makerere Students Accuse Nawangwe of Misusing Power

A simmering conflict over the increasingly tightened space for rights of students at Makerere University is threatening to boil over with accusations that Vice Chancellor Barnabas Nawangwe is “misusing his power”. Read more

Over 300 Businesses Face Closure at Mak 

Business owners who have been operating at Makerere University for the last 30 years are grieving after the university management directed them to vacate the premises with immediate effect. Read more

Sculpture Exhibition Opened at the Makerere Art Gallery

A one week’s Art exhibition featuring work by Sculpture students was on 20th July 2022 opened at the Institute of Heritage, Conservation and Restoration, Makerere Art Gallery. Read more

Speaker Asks Universities to Prioritise Practical Courses

The Speaker of Parliament, Ms Anita Among, has urged institutions of higher learning to integrate more practical courses that will equip learners with vocational skills, which will make them self-reliant and proactive. Read more

Universities to Lower Cut Off Points as Gov’t Calls for Residual Admissions

Universities will “deeply lower” cut-off points for applicants who will be considered for government sponsorship in the undergraduate programs, according to the Joint Admissions Board-JAB. Read more


30 June 2022

7th ACE Impact Regional Workshop Officially Opened…

Professor Mrs. Eléonore Yayi Ladekan, the Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research of the Republic of Benin officially opened the seventh regional workshop of the Africa Higher Education Centres of Excellence Project (ACE Impact) at Palais des Congre in Cotonou Benin on the 14th June 2022. Read more

36 African Universities Represented on U-Multirank List

A total of 36 universities in Africa were among the 2,202 universities in 96 countries globally that had their performances assessed by U-Multirank, a ranking index that routinely analyses higher education institutions in terms of teaching and learning, research, knowledge transfer, international orientation and regional engagement. Read more

African Centres of Excellence Want to Secure Their Longevity

The World Bank-funded Eastern and Southern Africa Higher Education Centres of Excellence (ACE II) have raised millions of dollars to guarantee their sustainability. Read more

Date Set for Hearing of Kampala University, South Sudan Students’ Graduation Row

Court in Uganda has announced that the first court session between Kampala University and its South Sudanese students at the Juba College is expected to begin on 11 July. This week, the university blocked about 1,000 students at its Juba branch from graduating. Read more

FAO, Makerere University Embark on Training Scientists on Digital Soil-Mapping

Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations – FAO in partnership with Makerere University have on Monday began a five-day digital soil-mapping training course to selected scientists to enhance the use of fertilizers to scale up the sustainable management of soils in Uganda. Read more

Gulu University Dean of Students Demands Reinstatement

Christopher Mwetale Mpora, the Gulu University Dean of Students is demanding to be reinstated in office.Mpora was in April last year arrested and charged with three counts of theft, forgery, and uttering a false document… Read more

Gulu University Guild Dismisses Cabinet Officials Over Corruption

The Gulu University Guild President Thomas Lapyem, has sacked three top officials of his cabinet for alleged corruption. They are Brenda Winny Atim, the Vice Guild President, Nelson Balaza, the Guild Prime Minister, and the guild finance minister Allan Erasmus Ongom. Read more

Health Experts Meet at MakCHS to Discuss Health Professions Education

Theaim of the symposium hosted by Health Professions Education Partnership Initiative (HEPI) in collaboration with The African Center for Global Health and Social Transformation (ACHEST) was ‘to take a look at Health Professions Education (HPE), the past, the present and future in Uganda’. Read more

Inspired to Stop Back Pain in Men and Women

We are targeting all the age groups suffering from back pain and low body immunity. However, our main target are women and men above forty years of age because the elderly people are the most affected group with chronic back pain. Read more

I Reined in Errant Makerere Deans, Says Nawangwe

Makerere University Vice-Chancellor Prof Barnabas Nawangwe has said when he assumed office in September 2017, the university had significantly deteriorated in discipline, with some deans behaving wrongly. Read more

Is the Emerging Open-Access Model Another Closed System?

The publishing industry is moving towards a business model of article processing charges-based open access (OA), which presents a barrier to researchers from the Global South, including those from countries in Africa. Read more

Kabarole Students Urge Leaders to be More Patriotic

Youth from four Universities in Fort Portal City have urged leaders to be patriotic and be good examples to the coming generation. At the closure of over 200 university students that were attending a three days patriotism skills session at Mountains of the Moon University, … Read more

Kyamanywa to Head Taskforce to Establish Bunyoro Varsity

The minister of Education and Sports, Ms Janet Kataha Museveni, has appointed Prof Samuel Kyamanywa to head the taskforce for the establishment of Bunyoro University. Read more

Kyambogo Alumni Urged to Support University’s Development

Kyambogo University reviewed its structure in 2020 after realizing that the structure that existed since 2006 was no longer capable of delivering the services needed for the now expanded university. Read more

Launch of an Educational Programme for Freedom of Expression in Eastern Africa

Cartooning for Peace and Buni Media in Kenya launched a programme for civic education using press cartoons in partnership with UNESCO, the French Embassy in Kenya, the EU National Institutes of Culture (EUNIC) Kenya Network, the European Union in Kenya and select universities… Read more

MAK@100: Centenary Group Donates sh52m to Makerere

Centenary Group has committed sh52m towards Makerere University’s centenary celebrations. Read more

Mak@100: The Tales of High-Profile Alumni

Makerere University is this year celebrating 100 years of excellence in building a transformed society.Started as a College in 1922, the University has produced high profile figures, including world leaders. Read more

Makerere Student Calvin Mwesigwa Suspended for Indiscipline

Makerere University has suspended a student for alleged indiscipline. The University Vice-Chancellor, Prof Barnabas Nawangwe, said that in said Calvin Mwesigwa was on Friday together with other students yet to be identified in breach of University Student Regulation (9)(a). Read more

Makerere Students Gamble Future to Loan Sharks

Dozens of Makerere University students, estimated by some victims to gross 100, are choking on loans or have lost valuable assets to creditors in thriving on-campus money lending businesses. Read more

Makerere to Host Twitter Space for Centenary Celebrations

Makerere University will tomorrow, Wednesday – June 15, 2022, from 7:00pm – 8:30pm, host a Twitter Space conversation as part of its communications and engagement plan to mark 100 years of excellence in building a transformed society. Read more

Minister Condemns Indecent Dressing Among Graduands

The state minister for Primary Education, Dr Joyce Moriku Kaducu, has condemned indecent dressing exhibited by graduands at different ceremonies across the country. Read more

Mak Launches Climate Smart Agriculture Project

Food insecurity and malnutrition remain high in Sub-Saharan Africa where agriculture is predominantly rain-fed and 80% of the food produced by small-holder farmers. Read more

My Experience and Support to TAGDev Sponsored Students on Scholarship…

Ndejje University embraced a collaboration with RUFORUM but became active in 2019 when it secured a grant for the Next Generation of Scientists where it took up twelve (12) financially disadvantaged students on scholarship. Read more

NCHE Says Kayiwa’s University Graduation was Illegal, Nullifies All Documents 

The National Council for Higher Education (NCHE), the regulatory body of higher institutions in Uganda has said that it was illegal for Kayiwa International University to hold its graduation… Read more

Outdated Medical School Curriculum Worries Experts

The content of the curriculum used to teach students in Uganda’s medical schools is out of touch with the current needs of the country, and experts are worried. Read more

Plot Thickens in Row Over Kenyan Senator’s Degree

The management of Team University has come under pressure from the All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC) for presenting Mr Johnson Sakaja-the outgoing Senator of Nairobi-with a Bachelor of Science degree. Read more

Professors say Makerere PhDs Must Prove Themselves in Society 

During Makerere University’s week-long 72nd graduation ceremony, over 100 doctorate degrees were conferred upon students from several disciplines. Experts expect the doctoral graduates to bring new innovations and ideas “to the table” if they are to be recognized. Read more

Rt. Hon. Kadaga Sensitises Mak on EAC Integration Agenda

On 16th June 2022, Makerere University welcomed the First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of East African Community (EAC) Affairs Rt. Hon. Rebecca Kadaga to her Alma Mater to deliver a Keynote on the EAC Integration Agenda. Read more

Scientists Develop High-Tech Tools to Tackle Indoor Pollution

Scientists from the University of Rwanda in Kigali and Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda, have been developing a digital tool that could help families to monitor indoor air pollution – an innovation that could improve the health and well-being of affected communities as well as contribute to the use of cleaner energy. Read more

Tailored Mental Health Approach May be What HE Students Need

Attending lectures and focusing on his books should have been easy. Levian had done it throughout his first year. But, when he returned to campus for his second year in 2021 after a break of more than a year – induced by the coronavirus – things were not the same. Read more

Team Uganda, Nigeria Winners of Global ICT Competition

Teams from Uganda and Nigeria emerged winners of the recently concluded Huawei Global ICT Competition. The 2021-2022 ICT Competition Awards and closing ceremonies were held in Shenzhen, China… Read more

UCU Completes Devt of Sustainable Renewable Energies Curricula 

Uganda Christian University (UCU) with support from the European Union-EU has completed development of an academic curricula on sustainable renewable energies and green environment. Read more

UCU, HR managers’ body sign deal to build students’ competence for job market

The Human Resource Managers Association Uganda (HRMAU) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Uganda Christian University (UCU) for a collaborative strategy to improve the quality of graduates in the field of human resource in the country. Read more

Ugandan Epidemiologist Appointed to UN University Council

Dr Catherine Kyobutungi is a Ugandan epidemiologist who mainly works in healthcare systems research and capacity-building. She began her career journey as a medical officer in rural Uganda before becoming a lecturer at Mbarara University of Science and Technology. Read more

University Lecturers Announce Strike Over Salaries

The academic staff of public universities in Uganda have picked a leaf from the arts teachers and resolved to resume their industrial action over salary enhancement. Read more

Unlocking the Pig and Poultry Growth Potential with Essential Oils from Aromatic Plants

Essential oils have potential therapeutic benefits for use in the management of biotic infections. Provided the increasing resistance to most antibiotics coupled with their residual effects in the human food chains, I developed an efficacious product with less side effects for use as animal growth promoter. Read more

What Does 100-Year-old Makerere Reveal About Culture?

Uganda’s Makerere University, which marks its centenary this year, is well known as the oldest university in East Africa and as a cradle of political elites. Read more


31 May 2022

Absa Uganda to Fund Acquisition of Laptops for Kyambogo University Students 

Absa Bank Uganda has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Kyambogo University that will facilitate the students and staff of the university to acquire laptops and other related accessories on loan instalment basis. Read more

A Pathway to Inclusivity Through Agriculture in Africa

A host of leading experts on international knowledge cooperation joined for the Shaping Futures symposium in The Hague earlier this month. The event was part of the celebrations of 70 years of Nuffic. Read more

Appeals Tribunal to Decide Fate of Sacked Makerere Staff

The Makerere University staff Appeals Tribunal, yesterday agreed not to fill or advertise two top positions whose occupants were recently terminated until their grievances are resolved. Read more

‘Divorced Universities’ Could Thrive Through Community Bond

Unless African universities address community needs through the kinds of knowledge and graduates they are producing, their sustainability will come under threat as important local sources of funding and popular support are withdrawn, according to participatory research pioneer Rajesh Tandon. Read more

Dr Olivia Nabawanda Scores a PhD in Mathematics 

Dr Olivia Nabawanda 31 years of age, was awarded a Doctorate in mathematics on Monday from Makerere university. At her age, she is the youngest to have achieved this PhD in mathematics at Makerere University. Read more

Egypt Leads Research Field for the Second Year Running

For the second year running, researchers and academics in Egypt have published more peer-reviewed journal articles than their peers in other countries in Africa, according to 2021’s datasets from SCImago Journal & Country Rank, an online platform with some of the world’s most comprehensive citation and abstract databases of global journal research output. Read more

Enroll More Girls in Vocational Schools- Tayebwa 

The Ministry of Education and Sports has been urged to design a policy that will encourage and support girls to join institutions that provide technical and vocational skills training. Read more

Faces Behind Uganda’s First Satellite Technology

Uganda will this year in August launch its first satellite, PearlAfricaSat-1, a technology developed by three Ugandan engineers and their Japanese counterparts, the government has said. Read more

First Lady Hails Sweden Gov’t for Supporting Research in Ugandan Universities 

The Minister of Education and Sports, Ms. Janet Kataaha Museveni, has thanked the Royal Government of Sweden for the unconditional support towards the advancement of research and innovations in Ugandan institutions of higher learning. Read more

Five Makerere Students Granted Bail After Protest

Five Makerere University students have been granted bail. The five are part of a larger group of 15 University students who were arrested while protesting over skyrocketing prices. Read more

Govt Commits Extra Shs25b Towards Research at Makerere 

Government has earmarked an extra Shs25b to support research and innovation at Makerere University, Education minister Janet Kataha Museveni has revealed. Read more

Gulu University Launches Shs6bn Project to Mitigate Climate Change in Northern Uganda

A major research project on energy and Climate Change has been launched at Gulu University. Read more

ICPAU Unveils Beneficiaries of 3rd Cohort of CPA Scholarships

The Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Uganda (ICPAU) has announced the award of Certified Public Accountants of Uganda (CPA) scholarships for students who applied in September 2021, under the third cohort. Read more

Intra-Africa Mobility for Training Agribusiness and Food Systems Scientists for African Agriculture (TAFSA) Scholarship Advertisement for Cohort 2

The goal of TAFSA project is to enhance synergetic cooperation amongst selected Agricultural Universities in Africa. Specifically, the project aims at supporting these African universities with research and training of skillful and competent professionals to contribute to the improvement of food systems, and agribusiness… Read more

I Run a Beeswax Business in My Home Town

My name is Victor Gordon Akejo and I am a TAGDEV student from Uganda. I study at Egerton University, Kenya. One of the main entrepreneurial projects I’m involved in back home is selling beeswax. Read more

Kyambogo University Bans Rearing of Animals Within Campus

The management of Kyambogo University has banned rearing of animals and birds within the university campus. According to Prof.Eli Katunguka, the university vice chancellor the animals have become a menace to their ongoing campaign to beautify the university campus through planting trees and flowers. Read more

Makerere Knocks Down Its Iconic Main Building

The Main Building, alias mighty Ivory Tower, that has for 81 years easily been Makerere University’s symbol of distinction, has finally been demolished.The demolition work, which Saturday Monitor understands commenced nearly a week ago, has been met with mixed emotions. Read more

Makerere Pleads for More Time as Sweden Winds Up Funding 

The vice-chancellor of Makerere University in Uganda has urged Sweden’s aid agency to reconsider its decision to wind up a programme that has supported research at the institution for more than 20 years. Read more

Makerere University Launches Book on Gender and Socio-Economic Change…

Makerere University School of Women and Gender Studies (SWGS) has launched a book titled ‘Gender and Socio-Economic Change’. Read more

Mak Students Decry Rampant Theft at Campus 

Makerere University students have expressed their discontentment over rampant theft cases on campus.According to the students, thieves break into their cars and take their valuables while others grab their bags. Read more

Masterclasses Address Knowledge Gaps in Doctoral Training

Some of the most pertinent challenges young academics may face as they begin to build careers as teachers and scientists were tackled during three masterclasses offered by seasoned academics to 25 handpicked participants from across Africa in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, during 25-29 April. Read more

MTN Gives Makerere University Shs180m for Centennial Celebration 

MTN Uganda has handed over a dummy cheque of Shs180m to the Makerere University secretariat as a sponsorship package for the centennial celebrations. MTN Chief Marketing Officer, Somdev Sen, handed over the dummy cheque to the university team…Read more

MTN Uganda Commits to Support Makerere University’s Centenary Celebrations …

MTN Uganda has pledged its commitment to support Makerere University’s centenary celebrations through a sponsorship worth UGX180million.MTN’s sponsorship will be dedicated towards supporting the events organized by Makerere University in celebration of 100 years of its existence… Read more

Ndejje University Deploys Solar Energy to Aid Water Access 

Ndejje University is working with the National Water and Sewerage Corporation to install solar energy on boreholes in Luwero and Nakaseke districts. Read more

NSSF to Equip University Students with Technopreneurship Skills

National Social Security Fund (NSSF) will equip university students with knowledge and skills that will enable them explore opportunities in technology for business and career development, at this year’s annual NSSF Career Expo. Read more

Police to Probe Mak Over Graduation Mess

The police have tasked Makerere University authorities to explain why a sizeable number of their students who were eligible to graduate found their names missing in the final graduation booklet. Read more

Police, University Students Face Off Over Commodity Prices 

University students from different institutions including Makerere, Kyambogo and Mbarara university have Thursday staged a protest at the main gate of Parliament over skyrocketing commodity prices in Uganda. Read more

President Museveni Lauds Makerere for Unfolding Scientific Revolution

President Yoweri Museveni has commended Makerere University for its contribution to the unfolding scientific revolution in Uganda and strongly pledged to support the scientists to get Uganda in particular and Africa in general out of dependency and to modernize society. Read more

Private Universities to Get Research, Innovations Funding 

The Prime Minister, Ms Robinah Nabbanja, has revealed that since the government has already committed itself to the improvement of the welfare of the scientists through the salary enhancement plan, one of the many avenues through which government can help the universities that are carrying out research… Read more

RUFORUM Executive Secretary Holds Dialogue with His Excellency the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Ambassador to Uganda

Prof Adipala Ekwamu, the RUFORUM Executive Secretary, met with His Excellency Abdalla Hassan AlShamsi, the UAE Ambassador to Uganda, to explore opportunities for strengthening partnership between African and UAE Universities and development agencies in UAE. Read more

Security Tight Ahead of Makerere’s 72nd Graduation Ceremony

The event is expected to be graced by President Museveni and the First Lady, Janet Museveni who doubles as the minister for Education and Sports. Read more

Stakeholders Want Bushenyi UTC Elevated to Technical University 

Stakeholders in the Greater Bushenyi Region have asked government to elevate the Uganda Technical College in Bushenyi to a regional technical university. Read more

UWC Provides Continental Support for Covid-19 Surveillance 

The Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), through its Pathogen Genomics Initiative (Africa PGI), has supported African countries during the past two years in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more

Why Govt Subsidised School Fees for TVET 

The Government has reduced by 30 per cent, school fees paid by students enrolled in public and government-aided Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) schools. Read more

Why We Need Higher Technical Skills Development for Youth

Youth skills development, an essential element for youth empowerment, was highlighted during the conference with a round table themed “Youth Skills Development through Higher Technical Education in Africa”…Read more


30 April 2022

3 African Institutions Partner to Use Artificial Intelligence to Tackle Climate Change

The project is intended to create and strengthen the interdisciplinary collaboration among scientists and institutions in helping fulfil the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal 13 on climate action innovation. Read more

Academics Want to Build Capacity for One Health Strategy

African countries have been urged to adopt the One Health framework, a collaborative public health approach, amid concerns of pandemic outbreaks and for the emerging and re-emerging of highly infectious diseases such as COVID-19 and Ebola that adversely affect human health. Read more

‘African Universities Should Differentiate Their Missions Clearly’

The notion that there is a single ideal university must be resisted in favour of one that values a plurality of institutional types and promotes intentional differentiation in national higher education systems… Read more

BRIDGIN Foundation provides a Grant of USD 500 Million to the Uganda Government for the Higher Education Sector

The BRIDGIN Foundation is to provide a grant of US500 million to Uganda Government to establish four High Tech Higher Education centres in Uganda including a Medical Hospital for Makerere University. Read more

Cuban Ambassador to Uganda at MUST

Geared towards augmenting the partnership between the Republic of Cuba and the Republic of Uganda/MUST, the new Ambassador of Cuba to Uganda, Rwanda and Kenya H.E Dr. Tania Perez Xiques visited MUST… Read more

Funding: The Challenge that Keeps Leaders Awake at Night

Before I took the position of vice-chancellor at United States International University Africa (USIU-Africa), I had read and heard that generating and managing university finances are the proverbial challenges that keep university leaders awake at night. Read more

Graduate Students from Mak & Other Universities Attend CADFP Training in Research Methods, …

Since 2017, Dr. Lawrence Mugisha (Associate Professor) at Makerere University  has been hosting the fellows under Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program (CADFP). Read more

How Makerere Failed in Its Attempts to Become University 

Makerere University will hold centenary cerebrations in October. Remarkably, the programme asserts and historicises Makerere as a university. But how is Makerere a ‘university’? Read more

Kyambogo gets device to police non-students’ clicks

Kyambogo University yesterday received ICT equipment worth Shs300m that is, among others, expected to limit the illegal use of their Internet by non-students from neighbouring suburbs such as Banda and Kireka. Read more

MAK @100: Challenge of Building for the Future

This year marks the centenary of one of Africa’s greatest institutions of higher learning which is my alma mater, Makerere University. During the week I arrived as a freshman at Makerere College of the University of East Africa (UEA) in June 1967… Read more

Mak-CAES Hosts Hybrid Seminar on Finding the Best Cattle Genetics for Africa…

A large variety of local indigenous and commercial cattle breeds has been produced as a result of domestication and selection. Read more

Makerere’s Iconic Ivory Tower Goes Down Silently

Julius Katerega, a former Guild President at Makerere, whose regime witnessed the fire at the Ivory Tower, said that even while the tower was being demolished, his source of strength is that it would be set up again. Read more

Makerere University to Spend UGX100bn on Renovations 

Makerere University is planning to spend at least UGX 100bn to renovate the halls of residence now in a dilapidated state. According to student leaders, the move is planned to lift the dimmed mood around the once glorified buildings years ago. Read more

Makerere University to Host Cultural Expo for Youth

An exhibition themed Baana ba Kintu is underway at Makerere University. The art fair is aimed at raising awareness about the shrinking space for cultural art in the country. Read more

Missing Kyambogo Student in Hiding After Losing Tuition to Betting

Julius Osuta, a first year student at Kyambogo University is in hiding for allegedly losing his tuition to betting.Julius Osuta who was first reported missing on April 7th, 2022 at Kyambogo Police Post resurfaced after a day before disappearing again. Read more

Museveni Lauds Makerere University for Winning Huawei Continental ICT Competition

President Kaguta Museveni has hailed Makerere University students for winning the Huawei ICT Competition for Sub Saharan Africa having beaten 19 countries and 36 teams. Read more

Ndejje University Clinch Inaugural AUUS Handball Championship 

The inaugural edition of the Association of Uganda University Sports (AUUS) Handball championship successfully climaxed at Ndejje University, Luweero campus on Saturday 2nd April 2022. Read more

Subject Rankings: More Departments in Africa on Top-100 List

African higher education institutions are steadily scaling the academic ladder as 23 university departments in three countries were among the world’s 100 best places to study subjects they offer, according to the 12th edition of the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2022. Read more

UCU Start Title Defence with Victory over New Entrants Victoria University

Uganda Christian University (UCU) embarked on their quest to reclaim the University Football League crown with victory over new comers Victoria University.The Mukono based side who won the Championship in 2019 when it was last hosted, scored a goal in each half to earn a 2-0 win in the game played… Read more

UNBS, UCU Sign MoU to Create Modules on Quality Standards for University Students

The National Bureau of Standards-UNBS has signed a Memorandum of Understanding-MoU with Uganda Christian University-UCU Mukono to start creating modules on quality standards for students across all universities in the country. Read more

University Football League Returns After Two-Year Hiatus

University Football League is back after a two-year lull that was caused by the outbreak of COVID-19. The 10th edition was officially confirmed on Wednesday with the draws for the group stage conducted in a function held at Kati Kati Restaurant in Kampala. Read more

Universities Empowering Young Women to End Hunger

All Marion Namukose ever wanted to do was to plant her fruit farm, process her oranges, brand them and sell them. But the entrepreneur had found attaining her goal rather ‘easier said than done’…Read more


31 March 2022

63 Students Benefit from the East African Community Scholarship…

The Inter- University Council for East Africa (IUCEA) is pleased to announce that sixty-three (63) scholarships have been awarded to applicants from all the six (6) East African Community Partner States (Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania & Uganda). Read more

100,000 Ugandan Female Students to Benefit from Digital Ambassadors’ Tech Training 

Women and Girls continue to experienced numerous forms of online Gender Based Violence (OGBV) in Africa, according to a 2020 study conducted by Plan International which spoke to 14000 girls from 31 Countries and established that 58% of girls had experienced online harassment… Read more

Continent-Relevant Solutions Needed to Improve Use of AI

Artificial intelligence (AI) has been identified globally as one of the biggest phenomena of the 21st century and a powerful tool in combating some of the debilitating effects of climate variability and change. Read more

Evacuation of Africa’s Students from Ukraine Continues

While 17 African countries were among the 35 states that abstained from voting on a United Nations resolution on Wednesday 2 March demanding that Russia “immediately, completely and unconditionally withdraw all of its military forces from the territory of Ukraine”…Read more

Ghana Learning Best Practices in Research Management…

The Association of African Universities (AAU) says Ghana is learning best practices in how to manage research grants through the Science Granting Councils Initiative (SGCI).Director of ICT Services, Communications and Knowledge Management at the AAU, Nodumo Dhlamini believes the move will make it possible… Read more

Gov’t Mooting to Scrap Tuition Fees in TVET Institutions 

Janet Kataha Museveni, the Minister of Education and Sports, notes that although they have been trying to popularize TVET with an aspiration of having at least one institute in each district… Read more

H.E The President Meets Scientists on Developing Natural Therapist Industry

President Yoweri Museveni has held a consultative meeting with a team of scientists from the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, World Health Organization (WHO) and herbalists at State House, Entebbe. Read more

Humanitarian Studies Programmes in Short Supply in Africa

African universities are lagging behind in their offerings of a general masters in humanitarian studies qualification, which impedes the development of a professionalised workforce to deal with events on the continent requiring humanitarian interventions. Read more

JICA Donates Books to Makerere University Library

The purpose is to boost the reference materials in the university Library at the Japanese corner to enhance Japanese studies at Makerere University. Read more

Kyambogo Passes out First Cohort of Certified Personal Assistants for PWDs

The first cohort of Certified Professional Personal Assistants to Persons living with Disabilities (PWDs) was on Thursday passed out at Kyambogo University. The 15-member inaugural class was launched in March 2021 by Kyambogo University in Partnership with Light for the World Uganda. Read more

Makerere Salutes Five Female Guild Presidents

Makerere University on Tuesday, March 8, 2022, celebrated its first five female guild presidents as the institution marked International Women’s Day. Read more

Makerere’s Iconic, Ivory Tower to be Demolished

The 81 year old iconic Makerere University main, the Ivory tower that caught fire in 2020 is to be demolished in two weeks to pave way for construction. The building caught fire on November 20th, 2020 and has since developed cracks. Read more

Makerere Suspends 8 Students over Mitchell, University Hall Clashes 

Makerere University has suspended eight (8) students for participating in violent clashes, which contravene the Makerere University Students Regulations. Read more

Makerere University to Begin Reconstruction of Burnt Main Building Soon

Makerere University has finalised preparations for the reconstruction of its main building that caught fire in 2020. The project is funded by the government and will be completed by October this year. Read more

Makerere University Students to Obtain Laptops Through Installments

Students at Makerere University can now acquire brand new laptops with ease, thanks to a new financing scheme reached between Stanbic Bank and Makerere University management. Read more

Mak-CAES, UNBS Launch Edible Insect Products & Standards

Edible insects have the potential to fill the nutrition and income gaps in Uganda and Kenya. They are rich in protein and cheaper to manage. However, edible insect value chains are under-developed yet the demand is high. Read more

Mak Management to Approve Graduation List Next Month 

Makerere University management is slated to sit next month to approve the graduation list for its forthcoming 72nd graduation ceremony. Makerere University is slated to hold its graduation ceremony on May 23rd at the University’s main campus in Kampala. Read more

Mamdani Talks About his Research Legacy and Work at Makerere

Professor Mahmood Mamdani was the executive director of the Makerere Institute of Social Research at Makerere University, Uganda, from 2010 to the end of February 2022. During this time, he has revamped the institution’s mission and established a robust PhD programme. Read more

Mbarara University Students Protest Poor Living Conditions

Students of Mbarara University of Science and Technology-MUST have protested the poor living conditions at the University. The students say the current situation at the University is worrying and needs serious tackle. Read more

MEACA Uganda Visits IUCEA

A delegation from the Ministry of East African Community Affairs (MEACA) Uganda paid a visit to the Inter-University Council for East Africa (IUCEA) on February 28th 2022, to check on the progress of implementation of Summit decisions on higher education. Read more

More Women Researchers Needed to Tackle Climate Change

Challenging the gender bias within educational institutions, in research and even in the media has been identified as a fundamental component to open up spaces for women to participate in and make an impact in the emerging field of climate change. Read more

MUK Suspends Freshers’ Ball, Bazaars over Violence

Makerere University has suspended with immediate effect, events that are usually highlighted on students’ calendars such as the freshers’ ball, bazaars, and porridge nights. Read more

Museveni Challenges Ugandans to Embrace Technical Education…

President Yoweri Museveni has called on students, parents and guardians to embrace technical and vocational education as the better was to fight unemployment in Uganda. Read more

Prof. Nawangwe Cautions Students Against Opposing Online Lessons

Vice-Chancellor Makerere University Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe has cautioned the students of Makerere university against people opposing online learning.He says persons holding such a view are seeking policies that will make the country remain backward. Read more

RUFORUM Award Grants to 10 Post-Doctoral Fellows

The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM), a consortium of 147 Universities in 38 African Countries, is pleased to announce the recipients of the Post-Doctoral Fellowships funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York. Read more

UNBS, Makerere University Launch Edible Insects Standard 

The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has launched the Edible Insects Standard, US 2146:2020 Edible Insects -Specification, in collaboration with Makerere University School of Food Technology, Nutrition and Bio-Systems Engineering (Food Science)… Read more

UNESCO Champions Better TVET for Kenya’s Rise

Under the BEAR II project, UNESCO has been supporting the efforts of Member States to enhance the quality and relevance of their technical and vocational education and training (TVET) and to equip all youth and adults with the skills required for employment, decent work, entrepreneurship and lifelong learning. Read more

Vice-Chancellors Tasked to Lobby for Better Internet Access

Vice-chancellors have a vital advocacy role to play in promoting national research and education networks (NRENs), to advance the digital transformation strategies of African universities. Read more

Vigorous Intercultural Democratic Debate on Science Needed

Indigenous knowledge systems (IKS) must be incorporated in African university curricula across the continent in order to help resurrect nation-building and decolonisation projects that have been put on hold, according to Ugandan higher education thought leader Catherine Odora Hoppers. Read more

We Want to be Known by the Impact Makerere has on Society

The question should be how do we ensure the sustainability of this quality? We will do that through innovations in teaching and learning. In the East African region, we are pioneers of blended methods of teaching. Read more


28 February 2022

12 Makerere University Students Suspended 

12 students have been suspended from Makerere University for engaging in a strike, on Monday morning. The suspended students went on strike to oppose the university’s decision to continue with online learning even after the economy was fully reopened last month. Read more

610 Students Awarded Gov’t Study Loans in Lot 2 Of 2021/22 

The Higher Education Students’ Financing Board (HESFB) has announced that a total of 610 students have qualified, and therefore been awarded study loans in Lot 2 of 2021/2022 academic year to pursue their higher education. Read more

AAU-PACCI Inaugurates African Education Trust Fund Organising Committee

The Association of African Universities (AAU), the Pan-African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PACCI) and the African Private Sector (APSS) have inaugurated a committee to establish an African Education Trust Fund (AETF). Read more

AG Kiwanuka to Makerere Students; Strikes Won’t Help You Much 

The Attorney General for the Republic of Uganda Hon. Kiryowa Kiwanuka has advised Makerere University students to seek dialogue as the way of solving their grievances instead of engaging in violent strikes which are never fruitful. Read more

AU-EU Talks: Partnerships to Drive Innovation Agenda

Harmonisation of standards and quality assurance efforts in higher education were scrutinised as African and European experts shared experiences ahead of the European Union-African Union Summit scheduled for 17 and 18 February in Brussels, Belgium. Read more

Busoga University Officially Handed Over to Government 

Busoga University has finally been handed over to the Ministry of Education and sports to commence operations as a public institution.The take-over of the troubled university which was a joint venture between Busoga Kingdom and Busoga Church of Uganda Diocese is meant to save it from collapse. Read more

Fight Erupts Over Reconstruction of Makerere University Main Building 

Plans for Makerere University management to ensure the campus celebrates its centenary jubilee with its main building (Ivory Tower) reconstructed could hit a snag after a firm linked to the Ruparelia Group petitioned the Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets Authority (PPDA)… Read more

IUIU Seeks to Become 21st Century Learning Centre

As the Islamic University in Uganda turns 34 years, it has been urged to turn to its alumni to expand it’s base and role in society. This comes at a time when the university is trying to cope with the post pandemic effects. Read more

Katanga land row: Court Dismisses Mak Application

Court has dismissed an application in which Makerere University had sought to stop activities and transactions on Katanga disputed land near Wandegeya.The Land Division of the High Court before the Registrar, Mr Kintu Simon Zirintusa, dismissed the application for temporary injunction. Read more

Kyambogo First Year Students Cautioned on Sexual Harassment

First-year students at Kyambogo University have been asked to guard against sexual harassment. The students’ orientation started on Monday and will close on Friday. Read more

Legal Loopholes Dent Operations of Makerere 

Attorney General Kiwanuka Kiryowa says there are many loopholes in the various legislations upon which Makerere university operates.He said there are many contradictions, inconsistencies and conflict of interest in the various legal instruments that Makerere runs on. Read more

Lira University Making Food Recipes for Children with Nodding Syndrome 

A team of dieticians and laboratory technologists in the Department of Public Health at Lira University is developing at least ten different recipes to improve the nutrition of children suffering from nodding syndrome in Acholi and Lango sub-regions. Read more

Makerere Agrees to Admit Bio-Medics 

The Makerere University Admissions Committee has enrolled 26 out of the 33 students from Biomedical Sciences who appealed for consideration. For about five years, applicants for this course have been struggling to get enrolled. Read more

Makerere at 100: Attorney General Calls for Better Institutional Governance 

Attorney General Kiryowa Kiwanuka has expressed concerns about the ability of Makerere university’s governing institutions to manage the country’s largest university in tandem with prevailing laws. Read more

Makerere Guild Demands for Full Reopening of University 

Makerere University guild council has rejected the idea of continued blended teaching and learning after full reopening of the economy.The university like many others including Kyambogo adopted a blended arrangement after the reopening of universities and other higher learning institutions to curtail the spread of COVID-19… Read more

Makerere Hostels; Where Luxury Outweighs Cost of Education 

A section of students at Makerere University spends twice as much as their tuition on accommodation in “high-end” hostels around the University. While the average tuition for programs at Makerere is one million Shillings… Read more

Makerere Sets Dates for 72nd Graduation

Makerere University has set the dates for its 7nd graduation ceremony that will see over 14,000 students graduate with diplomas, Bachelors, master and PhD in various programs. Read more

MAK Forms Enforcement Committee as Research Grants Recipients Struggle to Account 

Makerere University (MAK) has set up a new committee to foresee how money received through grants is used by researchers following incidents where the university has been forced to refund donor money. Read more

Mak Vows to Continue with Blended Learning 

Makerere University management has vowed to continue with blended teaching and learning despite the full reopening of the economy. In his statement released this evening, the Vice-chancellor of the University, Prof Barnabas Nawangwe says that the decision to continue with the blended mode of teaching… Read more

Minister Baryomunsi Slams ‘Shameful’ Mak Students Protest Against Online Classes 

The Minister of ICT and National Guidance, Dr Chris Baryomunsi has described recent Makerere University students strike over virtual learning as embarrassing. Read more

MUK Maintains Blended Lectures as Students Demand Full Reopening 

Makerere University administration has maintained a blended form of learning for the Semester calendar for the 2021/2022 academic year. This follows protests from the students detesting the blended learning… Read more

Nawangwe Bows to Pressure, Recalls 16 Suspended Students

Makerere University vice chancellor, Prof Barnabas Nawangwe has bowed to pressure and recalled suspension letters of 16 students issued over a week ago over getting involved in demonstrations against online lectures. Read more

Nkobazambogo Stages Run to Raise HIV/AIDS Awareness, End GBV among Mak Students

Makerere University Nkobazambogo Students Association in conjunction with the School of Women and Gender Studies (SWGS) on Sunday 27th February 2022 organized a mini marathon at the Makerere University Freedom Square intended to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS among University students as well as …Read more

NUP’S Mugenyi Kizito Wins Mbarara Varsity Guild Race 

Jastus Mugenyi Kizito of the National Unity Platform (NUP) was on Friday declared winner of the hotly contested Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST) guild elections after defeating three others. Read more

Primary Teachers’ Colleges to be Phased Out by July 

The establishment of the Uganda National Institute for Teacher Education (UNITE) takes effect in July this year.The changes that are intended to phase out non-graduate teachers in the system are on course and will see the phasing out of all Primary teachers’ Colleges. Read more

Private and Public Universities Should Collaborate in Africa

Private universities became popular and increased exponentially in Africa around the 1990s. Read more

Prof. Sylvia Tamale Awarded FTGS 2022 Book Prize

Prof. Sylvia Tamale, School of Law, Makerere University was awarded the Feminist Theory and Gender Section (FTGS) 2022 Book Prize for her book titled “Decolonization and Afro-Feminism” (Daraja Press). Read more

Project to Translate Research Articles into African Languages

A platform that publishes African research immediately and free of charge, with the aim of providing increased regional and international visibility for scientific work, has partnered with like-minded open access African portals to translate 180 research articles from English to six African languages. Read more

Research at the Heart of Europe, Africa’s New Innovation Agenda

Greatly expanded cooperation in research and innovation was agreed at the sixth European Union (EU) and African Union (AU) summit in Brussels on 17-18 February. A new Innovation Agenda sees universities as gateways between the continents, places science at the heart of development and creates a changed paradigm for collaboration based on equal partnerships. Read more

Science Output Rising, but Some Countries’ Yields Still Low

Despite numerous challenges, Africa has made notable progress in the production of scientific knowledge in the past two decades, with a total share of 7.6% of contributions to the world of science and one-third of all international publications in tropical medicine. Read more

Space Technology to Measure, Monitor Climate Change Impact

Five African countries are working with Egypt to launch a pan-African satellite project dubbed the African Development Satellite Initiative (AfDev-Sat) to study the impact of climate change across Africa and what space technology can offer in this area. Read more

Swahili Language to be Offered at Addis Ababa University

Addis Ababa University is set to offer teaching Swahili languages. EBC, the state media, on Wednesday cited the University President, Tasew Woldehana, president, as saying that the preparation has been finalised. Read more

Teargas Canister Thrown by Police During Makerere University Protest…

A Makerere University student has lost his hand after being shattered by a teargas canister that exploded after being thrown by police that was quelling a students’ riot. Read more

The Nectar Point

The more health-conscious consumers are, the higher the demand for freshly processed fruit juice. Realizing this market niche, a group of four students pursuing MSc. in Agrienterprises development from Gulu University took up this business opportunity and started processing fresh natural fruit juices under the brand name “nectar point”. Read more

Top 10 Best Universities in Africa 

Africa is home to many universities that rank amongst the top universities in the world. Scattered across the continent, they stand tall in educational excellence. Read more

UCC-Organised Students’ Paper-Writing Skills ‘Polished’ Ahead of Key National ICT Conference

A publishing masterclass will on Thursday 24th February 2022, be conducted at Makerere University as part of pre-conference activities leading up to the National Conference on Communications (NCC) to be held in May 2022. Read more

Ugandan Student Loan Scheme Focuses on STEM Programmes

The Uganda Higher Education Students’ Financing Board (HESFB), which disburses loans to students on behalf of the government, will spend UGX6.05 billion (US$1.7 million) in the current financial year (2021-22) to assist 1,530 beneficiary students. Read more

University Systems in 45 Countries have Barely Been Studied

Higher education in Africa has become a frequently researched topic from 2000 onwards, but the systems in 45 out of 54 countries on the continent have barely been studied and 20 countries lack internal higher education expertise. This is a matter of concern, states a new study. Read more

Victoria University Names Prof. Augustine Ifelebuegu new Deputy VC

Prof. Augustine Osamor Ifelebuegu has on Tuesday February 1, been unveiled as the Deputy Vice-Chancellor in charge of Academic Affairs (DVCAA) at Victoria University. His appointment takes immediate effect, the university said in a statement released Tuesday. Read more

Webometrics releases University rankings; Kampala International University 2nd Best in Uganda 

Kampala International University (KIU) has not only ranked the best private university but also the second-best in Uganda. Read more


31 January 2022

123 Top Performing Students Undergo Free Mentor Ship Courtesy of Equity Bank Uganda 

Equity Bank Uganda has officially launched the Equity Leaders Program (ELP), a program that will see top-performing senior six students from every district that Equity has a branch presence in for paid internship, leadership training, college counselling, coaching, and mentor-ship. Read more

‘Bugs on a Plane’ … Not Everyone’s Favourite Movie

When 27-year-old Peter Mubiru was filmed selling fried grasshoppers known as nsenene to fellow passengers on a Uganda Airlines flight, little did he suspect the video would go viral on social media, attract international media attention and get him into deep trouble. Read more

Craving for a Cricket? Research on Edible Insects Can Help

The consumption of insects either as human food or as feed for domestic animals has been practised in more than 45 African countries for generations. About 552 insect species are consumed in Africa, comprising moth caterpillars, grasshoppers, locusts, beetles, plant bugs and termites. Read more

Excessive Drinking by University Students on the Rise

It may be hard to know exactly how many students in universities in Sub-Saharan Africa are engaged in the excessive drinking of alcohol, but academic researchers are almost all in agreement that heavy consumption of alcohol among university students in the region is rising rapidly. Read more

Financing and Making University Education Better in Africa

Perhaps to demonstrate the importance of education to human endeavours, academics, founders, donors and all those concerned with higher education in Nigeria and other parts of Africa were assembled for two days from January 6- 7, 2021, Read more

Gov’t Asked to Increase Funding to Public Universities 

Public Universities have asked government to increase funding for the living out allowances for government sponsored students. Read more

How Place of Birth Shapes Chances of Going to University…

Many newly independent African countries in the 1960s inherited regional and ethnic inequalities in formal educational attainment. These new states bound together sub-national regions of diverse ethnic and religious communities. Read more

Internet Blackouts: Governments Undermined HE Delivery

Eleven African countries have been included in a list of 21 countries whose governments deliberately shut down internet access for their citizens in the course of 2021 – in most cases, to quell civil unrest, but a move that undermined higher education institutions, … Read more

Kyambogo Admits Over 10,000 on Private Scheme 

Kyambogo University has admitted a total of 10,788 students for the 2021/2022 academic year on private direct entry scheme. The new admission list has Bachelors (10,147)and Diploma (641) admissions. Read more

Makerere Seeks Shs 300 bn to Build Teaching Hospital 

Makerere University University has requested for Shs 300 billion to construct a university teaching hospital and dental school. The request is contained in its Budget Framework Paper for the Financial year 2022/2023 which it tabled before Parliament. Read more

Makerere to Support Anti Pandemic Measures 

Uganda National Students Association working with Makerere University’s College of Veterinary medicine will train up to 2,000 paramedic and medical students to help with Covid-19 surveillance in schools after opening up. Read more

Makerere University Private Students Fail to Access Online Admission Letters 

Private sponsored students at Makerere University on Tuesday flocked the Senate building after they failed to download their provisional admission letters. On Monday, the university announced the release of admission letters and issued guidelines to private sponsored students to access their copies online,… Read more

Makerere University to Support Herbal Researchers 

Makerere University has resolved to intensify its support to scientists who are researching herbs to prepare remedies against different diseases. The assurance came during a symposium for researchers at Makerere University,… Read more

More Than 900 Get Government Study Loans 

The Higher Education Students’ Financing Board (HESFB) has today released a list of at least 920 students that have successfully been awarded study loans. Of the 920 students, 464 (50.4 per cent) are male and 456 (49.6 per cent) are female. Read more

MPs Want Admission Processes Improved 

The ministry of education and sports has proposed a 31 billion shilling increment in the sector budget for the next financial year. The budget for the period 2022/23 under scrutiny by the education committee of parliament is 3.82 trillion shillings up from 3.79 trillion allocated for the running financial year. Read more

Private and Public Universities Should Collaborate in Africa

Private universities became popular and increased exponentially in Africa around the 1990s. Before then, however, universities such as the American University in Cairo, founded in 1919, functioned amid the popularity and seeming intimidation of public universities. Read more

Programme Aims to Build Bridges, Bring Academics Together

A new partnership programme involving academics and administrators in Africa as well as Black African diaspora scholars in the United States aims to nurture research, teaching and outreach collaborations, yielding academic outcomes that are set to support the nurturing of globally competent faculty and students. Read more

Soft Skills Training a Must for Graduates Who Start Work

Most universities do not offer soft skills or do not give them the weight they deserve. Curricula in Rwanda tend to prioritise hard skills, cross-cutting issues such as gender, entrepreneurship, values and citizen education, at the expense of soft skills. Read more

TVET Institutions Get Shs 21Billion Support 

The World Bank has extended a 21 billion shillings loan to the ministry of education and sports under the Albertine regional sustainable development project, to provide first-rate training in the critical oil and gas sector. Read more


31 December 2021

Covid-19 Herbal Concoction Places Gulu University Among Top Exhibitors… 

Covilyce 1, a herbal concoction produced by Gulu University for COVID-19 treatment was on Sunday announced as one of the top three products exhibited at the 21st East African Community Micro and Small Enterprise Trade Expo held in Mwanza Province, Tanzania. Read more

Creating an Environment for Intellectual Capital Remittance

African diaspora scholars – individuals born, raised and educated in Africa and who now work in foreign universities – have for years established links and worked with institutions in their mother countries as a way of ‘giving back’. Read more

Creating Vibrant and Stronger Research Communities

Diaspora academics have called for the continued and expanded support of a programme that has enabled them to contribute to the strengthening of higher education in Africa through conducting joint research, supervising graduate students, mentoring junior faculty and co-authoring grant proposals and research papers. Read more

EXPOSED! Inside the Rot at Makerere Medical School 

In a four-page dossier, a whistleblower has unmasked the extreme rot that continues to be prevalent at the Mulago-based Makerere Medical School (more technically known as the College of Health Sciences or CHS). Read more

Family Farmers Policy Champions Forum Established in Uganda

The training was organised by The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) and the Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations. Over 34 technical personnel from the MDAs, farmer organisations & farmers, and private companies participated in the training. Read more

MAKERERE @100: Expect Transformative Research & Innovation

Makerere University last Thursday launched year-long activities that will climax with its 100th anniversary in November next year.At a stakeholders’ mobilization meeting held in Freedom Square-Makerere, various speakers reflected on the university’s past, present and future prospects. Read more

Makerere Launches Research Project to Evaluate Uptake of Blended Learning 

Makerere University has launched a one year research project dubbed Comprehensive Evaluation of Blended Learning Uptake aimed at establishing the progress and short comings of Blended Learning (BL) at the University. Read more

Makerere Professor Wins UGX3.6Bn Maternal Health Grant 

Makerere University don at School of Medicine, Associate Professor Annettee Nakimuli, has been awarded UGX3.6Bn (approximately USD1M) grant for Maternal Health Research from the Gates Foundation Calestous Juma Science Leadership Fellowship. Read more

Makerere Students Demand Involvement in Sexual Harassment Policy 

Makerere University students are demanding involvement in the institution’s sexual harassment policy.Speaking on Friday at the meeting organized by the Gender Mainstreaming Directorate at the university as part of the 16 days of activism against Gender-Based Violence, …Read more

Makerere Students Demonstrate Over Course Unit Allowances 

The students of the College of Health Sciences at Makerere University pitched camp in the Senate building on Thursday morning to compel management to endorse the release of academic facilitation for their third-year colleague. Read more

Mak Professor Sues University for Failing PhD Student 

Associate Professor Jude Ssempebwa has sued Makerere University for failing his PhD student whose thesis was marked by a hired external examiner, purportedly without the required competence. Read more

Over 14,000 Students Admitted at Makerere University 

Makerere University has admitted 14,618 students on the direct entry scheme for the academic year 2021/22 who are expected to report on campus next year in January. Read more

Report Warns that Space for Free Flow of Ideas is Shrinking

Several African governments are restricting and curtailing the freedom of movement of academics and students through targeted actions, policies and practices that have frustrated the free flow of ideas,… Read more

Researchers Failing ‘Relevance Test’, Some HE Ministers Say

African ministers of education, science and technology faulted scientists for doing research that seemed to be producing knowledge for “the sake of it”, without clear benefits for the larger society and its national challenges. Read more

Restructuring at Makerere University Business School Causes Panic Over Space 

In a bid to create space for lecturers Makerere university business school has announced a swift restructuring and administering of office space within the university. Read more

School of Law Students Conduct Community Engagements

“We are supposed to be moving from the league of asking ourselves what is our ranking in the country, on the continent, in the world to asking ourselves, what is that impact in society which is clearly attributed to Makerere”… Read more

Students Want to Join the Fight Against Sexual Harassment

The student leadership at Uganda’s Makerere University, one of the oldest universities in Africa, wants to be included in the implementation of the university’s policy on sexual harassment aimed at eliminating abuse at the institution. Read more

Training on Refugee Rights & Protection Successfully Held

The School of Law (SoL) Clinical Legal Education (CLE) Class of 2021 was hosted by the Refugee Law Project (RLP) for a training on refugee law and rights on the 15th December 2021. Read more

UNESCO Concludes Training of African Judicial Institutions on Freedom of Expression and Safety of Journalists

UNESCO in partnership with the African Court of Human and Peoples Rights conducted a 5-day Training of Trainers (ToT), organized between the 29 November  to 3 December 2021,… Read more

UNESCO Conducts Regional Training for TVET Managers in Bear II Countries

Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) managers have a significant role in their institutions. They need to be able to monitor and assess new training practices, understand why reform is necessary and actively promote reform initiatives. Read more

University Bans Miniskirts, ‘Damaged’ Jeans and Tattoos 

Bishop Stuart University (BSU) located in Mbarara has banned its male students from wearing sandals, ripped jeans trousers, shorts, braided/plaited hairstyles, tattoos, piercings and uncombed hair. Read more

30 November 2021

Confucius Institute in Uganda Reopens After Months of Closure…

Confucius Institute at Makerere University in Uganda has reopened for physical classes after being closed in June due to the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic that the east African country was facing. Read more

Concern Over Degree Requirement for Teachers Remains

Uganda is implementing the 2019 National Teacher Policy that requires all teachers at all levels to have a bachelor degree in education as a minimum qualification. Read more

From ‘Hopeless Youth’ in Society’s Eyes to Agent of Change

Even after joining Gulu University in Northern Uganda, Yoanah Lokwiyon never imagined he could be a person of substance in his Karamoja community, a pastoralist group famous for their nomadic life and livestock keeping. Read more

Gov’t Tasked to Construct Better School Structures 

The government has earmarked over Shs29 billion to expand and renovate the Makerere University College of Business and Management Science.The state minister for finance and economic development, Amos Lugoloobi says the money will help in the construction of a new building that will house the school. Read more

India Sharpens Its Knowledge Diplomacy Focus on Africa

Indian higher education initiatives aimed at helping African countries to develop scientific human resources, bridge the digital divide and upgrade skills – and at attracting more African students to the sub-continent – were unveiled at the India-Africa Higher Education and Skill Development Summit held in New Delhi last month. Read more

Makerere’s Gender Equality Efforts are Paying Off

For the past three decades, Makerere University in Uganda has actively pursued greater gender equality in its student, academic and administrative population. Policies to support women academics, backed by budgetary allocations, have been making an imprint on the statistics. Read more

Makerere, Kyambogo Lecturers Fail to Show Up for Physical Classes 

Lecturers at Makerere and Kyambogo University failed to show up for sessions today, leaving students stranded.Tertiary institutions opened their gates to students on Monday after months of closure following the outbreak of Covid-19. Read more

Makerere Leads Way in Digitizing Higher Education Amid Hurdles 

Makerere University has expressed determination to provide leadership and support to other higher institutions of learning in the country in migrating toward online studying, also known as distance learning. Read more

Makerere to Become Leading Research, Science Institution in Africa

The Minister of Science, Technology and Innovations, Dr Monica Musenero has revealed that the government has embarked on the process of turning Makerere University into a leading research and science institution in Africa. Read more

Makerere University to Commemorate 100 Years

Makerere University is set to host a stakeholders mobilisation event in commemoration of 100 years (1922-2022) of its existence. The event will take place on Thursday, 25th November 2021. Read more

Makerere University to Tag Salary to Work Attendance 

Makerere University Appointments Board will tag the salary of staff to the number of days they work. Yusuf Kiranda, the University Secretary says that the policy is aimed at curbing absenteeism of both academic and support staff. Read more

Makerere Wins Inter-University Law Moot Court Competition 

Makerere University students have emerged winners of the annual National Inter-University constitutional law moot court competition. Read more

Ministry Tasked on Fate of Newly Admitted Teacher Trainees 

Makerere University is concerned about the fate of students who have been admitted for the Bachelors of Education program for three years, before the implementation of the National Teachers’ Policy. Read more

Musenero Tasks Researchers to Translate Science into Practical Solutions 

The Minister of Science, Technology and Innovations, Dr. Monica Musenero Masanza has tasked researchers to translate their work into practice and start manufacturing products for the market. Read more

New Matchmaking Platform Could Help to Close the Skills Gap

The East African Community (EAC), through its project Digital Skills for an Innovative East African Industry (dSkills@EA), has launched an online skills matchmaking platform for young people in the East African countries of Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda. Read more

New Platform Opens Indian Universities to Ugandans 

Makerere University has made it possible for students wishing to pursue their degree courses in universities in India to do so from here through e-learning. In partnership with the government of India, Makerere University has equipped the e-learning centre at the College of Computing and Information Sciences… Read more

“No Bags Please,” MUBS Tells Students as Terror Threats Grow 

Makerere University Business School has suspended bags inside the university until further notice. Only transparent clear bags for books will be allowed inside the university. Read more

‘No Bags Please’ – Students Told as Terror Threats Grow

In the wake of recent explosions in Kampala, Makerere University Business School (MUBS) has suspended bags inside the university until further notice and only transparent clear bags for books will be allowed inside the university, … Read more

NUP’s Nambassa Wins Makerere Guild Race 

Shamim Nambassa is the 87th guild president of Makerere University. She secured landslide victory in the guild polls held on Friday.Nambasa, who ran on the National Unity Platform-NUP party ticket, garnered 5610 votes representing 54% of the votes cast. Read more

Projects Pave Women’s Way into Data Science Fields

Data science has been playing a critical role in tackling real-life challenges across African communities and sectors such as health and urban development. Despite a steady increase in data scientists in Africa, gender parity and equality in the field has yet to be achieved. Read more

Top 20 Best Universities in AFRICA – US World News Ranking System (2021)

The rankings are based on, Global research reputation (12.5%), Regional research reputation (12.5%), Publications (10%), Books (2.5%), Conferences (2.5%), Normalized citation impact (10%), Total citations (7.5%), Number of publications that are among the 10% most cited (12.5%), … Read more

Vaccine Inequity: Countries Fail at ‘Global Solidarity’

Sub-Saharan Africa has no shortage of public health challenges: as a region, it carries the highest burden of disease in the world and boasts some of the lowest allocations of public funding to deal with that burden. Read more

Vocational Student Numbers Rise 

Enrolment to Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) has increased by about 27%, UBTEB, a government body in charge of assessing vocational education, has said. Read more


31 October 2021

All Makerere University Students to Attend Physical Lectures 

Makerere University has backtracked on a directive that only science students should report for physical classes next month. Last week, Vice-Chancellor Professor Barnabas Nawangwe said that in a bid to limit student numbers as a preventive measure against the spread of Covid-19,… Read more

Chinese Association Offers Scholarships to Ugandan Students 

China’s Hunan Association Uganda has offered scholarships to students at Uganda’s Makerere University.Hunan Association Uganda signed a memorandum of understanding with the university on Friday. Read more

Countries Take Steps Towards Harmonised TVET Qualifications

Countries in the East African region are to benefit from a harmonised framework for the recognition of qualifications and certification in technical and vocational education and training (TVET) institutions. Read more

Gov’t Outlines Guidelines for Reopening of Universities 

The National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) has released guidelines all Universities and other Tertiary Institutions should adhere to, as they prepare to reopen next month. Read more

Higher Technical Education Project Launched for Implementation

The China Funds-in-Trust Project Phase III: Higher Technical Education in Africa for a Technical and Innovative Workforce (CFIT III), is officially launched for implementation in Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Gabon, Senegal, United Republic of Tanzania, and Uganda. Read more

How Universities are Preparing to Reopen 

Students in higher institutions of learning will resume studies on November 1 after a nearly five-month hiatus following President Museveni’s closure of schools to curb the spread of Covid-19 in June. Read more

Janet Wants Science to be Taught in Local Languages 

The Minister of Education and Sports, Ms. Janet Museveni, has concurred with the recommendation from a section of educationalists that science be taught in local language at primary level. Read more

MAK Receives USD 3m Grant to Monitor Air Quality 

The university will implement this under the Air QO project-an an air monitoring project that uses Artificial Intelligence (AI) and low-cost technologies to generate and quantify data on air pollution in the designated areas in Uganda. Read more

Makerere University Launches Sensitization Project in Amuru

The Northern Region has made great strides towards recovery efforts from the effects of the over 20-year-old Lords Resistance Army insurgency. Read more

Makerere University to Host Kings of Africa Rugby Sevens 

Makerere University will this weekend host the Kings of Africa Rugby Sevens. The tournament will see Universities from Uganda, South Africa, Kenya, Botswana and Libya fight look to book a ticket to the World University Games in Kazan, Russia next year. Read more

Makerere Wins Inter University Moot Contest

Makerere University has won the annual Inter-University Law moot competition for this year. The competition organised by a Health rights activist organisation CEHURD was held to skill prospective lawyers and equip them with knowledge of the courtroom environment. Read more

Makerere Withdraws 900 Staff from NSSF

Makerere University Council has resolved to withdraw 910 staff from the National Social Security Fund (NSSF) after the Finance ministry approved the Makerere University Retirement Benefits Scheme (MURBS). Read more

NCHE Warns Universities Against Blocking Unvaccinated Students 

The National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) has cautioned universities and other tertiary institutions against blocking unvaccinated students and staff when they reopen on November 1. Read more

New Study to Assess Potency of Mix Monthly Injection for HIV Prevention 

Researchers will in December enroll the first participants in a clinical trial in which they are testing the effectiveness of a new HIV drug, Lenacapavir in protecting people against the virus. Read more

No Fans Allowed for Africa University Games at Makerere 

Makerere University have confirmed that there will be no fans allowed during the forthcoming 2021 All Africa University Games. Read more

Rethinking the Role of TVET in Future Work and Lifelong Learning, in Light of Digitalization and the 4IR

The report demonstrates that TVET has not been given sufficient recognition by African countries despite their declared commitment and some consequential progress. Read more

Students’ Loan Scheme for 2021/2022 Academic Year Open 

The Higher Education Students’ Financing Board (HESFB) has called on eligible students who have been admitted to selected higher education institutions, continuing students and final year students to apply for loans under government-funded, …Read more

Uganda Starts Clinical Trials to Replace Oral…

Uganda has started clinical trials for the injectable formulation of HIV and Aids drugs meant to replace oral antiretroviral drugs. Read more

Uni Students Warned Against Striking 

The vice-chancellor Makerere University has advised students to stop using strikes as an option to resolving their grievances and promote innovation in their careers. Read more

Universities Disagree on Minimum Entry Requirements

Higher institutions of learning have called for a revised education system to cater to students that acquired one principal pass in their Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE) exams. Read more

Universities Not Consulted About New Teachers’ Policy

Universities teaching teacher trainees say they have not yet been consulted about the new developments in the teacher policy that takes effect this academic year. Read more

Vaccine Mandates: Some Students are Opting to Defer Studies

Vaccine mandates for students may mean a hold on studies for third-year Kenyan student Rawlins Oduk, who is studying in a Ugandan university on a sports scholarship. Read more

Veteran Women Bear the Torch for Future Women Leaders in HE

Professor Mary Okwakol sat reading an article that really upset her. She had always known women’s representation in higher education leadership in Uganda (and generally the East African region) was meagre, but this was miserably low – bordering on non-existent. Read more


30 September 2021

75% of Students Pass Technical Exams

Ubteb chairperson Silver Mugisha (left) and State Minister for Higher Education John Muyingo (second left) receive the results from the executive secretary of Ubteb, Mr Onesmus Oyesigye (right), at their offices… Read more

African Universities Hamstrung by Poor Campus Networks

An ambitious action plan has been proposed to connect African universities and other post-secondary education institutions on the continent to high-speed internet at a cost of US$52 billion, an expense that would also provide laptops to 15 million students and 500,000 teaching staff… Read more

All Set for Varsity Rugby, Tennis Fest

More than 400 student athletes will compete in rugby and Sevens rugby at the second Kings of Africa University Rugby Sevens and Tennis Slam at Makerere University. Read more

A Question about Getting ‘Our Own University’ in Uganda

In mid-August, President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni accepted a longstanding request to establish a public university in Bunyoro Kingdom, a geopolitical region in western Uganda. Read more

Cabinet Approves Demolition, Rebuilding of Makerere Main Building

Cabinet sitting yesterday at State House adopted recommendations of the Technical Committee for the Restoration of Makerere University Main Administration Building. Read more

Court Convicts Makerere University Deputy Academic Registrar for Abuse of Office

The Anti-Corruption Court in Kampala has found Margaret Etuusa Loy Lubega, the Makerere University deputy academic registrar in charge of Certificates, Ceremonies and Publications guilty of four counts of abuse of office. Read more

East African Parliamentarians Visit IUCEA and Makerere University, …

Members of the General-Purposes Committee of the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) paid a visit to the Inter-University Council for East Africa (IUCEA)… Read more 

ECRLF Helping to Co-create the Future of African Academic Leadership

Makerere University in partnership with University of Pretoria on 14th September 2021 hosted the Future Africa’s Early Career Research Leader Fellowship (ECRLF) Dissemination Workshop in the Central Teaching Facility 2 (CTF 2) Auditorium and virtually. Read more

Experts Call for Zero-Tolerance Policy on Drug ‘Time Bomb’

Drug use among adolescents in Sub-Saharan Africa, including a considerable proportion of students at African higher education institutions, confirms the importance of an effective drug prevention policy to prevent further harm to mental health and academic performance. Read more

Fostering Continuous Improvement of Public Health Laboratory Services In Uganda

The Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI), Makerere University houses a state-of-the-art laboratory – the Core Laboratory (CL) – certified by the College of American Pathologists (CAP) and accredited by the Uganda Ministry of Health (MoH) as a lead partner in strengthening laboratory systems. Read more

Gender Inequality, Decline in Expenditure Hamper Enrolment

African universities are expected to help tackle challenges facing African society and realise the aspirations of the Africa Agenda 2063 and the United Nations Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals 2030 in the current context of globalisation of higher education, … Read more

Goodluck Installed as New Third Chancellor for Cavendish University Uganda 

President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has commended higher institutions of learning that continued in innovative ways to carry their mandate of giving education to students amidst uncertain times the country is going through due to covid 19. Read more

Govt Hunts Student Loan Defaulters at Work Places 

The government has finalised arrangements to track beneficiaries of its student loan scheme at their jobs to recover the money. Read more

Govt Takes over Mountains of the Moon University

Parliament has approved a motion for government to takeover Mountains of the Moon University (MMU).The State minister for Higher Education, Mr John Chrysostom Muyingo, on Tuesday moved the motion, four years after the university private administration applied for takeover. Read more

Govt to Formulate New Law for Vocational Schools

Ministry of Education and Sports has revealed that it is formulating a law to strengthen the operations of vocational training centres across the country. Read more

Govt to Vaccinate 310,000 Students

Up to 310,000 students in tertiary institutions will be vaccinated to pave way for the reopening of schools as Cabinet makes a final decision on the prolonged lockdown today, sources in government revealed. Read more

Kabale Varsity Renews Demand for More Land

The administration of Kabale University has renewed their demand for more land from Kabale District, six years after the request was turned down by the High Court. Read more

KIU, IUIU Beat MUK to International Humanitarian Law Awards 

Stakes were heightened this week as Students from four Universities; IUIU, KIU, UCU and Makerere University clashed for the 2021 International Committee for Red Cross (ICRC)’s annual awards in International Humanitarian Law University Moot Court. Read more

Kyambogo, Makerere Dons Frustrate and Duplicate Taxpayer-funded AIMS

Makerere University has been thrown into panic after its top leadership led by Prof Barnabus Nawangwe moved to block the operations of the campus’ management system known as AIMS in favour of ACMIS. Read more

Mak Deputy Academic Registrar Convicted for Graduation Mess

Ms Margaret Lubega Etuusa, the deputy academic registrar in-charge of ceremonies at Makerere University, has been convicted of corruption in connection with irregular procurement of companies to provide different services during the 67th graduation ceremony. Read more

Mak Embarks on Digitisation of its Records

Makerere University is embarking on a process that will see Uganda’s leading university digitise its student records. Read more

Makerere Now Drops to 18th Position in New University Rankings

Makerere University has now dropped to 18th on the African continent according to uniRank’s 2021 rankings- marking a third consecutive year of free fall. Read more

Makerere University Promises Stable Network as Online Exams

Makerere University Vice Chancellor, Professor Barnabas Nawangwe has assured students of a stable network throughout the online examination period via the eLearning platform … Read more

Over 100 Teachers Participate in ODL Training

An ODL training course for developing teachers’ competence in planning, preparing, and organising online and distance-based education started on September 9. The course has a total of 105 participants from HEIs in Kenya, Zambia and Uganda. Read more

Rankings: African Universities Have Made Progress Since 2018

African universities at last may be shaking off the longstanding unenviable characterisation of not measuring up to their counterparts in other parts of the world when it comes to providing high-quality teaching, research output, knowledge transfer and international outlook, … Read more

Relevance, Academic Freedom and the Academic Profession

A central aim of the newly published monograph Democracy and the Discourse on Relevance: Within the academic profession at Makerere University is to seek to get hold of an animating contradiction at work in global higher education policy by looking at the impact of global higher education policies on the academic profession… Read more

Researchers in Africa Unite to Tackle Challenges

Africa’s researchers from the humanities and natural sciences have resolved to combine efforts and implement solutions unearthed from their findings to tackle major challenges that plague the continent. Read more

Revised Plan: Tertiary Schools to Reopen First

Experts are today expected to meet with, and propose to, President Museveni that tertiary institutions be reopened in November, followed by secondary and primary schools. Read more

Targeted, Proactive Efforts Needed to Strengthen Physics

The need for a proactive effort to improve the teaching and researching of physics in Sub-Saharan Africa as a foundation for critically important scientific work has been highlighted in a new report from the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) and the UK-based Institute of Physics (IOP). Read more

Universities Need for Paradigm Shift to Refocus their Curriculum to Competency-Based Learning …

Growing concerns about the increasing unemployability of youth graduates from Universities in the East African Community (EAC) region has put into sharp focus the need to re-think the quality of training and the relevance of courses offered by institutions… Read more

Universities to Get High Speed Internet

Ugandan universities and other post-secondary education institutions could get hooked on the high-speed internet while some students and teachers get free laptops under a proposed plan by the World Bank and Knowledge Consulting Ltd. Read more


After almost two years of uncertainty because of the coronavirus, institutions of higher learning in Uganda will resume contact learning in November. Read more

Victoria University Vice Chancellor Arrested, Faces Espionage Charges 

The UPDF spokesperson Brigadier Flavia Byekwaso has confirmed that the Vice Chancellor Victoria University Dr Lawrence Muganga has been arrested by joint Security Forces in connection with espionage and illegal stay in the country. Read more


31 August 2021


Kigali, Rwanda, 16th August 2021 – AKADEMIYA2063 and the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to strengthen data and analytical capacities in support of Africa’s agricultural transformation and food security agenda. Read more

Can ARUA Lead Africa on the Path to Research Excellence?

The African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA), driven by a need to establish a culture of publishing verifiable data about African universities, has launched a report titled Research Profiles of ARUA Universities… Read more

Govt Issues Rules for Reopening Medical Schools

The Ministry of Education has issued guidelines against which all medical schools will be considered for reopening on Friday. Read more

Higher Technical Education Project Formulation Completed in 6 African Countries

Six validation workshops were organized from 1-15 July 2021 in Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Gabon, Senegal,  United Republic of Tanzania, and Uganda, to validate the country-specific formulation report of the China Funds-in-Trust Project Phase III: Higher Technical Education in Africa for a Technical and Innovative Workforce (CFIT III). Read more

Humanities, Social Sciences Vital in Higher Education

Academics and researchers at Makerere University are pushing for incorporation of and prioritizing humanities and humanistic social sciences in higher institutions of learning. Read more

I Started a Consultancy to Train University Students on Data Management

Every time I listened to reports from different media outlets, I became increasingly convinced that some of the challenges Africa faces can be addressed if we invested more in research. Read more

Janet, Technocrats Meet Over Reopening of Medical Schools 

Education minister Janet Museveni has called for an emergency meeting with technocrats tomorrow at State House to discuss the reopening of medical schools. Read more

Katanga Land Wrangle Deepens as Makerere Fights Residents

The dispute over ownership of 37 acres of land at Katanga valley near Wandegeya in Kampala has taken a new twist as Makerere University pushes to develop the land amid a pending court case. Read more

Makerere University Extends Examination Dates

Two weeks ago, Makerere University Senate left individual college academic committee boards to decide how to conduct end of semester examinations. There are different modalities of assessment including take-home assignments, field assessments and presentations among others that the colleges can consider. Read more

Makerere University Makes Adjustments to Internship Programme

Makerere University management says it has made adjustments to how students can do their internship because of the problems presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. The same happened when the country was locked down last year and companies downsized. Read more

Makerere University Resumes This Month

The Vice Chancellor Prof Barnabas Nawangwe has announced the resumption of studies at Makerere University, that will mainly be online. Medical students return to campus on August 16th, while the rest of the students will continue studies online. Read more

Makerere Unveils Locally-Made Diesel Engine

Makerere University’s College of Engineering, Art and Technology (CEDAT) in partnership with Kevoton Motion Engineering Limited (KMEL) yesterday unveiled a novel diesel engine. Read more

Many Students Not Vaccinated as Medical Schools Reopen

Many medical students in Kampala have returned to school before getting vaccinated against Covid-19, contrary to the government directive, Daily Monitor established. Read more

Museveni Endorses Call for Public Varsity in Bunyoro

President Museveni has okayed the operationalisation of the Earth and Applied Sciences Public University in Bunyoro Sub-region.The decision was reached during a meeting with Bunyoro Parliamentary Caucus members led by Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja at State House… Read more

NCHE Clears Masaka-Based Equator Varsity 

The National Council for Higher Education (NCHE), a body charged with setting standards that govern the establishment and operation of higher institutions of learning, has finally given a greenlight to the Masaka- based Equator University of Science and Technology (EQUSAT) to start admitting students. Read more

Scholars from Humanities, Social Sciences Keen to Remain Relevant

The plea was made during the hybrid National Humanities Conference convened under the theme ‘Humanities and Humanistic Social sciences Scholarship for a New Era’ at Makerere University … Read more

Tokyo Olympics: What is the Role of Universities in Sport?

Africa’s poor performance in the recent Olympic Games in Tokyo highlighted the role that universities on the continent could play to help prepare sports stars for the international sports stage, similar to the work done by institutions in other parts of the world, notably the United States. Read more

Universities Support Insect-Based Food and Feed Systems

Universities are contributing to the upscaling of insect-based food and feed systems in Sub-Saharan Africa, which have economic, environmental and social benefits that could support the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. Read more


31 July 2021

1st IDI-Sponsored Clinical Trial on HIV Treatment Published in NEJM

The first IDI-sponsored clinical trial on HIV treatment has been published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM). This is a multi-site study in Uganda, Kenya and Zimbabwe. Read more

A Tragic Loss in the Advancement of Africa’s Agricultural and Food Systems

On Thursday 1st July, 2021 Africa saw one of her youngest innovator and researcher, Professor Noble Banadda Ephraim succumb to Covid-19. Read more

Gov’t Takes Over Busoga University

Busoga diocese has agreed to hand over Busoga University and its assets to government as a public institution.This came after a series of meetings that will now see government take over the University’s Shs 15bn loan,… Read more

E-Learning is Getting Stuck in the Digital Divide

With 82% of students in Sub-Saharan Africa stranded without internet access, many African universities’ valiant efforts to embrace online delivery got stuck in the digital divide. COVID-19 has shown that affordable, accessible internet is more necessary than ever. Read more

Gulu University Urges MPs to Increase Funding for Research 

Gulu University has urged Members of Parliaments to push for increased funding for research at Universities.Dr. Alice Lamwaka, the head of Pham Biotech at Gulu University says the money that is normally allocated to public universities for research is too small to make any meaningful impact. Read more

Health Experts Trained to Enhance Capacity in Research 

The Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS) in collaboration with Kilimanjaro Clinical Research Institute (KCRI) have provided training to health professionals from the East African region… Read more 

IUIU Moves to Scrap Accommodation Fees as Semester 2 Goes Virtual 

The Islamic University in Uganda (IUIU) has announced plans to scrap functional fees including; accommodation, computer, meals among others for the second semester of the 2021/22 academic year. Read more

Makerere Law School to Increase Enrolment 

Officials from Makerere University’s School of Law have agreed to increase admission from 300 to 500 students per academic year after the school gets a new home. Read more

Makerere Professor Ephraim Banadda Succumbs to Covid-19

Prof Banadda who was the head of department of Agriculture and Biosystems Engineering was one of the top researchers at the University. Read more

Mak PhD Students Cry Out as Dons Fight Over Jobs 

Fights between an associate professor at Makerere University and a dean have escalated, leaving several PhD candidates bearing the brunt of the feud and suffering what they termed as “irreparable damage.” Read more

Makerere University Guild Demands Waiver on Functional Fees

According to the University Fees Structure, functional fees vary with private students paying 860,000 Shillings while international students are supposed to pay 1.5 Million Shillings. Read more

MGH Gives Back

The Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Center for Global Health (CGH) deployed a team to Mbarara, Uganda in collaboration with Build Health International, to support efforts to treat patients with COVID-19 infections. Read more

MUK Guild President Arrested on His Way to Deliver Petition to Education Ministry 

Police in Kampala this Monday intercepted and arrested the Guild President of Makerere University Ivan Ssempijja and 5 other students, who were marching to the Ministry of Education and Sports (MOES). Read more

My Dream is to Build a Career in Commercial Agriculture

Like most students across the world, COVID-19 has slowed the progression of my education. Nevertheless, since every cloud has a silver lining, the lockdown period gave me an opportunity to work on my research proposal with guidance from my supervisors. Read more

Prof Ogwang Threatens to Sue Mbarara University for Shs 100b Over Covidex Ownership –

Prof Patrick Ogwang, the inventor of COVIDEX and Jena Herbals (U) Ltd, the manufacturers have threatened to sue Mbarara University of Science Technology (MUST) for 100 billion shillings over ownership of the drug. Read more

Quality Higher Education ‘Indispensable’ for Africa’s Future

Higher education in Africa and around the world is in a moment of rapid transition and transformation, thanks to the massive disruptions of COVID-19 that have accelerated long-term trends and exposed and exacerbated the sector’s systemic deficiencies and inequalities. Read more

Study Shows Geography is Key Driver to University Access

Ethnicity seems to be making way for geographic location as a primary indicator of unequal access to university education in Sub-Saharan Africa, a recent study suggests. Read more

University of Abomey-Calavi wins Grants to Implement Applied Research

The ARF Call was particularly of interest because it provides for multi-stakeholder consortia engagements in integrated agricultural research for development and is an opportunity to promote linkages in research for development between knowledge centres (universities), public and private practitioners as well as research organisations… Read more


30 June 2021

100 Test Positive for Covid-19 at Gulu University

A total of 100 people have tested positive for Covid-19 at the Gulu University laboratory in a three-day exercise conducted by the University. Majority of the people who tested positive are students who were returning home from various schools and institutions of learning from Kampala. Read more

GPE KIX Observatory Says Financing is Key to Strengthen Educational System…

The KIX Observatory Consortium, composed of the Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA) and the African Union’s International Centre for Girls’ and Women’s Education in Africa (AU/CIEFFA), hosted a webinar on Education Financing, Teacher and Learner Well-being and School Reopening… Read more

LDC Boss Calls for Audit into Universities Teaching Law

The director of the Law Development Centre (LDC), Mr Frank Nigel Othembi, has called for an audit into the quality of education at universities teaching law to reduce poor performance at the institution. Read more

Kyambogo Postpones Graduation Twice Due to Covid-19 Pandemic

President Museveni last week directed all schools and institutions of higher learning to close immediately as one of the ways to minimise the spread of the virus. Read more

Makerere Passes Out 1900 Graduands as University Starts COVAB Golden Jubilee Celebrations

Education minister Janet Museveni has described Makerere University’s alternative model of community skilling, enterprise development and employment creation as the quickest way to curb unemployment. Read more

Makerere Graduates to Wait Longer for Transcripts

About 12,000 students who graduated from Makerere University last month will have to wait longer for their academic transcripts because there is no staff at campus to print them due to Covid-19 restrictions. Read more

Makerere Suspends Seven Students over Indiscipline

Makerere University Vice-Chancellor, Prof Barnabas Nawangwe, has suspended seven students from various colleges over alleged mob justice and vandalism of university property. Read more

Mak-UPDF Roundtable Discusses Security in Development

The School of Law, Makerere University through its Human Rights and Peace Centre (HURIPEC) today Tuesday 15th June, 2021 hosted a roundtable discussion with senior officials of the Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) under the theme: Security in Development: Exploring Uganda’s Sectors of Economic Growth”. Read more

Medical Graduates ‘Lack Knowledge on Antibiotics’

Most medical graduates from various universities in East Africa have very little practical knowledge on the use of antibiotics in clinical scenarios and other hospital settings, a new study shows, and suggests that the situation might be widespread in the region. Read more

Universities Close Again Amid Surge in COVID Cases

Students in Uganda were left exasperated when the government closed education institutions and learners had to pack their bags and vacate campuses following a surge of coronavirus cases in the East African country. Read more

Universities Stuck with Students Doing End of Semester Exams

Most universities across the country are confused about how to progress with online teaching because their students were in the middle of end of semester examinations. Read more

Veteran Professor Changed Makerere and Higher Education

When Professor John Ssebuwufu ambled up to receive a certificate of recognition for his ‘exceptional’ contribution to higher education from the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) at Makerere University (MU), he was thinking of many things, …Read more


31 May 2021

Academics Increase Research Output During COVID

Academics at Uganda’s Makerere University appear to have taken advantage of the lull in face-to-face teaching caused by COVID-19 to increase their research output, a self-assessment study has suggested. Research publications from Kampala-based Makerere, one of Africa’s oldest universities, rose from 992 papers in 2019 to 1,301 in 2020. Read more

Addressing Equity and Resilience in the Wake of COVID-19

Last year, roughly 222 million students were enrolled in formal post-secondary education around the world, more than doubling the 100 million student enrolment figure from 2000. Read more

EAC Secretary General Visits IUCEA Secretariat

Urged staff to advocate for the developed instruments for harmonization of higher education to attract more members. Read more

Gates Foundation Lauds Aga Khan University 

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has commended Aga Khan University (AKU) for its leadership in transforming public health and improving lives of women and girls globally. Read more

LDU Shoots University Student Dead

Students at the university told Daily Monitor that the deceased, a first-year student of Bachelor of Arts in Education, was shot dead at the offices of the Faculty of Education and Humanities. Read more

Here is Papillon Clothing Line that I Started During Lockdown

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” These are the words that my mother often told me as I was growing up. Read more

IUCEA Staff Holds Annual Review and Planning Meeting

Opening the meeting, the Executive Secretary called on staff to think strategically while planning for IUCEA future interventions that are geared to improve the IUCEA service to the community. Read more

My Cake Baking Passion is Now a Thriving Business

As a Cameroonian studying in Uganda, I have been undertaking a number of initiatives back home and in Uganda, and specifically in Gulu. Read more

Prof. Bazeyo Honoured at Tufts 165th Commencement Ceremony

Makerere University‘s Professor William Bazeyo on Sunday 23rd May, 2021 received the honorary Doctor of Science degree of Tufts University during the institution’s 165th All-University Commencement Ceremony. Read more

RUFORUM Awards Two Higher Education Champions (Ugandans)

Today 6th May 2021, RUFORUM recognized the contribution of two higher education champions from Uganda, Professor Pancras John Mukasa Ssebuwufu and Dr Gabriel Gadison Ajedra Aridru. Read more

RUFORUM Hosts African Government Technical Experts

The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) hosted a virtual dialogue for Africa Government Technical Experts towards the UN Food Systems Summit 2021 under the theme “Transforming food systems is crucial for delivering all the Sustainable Development Goals”. Read more


30 April 2021

African University Leaders Sign SDG Agreement

The vice-chancellors of four leading African universities have committed their institutions to work towards the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as part of a global pact signed by 56 heads of higher education institutions. Read more

Embassy of Japan Donates Books to Mak Library

The Ambassador of Japan to Uganda H.E. Fukuzawa Hidemoto during his first official visit to Makerere University on 20th April 2020 handed over a donation 52 books and launched the Japanese Corner in the Main University Library. Read more

High Level Talks – Innovation in Higher Education

On 15 April 2021, MSM organized the second edition of the High-Level Talks, focusing on Innovation in Higher Education, and bringing together high-level leaders from Higher Education institutes in Ethiopia, Ghana, Jordan, Kenya and Uganda. Read more

Jobless Graduates Chase Dreams on Boda Bodas

Mr Stephen Ojula graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration in 2018 but he for two years failed to get the white-collar job he trained for. Read more

Makerere Ready to Rebuild After Fire Destruction in 2020

After about seven months, the management at Uganda’s Makerere University has concluded all structural and architectural designs necessary for the reconstruction of its iconic main building, burnt to ruins in September 2020. The basement was the only part of the building that was not damaged. Read more

Minister Explains Allocation of Research Money to Makerere University

The state minister for finance in-charge of general duties Gabriel Adjedra has explained that all research money was granted to Makerere University after it presented the best proposal as approved by the university vetting committee. Read more

School of Business Concludes Training of Trainers in Entrepreneurship…

The School of Business on Friday 16th April 2021 successfully concluded the ARUA EIMEC training of trainers in entrepreneurship and Innovation program.  The 12 day training brought about participants from universities in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Ghana, Sierra Leone, South Africa, and Nigeria. Read more

SDSN Uganda Network Launched at Mak

The Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) Uganda Network has been launched at Makerere University College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES). Read more

Undergraduate Development Studies Degree Phased Out

Development studies, a subject field in which Uganda’s Makerere University has just been ranked 45th globally, will cease to exist as a single undergraduate degree course from the 2021-22 academic year as part of a programme rationalisation process. Read more

University Dean Remanded Over Forgery

The Gulu University Dean of Students, Christopher Mwetwage Mpora, has been remanded on charges of forgery, theft and uttering a false document. Read more

VEFIRS Team Seals a Partnership with Andre Foods International

A partnership agreement was sealed … between the Andre Foods international (AFI) and the team of Vertical Farming in Refugees Setting dubbed “VEFIRS”, a team of five innovators and mission-driven African scholars… Read more

UNZA Boss in Contract Scandal

UNZA vice chancellor in contract scandal, pushes girlfriend’s company to win gardening contract and fires poor gardeners. Read more

Zakumumpa and Team Win WHO Grant

A team from the Makerere University School of Public Health and the Uganda Ministry of Health led by Henry Zakumumpa (Cohort Four Graduate) has won a World Health Organization-Alliance for Health Policy and Systems research grant. Read more


31 March 2021

Convergence of the Action Research Program and Producer Groups’ Business Models…

Gulu University as a member of the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) won two Community Action Research Program Plus (CARP+) grants in the Pig and Rice value chains in 2018 and 2019 respectively. Read more

Four Busoga Varsities Close in 10 Years

The closed universities include Fairland, Busoga, Namasagali and Nsaka. Fairland, Busoga and Nsaka had their licences revoked while Namasagali University voluntarily closed after taking a financial hit. Read more

Lecturers Defy Nawangwe on Strike 

Makerere University dons have shrugged off Vice Chancellor Prof Barnabas Nawangwe’s directive as empty threat and vowed not to return to lecture rooms without salary enhancement. Read more

Makerere Sued by Former Kyambogo Students for Shs 6Billion

Six former Kyambogo University students have dragged Makerere University and the Government of Uganda to court for hijacking their tech product without paying they as its inventors. Read more

Nector Soft Drinks in Northern Uganda

Agrientreprise development pursuing from Gulu University took up this business opportunity and start processing fresh natural fruit juices, under the brand name, the nector pointRead more

NSSF-Monitor Asked to Create Varsity Mentorship Programme

The National Social Security Fund (NSSF) and Monitor Publications, have been advised to transform the annual universities career sessions into a structured mentorship programme to groom leaders. Read more

PBL Skills for University Academic Faculty Across Sub-Saharan Africa

A new generation of skilled and entrepreneurial graduates becomes reality through reforming the curricula from subject-based to competence-based. Read more

Six MakSPH Early Career Scholars Receive Seed Research Funds

“They are seeds to grow our individuals and young faculty, our stars for tomorrow. They are also seeds because they are growing new areas of research where we are not doing as much as we ought to. But they are also seeds because they are growing us as a School,” Prof. Wanyenze said. Read more

Transforming My Community Through Vegetable Farming and Sensitisation

I never expected to be so much inspired to become a change agent within my community. Read more

Turkish Student Exchange Program Launched in Uganda

The program, supported by the Turkish government under the Council of Higher Education, will support Ugandan students and academic staff being hosted by Gaziosmanpasa University in Turkey’s Black Sea region for up to three months while studying or lecturing. Read more

Uganda Deputy Head of Mission to United Arab Emirates – Ambassador Henry Mayega Visits the Regional Universities…

The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) Secretariat based at Makerere University on Tuesday, 9th February 2021, hosted His Excellency, Ambassador Henry Mayega, Uganda’s Deputy Head of Mission to the United Arab Emirates. Read more

University Hospital: COVID-19 Vaccination for Staff

Makerere University Hospital in conjunction with Ministry of Health, Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) and WHO will be vaccinating members of the University Community against COVID-19.  Read more


28 February 2021

Higher Learning Institutions Endure Ahead of Re-Opening

Since March last year when tertiary institutions closed as a measure to curb the Covid-19 spread, each day that goes by leaves many students in the dark without knowing when normalcy will be reinstated. Read more 

karaAgro AI & Partners Secure Funding for Machine Learning Project for Crop Diseases

The consortium partners include the Makarere University (Uganda), the Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology (Tanzania) and Namibia University of Science and Technology – NUST (Namibia). Read more

Kyambogo Seeks Shs700m to Repair ‘Rotten’ Buildings

Kyambogo University is seeking Shs700m to renovate the dilapidated and condemned buildings that have been out of use since the ceilings started falling on students. Read more

Lecturers at Government Universities Go on Strike

Academic staff at all public universities in Uganda have laid down tools demanding payment of their salary enhancement arrears by government that they say date back to 2015… Read more

Medicine Students Protest Against Online Lectures

Makerere University students on medicine related programmes have protested against having their lectures online when the university opens next month.

Muteesa I Royal University Hosts International Session on Dissertation Writing Skills

PhD scholars from a host of Ugandan Universities are locked up in a five-day international workshop at Muteesa I Royal University to improve their academic writing skills and make their research relevant to national development. Read more

Private Universities in Uganda Resume Ahead of Official March 1, 2021 Date

Students in Private Universities based in Kampala are having face to face lectures before the official dates set for reopening by Ministry of Education. The Ministry of Education and Sports directed on February 9th, 2020 that Universities and other tertiary institutions would start face to face sessions on March 1. Read more 

RUFORUM Has Given Life Line to My PhD Journey

I was eager to further my studies in Environmental Science particularly in the field of wetlands but in a new environment. Thus, I secured an admission at the University of Nairobi to do my PhD in Hydrobiology. Read more

The Scholarship from RUFORUM Has Expanded My Research Capabilities and Network

The project is great significance because of inter alia reflection of the situation in terms of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 2,3,6,7,11,12,13; accounting for land use sector in Nationally Determined Conditions (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement… Read more

Ugandan Universities to Re-Open in ‘Phased Manner’

Universities and higher education institutions in Uganda will re-open using a staggered system at the beginning of March, with strict adherence to COVID-19 prevention measures. Read more

Universities Plead with Government for Phased Opening

Universities across the country have entered into talks with government seeking permission for phased reopening. Read more


31 January 2021

CEPIDE Lays Ground for Innovative Doctoral Education in Ugandan HEIs

… stakeholders gathered in the Central Teaching Facility 2 (CTF2) Auditorium, Makerere University, to receive findings from Phase one of the project. Read more

Digital Tool Set to Enhance Students’ Chances for Jobs

A new tool aimed at highlighting the range of skills acquired by students in African universities during their studies that could be shared with employers has been piloted in three East African higher learning institutions. Read more

Makerere Reveals Opening Dates, Full 2021 Academic Year Schedule

Makerere University has revealed that they are ready to receive students for the first time since the closure of institutions of learning in March 2020. Read more

Mak Launches Book on Agriculture and Ecosystem Resilience in Sub-Saharan Africa

The book is one of the outputs of the project titled “Regional Capacity Building for Sustainable Natural Resource Management and Agricultural Productivity under Changing Climate” (CAPSNAC). Read more

Science Excellence Awards for Research and Teaching Launched

A new initiative to recognise and promote excellence in the research and teaching of science in higher learning institutions in the East African region and acknowledge the work done by academics has been launched in Uganda. Read more

Ssebutinde Urges Universities to Adopt Technology

The Vice-Chancellor of Muteesa 1 Royal University Justice Julia Ssebutinde has advised universities to adopt technological advancement in education, to help them cope with the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more

Ugandan Higher Education Institutions to Open After Three Months

The National Council of Higher Education [NCHE] has communicated that Higher Institutions of learning will open after the next three months. Read more

University Students Innovate Egg Incubator After Failing to Access Chicks for Rearing

A group of students from Makerere, Kyambogo and Makerere University Business School-MUBS have innovated an Egg Incubator for their farm after failing to have any access to chicks for rearing. Read more


31 December 2020

A New Study Reveals that Children with Cerebral Palsy have 25 Times Higher Risk of Premature Death

Cerebral palsy (CP) is a developmental disorder and the most common cause of childhood physical disability globally. CP is significantly more prevalent in low-income and middle-income countries like Uganda… Read more

COVID-19: Universities Go for Blended, Virtual Examinations

Traditional exams have been abandoned for thousands of students this year and universities have moved on to transform the assessment processes; alongside teaching and learning provision. Read more

End of Year Message to Staff, Students and Stakeholders

The year 2020 has been full of challenges which we have managed to turn into opportunities and I thank all our students and members of staff for their enthusiasm and spirit of innovation, which has enabled us to overcome what looked like insurmountable hurdles. Read more

Makerere University Denies Causing Loss to Gown Suppliers 

Makerere University has defended itself, saying it is not liable for any loss allegedly suffered by Team Uniform Limited, a company that was contracted to supply graduation gowns. Read more

Researchers Tip Govt on Internet Infrastructure 

Researchers have advised the government to provide adequate infrastructure for access to the internet in order to boost economic growth in the country. Read more

Uganda’s University Team Wins at the Huawei ICT Global Competition

A team of three Ugandan university undergraduates have emerged winners at the World Stage of the Huawei ICT Global Competition. The team participated in the final online competitions that were held in China. The team took first position at the Africa Stage. Read more

UNESCO Addresses Societal Inequalities and Economic Impacts of COVID-19 in Nine Sub-Saharan African Cities

Moderated by Simona Bignami, Professor of Demography at the Université de Montréal, the webinar welcomed more than 100 participants from around the world. In Sub-Saharan Africa, the pandemic triggered severe economic and social contractions, magnifying the long-standing legacies of prejudice, injustice, and increasing inequalities of our societies. Read more


30 November 2020

Fate of Over 300 Sierra Leone Varsity Students in Limbo 

The fate of over 300 Sierra Leoneans enrolled with the Africa Graduate University (AGU-SL) is on the balance, after the institution was ordered to shut down due to lack of accreditation. Read more

Health Ministry Partners with UMSC to Intensify Health Education

Ministry of health has partnered with Uganda Muslim Supreme Council-UMSC to promote health and disease prevention. Read more

Makerere’s Prof. Banadda Wins Shs1.4bn Annual Grant …

Makerere University’s Professor Noble Banadda will start collecting about Shs1.4 billion annually in grants after being inaugurated as one of the 10 Oliver Reginald Tambo Africa Research Chairs Initiative (ORTARChI) recipients. Read more

Mak Launches Policy Seminar Series on Rural Development

Makerere University College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) has launched the monthly policy seminar series to re-ignite the debate and bridge the existing knowledge gap between research and policy making on issues of agricultural and rural development. Read more

Makerere University to Pay Sacked Lecturers Sh1b in Costs

The staff tribunal’s decisions bear financial implications of sh1b to the university, which must pay wages to the reinstated staff. Read more

Rajiv, Prof. Asibo Task New Victoria University Council on Quality

Victoria University Chancellor Prof. Opuda Asibo has highlighted the need for the University to continue promoting quality learning to churn out the best of the graduates. Read more

Report Unethical Lawyers, Makerere Law Don Says

The principal of Makerere University School of Law, Prof Christopher Mbazira, has advised people who are aggrieved by services of unethical lawyers to report them to the Law Council Disciplinary Committee to bring them to book. Read more

School of Law Praised for Reaching Out to the Indigent

The School of Law has been commended for their efforts in offering free legal services to the most needy communities surrounding Makerere University. Read more

Unmasking the Gendered Impact of COVID-19 Guidelines on Market Vendors

The workshop held on Wednesday 18th November 2020 attracted 40 participants physically at the Conference Room, School of Forestry, Environmental and Geographical Sciences while over 60 participants attended via zoom. Read more

Why Makerere Postponed Exams for Final Year

The lack of written government clearance to allow continuing students to return to campus for examinations as well as the current political situation in the country has forced Makerere University to postpone examination for the final year students. Read more


31 October 2020

A Schizophrenia Study in Africa is Boosting Equity in Global Genetics Research

The largest psychiatric genetics study ever done in Africa is increasing the diversity of data on mental illness, training a new generation of geneticists, and chipping away at the genetic underpinnings of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Read more

Carnegie-Supported NERLP Project Teams Disseminate Research Findings

Today, Wednesday 28th October 2020, we held a successful dissemination conference of the Carnegie-funded postdoctoral research training project… Read more

HESFB Extends Loan Application to End of October

The Higher Education Students Financing Board (HESFB) commonly known as “The board” has again extended its deadline for the student loan applications for the AY2020/21. Read more

Makerere Plans New Approach to HE – Will Others Follow?

The recent fire that gutted Makerere University’s historic main building, aptly known as the ‘ivory tower’, was a nasty detour in a long journey made by the century-old institution, founded as a technical school by colonial authorities…  Read more

Sexual Harassment on Campuses: Activists Call for Harsh Penalties

… The magistrate had just sentenced a man – Edward Kisuze, a former administrator at Makerere University – who indecently assaulted her in 2018 to two years in prison or to pay a fine of UGX4 million (US$1,080). This wasn’t what the young Kenyan woman had hoped for. Read more

The Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MoSTI) of the Government of the Republic of Uganda Signs a MOU with RUFORUM

The Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MoST&I) of the Government of the Republic of Uganda has today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) in Kampala. Read more.

The Wait is Over – Campuses Reopen to Final-Year Students

A number of students and educationists in Uganda have welcomed the government’s move to reopen institutions of higher learning on Wednesday this week (15 October), albeit only for final-year undergraduate and graduate learners. Read more

University Finalists Ask for Lowered Pass Mark

Final year students in different universities are requesting the university authorities to lower the grading system in order to enable them pass their examinations. Read more

Universities Sign MOU to Boost Innovations in Institutions

The permanent secretary of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovations David Obong said collaborating with partners through research is the only way of advancing agricultural development. Read more


30 September 2020

13 Universities, Tertiary Institutions Cleared to Lecture Online

After inspections and revisiting of programmes, Uganda’s National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) has cleared 13 universities and tertiary institution to start online teaching. Read more

Arrests over Makerere University Fire but No Word on Cause

Police in Uganda have arrested a number of suspects in relation to the fire that gutted the iconic ‘main building’ at Makerere University, the country’s flagship public higher education institution, on Sunday morning causing extensive damage. Read more

COVID-19: Makerere Launches Course on Pandemic Preparedness

The course will help responders of disease outbreak, frontline implementers, crisis communicators, social scientists, and agriculturalists, to learn from experts how to respond under a one-health approach. Read more

Education Ministry Drafts New Guidelines for Reopening Schools

The Education Ministry has drafted new guidelines to offer actionable guidance for safe reopening and running of education institutions and reduce the impact of the pandemic on teaching and learning. Read more  

Makerere University College of Computing Boosted

Prof. Tonny Oyana, the Principal, College of Computing and Information Science, emphasized that the ICT academy initiative is right within the strategic plan of Makerere. Read more

Orient Bank, MUBS Award Ugx. 60m to Entrepreneurs to Grow Their Businesses

The plans were reviewed and assessed by Orient Bank Business Analysts and tutors from the Makerere University Business School Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Incubation Centre out of which the 5 winners were selected. Read more

Schools Allowed to Reopen for Final-Year Health Students

The government has given a green light to universities and other educational institutions with final-year students undertaking health-related training to reopen and enable students to complete their studies. Read more


30 August 2020

Family Farming in Africa and the Role of Universities and Research Institutions

In sub-Saharan Africa, family farming is a major component of the agriculture sector, providing livelihoods for over 70 per cent of the population. Read more

Mak donates the Touchless Handwashing Kits to Mulago National Referral Hospital and College of Health Sciences

Makerere University has donated three Touchless Handwashing (Tw-20) Kits to Mulago National Referral Hospital and another one to the College of Health Sciences (CHS). Read more

Makerere Private Admissions: Private Schools Excel

Private schools have once again topped the country’s A’level schools in having the highest number of students admitted on private sponsorship to Makerere University. Read more

Mak Gets First COVID Case, Orders Testing for All Staff

Makerere University Vice-Chancellor, Prof Barnabas Nawangwe, says only essential staff, who were cleared by the University Council to work during the lockdown and those who reside inside the university, are the only people that will be allowed to access the premises. Read more

Private Universities Struggle to Adjust Fees Structure on E-Learning for Continuing Students

Private universities are stuck on whether or not to increase tuition as they move to embrace Open, Distance and E-Learning-ODEL system to ensure learning under the Covid-19 lockdown. Read more

UR-CAVM Launches the Entrepreneurship Week

The University of Rwanda-College of Agriculture Animal Sciences and Veterinary Medicine (UR-CAVM) launches a virtual and physical Entrepreneurship Week together with various valuable partners… Read more

UR Graduate Inspiring Youth to Create Jobs in Nature Conservation

Elisa Tumwesigye, a graduate of University of Rwanda specialising in Botany and Conservation, has managed to create jobs in biodiversity conservation and inspired Rwandan and Central African Republic youth to start income generating activities protecting the environment. Read more

Victoria University Gets New Chancellor

Prof. Opuda-Asibo was sworn on Monday at the main campus in Kampala. He becomes the third chancellor of the University. Read more

Well Done Prof. William Bazeyo!

This UGX 185 billion grant win by Prof. William Bazeyo is unprecedented. It’s the largest single grant win by an academician in the history of Uganda. Read more


31 July 2020

Call for University Bailouts but are They a Long-Term Solution?

A number of private university leaders in Uganda have called on the government to provide them with bailouts as many campuses start to furlough staff and inform lecturers they are unable to remit salaries for the duration of the lockdown, or until students return. Read more 

French Teachers in Uganda Retooled on Quality e-Learning

…schools and tertiary institutions such as Kyambogo, Makerere University Kampala and Makerere Business School to see what they can do to support quality learning during this COVID -19 period. Read more

Marketisation has Failed as an Easy Antidote to HE Problems

Marketisation of higher education in Sub-Saharan Africa, a model that two decades ago was borrowed from Uganda’s Makerere University to save public universities from resource starvation, is no longer a quiet revolution but a ring of jingle bells announcing academic distress. Read more

My Journey into the PhD

My Journey into the PhD program began when we were invited by our partners from the School of Agricultural Sciences, Makerere University to partner in the development of a proposal. Read more

Times Higher Education World University Rankings Puts Makerere University at 4th in Africa in Health Education

The 2019 Times Higher Education World University Rankings’ table for clinical, pre-clinical and health subjects uses the same rigorous and balanced range of 13 performance indicators as the overall World University Rankings but…  Read more

White Paper Calls for Shift Towards Research, STEM Enrolments

A group of experts contracted by the Ugandan government have called on institutions of higher learning in the country to “progressively reduce” undergraduate admissions in favor of graduate and postgraduate learners to enable the campuses to prioritize research and innovation. Read more


30 June 2020

Cabinet Agrees on Phased Re-Opening of Higher Institutions of Learning

 Ugandan Cabinet ministers on Monday, June 15 met to discuss the fate of education in Uganda regarding schools across the country. The cabinet resolved to re-open educational institutions basically tertiary institutions and Universities to commence the education cycle. Read more

Lockdown Creates Barriers to Learning – and Enrolments

Early projections of a worldwide drop in student enrolments as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic were regarded by some African experts as either overstated or applicable largely to the Global North. But they have proved to be correct in Uganda as even those universities targeting local students are struggling to make up their numbers. Read more

Swedish Research Funding Extended for Final Two Years

Makerere University has received an extended grant worth US$4.5 million from the Swedish government to support ongoing research and human resource development at higher education institutions in Uganda over the next two years. Read more


31 May 2020

Now is the Right Time to Serve Our Students Exceptionally

“Our students are currently seated in their respective homes but as a loving and caring institution, we need to be by their side via e-learning and help them while waiting for the university to reopen. Read more

Makerere University Resumes Staff Promotion

Makerere University has finally resumed staff promotions a year after it was suspended because of wage constraints. Read more

Makerere University Sets Tentative Date to Reopen for Finalists

Makerere University (Mak) could reopen on Saturday, June 20. Read more

Private Universities Say Tax Exemptions are Now Urgent

The impact of the coronavirus lockdowns on the financial health of private higher learning institutions in Uganda has emboldened calls to fast-track ‘favourable’ tax reviews to prevent the institutions from going under. Read more

ULK Teaching Staff Trained on E-Learning

On 7th May 2020, a cross section of the ULK teaching staff came together for a training session on the use of E-learning. This comes after the zoonotic disease, COVID-19 forced schools not only inside Rwanda but also on a global scale to close doors. Read more

ULK to Keep Providing for Employees as the Deadly COVID-19 Scares the Globe

Following the decision by the Cabinet Meeting that schools in Rwanda will reopen in September 2020, Kigali Independent University ULK convened a meeting in which heads of units were briefed on the mechanisms towards sustaining the welfare of employees during this closure period. Read more


30 April 2020

COVID -19 Pandemic Motivates MAPRONANO to Create Solutions

The Africa Centre of Excellence for Materials, Product Development & Nanotechnology (MAPRONANO ACE) established at the College of Engineering, Design, Art, and Technology at Makerere University, has joined the frontline in the fight against coronavirus. Read more

Makerere Gives Stuck Foreign Students Shs 63,00 Each to Push Them During Lockdown

Makerere University has provided some cash relief to sustain international students who remains at campus after the closure, for the remaining period of lockdown. Read more

Makerere Moots University Semester Dates Re-Adjustment

Makerere University Vice-Chancellor Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe has in an internal document suggested the semester dates following the extension of the current lockdown in the country up to May 5. Read more

Mak’s RAN, KMC and MoSTI Collaborate to Develop Low Cost Ventilator

Makerere University, ResilientAfrica Network (RAN) a project of the School of Public Health, Kiira Motors Corporation, Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI) have thus scanned the COVID-19 Healthcare Frontline with the view of exploring the Science, Technology… Read more

Online Learning in Universities – A Missed Opportunity?

When Uganda announced a partial lockdown and the closing of schools and learning institutions due to COVID-19, avid promoters of information and communications technology (ICT), virtual and online-based learning saw it as a golden opportunity that would change the practice of online learning in higher education. Read more

PHARMBIOTRAC Starts Three Projects to Address COVID-19

Pharm-Biotechnology & Traditional Medicine Centre (PHARMBIOTRAC), a Center of Excellence at Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST) has started making hand sanitisers in response to COVID-19. Read more

Professors on the Frontline – Using Science to Fight COVID-19

Professor Rhoda Wanyenze was stepping out her office at Uganda’s Makerere University in March when a news item on the television caught her attention: more people had died of the novel coronavirus in China and Italy, and authorities were saying the pandemic was quickly making its way to Africa. Read more

Science Academics Still Hopeful of Promised Hike in Salary

Despite the impact of COVID-19, academics are hopeful that the salaries of professors who teach science in all Uganda’s public universities will be almost doubled with effect from next year, in accordance with promises made by the state president. Read more

University Urged to Privatise Halls of Residence

A human resource audit report on Uganda’s Makerere University has urged the institution’s top administration to establish a new company to manage accommodation in halls of residence, arguing that the proposal if adopted would generate revenue… Read more


31 March 2020

21 Kenyan Graduates Who Studied in Uganda Directed to Repeat High School

Twenty-one (21) university graduates in Kenya have been directed to repeat secondary school for prerequisite qualifications before joining the only bar school in Kenya according to local media. Read more

African Universities Urged to Put Classes Online Urgently

The Association of African Universities (AAU) has called upon universities in Africa to move “urgently” to implement alternative methods of delivering teaching and learning using technology and other distance learning techniques in the wake of the closures of higher education institutions to limit the spread of COVID-19. Read more

Go and Serve the Community” is My Mantra as I Give Back After Education

Kasima Junior Senyonga, is the Research Assistant for the CARP+1 Pig value chain, and a second-year student offering Msc. Animal production and marketing at Gulu University. Read more

Law Society Calls for Crackdown on Universities’ Law Schools

The Uganda Law Society (ULS) has called on the Uganda Law Council to crack down on universities producing ‘half-baked’ lawyers after questions related to the quality of legal training in the country persisted. Read more

Mak Graduate Students and Others from RUFORUM Partnering Universities Undergo Training…

Makerere University Graduate students have participated in the training organized by  the  Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) and University of Cape Coast (UCC)  Ghana. Read more

Mak-RIF Round 2 Researcher Sensitization Online Meeting

The Government of the Republic of Uganda has committed a special Research and Innovation Fund (RIF) to Makerere University to the tune of 30 Billion Uganda Shillings per year to support the implementation of high impact Research… Read more

Turn to Online Learning Shows Varying Degrees of Readiness

In the wake of closures that took effect at midday on Friday 20 March, a number of universities and higher education institutions in East Africa are revitalising existing e-learning platforms, while others are tentatively migrating into uncharted territory. Read more


28 February 2020

Coronavirus – MPs Order Rescue Plan for Students in China

The Ugandan government is to come up with a multi-sectoral plan involving the ministries of health, education and foreign affairs to ensure that Ugandan students affected by the coronavirus lockdown in Wuhan in China are assisted, but an outright evacuation plan is not yet on the cards. Read more

COVID-19 – Kenya, Ghana and South Africa Students Stay Put

While nations around the world, including Algeria and some of its North African neighbours, have moved to evacuate their citizens from the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicentre of the deadly coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, students from other African regions remain trapped in universities with no immediate evacuation plans. Read more

Flagging Off Surgical Masks to Xiangtan University

I have had the pleasure to flag-off 4,000 pieces of surgical masks donated by the Makerere University community to Xiangtan University, our main collaborating university in China where more than 60 Ugandans mostly from Makerere University are studying. Read more

Former RUFORUM Mastercard Foundation Scholar at Gulu University Enhances Community Knowledge and Uptake of Indigenous Micro-organisms (IMO) Technology in Kitgum District…

Sharing the research findings brought more joy, love and hope for agriculture to the participants especially the TVET students because they practically participated in setting up the experimental unit, trapping the IMO, making the IMO solution and laying the deep litter floor IMO. Read more

Gulu University Program Curriculum is not Merely Academic but for Community Transformation

Jean Shares his journey as a student at Gulu University and gives recommendations for improvement. Read more

Law Teachers Train in the Use of Clinical Methodologies

Staff of the School of Law, Makerere University and other Universities have been reoriented into the Clinical teaching methodologies and called upon to adopt their use in the teaching and learning experiences at their respective Institutions. Read more

Mak Sets Out to Enhance Behavioural Change Among Boda-Boda Riders Using Mobile Learning

At Makerere University, we are alive to the fact that road safety is a shared responsibility. Therefore, with the help of the Research and Innovations Fund (RIF) from the Government of Uganda, Makerere University has embarked on a project codenamed Enhancing Behavioural Change of Boda-boda Riders in Uganda Using Mobile Learning (EBoML). Read more

Outspoken Feminist Academic Stella Nyanzi Released from Jail

The conviction of former Makerere University lecturer and proponent of “radical rudeness” Dr Stella Nyanzi was overturned by Uganda’s High Court on Thursday on the grounds of lack of jurisdiction and fair hearing. Read more

The Impact of Swedish Research Collaboration with Makerere University, Uganda (2000-2020)

The Makerere University research capacity building program supported by Sida started in 2000 running three phases to 2015 followed by the ongoing phase (Phase IV, 2015-2020). This funding has targeted the creation of research capacity and environment for Makerere University through training at Masters, PhDs and Post Doctorate levels… Read more

Universities Align Courses with New School Curriculum

A number of universities and institutions of higher learning in Uganda have started tweaking their programmes this year to include an element of skills acquisition after the Ministry of Education and Sports approved a more ‘competence-based’ curriculum for lower secondary education last October. Read more

31 January 2020

Attending the Wilton Park Conference on Higher Education

I have checked in at the Wiston House in Wilton Park, an amazingly serene venue for the Wilton Park Conference on Higher Education…Sadly, I haven’t spotted any literature specifically on Uganda or Africa. Read more

Busitema Medical School Faces Closure for Lack of Staff

Busitema University Faculty of Health Sciences faces closure for failure to recruit adequate staff and construct laboratories. Read more

Chemical Characterisation of Pulp, Seed Powder & Ready-to-Drink Juice Produced from Syzygium Cumini Fruit

Despite the nutritional potential of Syzygium cumini, commonly known as black plum,there has been limited utilisation of the fruits (pulp and seeds) and yet it has capacity to significantly contribute to food and nutrition security. Read more

Joint Action Promised Over Delayed Student Allowances

Four institutions in Rwanda have resolved to work together to end delays in the allocation of living allowances to government-sponsored students. Read more

UNZA, Makerere Launch Weather Phone Predicting App

The University of Zambia (UNZA) School of Agricultural Sciences in collaboration with the College of Agriculture of Makerere University and the University of California has launched a weather phone app called CROPWIS which is capable of predicting weather forecast and real-time satellite meteorology to farmers. Read more

Makerere Dons Bitter Over Museveni Comments on Arts Courses

Lecturers in the Department of Social Work and Social Administration (SWASWA) at Makerere University have expressed disappointment with the continued undermining of their course by President Museveni. Read more

MakSPH to Assess Determinants of Childhood Stunting Reduction in Uganda

Makerere University school of Public Health (MakSPH) in partnership with SickKids’ Centre for Global Child Health, on Tuesday 28th January 2020, held an inception meeting at Golf Course Hotel, Kampala, for a study exploring the underlying factors driving stunting and wasting in children under 5… Read more

Should University Teachers be Required to Work in Industry?

A recent report in Uganda calling for prospective higher education tutors to train in mainstream industry and “appreciate society and employer needs” before being licensed to teach at universities revisits the perennial question: what is the role of a university? Read more

Survey on New Organic Agriculture Master Program at ANAU…

During the last three years the program was developed by the project staff and twelve ANAU lecturers in collaboration with Austrian professors, stakeholders and students within the Project Building Organic Agriculture in Armenia | BOAARead more

Transforming Core Skills in University Curricula

There can be a disconnect between how students are taught in universities and the skills they will need in the workplace and in wider roles in society. Read more

Unfinished Journey, Memories of the Road Travelled

To motivate any Ugandan person to strive in their education, there is only one household name that needs mention… Read more

31 December 2019

H.E. Dr. Ruto Hails Mak Over New Leadership Institute

The Deputy President of Kenya, H.E. Dr. William Samoei Ruto, has lauded Makerere University for championing the setting up of Leadership Institute named after him that will inspire students to become great leaders. Read more

KIU Becomes a Member of the Inter-University Council of East Africa

Kampala International University (KIU), a chartered private University in Uganda is a member of the Inter-University Council of East Africa, Association of African Universities and Common Wealth Universities. Read more

Makerere Fees Strike Leader: Nawangwe Wants Me to Lose My Scholarship

Ms. Siperia Mollie Saasirabo, a female student who led the recent students’ strike against the 15% fee increment at Makerere University has claimed that the Vice-Chancellor wants her to lose the scholarship and her status as a student of University. Read more

MUST Joins International Day for PWDs

Since 1992, the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) has been annually observed on 3 December around the world. The theme for 2019 IDPD is Promoting the participation of persons with disabilities and their leadership: taking action on the 2030 Development Agenda’. Read more

Two New Addenda Open under STIP APS

Innovation and Partnerships Annual Program Statement (STIP APS). Both Addenda seek to engage global Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in advancing development research, innovation, research utilization, and training.  Read more

UTAMU University Promises Scholarships to Unprivileged Students

Uganda Technology and Management University (UTAMU) has promised to start offering scholarships to bright but unprivileged Ugandan students. Read more

30 November 2019

A New Curriculum – and Mindset – is Needed for the 4IR

When I received my admission to Uganda’s Makerere University Business School (MUBS) for my undergraduate degree, a very high note of self-importance emerged because I was convinced my time to conquer the world had arrived. Read more

Army General Compensates Makerere University Students

Twenty-one students of Uganda’s Makerere University whose property was destroyed by security personnel during protests against the 15% tuition increment have been compensated… Read more

Carnegie Fellowship in Uganda Leads to Partnership

Program helps longtime sociology professor establish closer collaboration with colleagues in Uganda. Read more

Committee Begins Makerere Inquiry as Students Talk Intimidation

Parliament’s Committee on Education and Sports has commenced its inquiry into allegations of mismanagement at Makerere University purported to have led to the strike witnessed last week. Read more

Cavendish University Uganda Recognises Outstanding Students in 2019

27 students who have stood out, excelled and represented CUU on national, regional and international fronts were recognised for their sterling performance. Read more

MUST- Bughoye Health Centre Collaboration Pioneers Electricity-Free Oxygen System

The Mbarara University of Science and Technology- Bughoye Health Centre Collaboration is finalizing the installation of a Siphon electricity-free Oxygen Concentrator at Bughoye Health Centre in the Kasese district of Uganda. Read more

MUST Holds 15th Annual Research Dissemination Conference

The conference was held under theme- “Collaborative Transformational Research for Sustainable Development” and further broken down into 10 Sub-themes. Read more

Student Loans Body Defends Selection Criteria

At university graduation ceremonies, the Uganda Higher Education Students’ Financing Board (HESFB) is frequently described in positive terms as the single biggest sponsor or ‘parent’ of students. However, recently it has attracted criticism that it has been hijacked by the rich. Read more

The 1st DIES Project – Workshop Launched at AAU

AAU has opened the 1st DIES (Dialogue on Innovative Higher Education Strategies) project – workshop that has brought three universities together; Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU) of Germany, Addis Ababa University (AAU) of Ethiopia and Gulu University (GU) of Uganda. Read more

Turf Wars – Colleges Accuse Universities of Encroachment

A longstanding and simmering rivalry is continuing to pit tertiary colleges against universities in Uganda, with the former accusing the latter of diminishing the role of tertiary colleges through encroachment and duplication of academic programmes. Read more

31 October 2019

2nd Kampala Geopolitics Conference: The Role of Africa in the Geopolitical Space

The Second Kampala Geopolitics Conference was officially opened by the Ambassador of France to Uganda H.E Jules-Armand Aniambossou on 17th October 2019 in the Makerere University Main Hall. Read more

Academic Promotion Criteria – What About Innovation?

Academic promotions at universities across Africa have long depended largely on a lecturer’s length of service and number of research publications. Read more

Government Appeals for Help Over Stalled World Bank Project

The Ugandan government has appealed to the African Union Commission for help in lifting a freeze on a US$250 million World Bank project aimed at boosting higher agricultural education through regional anchor universities in six African countries. Read more

Innovate Practice with ‘’Enhancing Manpower Abilities

‘’Enhancing manpower abilities’’ was authored as a result of the study conducted during the month of June-August 2018 which was a cross-sectional survey based on a total of 57 respondents;29 from the faculty of science and 28 from the faculty of interdisciplinary studies, all third-year students at MUST. Read more

Makerere Says Hooliganism Won’t be Tolerated, Refutes Claims of Fees Hike

The management of Makerere University has said it will not tolerate hooliganism, in response to a students’ strike that has so far lasted two days. Read more

MaRCCI Director Wins CFAES International Alumni Award 2019

A Center Leader of the Africa Center of Excellence in Crop Improvement at Makerere University, Dr. Richard Edema has won the Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES)International Alumni Award 2019 for his distinguished service to the university and society. Read more

Medical Interns Vow to Fight ‘Unilateral’ Training Changes

Young medical doctors serving their internship in Uganda’s public health system have protested against a recent change in the rotation formula which will reduce the number of disciplines in which they are trained from four to two. Read more

Online Learning – Are Attitudes Holding Universities Back?

Five years after a new national information and communications technology (ICT) policy was unveiled in Uganda, bringing with it hopes of a revolution in higher education teaching and learning, there are concerns that institutions have failed to grasp the opportunities offered by online learning. Read more

President’s Salary Order Drives Wedge Between Academics

An executive order by the Ugandan president to “move” the salaries of academic scientists to “desired levels”, excluding lecturers in the arts and humanities, has reignited tensions in an age-old debate. Read more

URA Tax debate

On 2nd October 2019, MUST was privileged to Host a Team from URA that held a debate with the students’ community under the theme” Uganda’s Tax System: The Remedy to Uganda’s Public financing Problem”. Read more

30 September 2019

DRGT Wins US$1Million Carnegie Research Grant

At its meeting of September 12, 2019, the Board of Trustees of Carnegie Corporation of New York approved a grant to the tune of US$1,000,000.00 to the Directorate of Research and Graduate Training (DRGT). The award followed a successful appraisal of our proposal “Supporting Early-Career Academics at Makerere University”. The grant will run from October 1, 2019 to September 30, 2021. Read more

President Museveni Lauds Mak Research and Innovations

The President of Republic of Uganda, H.E. Gen. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has invited Makerere researchers to Statehouse after the Independence Anniversary celebrations in October 2019 to discuss how the University’s technologies and innovations can be scaled up to cause transformation in the agricultural sector. Read more

Prof. Nawangwe Leads Delegation to Zurich for 4th Mak-UZH Joint Symposium

The Vice Chancellor Professor Barnabas Nawangwe was at University of Zurich, Switzerland to attend the Dialogue Days under the theme. Read more

Student Enterprise Scheme at Gulu University

The Entrepreneurship training program at the faculty of Agriculture and Environment has accorded us a chance to face the world on our own. Read more

31 August 2019

2nd Research Management Workshop for Departmental Chairs

The Second Research Management Workshop for Department Chairs organized by the Office of the Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic Affairs (DVCAA) and the Directorate of Research and Graduate Training (DRGT) was held. Read more

Gulu University Partners with Bobi Community Polytechnic and ZOA to Train 60 Out-of-School Youth

With nearly 80% of youth in northern Uganda unable to attain higher education, this large population of out-of-school youth requires competences to participate in gainful economic activities. Read more

Gulu University Students Support Refugees in Farm Based Micro-Enterprises

This is part of the model used by the University to have students engage with communities as part of their requirement for their degree programme. Read more

In the Community, Gulu University MSc. Students Train Mothers on Nutrition

Over the years Gulu University engages community members in student centered outreach. Read more

Knowledge Gap Leads to Low Participation of Pig Farmers in Artificial Insemination in Northern Uganda

As part of her degree program, Prima identified a problem faced by the community in Northern Uganda and used a participatory approach to conduct a research which aimed at seeking for possible solutions to the identified problem. Read more

Makerere Demands Clear Terms for Medical Interns

Makerere University is seeking to enter a Memorandum of Understanding with the Health Ministry with clear guidelines for the placement of medical students for internship in Mulago National Referral Hospital and other government facilities across the country. Read more

Makerere Drops to 16th Position in University Rankings

Makerere University has now dropped to 16th position on the African continent and 1,225th globally according to the July 2019 Ranking Web-Webometrics, the largest academic ranking of higher education institutions in the world. Read more   

Mak Rolls out Government Research and Innovations Fund

Makerere University has announced its work plan of rolling out and management of the Government Research and Innovations Fund for the financial year 2019/2020. Read more

Prof. Bazeyo Shares Experience with International Students

“Many years ago, I was in your shoes. I was getting ready to leave my home country, my family, and my friends, to go for my studies at the National University in Singapore. Read more

31 July 2019

Gulu University Hosts Over 600 at the First National Agrienterprenurship Symposium

Prof. Ongeng the Dean Faculty of Agriculture and Environment at Gulu University said that Universities can no longer work in isolation. Read more

Mak Centre for Soybean Improvement and Development Holds Field Day

Makerere University Centre for Soybean Improvement and Development in collaboration with Partnership for Seed Technology Transfer in Africa (PASTTA) and Africa Agricultural Technology Foundation(AATF) on 29th July 2019 held the Soybean field day to evaluate 35 soybean varieties from Africa. Read more

MUST Student Elected Vice-President of the Federation of African Medical Students Association

Muganzi David Jolly, a second-year student of the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery at MUST has been elected as the Vice President of the Federation of Africa Medical Students Association (FAMSA)… Read more

Universities’ Growing Awareness of Intellectual Property

The Ugandan government is promoting innovation in universities leading to the registration of patents and has set a target of registering 6,000 patents by 2040, but awareness around intellectual property (IP) is low and the drive to register patents is still relatively under-emphasised in the country’s universities. Read more

30 June 2019

Center for Innovations and Technology Transfer Launched at MUST

Mbarara University of Science and Technology launched a Centre for Innovation and Technology Transfer (CITT) on 14th June 2019 graced by Hon. Minister Dr. Elioda Tumwesigye. Read more

CTA Releases the Digitalisation of African Agriculture Report, 2018-2019

The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Co-operation (CTA) has released the Digitalisation of African Agriculture Report, 2018-2019. According to the CTA website, there has been significant growth in digitalisation for agriculture (D4Ag) over the last ten years. Read more

FREE Certificate Course for SRHR Professionals in Uganda (ToT-400)

The course is a standardized, professional, in-service SRHR Trainer-of-Trainers certificate course offered jointly by the Makerere University School of Public Health (MakSPH) and Nsamizi Training Institute of Social Development (NTISD) with MakSPH as the awarding institution. Read more

Global Tech Company Partners Give Hope to Local Innovators

“It is never an easy task and can be quite frustrating for ICT [information and communications technology] or other university students trying to pull off groundbreaking innovations in these lands,” said Dr Engineer Bainomugisha, an associate professor for computer science at Makerere University’s College of Computing… Read more

Mak Skills Training Program (STRAP) for SMEs

The purpose of this program is to provide hands-on skills to all those involved in food processing or seeking to start small/medium scale enterprises in food processing. Read more

Student Drop-Out Rates Alarming

According to the 2016 ‘Africa Higher Education Student Survey Project,’ almost 30% of all students in Uganda, who join university education on various degree programmes in various universities, never finish their courses on time, or just drop out. Read more

31 May 2019

MAKCEES Commonwealth Higher Education Consortium for Youth Work Technical Workshop for The Delivery of the Youth Work Degree

The capacity building workshop focused on strategic aspects of improving the Bachelor of Youth Development Work degree and strengthening capacity of civil society; Higher Education Institutions and the faculty; to handle the noble cause. Read more

MUST Represented at the World Confederation of Physical Therapy Congress Held in Geneva

This weekend has seen two members of the MUST community respresenting the university at the World Confederation of Physical Therapy Congress held in Geneva, Switzerland. Read more

Nigeria Deploys Professors to Build Local Academic Capacity

As part of ongoing efforts to build South-South cooperation and develop local capacity in higher learning in Uganda, THE Nigerian government announced it had recently deployed 76 professors to four universities in Uganda. Read more

Notes for Contributors to the Uganda Journal of Education

The Uganda Journal of Education (UJE) is a peer-reviewed journal hosted by the College of Education and External Studies, Institute of Education Research Makerere University. It seeks critical reviews and in-depth analyses or study findings in all areas of education. Read more

Plan to Tie Student Numbers to Available Facilities, Staff

In an attempt to improve quality at universities and institutions of higher learning, the Uganda National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) is to embark upon a stringent exercise to align new student numbers at institutions with available facilities and lecturers. Read more

The 1st Great Lakes and Catchment Management (1st GLACAM) Conference

The Makerere University College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) together with the Ministry of Water and Environment (MoWE) are jointly organizing the 1st Great Lakes and Catchment Management (1st GLACAM) Conference. Read more

30 April 2019

Gender Mainstreaming Directorate Tips Students on Personal Branding

“Change your mindset and stop giving reasons, which reasons don’t put food on the table. This world has two types of people; the result people and the reason people. Which one are you?” Daniel Choudry asked his audience. “The reason people will give all excuses as to why they can’t do or achieve something and end up blaming everything around them including their parents, but can’t blame themselves. Read more

H.E. Amb. Pataki Visits Mak, Brokers Linkage to Romanian Universities

The Ambassador of Romania to Uganda, Her Excellency Julia Pataki on Friday, 26th April 2019 paid a courtesy call on the Vice Chancellor, Makerere University with the irresistible offer to broker collaborations between Ugandan and Romanian Universities. Read more

Hon. Elioda Tumwesigye Acknowledges the Role of Media in Bridging the Gap Between Scientists and Communities

The Minister of Science, Technology, and Innovations Hon. Elioda Tumwesigye, has acknowledged the tremendous role played by media in bridging the communication gap that has long existed between researchers/ scientists and communities. Lire plus

Struggling Student Loans Board Draws on Lessons from Ghana

The Higher Education Students’ Financing Board (HESFB) in Uganda said this month it was exploring the feasibility of instituting a fund similar to the Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFund), which would allow it to mobilise more monies to finance more students, after a deficit last year of UGX5 billion (US$1.3 million) threatened the admission of new students into the higher education sector. Read more

Student Leader: ‘Giving Back’ is Key to Africa’s Future

Despite reforms to outdated curricula taking place in many countries across Africa, the continent’s youth still get too few chances to learn the type of 21st century skills that will secure them employment or enable them to build up businesses for themselves, according to Bruhan Kyomuhendo. Read more

31 March 2019

19 Academics Under Scrutiny as ‘Sexual Predators’

The Ugandan parliament this week forwarded a list containing the names of 60 ‘sexual predators’ in learning institutions, including 19 academics at five universities, to the police Criminal Investigation Department (CID), after a report suggested they were repeatedly harassing students. Read more

Education Creates Opportunity for Students in Uganda

When Eddie Woo and Annabelle Chauncy sat next to each other, their connection was instant. But it wasn’t chemistry, it was mathematics that linked them, and a plan to educate some of the most disadvantaged children in Uganda. Read more

Mak Participates in the 11th Higher Education Exhibition

Makerere University has demonstrated her readiness to fully participate in the 11th Edition of the NCHE Annual Higher Education Exhibition; a three-day 21st – 23rd March 2019, event being held at the Lugogo Show Grounds. Exhibiting institutions have been allocated stalls in the Uganda Manufacturers Association (UMA) Exhibition Hall. Read more

University Graduates Realise the Value of Vocational Skills

To the average person, the young man in blue overalls could pass as just another “failure”, a common reference to people pursuing vocational skills in Uganda. They are sometimes labelled “academic dwarfs” because the common thinking is they could not make the grade in formal classes to secure a white-collar job. Read more

28 February 2019

DAAD GHRP Training Leaves Participants Transformed for Life

The four day hands-on training on Good Health Research Practices (GHRP) funded by DAAD (the German Academic Exchange Service) came to a resounding end on Thursday, 21st February 2019 with participants admitting that they had been transformed for life. Read more

Why Makerere Dons Abandoned Strike

After three weeks of striking, Makerere University staffs were finally wooed into picking up their instruments to resume work. Read more

Uganda’s Makerere University at Center of Row Over Academic Freedom

Uganda’s Makerere University is one of the oldest and most prestigious in Africa. It’s been shaken by a wave of sackings and accusations by the vice chancellor that indiscipline amongst staff was rife. Read more

31 January 2019

Graduates Advised to Adopt Soft Skills to Supplement their Professions

The Executive Secretary of Uganda Business and Technical Examinations Board (UBTEB), Mr. Oyesigye Onesmus (CPA), has advised graduates to adopt soft skills to supplement their professional experience. Read more

Makerere Prepares for End of 20 Years of Swedish Support

Makerere University is devising a new sustainability strategy in anticipation of the end of 20 years of Swedish support for research and human resource development at higher education institutions in Uganda. Read more

Mak Partners with LSE to Conduct Cutting-edge Research

The London School of Economics and Political Science has been awarded funding to establish a Gender, Justice and Security Hub, with Makerere University as one of the Lead Research Partner Institutions. Read more

MUST Takes Strides Under ‘The First Mile’ Project with 57 Scholarships Announced!

The research and grants winning culture at Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST) has reached a higher level with 57 scholarships awarded at MUST through a new grant “the first mile” project and Kayanja Fellowship. Read more

PhD Fellow- “Making Refugee Integration Sustainable: In Search of Durable Relations with Host Populations in Uganda

The Faculty of Interdisciplinary Studies, Department of Planning and Governance, Mbarara
University of Science and Technology (MUST), Uganda and the Institute of Development Policy
(IOB), University of Antwerp, Belgium, invite applications for a four-year, full-time position as
Doctoral Researcher. Read more

31 December 2018

Makerere Upgrades Sexual Harassment Policy Amid Concerns

A revised policy against sexual harassment aimed at more effectively curbing offensive sexual advances has been approved by the council of Makerere University amid rising concerns around the issue on Ugandan campuses. Read more

Prof. Jianguo Chen Commends CoCIS on the Sci-Tech Software Developed to Solve Community Problems

Prof. Jianguo Chen from Tsinghua University, Institute of Public Safety Research (IPSR) has commended Makerere University College of Computing and Information Sciences (CoCIS) on the Sci-tech innovations developed by the College to solve community problems. Read more

30 November 2018

MUST Holds 14th Annual Research Dissemination Conference

Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST) held its 14th Annual Research Dissemination Conference on 23rd November 2018 at the Lake View Resort Hotel in Mbarara, Uganda. Read more

31 October 2018

Assistant Lecturers Advised to Work with Passion at 5th Pedagogical Skills Training

The Acting Director Gender Mainstreaming Directorate (GMD) Dr. Euzobia Baine Mugisha has urged Makerere University Assistant Lecturers to work with passion while delivering their services, as this will help stand out as ethical professionals. Read more

Govt Must Fund Private Universities

The Minister for Local Government, Tom Butime has asked the Government to start funding private universities as one way of improving the quality of education. Read more

Makerere iGEM 2018 – Uganda’s First iGEM Team Turns Waste Plastic into Fuel

iGEM” stands for the international Genetically Engineered Machine. This annual, globe-spanning synthetic biology competition invites teams of university and high school level scientists to spend their summers designing, undertaking, and honing their synthetic biology research projects. Read more

MUST Among 7 African Countries to receive PEPFAR Funding for Health Professional Education in Africa

This is yet another remarkable achievement for Mbarara University Science and Technology featuring among SEVEN universities in Africa that received the Health Professional Education Partnership Initiative grant. Read more

MUST ‘One Health Central and East Africa’ Chapter Launched

The MUST OHCEA chapter was launched on the 19th October 2018 at the university’s Kihumuro Campus under the theme :  “The Role of Students in One Health : Flagship for a Multidisciplinary Approach in African Universities.”  Read more

30 September 2018

Assoc. Prof. Muyinda Named Among Africa’s Top 100 Movers & Shakers in Corporate Online Learning 2018

Paul Birevu Muyinda (PhD) an Associate Professor of Open, Distance and eLearning and Deputy Principal, College of Education and External Studies (CEES), Makerere University, has been named among Africa’s Top 100 Movers and Shakers in Corporate Online Learning 2018. Read more

31 August 2018

Experts in Mathematics Emphasize the Need to Create Sustainable Networks to Strengthen Research in Universities

Experts in mathematics have emphasized the need to create sustainable groups and networks to strengthen Research in Universities. This was at the opening ceremony of the 3rd Network Meeting for Sida and ISP-Funded PhD Students and Postdocs in Mathematics. Read more

Mak Graduate Students Advised on Network Development and Research Skill Enhancement

The Director of Research and Graduate Training, Prof. Buyinza Mukadasi has appealed to Makerere University Graduate students to develop their networks and heighten their research skills. Read more

MUST Signs MoU with Uganda Police on Forensic Sciences

Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST) and the Uganda Police Force on Thursday 16th August 2018 signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the development of forensics sciences training in Uganda. Read more

Prof. Bazeyo Appeals to International Students to Embrace the Students-Management Open Door Policy

The Deputy Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration Prof. William Bazeyo has appealed international students to embrace the students-management open door policy that allows students to interact freely with Makerere University Management. Read more

30 June 2018

Mak- Students’ Guild Proposes 15% Tuition Increment for Incoming Students

On Monday 2nd July 2018, Makerere Universality Students’ Guild Special Committee presented a report; proposing a uniform and moderate 15% tuition increment for new students across all programs effective Academic Year 2018/2019. Read more

Mak-UC Berkeley-Pathfinder Set To Promote PHE Research & Policy in Uganda

The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe on Wednesday, 27th June 2018 held discussions with the University of California Berkeley (UC Berkeley)’s Dr. Robin Marsh and Pathfinder International Uganda’s Ms. Nakajubi Jackline on the possibility of  integrating the Population.  Read more

MUST Launches Research Ethics Education Program

Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST) on 15th May 2018 launched the Mbarara University Research Ethics Education Program (MUREEP). Read more

31 May 2018

School of Law Set to Celebrate 50 Years of Existence

The School of Law, Makerere University will this year celebrate 50 years of existence as the premier Law School in Uganda. The Climax of the planned events will be on 12th October 2018, where the Alumni Association will be officially launched and a fundraising drive commissioned. Read more

Application to Bachelor of Social Development Degree Programme 2018/2019

The Academic Registrar, Makerere University invites applications for the Bachelor of Arts in Social Development degree programme for Day and Evening tenable at Nsamizi Training Institute of Social Development (Mpigi) for the 2018/2019Academic year. Nsamizi Training Institute of Social Development is affiliated to Makerere University. Read more

Directors from USAID Feed the Future Innovation Labs visit Makerere University: impressed with the DANRE/KSU project’s progress

On 23rd May 2018, 40 Directors from USAID Feed the Future Innovation Labs visited Makerere University Department of Agribusiness and Natural Resource Economics (DANRE). The remarkable visit aimed at assessing the progress of the DANRE/KSU project of Up-Grading and Enhancing the Institutional Capacity of the Department. Read more

Kyambogo University ready to receive Cuban lecturers

Addressing journalists at the university, the Vice Chancellor Prof Elly Katugunka says the Cuban lecturers are expected in the country before the next academic year which starts in August. He says they already interviewed over 10 Cuban professors from various universities who are set to join Kyambogo University staff. Read more

Chancellor Graces 69th University council Meeting

The Chancellor of Mbarara University of Science and Technology, Prof. Charles Olweny graced the 69th University Council Meeting held on Friday 25th May 2018 at the University’s Main Campus in Kihumuro, Mbarara. Read more

Forum for African Women Educationalists/The Master Card Foundation—Higher Education Program

The Forum for African Women Educationalists Regional Secretariat (FAWE RS) with support from the Mastercard Foundation, is implementing through FAWE Uganda Chapter an eight-year (2016—2024) Higher Education Access Program targeting 300 youth (70% female and 30% male) from economically disadvantaged backgrounds and regions of Eastern, Northern and Western Uganda. Read more

30 April 2018

The Need for Vocational Skills Cannot be Overemphasized

Even at higher academic levels, having a skill that can come in handy at a time A is becoming more important. It is not shocking, therefore, that degree and diploma holders enroll in technical schools to acquire vocational skills. Read more

Universities Key in Supporting Student Innovations

Innovative minds are not limited. However, universities play a central role in unearthing, encouraging, nurturing and supporting student innovations. Read more

The Muslim Diaspora

There is a large and growing Muslim population in Europe, but its growth does not begin to match the predictions. Read more

Nelson Mandela University Strengthen Ties to Find Solutions to African Challenges

On 30th April 2018, the Vice Chancellor of Makerere University Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe together with the Vice Chancellor of Nelson Mandela University Prof Sibongile Muthwa signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to strengthen the long-term relationship between the two universities. Read more

New Undergraduate and Postgraduate Programs in Partnership With AAUP

Amity University Uttar Pradesh (AUUP) of India in collaboration with the College of Computing and Information Sciences (CoCIS), Makerere University announce a partnership aimed at imparting education to students in Uganda. Read more

First Lady, Hon. Janet Kataaha Museveni Commends Mak On Enhanced Research and Innovations

First Lady, Hon. Janet Kataaha Museveni commended Makerere University for uplifting Uganda’s pride nationally and internationally by developing the country’s research and innovation sector. This was during the Mak-Sweden Bilateral Research Annual Planning Meeting (APM) that was held on Monday 23rd April 2018 under a theme: “Harnessing the power of research and innovations for social transformation.”

30 December 2017

Busoga University Defies NCHE on Closure, Admits New Students

Busoga University has defied the National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) directive and advertised for new student enrolment on local radio stations. Read more

Government to Increase Salaries for Science Teachers

President Museveni promised to increase salaries for all science teachers across the country saying head teachers and deputies will still earn slightly higher. Read more

Higher Education for Agricultural Transformation

It could very well be that the first half of the 21st century will be remembered as the period when Africa came into its own. These five decades could be a period of steady economic growth and one is which the rapid increase of the working age population actually pays the long promised demographic dividend. Read more

Kyambogo University Students to Start Buying Their Own Food as University Decides Against Cooking for Them

Over 8,500 students of Kyambogo University will start buying their own food starting next year after the university deciding to withdraw from cooking food for students. Read more

Mak Distributes AI Kits to 17 Districts under DIVERSE PIG Project

Makerere University has established a mini laboratory  for processing pig semen at the Makerere University Agricultural Research Institute Kabanyolo. Read more

Mak Unlocks its Financial Potential through Property Investment

Hundreds of potential investors convened at Serena Hotel Kampala to participate in the Makerere University Property Investor Conference organized by the Makerere University Holdings Limited (Mak Holdings Limited). Read more

Makerere University Spearheads Research to Fix Ecosystems Challenges

The African countries including Uganda are grappling with development challenges like climate change, persistent land degradation, wetland conversions and transformation, avoidable disasters, forestry cover reduction, runways as a result of urbanization all stemming from human activities to better their livelihoods. Read more

Over 7,000 Kyambogo University Students to Graduate Today

Over 7,000 students of Kyambogo University are set to graduate from different programmes during its 14th graduation ceremony. Read more

Over UGX150 Million Raised for International Symposium on Non-Communicable Diseases

Over UGX150 million was raised during the Mak Fundraising dinner organised by Makerere University College of Health Sciences together with St. Augustine International University to mobilise resources for the upcoming 1st International Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs) Symposium scheduled to take place from 12th to 15th February 2018 at Speke Resort Munyonyo. Read more

Promoting Girl-Child Technical Education

Uganda is making strides in promoting vocational education. But most importantly there is need to promote and encourage high enrollment of the girl-child for technical education. Read more

Punish Managers of Closed Universities

The government has closed Busoga University in Iganga District and Lijif International American College of Health Sciences in Kampala for wanting academic standards, finances and governance. Read more

The Role of Higher Education Institutions in Catalysing Agricultural Innovation Systems

The World Bank in its Investment Sourcebook on Agricultural Innovation Systems spells out the critical role of agricultural education and training as a creator of capacity and supplier of the human resources that populate key segments of the agricultural innovation system (AIS) and enable it to function more effectively. Read more

30 October 2017

Education and Changing Job Market

Sometimes it is regrettable but a shame at the same time to waste so much time in school doing things that will never be useful especially in circumstances where there are challenges. Read more

Fate of Delayed Tourism Institute

This is something that we welcomed as an industry because the sector could finally have a point of reference for human resource. We are not only competing among ourselves but at regional level too. We urgently need to have our own school so that we stop importing manpower and taking money out of our economy as most of the hoteliers take their staff to Utalii College. Read more

Mak to Continue Promoting Entrepreneurship Skills among Students

The Chief Coordinator of Operation Wealth Creation (OWC), Gen. Salim Saleh has pledged to continue supporting innovations at Makerere University in order to nurture upcoming entrepreneurs. Read more

President Museveni Installs Prof. Charles Olweny as new Chancellor

President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni  as visitor to public universities in Uganda visited Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST) to preside over the Installation of its 4th Chancellor. Read more

Research Transparency and Reproducibility Training

We all acknowledge the importance of research evidence and how such evidence have been used to inform policies, programmes or interventions. Read more

State Minister of Education Speaks Out On MUK

The state minister of higher education  has said that the government is committed to put things right at Makerere University after the visitation committee is done with its work. Read more

15 October 2017

3,000 Students Of Muteesa I University Stranded As Lecturers Strike

Muteesa I Royal University lecturers have gone on a strike accusing the Vice Chancellor (VC), Dr Arthur Sserwanga of promoting divisions among staff members and failing to clear their salary arrears. Read more

CHUSS Showcases Research In Social Sciences And Gender Relations

Researchers and scientists from the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHUSS) supported by MAK-Sweden Bilateral Research Cooperation showcased research projects in social sciences and gender that are contributing to social transformation of society. Read more

Dr. Lin Visits Mak, Seeks Institutional Collaboration

The former Chairman of the Uganda Taiwanese Chamber of Commerce, Dr. Jeff J.L. Lin visited Makerere and tabled various opportunities of collaboration between the University and Taiwanese Institutions as well as the business community. Read more

From Uganda to South Africa – My Intra-ACP Africa Mobility Experience

During my undergraduate studies, I was inspired by several lecturers that had exposure from the developed world. In light of this, it was an exciting opportunity for me to earn a scholarship under the project “Crop Scientists for African Agriculture (CSAA)” supported by the European Union under the Intra-ACP Mobility Programme. Read more

Higher Education Actors in Africa Brainstorm on a Regional Program for Strengthening Higher Agricultural Education in Africa (SHAEA)

African higher education actors gathered in Pretoria, South Africa from 28th to 29th September 2017 to discuss a strategy for the implementation of the Regional Program for Strengthening Higher Agricultural Education in Africa (SHAEA) project and to lay out the practical steps necessary for its implementation, including activities at the regional level. Read more

HLA FREE 4Wk Humanitarian Essentials MOOC

The ResilientAfrica Network-RAN, School of Public Health, College of Health Sciences, Makerere University in partnership with the Humanitarian Leadership Academy (HLA) in Nairobi, Kenya pursuing different activities for the benefit of those communities in need. Read more

MAK Students Sensitize The Community On Waste Management And Environmental Conservation

Makerere University students convened at the Western Gate to actively participate in the Waste Management Awareness Week aimed at sensitizing the University community on the importance of waste management and keeping the environment clean. Read more

Mak Students Urged to Embrace Insurance as a Career

The Head of Training at the Institute of Insurance of Uganda, Mr. Jonan Kisakye called upon students to take up insurance professional courses after completion of their Undergraduate degrees reiterating that the courses offered at the Institute will enable them acquire practical knowledge and skills. Read more

Mak Signs Agreement to Fast Track Collaboration With Taiwanese Institutions

Makerere University signed an agreement with Dr. Jeff J.L. Lin and his wife Mrs. Mei Yvan, aimed at creating a formal avenue through which Taiwanese institutions can collaborate with Makerere and other Ugandan institutions in aspects such as exchange of staff, students, research, among others. Read more

Mak to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle Waste

“Public waste awareness is key to successful waste management,” remarked the Dean of Students, Mr. Cyriaco Kabagambe who was representing the Vice Chancellor of Makerere University. Read more

MUST Receives New Director of Human Resource

Mbarara University of Science and Technology welcomed Mr. Prinari Behangana as the new Director of Human Resource. Read more

Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center Residency Competition

The Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center, through conferences and residency programs, supports the work of scholars, artists, policymakers, and practitioners who share in the Foundation’s. Read more

30 September 2017

Arts Students Benefit Govt Loan Scheme

At least four arts-related degree courses are now eligible for funding support under the students’ loan scheme. Read more

H.E. Rivoal Visits Mak, Signs French Collaboration MoU

The purpose of the visit was twofold; one to introduce herself to the new leadership of the University and secondly, introduce the Campus France Desk in Makerere University. Read more

Makerere And MKU Sign Mou To Improve Regional Higher Education

Makerere University and Mount Kenya University on 19th September 2017 signed a memorandum of understanding where the two institutions have agreed to collaborate in the improvement of higher education in the region. Read more

Mutesa University Closed Following Student Riot

Mutesa 1 Royal University main campus in Kirumba, Masaka has been closed after students went on strike. Read more

Outcry As Families Are Evicted From Soroti University Land

A total of 15 families that were recently evicted from the contested Soroti University land in Apuuton Village, have run to Soroti High Court to review the eviction process. Read more

Statement on the Authenticity of Makerere Degrees & Ongoing Investigations

With reference to the various media reports relating to the authenticity of Makerere University Degrees, the University Management wishes to state that Makerere has the duty to protect and secure the integrity of its academic credentials and has thus issued a statement to provide a consistent message on the matter. Read more

15 September 2017

Makerere University Investigates Degree Cheats

One of Africa’s most prestigious universities is investigating how 300 students managed to get their degree results changed. Read more

President Museveni Launches Annual Nelson Mandela Commemorative Lecture

The President of the Republic of Uganda, H.E. Gen. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni on 31st August 2017 launched the Makerere University Annual Nelson Mandela Commemorative Lecture. The launch followed a public lecture in honour of Nelson Mandela organized by the Department of Political Science and Public Administration in collaboration with the South African High Commission. Read more

Solution to Youth Unemployment Lies in Vocational Training

Given the high rate of youth unemployment, Uganda is seated on a time bomb. Read more

Stellenbosch University Strengthens Ties with Makerere University

A delegation of postgraduate students and their lecturers led by Mr. Nico Elema, Manager Centre for Collaboration in Africa (CCA) at Stellenbosch University visited Makerere University. Read more

Students Develop Security, Emergency App

The app offers emergency services to a smart phone owner in case of an accident, robbery or fire outbreak. Read more

31 August 2017

Cereal Breeders Receive US$1000 Each to Promote Gender Responsive Research

Cereal breeders who participated in a two-weeks Gender-responsive Cereal Grains Breeding (GREAT) Course at the School of Women and Gender Studies, Makerere University received $1000 each at the end of the course. The facilitation is meant to promote gender responsive research. Read more

Kabale University Trains Fake Doctors

Kabale University in western Uganda has secretly recruited students, many of them reportedly unqualified, for medical courses not accredited by the government as required by law. Read more

MPS Question Funding To Private Universities

The Public Accounts Committee of Parliament has tasked Education ministry officials to explain the irregular transfer of Shs2.1 billion to private universities. Read more

Strengthening Capacity for Teaching and Research through African Universities–RUFORUM/DAAD Award 9 Scholarships

The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) is pleased to announce winners of the 2017 DAAD/RUFORUM in-region and in-country scholarships. Since 2011, RUFORUM has been in collaboration with the German Academic Exchange Services (DAAD) to promote the regional doctoral training programmes offered by RUFORUM member universities in the East African Region. Read more

15 August 2017

Integrate Culture in Teaching

Stephen Mugarura, an education student at Makerere University, recalls that in his secondary school he studied about the Canadian Prairies, Tennesse Valley Authority, but does not see how these are likely to help him in his life currently or after school. Read more

Mak Hands Over MUARIK-CAES Postgraduate Lab Site to Contractor

The College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES), Makerere University has handed over the site for the construction of Post Graduate Laboratories at the Makerere University Agricultural Research Institute Kabanyolo (MUARIK) to Excel Construction Company Ltd under the AfDB-HEST Project. Read more

MAK Launches World University Netball Championship 2018

Launching the 3rd Edition of the World University Netball Championship the Minister of State for Sports said: “I salute the people who won the bid. This is a national issue. Hosting the Netball Championships presents a lot of opportunities to Uganda and Makerere University. Read more

New Makerere Vice-Chancellor Designate Aims High

Newly appointed Makerere University Vice-chancellor Professor Barnabas Nawangwe has vowed to position the Ugandan university as the leading institution for academic excellence and innovation in Africa. Read more

The Youth Are Speaking But Who Is Listening To Them?

This is a question attributed to former EU Ambassador in Uganda Kristian Schmidt and is something that challenges us to think about the youth question. Read more

Training in Pig Artificial Insemination for Districts in Uganda

Pig Phase II is an ongoing research project in the Department of Agricultural Production, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Makerere University funded by Competitive Grant Scheme, National Agricultural Research Organization. Read more

Why Have We Left Our Education System To Decay And Collapse?

Research from donors had showed that investment in lower education produced more returns to the economy than investment in higher education. Read more

15 July 2017

MUST Researchers Are Global Health Seed Grant Recipients

Congratulations to Faculty of Medicine researchers who are co-investigators on projects recently awarded a global health seed grant from the University of Minnesota. Read more

President Museveni Launches National Mindset Education Programme

Over time, it has been realized that the citizens’ negative mindsets are some of the key national constraints to development and social transformation. Read more

The Uganda Color Run At MUST in the Fight against Pediatric Cancer

Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Global Health in partnership with Global Health Collaborative, Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST) and Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital (MRRH) held the 3rd color run to raise awareness for pediatric cancer and nutrition. Read more

30 June 2017

Baryamureeba Protests Nawangwe’s Election as Makerere VC

Former presidential candidate Prof Venansius Baryamureeba has protested the election of Professor Barnabas Nawangwe as the new vice chancellor of Makerere University. Read more

Government Asks Students to Apply for University Loans

The government yesterday called for applications for study loans from Ugandan students who have been admitted for undergraduate and diploma programmes for the academic year 2017/2018. Read more

Kigezians Should Worry about Kabale University’s Demise as Private University

Kigezians and friends of Kigezi, both from within and abroad, recall why Kabale University (KU) was founded. The reasons are well articulated in its first interim charter which convinced the National Council for Higher Education to grant the university a licence. Read more

15 June 2017

Govt Report on School Fees Coming Out Soon

A committee that was set up by the ministry of education to investigate concerns of school fees increments in various educational institutions is expected to submit its report at the end of this month. Read more

Honesty in Higher Education Crucial for African Renaissance

I would like to critique university education so as to determine whether it is suitable to us in its present form or whether we should have an overhaul of higher institutions of learning to make them more relevant to our needs. Read more

Mak Unfair To Diploma, Mature-Age Entrants – Research

A research carried out by Dr Peace Buhwamatsiko Tumuheki of Makerere University indicates that policies subjected to those admitted under the diploma and mature-age entry schemes are very constraining and unfair. Read more

NCHE Blocks KIU from Admitting Phd Students

An investigation by the National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) has placed the spotlight on PhD programmes offered by Kampala International University (KIU) for the second time in five years. Read more

Ownership of Mukiibi Schools Revealed

Late Lawrence Mukiibi individually owned only 60 per cent of the eight schools, colleges and one university under the St Lawrence brand, this newspaper can reveal. Read more

Parliament Rejects Proposal to Disband State House Scholarships

Parliament has disregarded the views of its Committee on Presidential Affairs that had proposed that State House gives up control of the Shs20 billion scholarship fund under its charge to the Higher Education Students Financing Board, and instead passed the budget unchanged. Read more

Protect Yourselves from HIV/Aids – Dr Muyingo

The minister of state for Higher Education, Dr John Chrysostom Muyingo, has asked the graduates from African Bible University of Uganda (ABU) to protect themselves against the HIV/Aids scourge. Read more

Soroti University to Open August

Soroti University is set to start its operations come August this year, an official from the institution has revealed. Once operational, it will be the 9th public university in the country. Read more

Talk to Your Children about Life at School

The death of educationist Lawrence Mukiibi on May 28 robbed the country of a key figure in the education sector. His contribution to privatisation of the education sector in the country through his chain of St Lawrence Schools and St Lawrence University, among other establishments, will gain special place in Uganda’s history books. Read more

When Getting Intimate Ceases To Be a Big Deal

In this economy, young people are surviving largely on gigs. A number of University graduates are surviving on ushering gigs, marketing gigs or sales gigs that are short term, and pay commissions.  Read more

15 May 2017

10 Uganda Students Head for Training in China

Ten students have been flagged off for two weeks’ hands on ICT training in China.The students were chosen under a partnership between Huawei Technologies and government universities themed; Seeds for the Future. Read more

Ddumba-Ssentamu Speaks On His Chaotic 5 Years as Makerere VC

During a tumultuous five-year term as vice chancellor of Makerere University, Prof John Ddumba-Ssentamu has put down at least two strikes in a semester by either students or lecturers. Read more

Government Wasting Resources on Higher Education, Says Dr Kasekende

Uganda is educating more people than can be absorbed by the economy at the current economic development level. Read more

Here Are the Most Demanding University Courses Identified

Early in the learning life of a child, many a parent will ask their offspring what they would like to be in future. Indeed, many a parent will attempt to entice their offspring towards professions that will bring them success. Read more

Higher Education: The Elephant in the Room

The things we don’t want to be associated with sometimes turn out to be very intriguing. I didn’t want to attend the public dialogue on higher education. Read more

Ireeta, Makerere’s New Fast-Rising Star

Every once in a while, someone comes up to show that there is hope for those who go out of their way to succeed, confounding the cynics. Read more

Kyambogo Varsity Lecturers Lay Down Tools over Pay

Kyambogo University has failed to pay the salaries of their lecturers amounting to Shs3 billion which has accumulated since January to April. Read more

Loan Scheme: How Ready Are Beneficiaries To Pay Back?

In 2014, the Government of Uganda rolled out the higher education student’s loan scheme with intent to address the problem of inadequate access to higher education. Read more

Parliament Allocates Shs5.4 Billion for Students’ Loan Scheme

Parliament has appropriated Shs5.4 billion to cater for Students’ Loan Scheme next financial year. The Scheme had remained among the unfunded priorities under the education sector. Read more

Private Sector Should Finance Skills Training

Less than a kilometre from Kalungami trading centre in Iganga district stands what should be Nabitende Vocational Training Institute. Read more

Qualifications or Experience: What Is More Important?

There is an increase in the number of universities in the country making it easy for one to acquire higher education qualifications. Read more

Retraining Graduates: Are Govt Bodies Reinventing the Wheel?

Universities are currently drenched in fear over training schools that are being established by government parastatals. They claim that the schools are duplicating some of the courses they teach at the university. Read more

30 April 2017

1600 Graduate at UMI

Uganda management Institute was a beehive of activities as 1592 students graduated in different discipline. Read more

Makerere to Split Journalism and Communication Degree Course

The department of Journalism and Communication at Makerere University is in the final stages of splitting its lone degree programme into two. Read more

School of Biosecurity, Biotechnical and Laboratory Sciences in Collaboration with University of Florida and Tufts University

Makerere University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biosecurity participated (COVAB) in a project write up titled, “Peste des petits ruminants (PPR) vaccine associate award” that was awarded to Feed the future innovations lab for livestock systems at University of Florida/Institute for Food and Agriculture (UF/IFAS). Read more

Speaker Endorses Makerere Fundraising Run

The Speaker of Parliament, Hon. Rebecca Kadaga, will be the Chief Runner at the highly anticipated first-ever fundraising run at Makerere University scheduled for Sunday 14th May 2017. Read more

Students Urged on Leadership, Entrepreneurship

Members of the national student leadership body have been told to emulate people with leadership entrepreneurial skills to enable them get opportunities to create jobs. Read more

Swedish Ambassador Emphasizes Role of Higher Education towards Reducing Poverty

The Swedish Ambassador to Uganda, H.E Per Lindgarde has acknowledged the key role played by higher education in building human capacity and reducing poverty in the country.  The Ambassador emphasized the need to invest in higher education as a way accelerating technological diffusion, which would decrease knowledge gaps and help reduce poverty. Read more

15 March 2017

87% Graduates Can’t Find Jobs

At least nine in every 10 Ugandans who have completed any form of education are unemployed. Read more

Don’t Give Up on Higher Education, Students Told

The dream of every student who has completed his or her secondary school education would be to join the University and pursue a degree. However this may not be the case for some who either fail their S6 exams or cannot afford tuition. Read more

DVCFA Asks for Continuity as Mak Go Green Week Closes

The Deputy Vice Chancellor (Finance & Administration) DVCFA, officially closed the Go Green Week and tasked participating students to ensure that their calls for energy efficiency and environmental conservation continue perpetually. Read more

Education Minister Tips Nurses, Midwives on Ethics

The Minister of Education and Sports, has underscored the need to teach ethics and integrity in institutions of higher learning so that professionals learn how to commit themselves to serving the interests of the public. Read more

First Lady Urges Universities on Skills Development

Education minister and First Lady Janet Museveni has asked institutions of higher learning to focus more on skills development of their students to solve the increasing unemployment rate in the country. Read more

How Makerere University Can Meet 21st Century Needs

Uganda’s expectation of universities is to provide the skills needed to develop the science; the technology and the research capacity for prosperity and harmonious nation; the outsiders (society) want the students trained for their first job out of university; while the academics want the student educated for a lifelong self-fulfillment. Read more

IBBU Nigeria Delegation Pays Courtesy Call, Courts Mak

A delegation from the Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University (IBBU), Lapai-Niger State, Nigeria paid a courtesy call on the Vice Chancellor and extended a hand of collaboration to Makerere University. Read more

NTCS to Start Offering Degree Courses

The Vice Chancellor of Kyambogo University, Prof Eli Katunguka, has said plans are underway to empower all National Teachers’ colleges in Uganda to start offering degree programmes. Read more

RAN Innovation Exhibition 2017

To effectively tap into the existing innovations in the innovation ecosystem, Resilient Africa Network (RAN), School of Public Health, Makerere University is pleased to announce the Resilience Innovation Acceleration Program (RIAP) which will recognize and support promising and creative ideas from students and faculty at the Eastern Africa Resilience Innovation Lab (EA RILab) partner universities as well as the general community of innovation in East Africa. Read more

The Makerere University We Want in the 21st Century

Public universities all over the world are continually facing challenges arising out of the broader needs of society and expectations. This has impacted on the universities’ ability to achieve their core functions of teaching, learning and research to guide the education system in the country. Read more

UCU Holds Second Graduation Ceremony This Year

A total of 435 students graduated at the Uganda Christian University Mukono. It is the first time the university is releasing their maiden graduation of students on four master’s degree programs. Read more

Universities Demand New Law on Internship

Every year, thousands leave universities in search of a job placement, either as an intern or a volunteer to learn what it will take in the working world after they graduate. Not all of them get what they are looking for. Read more

VC Candidate Shuns Senate Interview

A vice chancellor is responsible for the academic, administrative and financial affairs of the university. He or she supervises the university, attends Government meetings and carries out other duties. Read more

15 February 2017

50 Withdrawn From Makerere Graduation List

As a total of 14,895 Makerere University students prepare to receive their awards in different academic disciplines today, 53 of them have been removed from the graduation list following allegations that their marks were altered. Read more

Female Tops Makerere Grade, Best Brains Speak Out

More than 14,000 students are graduating at the 67th Makerere University convocation with 260 of the students coming out with First Class degrees. Read more

Mak-Convocation Unveils Perimeter Wall Construction Fundraising Drive

The Chairperson of Makerere University Convocation has unveiled the fundraising drive for the Makerere University Perimeter Wall construction project under the theme: “Security for Mak-Students and Staff First”. Read more

Reality Check Awaits A-Level Winners and Muk Graduands

On the one hand, some 14,895 students are graduating from Makerere University – the biggest number of graduands by any university in Uganda. On the other hand, tens of thousands of candidates will get their results, having sat A-level exams last year. Read more

31 January 2017

Bishop Odama Awarded Doctorate

Gulu University has awarded Archbishop John Baptist Odama a Honorary Doctorate of Philosophy for his outstanding role in brokering peace and reconciliation in Northern Uganda. Read more

Government Warns Makerere on MUBs students

Government has warned the Management of Makerere University against dragging students who have met graduation requirements into disagreements with Makerere University Business School. Read more

Makerere Calls Mubs for Crisis Meet Over Graduation List

Makerere University vice chancellor has invited Makerere University Business School (Mubs) leadership to a meeting to sort out disagreements over Shs4b functional fees arrears that threatens to block the graduation of nearly 4,000 Mubs students. Read more

Makerere Embarks on Headcount to Establish Numbers

A three-week head-counting process of Makerere University students and staff aimed at establishing the precise number of students enrolled in the institution and eradicating ghost students and workers. Read more

Makerere Laboratory Wins Award

The Makerere University–John Hopkins University Core Laboratory has been recognized and awarded winner of the Best Practice in Laboratory Medicine, by the African Society of Laboratory Medicine (ASLM). Read more

NCHE Disputes Busoga University’s 1,000 Degrees to Sudanese, Nigerian Students

The National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) has raised concern about degrees granted to students who did not meet the minimum entry criteria for various programmes. Read more

NCHE Must Act to Save Our Education Standards Record

The National Council for Higher Education, the body charged with regulating tertiary institutions in Uganda, has notified Busoga University in Iganga district of its intention to revoke its provisional license if concerns are not addressed within six months. Read more

New Victoria Univ. Guild President Unveils Plans

The second year computer science student is full of ideas and plans to put Victoria University on the world map. Read more

Police Foil Busoga University Students’ Strike

Police have deployed in various parts of Iganga Municipality to stop students of Busoga University from holding a “peaceful” demonstration, following the closure of the university. Read more

15 November 2016

Emphasize Practicals in Agriculture Studies, Universities Urged

Universities offering agriculture courses have been asked to emphasize practicals in order to produce students who are practical and can transform the country. Read more

Makerere University at Crossroads: What Should Key Stakeholders Do?

I published an article advising Makerere University that its decision to raise salaries by 70 per cent from internally generated funds would tantamount to committing suicide. Now as I write this article, the University is closed until further notice by the President. Read more

Makerere Vehicles: Defiant Lecturers List Goes to Janet

Makerere University Vice Chancellor has said that by the close of Tuesday, he will have filed a report to the minister of education on university staff who defiantly failed to return university vehicles. Read more

Minister Muyingo Warns on Strikes

The State Minister for Higher Education, Dr John Chrysostom Muyingo, has cautioned students in institutions of higher learning against using strikes as a means of expressing their grievances. Read more

Minister Muyingo Worried About Defiance Culture in Schools

The state minister for higher education is worried about the rising culture of defiance in schools and other institutions of higher learning saying such behaviour is likely to plunge Uganda into trouble and moral decadence. Read more

Museveni Appoints Makerere Probe Committee

President Yoweri Museveni has appointed a nine-man committee to inquire into the affairs of Makerere University. Read more

Museveni Concerned About Quality of University Education

President Yoweri Museveni has expressed concern on the quality of graduates being churned out by universities and other institutions of higher learning in the country. Read more

President Orders Indefinite Shutdown of Top University

Makerere University, Uganda’s oldest and most prestigious higher education institution and one of the best in Africa, has been closed until further notice following a directive by Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni. Read more

Rwanda Hunts for Professors as Makerere Remains Closed

Amidst controversy on remuneration of academic staff in Uganda’s public universities, Rwanda’s leading university is hunting for professors with alluring packages. Read more

Sudhir’s Varsity Fires Top Academic Staff

A standoff involving the son of Victoria University owner Sudhir Ruparelia, and the academic hierarchy, hit the peak when the university council announced the dismissal of the top academic managers. Read more

Sudhir’s University to Replace Fired Staff

After firing its top academic staff, tycoon Sudhir Ruparelia’s Kampala-based Victoria University is searching for a quick replacement for the five faculty dean. Read more

Transform Makerere into a Private University

Nearly all the strikes that have broken out at Makerere University in the past two and half decades have invariably been triggered by issues relating to inadequate funding and administrative ineptitude. Read more

What Is the Answer to Makerere’s Problem?

As expected, Makerere University was ordered shut on Tuesday after academic staff refused to blink in their demand for billions in incentive pay which remains unpaid over several months. Read more

31 October 2016

Embrace Creativity, Graduates Told

In today’s world it is not enough to have a bachelor’s degree or even a master’s degree when you lack values, creativity, innovativeness and skills.

Fulbright Celebrates 70 Years of Partnership and Achievements

The Makerere University Chancellor commended the tremendous efforts of the U.S government in developing the academic and social-economic sector of Uganda through the Fulbright scholarship program. Read more

Government Condemns Violence at Public Universities

The State Minister for Higher Education has condemned the rising violence caused from demonstrations staged by both lecturers and students in public universities across the country. Read more

Insurers Call for Inclusion in School Curriculum

In Uganda, our school curriculum does not have insurance. We have people coming out of university who still do not appreciate the importance of insurance. Read more

Janet Cautions Universities on Compliance

Education minister Janet Museveni has called for universities and tertiary institutions to ensure that they provide quality and relevant higher education that leads to the employability of graduates. Read more

Kabale Varsity Still in Turmoil despite Janet’s Intervention

The hope to calm unending strikes by lecturers and students at Kabale University is not yet visible, despite the intervention of the education ministry. Read more

Kyambogo University Needs More Staff

Kyambogo University acting vice chancellor is seeking government support to increase its staffing levels. Read more

Makerere Suspends 15 Students over Indiscipline

In a bid to end indiscipline, hooliganism and lawlessness among students, Makerere University has suspended 15 students over destroying university property. Read more

Meet Roy Ssembogga, Guild President Pushed by a Retake

Roy Ssembogga should be a medical doctor today, after he completed his five-year programme at Makerere, early this year in January. As Ssembogga still has to pass a course he failed in his second year, but is enjoying time as guild president. Read more

Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa Fellowships-2017 Call

The Next Generation Social Sciences program, launched in 2011, is aimed at supporting the next generation of African researchers working on peace, security and development issues. Read more

Start Your Own Businesses Graduands Advised

If you want to succeed in life, start doing something for yourself however small it is. Try to create some business for yourself. Read more

Top Dons Campaign for Review of A-Level

The Uganda Vice Chancellors’ Forum says two years is a short time for students to decide their career paths, leading to the high levels of unemployment. Read more

Universities Urged to Invest in Research

Universities in Uganda have been challenged to invest more in research and practical learning instead of focusing on mostly theory. Read more

VP Challenges Local Science Educationists

Vice President has called for sustainable scientific collaboration between Ugandan institutions of higher learning and the rest of the world if the country is to attain its middle-income status. Read more

Why Curriculum Reform Efforts Are Likely to Remain Largely Ineffective

Despite the numerous earlier efforts made to customise and vocationalise Uganda’s basic education curriculum, school education has remained too elitist, pedantic, abstract and divorced from the practical needs of its client society. Read more

30 September 2016

30 To Graduate from NWSC Vocational Training Facility

National Water and Sewerage Corporation’s (NWSC) vocational training facility is set to pass out its first trainees on a special programme aimed at helping informal employees acquire qualification papers. Read more

Eight Innovator Teams Awarded RAN RIC4CONF Grants worth US$280,000

The Resilience Innovation Challenge for Conflict (RIC4CONF) Grants Call was announced by the ResilientAfrica Network (RAN), School of Public Health (MakSPH), Makerere University in March 2016. Read more

EU Climate Diplomacy Week Lecture Calls for Burden Sharing

As part of activities to mark the Climate Diplomacy Week, the EU Delegation in Uganda in partnership with the Makerere University Centre for Climate Change Research and Innovation (MUCCRI) organized a Public Lecture aimed at raising climate change awareness among University students. Read more

Pre-Entry Exams for Medical Interns Will Ensure Quality Healthcare

Recently, medical interns from Uganda’s five public universities overwhelmingly protested a decision by the Ministry of Health to set pre-entry exams that will be taken by all medical graduates for them to be enrolled as interns. Read more

Prof. Maria Musoke a Solid Bridge between Health and Information Sciences

The Prime Minister of the Republic of Uganda hailed Prof. Maria Musoke for her tremendous work in bridging the gap between health and information. Read more

Researchers Cautioned Against Inflating Costs

Kyambogo University’s acting vice chancellor has challenged researchers to have realistic budgets while presenting their proposals. Read more

Ugandans Excel in Israeli Internship Programme

Another set of Ugandan students recently departed for an international agricultural internship programme in Israel. However, with this came the news that Ugandan students are excelling on the modern farms and are in such high demand, two returnees returned to Israel with the new contingent. Read more

Will Kiggundu Survive the Unending Makerere Strikes?

Academic staff at Makerere University found themselves in a dilemma. Initially, some elected to go with the decision of the Makerere University Academic Staff Association (Muasa) management, calling for a strike over unpaid allowances. Read more

15 September 2016

200 Awarded Mastercard Scholarships to Makerere

Some 200 needy students started classes at Makerere University, thanks to support from the MasterCard Foundation Scholars programme. Read more

All Set for Makerere Guild Election

Makerere University electoral commission is set for the re-election of the guild president at the School of Education for a substantive student leader. Read more

Eight Get UK Chevening Scholarships

Nine Ugandan scholars will soon join a healthy tradition, traveling to the UK for further studies for postgraduate study on the Chevening scholarship scheme. Read more

Kampala University Passes out 256 Nurses and Midwives

There was pomp and pageantry as Kampala University School of Nursing and Health Sciences held its third graduation, while marking 11 years since inception. Read more

KIU Changes Pharmacy Training

Kampala International University (KIU) is preparing to change the way pharmacists are trained in Uganda, by including a practical element. Read more

Masaka Disowns Varsity Quota Students

Masaka District chairperson has queried the names of students admitted on the 2016/17 university district quota scheme, saying the beneficiaries are not bona fide residents of the district. Read more

Museveni Installs Muni Varsity VC, Rebuffs Arts Courses Again

President Museveni on Monday echoed his long-held view that some universities continue to teach courses, mainly in the humanities, which do not add value to students. Read more

Muteesa University Staff Upset Over Delayed Salaries

Months of delayed pay have proved too much for staff at Muteesa I Royal University to deal with, prompting a row with their vice chancellor. Read more

Solar Powered Internet School Launched in Kyengera

A Solar Powered Internet School (SPIS) and an E-Learning Centre have been launched in Kyengera, a Kampala suburb, at Mackay College and Nsangi Secondary School respectively. Read more

Prof Ocitti’s Long Walk to Education Icon

Prof Ocitti braved the odds to become one of the most iconic scholars in the country. Read more

31 August 2016

4 Universities Producing Fake Nurses

Up to 1,200 students have been affected by a scandal whose cause is attributable either to failure to pay attention to detail. Read more

Cavendish University Opens Law Facility, Restructures 60 Staff

Cavendish University has inaugurated two state-of-the art facilities in the Acacia, Bukoto neighbourhood to accommodate law and health sciences students. Read more

Disputed Nursing Degree Graduates Run to Parliament

Former students of Uganda Christian University whose nursing degrees were rejected by the nurses and midwives regulatory body have now petitioned parliament. Read more

Enroll For Higher Education, Varsity Boss Tells Basoga

The Vice Chancellor of Busoga University, has lashed out at the people of Busoga over failure to take advantage of existing institutions of learning to further their education. Read more

Government, Clergy to Build University

In a bid to address the rampant youth unemployment, the government has partnered with clergy to set up a vocational university in Semuto. Read more

Govt Should Honour Its Promise to University Staffs

The non-teaching staffs in public universities under their association, the Public Universities Non-Teaching Staff Executives Forum (PUNTSEF), have been on strike for some weeks demanding payment of their arrears. Read more

Information Ministry to Consult on Post Graduate Journalism School

The Ministry of Information, ICT and Communication is set to consult with, among other stakeholders, the universities and media practitioners’ associations on a proposed post graduate school for journalism. Read more

Leaders Submitting False Academic Papers Are Embarrassing To Young Generation

The electoral commission has admitted that last month’s court rulings which saw a number of legislators thrown out of parliament over various electoral offences, is a wakeup call for electoral laws to be revised. Read more

Makerere University Begins Tele-Medicine Services

Makerere University College of health sciences and the Rotary Club of Kampala North have started testing video conferencing equipment which was installed at the school to improve healthcare services around the country. Read more

Makerere University Students Protest against Delayed Opening for New Semester

Makerere university students have staged a protest over the University’s decision to postpone the opening for the new academic year as the strike by non-teaching staff in public universities persists. Read more

More than 6,000 Students Admitted to Tertiary Institutions

The Joint Admissions Board (Jab) in the education ministry released this year’s admissions lists for tertiary institutions. Read more

Museveni Set to Meet Striking University Staff

A meeting between President Yoweri Museveni and some members of the university non-teaching staff is scheduled to take place at State House Entebbe. Read more

Muteesa Varsity Students Protest over Deficient Conditions

Students at Muteesa I Royal University blocked a meeting of the university council this morning in an attempt to force the dismissal of the vice chancellor. Read more

Prepare Your Child for Work

The Education ministry statistics show that more than 400,000 youth are churned out of universities and other higher institutions of learning. Read more

UCU to Open Campus in Sebei

Uganda Christian University is extending its wings to Sebei sub-region. The campus will be housed by defunct St Peter’s Girls Secondary School building in Kapchorwa District. Read more

We Should Carry Out Proper Research on Sex Education

In recent times, sex education in schools has been in the news. Read more

31 July 2016

August Intake for Victoria University

Victoria University is a private university fully accredited by the National Council of Higher education. Read more

Court Blocks Relocation of Makerere University Fort Portal campus

The High court in Fort Portal has issued an injunction halting the relocation of Makerere University Fort Portal branch. Read more

Makerere Admits 16,500 on Private Scheme

At least 16,500 students have been admitted to Makerere University on the private sponsorship scheme, according to a provisional list released. Read more

Makerere University Committee Clears Prof. Mahmood Mamdani of Wrongdoing

A committee investigating the causes of a public row between Professor Mahmood Mamdani, the Executive Director of Makerere University Institute of Social Research (MISR), and researcher Dr. Stella Nyanzi has cleared Mamdani of any wrongdoing. Read more

Makerere Lecturers Give Government Ultimatum on Salary

Academic staff of Makerere University yesterday gave government an ultimatum of up to today to pay their June salaries and allowance arrears for five months. Read more

Makerere Varsity Chokes on Shs125b Debt

Makerere University has accumulated debts of about Shs125b in unpaid pension arrears to staff, incentives, utility bills and teaching materials. Read more

Makerere Varsity to De-Register Fees Defaulters

Makerere University will automatically dismiss students who fail to register with the institution by the 10th week of a semester. Read more

Verifying Mps’ Academic Documents Not the Responsibility of Parliament

The discussion about some MPs whom courts have found to lack the minimum academic requirements to join Parliament has had several dimensions. Read more

15 July 2016

Kabale University Staff Strike

A Public Administration lecturer blamed the crisis at Kabale university on the huge communication gap between the staff and management. Read more

Kyambogo University In Vice Chancellor Crisis

Once again, Kyambogo University is in a crisis, after its efforts to obtain a substantive vice chancellor ended in shambles. Read more

Norwegian Embassy Invests Sh10bn in Makerere’s E-Learning

The Norwegian embassy has injected sh10bn in an e-learning project at Makerere University. Read more

UCU Graduates 47 First-Class Students

As Uganda Christian University holds its 17th graduation ceremony, a total of 47 students will be awarded first class degrees in various disciplines. Read more

30 June 2016

EAC Launches Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Centre

Uganda’s Makerere University has been announced as the home of the newly launched East African Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (EACREE), which is set to address key issues related to renewable energy resources. Read more

EAC Probe Queries Medical Training in Ugandan Varsities

A technical investigation into the country’s seven medical training universities in the country has established that majority have inadequate infrastructure, academic staff and their medical students have limited access to patients for clinical training, which in turn undermines the quality of graduate doctors from those universities. Read more

How Did Uneb Verify Mps’ Fake Papers?

About a dozen Members of Parliament have lost their seats, most of them over lack of requisite academic qualification. Read more

IGG Not to Intervene in Kyambogo VC Contest

As the search for a substantive vice chancellor at Kyambogo University rages on, government ombudsman, has declined to halt the process on the request of a petitioner alleging irregularities in the process. Read more

Makerere Proposes New Fees Policy

Following a series of violent strikes by the students over what they called unfair fees policies, Makerere University administration has proposed a new policy. Read more

Makerere to Award Best S.6 Science Students

Makerere University College of Health Sciences in partnership with Eastern Diaries, a Muslim organization aimed at empowering students with health skills is set to award the best senior six science students to motivate them do science courses at higher institutions of learning. Read more

Uneb Is Wrong On Pre-Entry Exam for Law Degree Course

Head of Uneb’s research unit, asserting that Uneb research had found that the current policy of liberalisation of student admissions by law schools in the country was wrong and ought to be re-examined. Read more

Uganda Sends 5 Universities to 8th All Africa University Games

For the first time in the history of these games, students will be ambassadors of their institutions and not nations like it has previously been. Read more

15 June 2016

ICT Courses Should be Practical

A quick look at the list of accredited programmes on the Uganda National Council of Higher Education website shows that teaching undergraduate computer science and IT has become affordable in almost all institutions of higher learning in Uganda. Read more

Makerere Fort Portal Campus on Gradual Closure

Higher education in the Rwenzori sub-region will continue majorly with Private Universities as the Makerere University Council resolved to gradually close the doors of its campus in Fort Portal last week. Read more

Makerere University Holds Chinese Language Proficiency Contest

The first Chinese Bridge contest in Uganda attracted contestants from all the institutes that teach Chinese language in Uganda under the guidance of the Makerere University Confucius Institute. Read more

Public Varsities Win Big in Education Budget as the Old Problems Persist

The Ministry of Education, Science Technology and Sports budget for 2016/17, which shows that public universities will take the lion’s share of funds, even as sector officials insist that the major focus will remain on early childhood education. Read more

Ssematimba in Court to Regain His MP Seat

The newly elected Busiro South constituency legislator who was last week kicked out of Parliament by the High Court over academic papers has run to Court of Appeal to challenge the decision. Read more

Sellal Reçoit L’envoyé Spécial du Président Ougandais: Consolider Davantage les Institutions Africaines

Le Premier ministre, M. Abdelmalek Sellal, a reçu à Alger, M. Henry Oryem Okello, ministre des Affaires internationales, envoyé spécial du président de la République d’Ouganda, en visite en Algérie, indique un communiqué des services du Premier ministre. Lire Plus

15 May 2016

Admissions 2016: Kitende Still Best

An analysis of the admission lists for five of Uganda’s seven public universities shows that St Mary’s SS, Kitende has once again dominated entry to institutions of higher education on government scholarship. Read more

Gambling Students Renege On Fees, Strike Over Policy

Many students at Uganda’s flagship Makerere University are diverting money into gambling and are failing to pay tuition fees on time, according to staff. Read more

Govt Should Let Public Universities

Over the last three years, public universities have been beset by strikes over poor pay for staff and late payment of tuition by students. Read more

Support Staff Strike Exposes Disunity in Universities

Non-teaching staff at public universities went on strike, arguing that they wanted the government to include last year’s arrears in the salary enhancement. Read more

University Staff Suspend Strike

Non-teaching staff at public universities have suspended a nationwide sit down strike Read more

30 April 2016

Lecturers Give MUK Ultimatum over Unpaid Arrears

Lecturers at Makerere University have given the university administration a one week ultimatum to pay their incentive arrears or they stop teaching Read more

Makerere Students Strike in a Witchcraft Style

After days of relentless strikes without a positive response, Makerere University students pursuing Bachelor’s degree in Ethics and Human Rights, demonstrated in a witchcraft style. Read more

Makerere University Admits 1,500 Students on Government

Makerere University has admitted at least 1,566 students who sat last year’s Senior Six national examinations to join the institution next academic year on government scholarship. Read more

Makerere to Set up Committee to Investigate Dr. Stella Nyanzi’s Actions

Professor Ssentamu says a committee will be set up to investigate the incident and the different accusations Dr. Nyanzi has levelled against Prof. Mahmood Mamdani, MISR’s director. Read more

New Universities and 20 Technical Colleges on the Cards

Uganda’s government has halted the trend of upgrading tertiary colleges into universities. Read more

Prof. Sebuwufu warns varsity students against riots

You must remain good citizens amidst political differences and learn how to accommodate opposing views and not to join riots but live in harmony. Read more

Universities and Their Struggles with Fees Defaulters

With only three days left to the end of the 12th week of the semester, Makerere University is yet to collect fees from more than half of the private students. Read more

Without Government, Students Support, Makerere University Is ‘Lifeless’

A semester can’t elapse at Makerere University without students rioting against a policy that necessitates them pay tuition. Read more

15 April 2016

Castigate Rogue Makerere Students

A semester never elapses at Makerere University without students’ rioting against a policy that necessitates them pay tuition. Read more

Kyambogo Students Strike Over Delayed Results

Kyambogo University students on Wednesday went on strike over the university’s delay to release last semester’s results and also the transcripts of those who graduated early this year in January. Read more

Kyambogo Varsity Non-Teaching Staff Threatens to Strike Again

The non-teaching staff of Kyambogo University has threatened to strike again overgovernment’s failure to clear their salary arrears for non-teaching staff in public universities across the country. Read more

Makerere in Shs21b Fees Deficit

Makerere University is demanding Shs21b from more than half of the private students who have not paid their tuition, a month to the close of the semester. Read more

Medical Students Protest Scrapping of Faculty Allowances

Government sponsored medical students of Gulu University are protesting a new policy that will have fourth and fifth year students scrapped from benefiting from the faculty and equipment allowances. Read more

MPS Reject Sh115bn Meant for Ministry of Education Project

The implementation of the Ministry of Education Support to Higher Education, Science and technology sh115b project hangs in balance after the MPs rejected the proposal by the ministry to approve the expenditure as part of the supplementary budget. Read more

UMA, Universities Get Shs357b Loan for Students Internships

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has given the Uganda Manufacturers’ Association (UMA), a $105 million (Shs357 billion) loan to support internship programmes for students. Read more

1 April 2016

Busoga Varsity To Dismiss 100 Lecturers Over Lack Of Papers

Over 100 lecturers at Busoga University are listed for dismissal for lack of requisite academic qualifications. Read more

7 Million Ugandans Haven’t Been to School – Census

Even with a remarkable steady increase in literacy rates, nearly seven million Ugandans, representing 19.3 per cent of the total population, have never been to school. Read more

12,000 Fail to Get Mak Transcripts

At least 12,000 Makerere University former students have not received their transcripts three months after they graduated in January. Read more

Kampala University Gets Charter, As 2,500 Graduate

It was an occasion to celebrate as the vice chancellor, Prof Badru Ddungu Kateregga, announced that the institution had secured a charter from the National Council for Higher Education (NCHE), enabling them to run postgraduate programmes. Read more

Makerere Among World’s Top 50 for Development Studies

Makerere University is one the best fifty universities in the world to study development studies, a new ranking have revealed. Read more

Nkumba University law students for international law competition

Three law students at Nkumba University are in France for a weeklong International Humanitarian Law Moot Competition. Read more

NPA Boss Rejects Jinja Varsity

The executive director of the National Planning Authority, has called on the residents of Jinja Municipality to stop calls to turn facilities at some secondary and tertiary institutions in the municipality into a public university. Read more

Produce More Children, Pleads University Boss

Kampala University Vice Chancellor Badru Kateregga yesterday asked Ugandans to produce many children so that private investors in higher education institutions can stay in business. Read more

Team Business Becomes University

After five years, Team Institute of Business and Management (TIBM) has become the latest university, after getting a provisional license from the National Council for Higher Education. Read more

Turning Tertiary Tnstitutions into Universities Not the Solution

Two major government officials finally admitted a matter that has irked several observers of the education sector. Education Minister admitted that the sector blundered when it elevated bona fide tertiary institutions into universities. Read more

Uganda Students Scramble for Contraception Pills

Makerere University students scramble for emergency contraception pills after a lecture on a campaign dubbed “Not 2 Late”, the campaign is intended to create awareness on the dangers of unwanted pregnancies among the students. Read more

15 March 2016

Academic Low-Performers Banned From Student Politics

Academically low-performing students at Makerere University in Uganda may not participate in student leadership. Read more

Dons Look to Rescue Higher Education

African university heads have recommended that institutions of higher learning adopt modern corporate business models to survive. Read more

Makerere Scoops 2016 Debate Award

Makerere University has won the 9th inter-universities human rights debate at Ndejje University in Luweero District. Read more

Should Public Universities Focus on Science Courses?

It is that time of the year again. Public university officials are lobbying various government institutions to have their budgets enhanced. Read more

Universities Tackle Next Frontier, E-Governance

For years, universities have been judged on their majestic huge buildings and extensive book catalogue that had some scholars exploring libraries for days. Read more

29 February 2016

HESFB Wants Shs 1.5bn to Sponsor PhD Students

The Higher Education Students’ Financing Board (HESFB) has asked for an extra Shs 1.5bn from government to enable them sponsor students pursuing the Doctor of Philosophy degree (PhD). Read more

ISBAT Is The Latest University – NCHE

The National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) has accredited International School of Business and Technology (Isbat) into a fully-fledged university. Read more

Makerere University Signs A USD 19m Contract Agreement With Unisplendour (UNIS) of Tsinghua University

As beneficiaries of the Project, Makerere University will be able to improve its network connectivity to enable Colleges get reliable connections . Read more

We Still Need To Regulate Journalists

The controversial decision by parliament to require media houses to assign only reporters with journalism degrees to cover the House is an interesting one, given that journalism has and is still going through a rough patch. Read more

Why Parliament Has Set Bar High for Journalists

Parliament last week sent out a letter to editors requesting them to send names of journalists they would want to deploy to cover the  10th parliament. Read more

15 February 2016

Graduates Urged to Start Up Own Businesses

They were told to organize themselves into groups in their respective courses and ask their leaders to help them access money under the youth livelihood program. Read more

Lecturers Turning Into Financial Mercenaries

National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) executive director Opuda Asibo has said Ugandan universities are running short of lecturers as many have turned into financial mercenaries and are no longer committed to their work. Read more

Parliament Bars Reporting By Journalists with No Degree

A debate has been raging in Uganda over whether a degree improves the ability to comprehend and accurately report on parliamentary proceedings. Read more

Schools Asked to Relax S5 Sciences Entry Points

The Minister of state for Higher Education, Prof Sandy Stevens Tickodri-Tagboa, yesterday directed schools to relax entry cut-off points for students wishing to join their institutions for science courses. Read more

January 2016

Ezra Suruma Installed As Chancellor of Makerere University

It was a joyous moment as students from the Makerere University School of Performing Arts led the procession to welcome senior presidential advisor on finance Prof. Ezra Suruma to his installation ceremony as the new Chancellor. Read more

Graduates Told To Use Brains, Not Beg

New graduates across the country have been urged to scan the environment and make use of the best available opportunities instead of waiting for help from the government. Read more

Makerere Starts Shs 43bn Construction Works

Construction of two four-storey structures at Makerere University started, with earth movers starting to prepare the ground for major works. Read more

Makerere Gets Shs2b to Boost Disease Research

Makerere University and Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) have received $7.2m (about Shs2.4b) under their joint Centre for Infection and Immunity Research and Training programme (MUII plus). Read more

Makerere to Query Graduation List Mess

Makerere University vice chancellor has once again apologised to those who missed out on last week’s graduation ceremonies after their names were not cleared in time. Read more

NCHE Blamed Over Sub-Standard Universities

The Kyambogo University Council chairman, has castigated the National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) for giving out operating licences to mushrooming universities that do not meet the standard requirements. Read more

Regional Bank Offers Prestige Degrees

The Africa-America Institute is accepting applications for the new East African Development Bank (EADB) scholarship program for experienced teachers and lecturers. Read more

Why the Ugandan Elites Can’t Bring Change

The dictionary defines elites as “part of a group that is superior to the rest in terms of abilities or qualities. Read more

December 2015

IUIU Grants Dr Sengendo Five More Years as Rector

Despite making what seemed to many as a farewell speech last year, Dr Ahmed Sengendo, the rector of the Islamic University in Uganda (IUIU), last week saw his term of office extended by a further five years. Read more

Kampala University’s Kenya Campus Graduates 500

Five years after it opened its gates to students, The East African University (TEAU), a sister to Kampala University held its second graduation ceremony last week in western Kenya. Read more

Makerere University Tops Media Awards

Several Makerere University journalism students were crowned winners at the recently concluded Inter-institutional Media Challenge (IMC) awards. Read more

Makerere, Kyambogo Set Graduation Dates

Makerere and Kyambogo Universities have set dates for their graduation ceremonies, due to take place next month. Read more

Time to Emphasise Vocational Training among Learners

For the last seven years, the government has been preaching vocational training. The argument has been that not everyone could get a degree at university, and not everyone should aspire for it in the first place. Read more

UMI to Set Management Benchmark for Government

The Uganda Management Institute (UMI) will soon set up a clinic to assist troubled organisations. According to the UMI director general, the move follows demand for assistance from the public. Read more

November 2015

75 Ugandans Denied Kenya Law Exams The Kenya’s Council of Legal Education says the students did not study some law course units during their undergraduate studies in Uganda. Read more

Are African Private Universities as Pitiable as Portrayed Abroad? A staff at the University of Southampton sent me an article titled ‘Africa’s teaching shops: the rise of private universities’. Read more

Gulu Varsity Law Students Protest Over Accreditation At least 23 law students who completed their studies at Gulu University and are to graduate on February 9, 2016, have threatened to sue the university over slow response to have the law course accredited by the National Council for Higher Education (NCHE). Read more

Integrating Students’ Online Lifestyles with Academics The textbook is slowly fading out as the world shifts towards digital learning software and services. Read more

It Is Time for University Students to Vote Their Way Out of Unfairness Students of Makerere University made their voices heard over an unfair new fees structure. Read more

King Oyo Excites Makerere University Students It was joy, elation and fanfare on Saturday at Makerere University in Kampala, when Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru Rukidi IV met the students of Tooro Under their Umbrella Makerere University Tooro Students Association.  Read more

Mak Delegation to Malaysia Lays Firm Foundation for Collaborations Makerere University is set to establish partnerships with universities in Malaysia to extend each other’s areas of interest. Read more

MUST Launches $3.2m Research Initiative MUST has launched the 5 year Mbarara University Research Initiative (MURTI), a program aimed at building the research capacity of junior academic staff at the university. Read more

Qualification Requirements for MPs Are Too Weak, Low Right-thinking citizens would perhaps agree that parliaments are solemn constitutional entities that are charged with onerous responsibilities of framing the law. Read more

Royalty and Loyalty at Mak as King Oyo Makes Inaugural Visit Royalty and Loyalty combined in big volumes as the King of Tooro Kingdom, made his maiden entry into the gates of Makerere University. Read more

Who Is The Ideal University Graduate? With thousands of graduates released onto the market every year, the blame game continues between the academia who educate the graduates and the private sector which absorbs them on who should equip them with skills in the different professions. Read more

October 2015

Government to own Makerere’s Kiira EV car Makerere University has agreed to a 4 per cent shareholding on their Kiira EV car innovation with government following an out-of-court settlement. Read more

Gov’t embarks on building regional technical institutions The government of Uganda has embarked on the construction of regional technical institutions in partnership with the government of China in a bid to emphasize vocational education in the country. Read more

Embrace integrity, Kagina advises Ndejje graduates Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) executive director assured university graduates with “maximum integrity and honesty” of a better future in the job market. Read more

September 2015

418 Named in Makerere Probe into Exam Fraud An internal Makerere University probe has confirmed that at least 418 students illegally altered their marks to get better grades. Read more

Gulu Varsity Students Petition RDC Students of Gulu University on the weekend study programme have petitioned the Resident District Commissioner (RDC) over missing lectures for two weeks. Read more

Kabatsi Petitions NRM Over Kawooya’s Qualifications A former head of legal department at State House, has petitioned the NRM electoral commission, seeking a cancellation of the nomination of Ssembabule Woman legislator Hanifa Kawooya over alleged lack of academic qualifications. Read more

August 2015

Nkumba’s Future is Bright – Dean of Students The university started as a kindergarten in a local chief’s compound in 1952. Read more

Non-Teaching University Staff Put Pay Strike on Hold Public universities in Uganda have resumed full operation after several weeks of industrial action. Non-teaching staff had laid down their tools citing low pay and anger over government action to raise lecturer salaries but not theirs. Read more

Research Should be Mandatory at Higher Institutions of Learning Every university must hold at least one international conference in every academic year and also run an internationally peer reviewed journal as a standard and best practice in Uganda. Read more


July 2015

Giving Students the Right to Switch Universities Initially, if you were to upgrade from a diploma to a degree, you had to go through all the three years. But with the new credit accumulation system, you do not have to go back to the beginning; but you can join along the way as long as you studied the subjects. Read more

Kyambogo College Dominates Private Admissions at Kyambogo University Kyambogo University concluded admissions for their next academic year, with the release of their private admissions list. Read more

Makerere Nurse Scoops Research Ethics Award A senior nurse trainer has won this year’s national bioethics award. Read more

Must Every Course at Makerere be a Degree Programme? In the current admissions, Makerere University has introduced and admitted students to the following three-year degree courses; Read more

Varsity Students to Transfer Credit Units Students who wish to switch from their current higher institutions of learning to other universities before completing their course units can now do so after National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) passed a policy to allow credit accumulation and transfer in institutions of higher learning. Read more


June 2015

KIU Sets Doctor Graduation Quota The founder and proprietor of Kampala International University, Hajj Hassan Basajjabalaba, has said the university has set a target to start producing 1,000 medical doctors in Uganda annually effective 2020. Read more

Loan Scheme Will Increase Access to Higher Education for Needy Students The Government of Uganda has introduced a number of policy interventions in a bid to increase access to education. Read more

MUBS Rejects Govt Offer on Varsity Status Makerere University Business School has rejected the government proposal to make it a tertiary institution with powers to award degrees instead of a fully-fledged university. Read more

Museveni Commends Makerere on Education The President advised Prof. John David Kabasa to work out a programme to produce cotton and silk products saying that such an arrangement would enable the youth to have employment. He pledged the NRM Government’s commitment to the intensification of the provision of more skills to the people than it has hitherto done. Read more

Pay Hike for University Academics to Improve Quality Lecturers at all six public universities in Uganda will have a salary increase of 53% effective from July. The pay hike is an effort by the government to improve higher education quality and skills development. But academics are not impressed. Read more

The Higher Education Students Financing Board (HESFB) The Higher Education Students Financing Board (HESFB) was established by an Act of Parliament to manage the Students’ Loan Scheme. The Board has received funds from the Government of Uganda to be used for financing Ugandan Students who are pursuing studies in Higher Education Institutions in Uganda. Read more


May 2015

University Chiefs to Tackle Relevance of Higher Education Relevance of higher education in a globalized world will be at the centre of the conference that will bring together distinguished scholars across the globe in the Rwandan capital, Kigali next month. Read more

Uganda’s Higher Education Chocking Higher education in Uganda, one would confidently say, is hanging on a thread. Simply put, it is just a matter of time before if goes down crashing, if nothing is quickly done. Read more

EAC Council of Ministers Concludes 31st Meeting The 31st Meeting of the Council of Ministers, among others, considered progress report on Harmonization of Higher Education Systems as presented by Prof. Mayunga Nkunya, the Executive Secretary of the Inter-University Council for East Africa (IUCEA). Read more

Fix Education System to Empower Graduates, Expert Tells Gov’t A human resource expert has tasked government to ensure that the education system enables university graduates to build self-confidence. Janat Nambi pointed out that 30 graduate job seekers enter her office everyday but are found to lack confidence during interviews, plus many lacking a direction in their respective lives. Read more

Professional Certifications; Can We Avoid Them? In the wake of education commoditization where education qualifications have become “tradable goods” employers are finding alternative avenues of how they can gauge one’s competency besides the academic qualifications. Read more

West Nile Students Miss Out on Muni Varsity Admissions When Muni University opened in 2012 in Arua District, there was a lot of excitement in West Nile that the institution would boost higher education in the sub-region. Read more

Ankole Varsity Rival Councils Disbanded The Church of Uganda has disbanded two rival governing councils at Ankole Western Institute of Science and Technology (AWIST-popularly known as Ankole Western University), which have been fighting over management of the institution. Read more

Why Not-For-Profit Education Institutions Deserve Tax Relief In Uganda, anything labelled ‘private’ will usually means an enterprise that is established for personal gain. Therefore, many of the articles I have read about this subject assume this to be the case. Read more


April 2015

International Schools: A Growing Choice Ten years ago, the chance of finding an international school in your residential area in the city was, at best, rare. But not anymore in Uganda; with more international schools cropping up. Read more

Will Makerere’s Electric Car Now Be Manufactured or Die Secretly? There have been a few times in the past when President Museveni picked specialists in technical fields, people who were not regular politicians and appointed them government ministers. Read more

Elevate Vocational Training From ‘Fall Back’ to ‘First Target’ Career Path While statistics seldom make sense to anyone except mathematicians, Uganda’s youth unemployment rate of 62 per cent cannot go unnoticed. Read more

Failed University-Industry Links Escalate Joblessness With many graduates across Africa unable to secure jobs, links between university education and industry are under intense scrutiny. The failure of companies to employ graduates is blamed largely on irrelevant course content that does not match industry needs. Read more


March 2015

Upgrading National Technical Institutions Isn’t Good for Uganda Kyambogo University should be stripped of its status for failing to meet minimum standards. Read more

Varsity Loan Scheme Hijacked – Kagonyera Makerere University Chancellor has said government scholarships to students joining university and other institutions of higher learning are benefitting only the rich instead of the poor they are intended for. Read more

Makerere To Phase Out Diploma Programmes Makerere University has stopped accrediting any diploma courses and is working to phase out at least six diploma courses currently offered at the institution. Read more

Striking Dons Can Be Replaced – Gulu VC The Gulu University Vice Chancellor has lashed out at the striking lecturers at the institution, saying none of the academic staff at the university is indispensable. Read more

What to Do Before Selecting a University Before joining any university or institution of higher learning, it is very important that a student or parent ascertains that the university and the course offered are accredited. Read more


February 2015

MUST Respects Separation of Powers as by Law The main law governing universities in Uganda is the Universities and Other Tertiary Institutions Act 2001 (as amended) herein referred to as the Act. Read more

Can’t buy a PhD at Makerere? Don’t Worry, Become a Plumber Instead Officials at Makerere University are investigating reports that as many as 600 degrees might have been awarded to students who did not qualify for them. Read more

Makerere Launches Probe into Claims of Fake Degree Awards The Makerere University Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Academics has said they are investigating circumstances under which the names of some students appeared on a recent graduation list yet they had not met the minimum academic requirements. Read more

Institutions Protest New Curriculum Proprietors of clinical institutions in the country are demanding the National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) and the Ministry of Education to review and bridge the current gaps in the new curriculum for Diploma in Clinical Medicine and Community Health. Read more

Vocational Training Body Demands Autonomy The Directorate of Industrial Training (DIT) is pushing for an amendment of the law to make it semi-autonomous. Read more

Govt, Makerere Lecturers Clash Over Museveni’s Pay Raise Makerere University lecturers and officials of the Ministries of Education and Finance are wrangling over the apportioning of the salary increment announced by President Museveni last year. Read more

Museveni Orders Probe into Ankole University Fights President Museveni has asked leaders at Ankole Western Institute of Science and Technology (AWIST) and West Ankole Diocese to carry out a special audit to resolve the ongoing wrangles between the two institutions over accusations of corruption. Read more

VP Launches 20-Floor Kibaki Library at Makerere The state of the art library, to be built by Makerere University and partners in honour of Kenya’s former president, will further contribute to the academic advancement and excellence at East Africa’s oldest University. Read more

Teachers Call off Strike, Give Ultimatum Teachers under their umbrella body, Uganda National Teachers Union (UNATU), have suspended their industrial action, just a day after announcing it, paving way for the first term to open as scheduled. Read more

Makerere Scandal is a Symptom of Deep-Seated National Malaise According to the story, Makerere University is investigating allegations that at least 600 students who did not qualify were included in the January 2015 graduation list. Read more

Government Approves More Courses for Student Loan Scheme More cash-strapped university students are set to benefit from the government loan facility after authorities yesterday announced six additional courses to be considered under the Students Loan Scheme. Read more

NCHE Tasked to Probe Fake Degrees Lawmakers yesterday interrogated officials from National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) on the “scandal of fake degrees”, demanding an investigation into the saga. Read more

NCHE Resolves Ankole University Deadlock The National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) has approved the new governing council for the Ankole Western Institute of Science and Technology (AWIST). Read more


January 2015

Police Reject Recruits with Pass Degree Pass degree holders seeking to join the Uganda police force at Cadet level have been rejected. Read more

Vocational Skills Way to Go The state minister for Higher Education has called for concerted effort to popularise vocational courses. Read more

Gulu University Gets New Chancellor Professor Frederick Kayanja has been appointed chancellor of Gulu university. Read more

Who Sets Standards and Ranks of Academic Gowns? It is possible for universities to have a structured, centralised manner of producing gowns, with graduands buying or hiring. Read more

Adopt Agro-Processing Engineering To achieve vision 2040, strategies towards an easy path to it. Read more


December 2014

Pioneer Students Graduate at IUEA Graduates were asked to use the knowledge acquired to shape the future of Uganda. Read more

Review Sponsorship to Profit the Poor The Chancellor of Makerere University has urged leaders to change the policy of selecting government sponsored students to public universities. Read more

Nkozi University Cleared to Teach Monitoring and Evaluation The National Council for Higher Education has cleared Uganda Martyrs University, Nkozi (UMU) to offer a masters degree in monitoring and evaluation. Read more

NCHE Orders Kayiwa University to Close Academic Programmes The National Council for Higher Education has ordered Kayiwa International University to suspend all of its academic programmes until the council evaluates its capacity. Read more


September 2014

Over 150 Students Win 2014/2015 Madhvani Foundation Scholarships Muljibhai Madhvani Foundation has offered over 150 scholarships worth 650 Uganda Million Shillings to both graduate and under graduate students in various scientific disciplines. Read more

Students Push for Tobacco Control Bill Passing Students from five universities are petitioning parliament to pass the Tobacco Control Bill, arguing that it has stayed too long on the shelf. Read more

MP Kawooya Degree Case Hearings Starts The Supreme Court received new evidence from the National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) pointing to the fact that the Sembabule Woman MP did not have the academic qualifications required of a Member of Parliament. Read more


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