International Centre for Higher Education Innovation
under the auspices of UNESCO


January 8, 2018
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Uganda is located in east of Africa and stretched across the equator. Makerere University is the largest and best university in Uganda, and it also enjoyed its reputation as cradle for many independent leaders in African countries.

In November 2017, UNESCO-ICHEI delegation visited Uganda Ministry of Education and Sports and had discussion with Hon. Dr. John C. Muyingo, Minister of State for Higher Education and representatives from Ministry of Education and Sports and Uganda National Commission for UNESCO. Besides, Mr CHU Maoming, Counselor of Chinese Embassy in Uganda participated in the meeting and acknowledged the work ICHEI had done. The delegation then visited Makerere University, and met with vice chancellor Professor Barnabas, which contributed to the signing of Memorandun of Understanding. Invited by Professor Tonny J. Oyana, Principal of College of Computing and Information Sciences during a visit to his college, Professor LI Ming left the inscription : ‘College of Computing and Information Sciences, Makerere University is taking lead in its academic research and talent cultivation mode and our delegation admires its development model and level. ’

Higher Education in Uganda

Uganda’s higher education system consists of universities, other degree-granting institutions and other tertiary education institutions. Universities offer various types of academic programs, and other degree-granting institutions usually are professional institutions.

Higher education authorities in Uganda

The Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Sports (MoESTS), referred to as the Ministry of Education and Sports of Uganda, is in charge of the management of education in Uganda . Under the Ministry, there is Department for Higher Education to supervise, coordinate and guide the admissions, study, training, teaching and research at all institutions of higher learning.

The National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) is responsible for the affairs related to higher education. The national Council is a semi-autonomous and self-accounting body with a secretariat headed by the Executive Director, with mission to set standards and regulations to ensure that all public and private tertiary education institutions in Uganda create, sustain and provide relevant and quality higher education for all qualified Ugandans and to meet the local, national and global higher education challenges of the future. The Council consists of eighteen persons, the majority of whom are representatives of various social constituencies including public and private universities, religious organizations, commerce, industry, agriculture, the general public, the Ministry of Education and people with disabilities.

ICT in higher education in Uganda

The “Support to Higher Education, Science and Technology Project”, launched by the Government of Uganda in 2012 with the support of the African Development Bank’s Fund, aims to promote human capital development and skills development in Uganda as well as stimulate the development of productivity. The main body of the project is to improve and expand higher education, science, and technology education for six public universities and two degree-granting third-level education institutions. It covers the establishment of information and communication laboratories, information and communication infrastructure, equipment, e-learning courses, software and training related affairs. Through the AfDB’s support, 35,000 more Ugandan students will be able to enroll in Science, Technology and Innovation programs on campus and a further 12,000 through virtual learning. The Bank loan is financing six public universities and two degree-awarding institutions ensuring that ICT equipment and networks are available to the eight targeted institutions.

Makerere University

The Government of Uganda attaches great importance to the investment in science and technology, a considerable part of which flows into higher education institutions. Research institutions within universities bear a lot of national Research and Development (R & D) projects. Makerere University received 19.1% of government R & D fund. The Ministry of Education and Sport of Uganda also, through the National Council on Higher Education, allocates a portion of its sector’s budget to fund research and capacity-building in public universities. In addition, a large part of the Makerere University research funding comes from international development partners, such as: the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, the United States Agency for International Development, the United States Carnegie Research Fund, the Norwegian International Development Cooperation Agency, and the European Union. Makerere University focuses on strengthening the link between industry and academia, for which it holds the “Makerere University Private Sector Forum”, which erected a bridge between universities and research institutions and resulted in significant scientific research output.