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Makerere University

Makerere University is Uganda's premier institution of higher learning. With a student population of over 25,000, it ranks as one of the largest in East and Central Africa.

Table of contents
1 Campus
2 Brief History of Makerere
3 Organization


It is located on Makerere hill, one of the many hills on which Kampala, the capital city of Uganda is built. The main campus is about 5 km to the north of the city centre covering an area of 300 acres (two square kilometres).

The location offers an excellent academic environment, because the University is free from all forms of disturbances associated with city locations.

Brief History of Makerere

Makerere University was first established in 1922 as a technical school. In January of that year, the school was later renamed Uganda Technical College, opened its doors to 14 day students who began studying Carpentry, Building and Mechanics. The College was soon offering various other courses in Medical Care, Agriculture, Veterinary Sciences and Teacher Training.

In 1937, the college started developing into an institution of higher education, offering post-school certificate courses. In 1949, it became a University College in special relationship with the College of London. It soon became a College for the whole of Eastern Africa, offering courses leading to General Degrees of the University of London.

With the establishment of the University of East Africa on 29th June, 1963, the period of special relationship with the University of London came to a close and degrees of the University of East Africa were instituted. On July 1, 1970, Makerere became an independent national University of the Republic of Uganda, offering undergraduate and postgraduate courses leading to its own awards.


Today Makerere University has twenty faculties/institutes/schools offering not only day but also evening and external study programmes to a student body of 22,000 undergraduates and 3,000 postgraduates. It is also a very active centre for research. There are nine faculties, six institutes and five schools. These include: