Uganda is a landlocked country in the Eastern Africa. Education in Uganda is has seen much improvements when put at par with other higher institutions in Africa. While most of the Universities in Uganda are not well placed on the international platform of best ranking universities, some higher institutions in Uganda have carved out a niche for themselves and have gone ahead to become placed among the best universities in Uganda. According to the latest release of ranking of top African universities by the well renowned Webometrics (you can see their methodology here), the best university in Uganda came close to number 1080 among the top universities in the world. Below, you will find the 10 best Universities in Uganda.
Best Ugandan Universities
10. Busitema University
Busitema University founded in 1968, with the assistance of the Soviet Union, as a government agricultural institute: Busitema National College of Agricultural Mechanization became elevated from college to university status, offering certificate, diploma and degree courses. It is one of the eight public universities and degree-awarding institutions in Uganda. The University holds a pivotal and challenging responsibility as the only public University in the Eastern region to play a major role in its development. Busitema University offers a variety of unique choices to ensure that a student follows a rewarding academic path according to their interests and capabilities.
9. Kyambogo University
Kyambogo University is a relatively new University and Uganda’s third public university established by the Universities and Other Tertiary Institutions Act 2001 and the Universities and Other Tertiary institutions’ (Establishment of Kyambogo University) instruments of 2003. It has gradually progressed to become one of the best universities in Uganda. Kyambogo University was created with the main aim of promoting and advancing knowledge and development of skills in Science, Technology and Education and such other fields having regards for quality, equity, progress and transformation of society.
It was formed after a merger of the former Uganda Polytechnic Kyambogo (UPK), the Institute of Teacher Education, Kyambogo (ITEK), and the Uganda National Institute of Special Education (UNISE).
8. Bugema University
Bugema University (BUU) is a private co-educational Ugandan university affiliated with the Seventh-day Adventist Church. The university is located on a piece of land that measures 640 acres (2.6 km2), located in Kalagala sub-county, Bamunanika county, Luweero District in central Uganda. The institution started in 1948 as a training school for teachers and pastors for the Seventh-Day Adventist Church inEast Africa. At that time it was called Bugema Missionary Training School. Later, the name changed to Bugema Missionary College and then to Bugema Adventist College.
7. Kampala International University
KIU is a private university in Uganda which has built a name in Uganda’s education sector with remarkable resilience. KIU is chartered by the government of Uganda as a recognition and acknowledgement of its ability and competence to offer relevant education and is a memeber of pre-eminent bodies such as the Commonwealth Universities, Association of African Universities and the Inter-University Council of East Africa.
KIU was founded in 2001 and has two campuses; the main campus in Kampala along Kansanga, Ggaba road and the School of Health Sciences (KIU Western Campus) in Bushenyi along Kasese road, with branches in Kenya and Tanzania. KIU aims to respond to societal needs by designing and delivery of an education guided by the principles and values of respect for society, economy and environment and to provide and develop a supportive research environment in which scholars at every stage of their career can flourish.
6. Mountains of the Moon University
The Mountains of the Moon University (MMU), is a private, non-profit university in Uganda. It is named after the Rwenzori Mountains, also known as the Mountains of the Moon. The University is aimed at being an educational and service centre for the Community and furthermore an institution for research: libraries, laboratories and archives to give the opportunity for scientific research. Mountains of the Moon University Uganda aims to produce outstanding, well rounded, morally up right and innovative graduates with a knowledge base for making positive impacts on the community.
5. Uganda Martyrs University
The Uganda Martyrs University (UMU) make the list of top universities in Uganda. UMU is a Catholic founded, faith-based, not-for-profit private university established in 1993, and owned by the Uganda Episcopal Conference (UEC). UMU received a Civil Charter on 2nd April 2005 from the government of Uganda to legitimise its existence and recognize the fact that it had attained the required university standards. Since then, the university has continued to forge on to become a well known name among the higher institutions in Uganda. UMU is making a difference as an institution for higher learning by ensuring high quality education. UMU offers an education that prepares students for their future fields of occupation.
4. Makerere University Business School
Makerere University Business School (MUBS) was established by Makerere University (Establishment of Constituent College) order 1997 as a constituent college of Makerere University (MUK) created from a merger between the faculty of commerce (FOC) and the national college of business studies (NCBS). The university teaches you about business and how to manage it, even for those who do not go for business, it gives you management knowledge that enables you to make it where you work. Makerere University Business School excels at Business and management teaching and research and is considered the benchmark for Business and Management Education, Research and Training in the East African region.
3. Uganda Christian University
UCU was founded in 1997 by decision of the Anglican Church of Uganda. UCU has expanded its programmes to include theology, education, social work, business, law, mass communication, development studies, information technology, library and information science and nursing. It has innovated a number of modular courses in education, counselling, organizational leadership, maternal health and health administration. The university is one of the best and has attracted students from East African countries and a number of expatriate staff from North America, Europe and Australia-New Zealand.
2. Mbarara University of Science & Technology
Mbarara University of Science and Technology also known as MUST was opened in October 1989. MUST is a public university also accredited by the National Council for Higher Education in Uganda. Over the years it has won acclaimed national and international recognition for best practices in outreach and community relations from Association of Commonwealth Universities, European Union, Civil Society of Uganda, produces the best development workers and health care professionals.
1. Makerere University
Makerere University was started in 1922 and is one of the oldest and most prestigious Universities in Africa. The university is one of the most oldest and prestigious universities in Uganda and Africa as a whole and it aims to provide innovative teaching, learning, research and services responsive to National and Global needs.