Uganda is a landlocked country in Eastern Africa. Tertiary education in Uganda has seen much improvements when compared those of other countries 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 the country 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. Gulu University 

Gulu University (GU) ranks number 10 as one of the best Universities in Uganda. It was established in 2002, as a non-profit public higher education institution located in the urban setting of the large town of Gulu in the Northern Region which has a population range of 50,000-249,999 inhabitants. The University which according to uniRank enrollment range has 3,000-3,999 students, is a small coeducational higher education institution that was officially recognized and accredited by the The National Council for Higher Education, Uganda.

Gulu University (GU) offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as bachelor degrees in several areas of study. GU also provides several academic and non-academic facilities and services to students including a library, as well as administrative services.

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9. 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 member 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.

8. Ndejje University (NU)

The Higher educational institution was established in 1992 as a profitable and private venture. Ndejje University is located in the rural setting of the large town of Ndejje Central Region – with a population range of 50,000 – 249,999 inhabitants.

The institution has branch campuses at other locations including Kampala. Officially accredited and recognized by the The National Council for Higher Education, Uganda, Ndejje University (NU) is a small coeducational higher education institution (with uniRank enrollment range of 3,000-3,999 students), formally affiliated with the Christian-Anglican religion.

The 26-year old institution offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as pre-bachelor degrees (i.e. certificates, diplomas, associate or foundation degrees), bachelor degrees, master degrees in several areas of study. International applicants are eligible to apply for enrollment. The school has a selective admission policy based on entrance examinations. The admission rate range is 40-50% making the organization an averagely selective institution.

Ndejje University is equipped with several academic and non-academic facilities and services including a library, housing, sports facilities, financial aids and scholarships, online courses and distance learning opportunities, as well as administrative services.

NU Motto is “The Fear of God brings Knowledge and Wisdom”.

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7. Uganda Technology and Management University (UTAMU)

The Uganda Technology and Management University is a private higher education institution located in the urban setting of the large city of Kampala (population range of 1,000,000-5,000,000 inhabitants), Central Region. It was founded in 2013 and officially accredited and recognized by the The National Council for Higher Education, Uganda.

As a coeducational higher education institution, UTAMU offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees in several areas of study. The institution also provides several academic and non-academic facilities and services for students including library and administrative services.

6. 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).

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 5. International Health Science University (IHSU)

Established in 2008, International Health Sciences University is a for-profit private higher education institution located in the urban setting of the large city of Kampala (population range of 1,000,000-5,000,000 inhabitants), Central Region. The institution was officially accredited and/or recognized by the The National Council for Higher Education, Uganda.

International Health Sciences University (IHSU) is a very small coeducational higher education institution with uniRank enrollment range of 500-999 students. It offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as pre-bachelor degrees (i.e. certificates, diplomas, associate or foundation degrees), bachelor degrees, master degrees in several areas of study.

The 10 years old higher-education institution has a selective admission policy based on entrance examinations and students’ past academic record and grades. Admission rate range is 70-80% making the organization a somewhat selective institution. International applicants are eligible to apply for enrollment and IHSU also provides several academic and non-academic facilities and services to students including a library, sport facilities and/or activities, study abroad and exchange programs, online courses and distance learning opportunities, as well as administrative services.

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4. 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.

3. 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. The institution is known for producing the best development workers and health care professionals.

2. Uganda Christian University

Universities in Uganda

UCU was founded in 1997 by the 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 also 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 other East African countries and a number of expatriate staff from North America, Europe and Australia-New Zealand.

1. Makerere University

Makerere University

Makerere University was started in 1922 and is one of the oldest and most prestigious Universities in Uganda and Africa as a whole. The university aims to provide innovative teaching, learning, research and services responsive to National and Global needs.