A Benchmarking Study of Selected ASET Oriented Universities in Africa and China

Makerere University


Established in 1922 as a technical school, Makerere University (MAK) is one of the oldest and most prestigious Universities in Africa. In January of that year, the school, which was later renamed Uganda Technical College, opened its doors to 14-day students who began studying Carpentry, Building and Mechanics. The College soon began offering various other courses in Medical Care, Agriculture, Veterinary Sciences and Teacher Training. It expanded over the years to become a Center for Higher Education in East Africa in 1935. In 1937, the College started developing into an institution of higher education, offering post-school certificate courses.

In 1949, it became a University College affiliated to the University College of London, offering courses leading to the general degrees of its then mother institution.

With the establishment of the University of East Africa in June 29, 1963, the 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. Makerere University offers not only day but also evening and external study programs to a student body of about 35,000 undergraduates and 3,000 postgraduates (both Ugandan and foreign). It is also a very active center for research.

Vision: The University vision is to be the leading institution for academic excellence and innovations in Africa.

Mission: To provide innovative teaching, learning, research and services responsive to National and Global needs.

The University strategic direction is geared towards i) Learner centred problem based instruction providing experiential and flexible learning ii) a research-driven University where research and teaching/learning are mutually re-enforcing, iii) knowledge transfer partnerships and networking between the University on one hand, and the public and private sectors on the other. This is in line with the national development framework as elaborated in Annex 1.

Makerere University has a comprehensive curriculum at undergraduate and graduate levels across disciplines in Science &Technology; Business & Management; Social Sciences, Humanities and Education. The student enrolment in Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) is 37% of the total student enrolment at the University. The female student enrolment percentage is 44%. The female academic staff constitutes 28% of the University academic staff population. The University had 777 senior academic staff members (at the level of lecturer and above in 2012) of whom 566 (73%) were PhD holders.