Best Ugandan Universities

In Uganda, the system of education has a structure of 7 years of primary education, 6 years of secondary education (divided into 4 years of lower secondary and 2 years of upper secondary school), and 3 to 5 years of post-secondary education. This system of education has existed since the early 1960’s. You will agree that Uganda to some extent, is known to have some of the best universities in Africa. Although there are many that didn’t make the cut of the list below, it is believed that Uganda provides world-class learning experiences. A recent global ranking of the best Ugandan universities for 2018 has just been released by the 4ICU (4 International Colleges & Universities), and the result is somewhat different from what we saw last year.

It seems that some Universities who were not pleased with where they were ranked in 2017 have tried their best to ensure that they climb up the ladder to be ranked among the best. Note that the ranking was done based on four vital composite indicators which include their Presence, rate of Impact, Openness and Academic excellence. Check out the 29 Best Ugandan Universities on the list.

1. Makerere University

Rank in Uganda: 1

Global Rank: 2182

The Makerere University began as far back as 1922 as a technical school. It grew into the University of East Africa in 1963, and by 1970 it was already what it is today. It has over 40,000 students offering its postgraduate and undergraduate programmes. Makerere University comfortably seats as one of the best Ugandan universities anyone would love to be associated with.

2. Uganda Christian University 

Rank in Uganda: 2

Global Rank: 5412

This university began in 1913 and it is owned by the Church of Uganda. It began as the Bishop Tucker Theological College but was later in 1997 changed to a university. Located in Kampala, the university has 7 schools, a medical school, and a School of Research & Post Graduate Studies.

3. Mbarara University of Science and Technology

Rank in Uganda: 3

Global Rank: 5884

Located in southwest Kampala, the Mbarara University of Science and Technology was founded in 1989. It has two campuses, 3 faculties, and 3 institutions. More so, it offers undergraduate and postgraduate courses to doctorate level. Obviously, when it comes to science and technology, this is the best university in Uganda.

4. Uganda Martyrs University

Rank in Uganda: 4

Global Rank: 7374

A privately owned university, the Uganda Martyrs University was established in 1989 in Kampala. It has grown to be a home to over 5,000 students from the 84 students it began with. The Roman Catholic-affiliated university has remained an important university in the country.

5. International Health Sciences University

Rank in Uganda: 5

Global Rank: 7475

The International Health Sciences University is a private university located in Uganda’s capital city of Kampala. Founded in 2008, this is a pretty much new university and it has slightly over a thousand students. It offers some postgraduate and undergraduate degree courses as well as diploma and certificate courses.

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6. Kyambogo University

Rank in Uganda: 6

Global Rank: 7786

Considering that this university only began in 2002, it is among the young universities in Uganda, but it is doing good. It is located in Kampala and as at 2016, the number of students has risen to over 25,000.

7. Uganda Technology and Management University

Rank in Uganda: 7

Global Rank: 8035

Talking about the very young universities in Uganda, this emerges as one of the youngest yet one of the best. It was founded only in 2012, and it has less than 2000 students. Also located in Kampala, the Uganda Technology and Management University offers diplomas courses as well as, bachelors, masters, and doctorate degrees.

8. Ndejje University

Rank in Uganda: 8

Global Rank: 8347

This is a private university that is located in Ndejje, Uganda. It is owned by the church and it began in 1992. The university has over 5000 students and 4 campuses. It offers both undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

9. Kampala International University

Rank in Uganda: 9

Global Rank: 8570

Kampala International University is like most others, located in Kampala and it was founded in 2001. The university has over 27 thousand students and it offers certificate, diploma, undergraduate, as well as postgraduate programmes.

10. Gulu University

Rank in Uganda: 10

Global Rank: 9117

As rightly suggested by the name, Gulu University is located in Gulu, and it was established in 2002. The university offers both postgraduate and undergraduate degrees and it has six faculties and two institutes. It comfortably seats as one of the best Ugandan universities of choice.

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11. Bugema University

Rank in Uganda: 11

Global Rank: 9507

Bugema University has its history dating back to 1948 in affiliation with the Seventh-day Adventist Church. The university really began as a tertiary institution only in 1997. It has 4 schools and offers degrees in both graduate and postgraduate courses, and it also runs diplomas and certificate courses.

12. International University of East Africa

Rank in Uganda: 12

Global Rank: 9903

The International University of East Africa started in 2010 in Kampala as a very small university. Today, it is still not one of the largest in terms of size, but it hasn’t been the worst when it comes to the standard of education. With 4 faculties, this also offers postgraduate and undergraduate courses.

13. Mountains of the Moon University

Rank in Uganda: 13

Global Rank:

Only a few years old, this university is rather very small, with the number of students still slightly above a thousand. The university is located in Fort Portal and it has 5 schools as well as the Directorate of Post Graduate Studies and Research.

14. Islamic University in Uganda

Rank in Uganda: 14

Global Rank:

With over 7000 students, the Islamic University in Uganda is founded in 1988 and it is located in Mbale. It has 4 campuses, 8 faculties, and a Center for Postgraduate Studies.

15. Victoria University, Kampala

Rank in Uganda: 15

Global Rank: 10327

The Victoria University, Kampala is a private university which was established in 2011. This is a small university with less than a thousand students. More so, it only offers undergraduate courses and diplomas.

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16. Busitema University

Rank in Uganda: 16

Global Rank: 10417

Another of the best Ugandan universities coming at 16 is the Busitema University which began in 2007. The university has 8 campuses, 4 faculties, and it offers both undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in a few courses.

17. Cavendish University Uganda

Rank in Uganda: 17

Global Rank: 10468

Another university that was established in 2007 is the Cavendish University Uganda which is located like many other best Uganda universities in Kampala. It is a university that has over 5,000 students and four Faculties as well as a School of Post Graduate Studies.

18. Nkumba University

Rank in Uganda: 18

Global Rank: 10525

It was in 1994 that the Nkumba University began in Entebbe. With over 10,000 students, the university offers certificates, diplomas, bachelor degrees and postgraduate academic qualifications, and it operates six schools.

19. Muni University

Rank in Uganda: 19

Global Rank: 10611

It is quite a feat for this university to emerge as one of the top 20 universities in Uganda. This is most especially true when you consider the fact that it was only established in 2012. With less than a thousand students, the Muni University offers various undergraduate courses.

20. Kampala University

Rank in Uganda: 20

Global Rank: 10767

It was in 2000 that this private university began in the Ugandan capital city. It is a large university with over 10 thousand students as well as 10 universities in places both within the country and outside, with even a campus in Russia. It offers certificate, diploma, graduate, and postgraduate courses.

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21. Muteesa I Royal University

Rank in Uganda: 21

Global Rank: 10931

The Muteesa I Royal University was started in 2007 and today it has grown to have more than 3,000 students. Also located in Kampala, the 21st best university in Uganda has three campuses and four campuses with two more on the way. Apart from bachelor degrees, it also offers certificate and diploma courses.

22. Bishop Stuart University

Rank in Uganda: 22

Global Rank: 11048

Located in Mbarara, the Bishop Stuart University is a private university that was founded in 2002. It has two campuses, four faculties, and it offers certificate and diploma courses as well as undergraduate degree courses.

23. St. Augustine International University

Rank in Uganda: 23

Global Rank: 11210

Located in Kampala, this is another private university that emerges as one of the best Ugandan universities. It was founded in 2011 and it has four colleges. Just like many others, it offers undergraduate and postgraduate courses as well as diploma and certificate courses.

24. Livingstone International University

Rank in Uganda: 24

Global Rank: 11261

A privately owned university located in Mbale, the Livingstone International University was established in 2011 and it now offers both bachelors and diploma programmes.

25. Busoga University

Rank in Uganda: 25

Global Rank: 11428

Busoga University is a private institution which was founded in 1999 in affiliation with the Busoga Diocese of the Church of Uganda. The university has over 5 thousand students running its certificate, diploma, undergraduate and post-graduate courses. It is located in Iganga, Uganda and is without a doubt one of the best Ugandan universities you can think of.

Others among the best Ugandan universities are:

26. African Rural University

Rank in Uganda: 26

Global Rank: 11499

Location: Kagadi

Founded: 2009

Courses: Certificate, diploma, and undergraduate degrees.

27. St Lawrence University

Rank in Uganda: 27

Global Rank: 11567

Location: Mengo, Kampala,

Founded: 2006

Courses: Certificate, diploma, and undergraduate degrees.

28. Kabale University

Rank in Uganda: 28

Global Rank: 11613

Location: Kabale

Founded: 2001

Courses: Certificate, diploma, and undergraduate degrees

29. Uganda Pentecostal University

Rank in Uganda: 29

Global Rank: 11912

Location: Fort Portal, Uganda

Founded: 2005

Courses: Certificate, diploma, and undergraduate degrees.

A  recent global ranking of the top 15 universities in Africa for 2015 has also just landed from Webometrics, and the result is quite distinct from what was seen last year. It seems that some Universities who were not pleased with where they were ranked or were not even ranked in 2017 have tried their best to ensure that they make it to the top of the list or even appear on the list in order to be ranked among the best. Scroll down to see the universities, their world rank, and the country and see which best Ugandan universities made the list.

  1. University of Cape Town (Global Ranking: 290)- South Africa
  2. University of the Witwatersrand (Global Ranking: 455)- South Africa
  3. Stellenbosch University (Global Ranking: 480)- South Africa
  4. University of Pretoria (Global Ranking: 561)- South Africa
  5. University of Kwazulu Natal (Global Ranking: 641)- South Africa
  6. Cairo University (Global Ranking: 764)- Egypt
  7. University of Nairobi (Global Ranking: 874)- Kenya
  8. University of Johannesburg (Global Ranking: 919)- South Africa
  9. University of the Western Cape (Global Ranking: 938)- South Africa
  10. University of Ibadan (Global Ranking: 1099)- Nigeria
  11. Makerere University (Global Ranking: 1113)- Uganda
  12. Rhodes University (Global Ranking: 1122)- South Africa
  13. North West University (Global Ranking: 1188)- South Africa
  14. Alexandria University (Global Ranking: 1204)- Egypt
  15. American University in Cairo (Global Ranking: 1308)- Egypt
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