Nkumba University has introduced the May Intake, which commences in May 2017. The purpose of the additional intake is for the convenience of those interested to enroll for University studies at that time of the calendar year.  

The pre-existing study arrangements, which include DAY, EVENING, WEEKEND OR DISTANCE LEARNING are also designed for the convenience of the students.   

It is in that spirit that the University in August 2015 started the Kampala Campus (located on Plot 773 & 774 along Kabakanjagala Road, in Mengo). In this case the University intended to bring its unique educational experience close to the people in and around the capital city, Kampala. 

The introduction of the May Intake brings the number of intakes (at both the Main Campus in Entebbe, which is located at Nkumba 27 Kilometers along Entebbe Highway,  and at the Kampala Campus) to three – that is, JANUARY, MAY and AUGUST Intakes. 

In the effort to extend higher education services, the University has also established Distance Learning Liaison Offices in Gulu, Amuria and Kyegegwa.    

The academic programmes are in the disciplines of: 


• Business Administration; 

• Computer Science and information Sytems; 

• Office Management and Secretarial Studies; 

• Education and Humanities; 

• Psychology Counseling; 

• Journalism; 

• Social Sciences; 

• Natural Sciences; 

• Hotel Management and Tourism; 

• Petroleum studies; and,

• Commercial, Industrial Art and Design. 

The detailed list of the academic programmes and the Application Form, for both Undergraduate and Postgraduate programmes, may be accessed at this Website.

SENIOR 6 Leavers, SENIOR 4 Leavers, the working class and other suitably qualified candidates are invited to apply for the academic programmes tenable at both the Main Campus and at the Kampala Campus. 

SENIOR 4 Leavers may apply for the following programmes: Certificate in Tourism / Hotel Management; Certificate in Business Administration, Certificate in Commercial, Industrial Art and Design; and, Certificate in Education in Early Childhood Care and Development.   

The University offers five (5) scholarships for every District of Uganda each academic year. The scholarship is accessible through the District / Municipal Headquarters.    

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A total of 1,785 students graduated with degrees and awarded diplomas and certificates from Nkumba University. At the 19th Graduation Ceremony presided over by the Chancellor, Sir Gordon Wavammuno, at the main campus, Entebbe. The Graduating Class comprised principally of students from Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi and South Sudan. Among the Masters students from the School of Commercial, Industrial Art and Design (SCIAD), two were from Nigeria, which reflects the world-wide outlook of the SCIAD programmes.

Speaking at the graduation ceremony, Sir Gordon Wavamunno,  congratulated the graduating class. “As you go into the global labour market, adapt, innovate and create to improve your own lives and the lives of those around you. As Ambassadors of Nkumba University I expect you to reflect the University values, namely: Competence, Confidence, Creativity and Character.”  He also urged the graduates to employ the knowledge they acquired during their studies to develop innovative ideas to create opportunities for themselves.

As is the norm of Nkumba University, prior to the Graduation Ceremony each year, a Commencement Lecture is delivered by a public figure to give tips to the Graduating Class as they begin new life beyond the gates of the University. The Commencement Lecture on Tuesday October 25, 2016 was delivered by Associate Professor Anthony Mugagga Muwagga from Makerere University, on the topic, “The Challenges of Values in Higher Education and the Burden of Innovativeness”. Assoc. Prof. Mugagga Muwagga noted that values were a point of conversation in any education and the University context in particular.  He cautioned against reckless lifestyles, and underlined the need for proper adjustment to the world of work and family. He said that prudence, resilience, politeness and trustworthiness accorded the graduate aptitude for innovativeness and acceptable conduct. To that end he called for “Reflective Practice” by which one pauses to consider the implications of their decisions or actions.

New Developments At The University

Nkumba University opened its Kampala Campus in August 2015, located at Plot 773 & 774 along Kabakanjagala Road in Mengo, was approved by the National Council for Higher Education.

District Need-based Scholarships

In the 2016/2017 academic year, the University introduced five (5) scholarships for each of the Districts of Uganda. The scholarship is accessible through the District / Municipal Headquarters. It is intended to enhance the human resource development in the Country. So far 80 students are beneficiaries of this scholarship.   

Introduction of the May Intake

The University Council resolved that the University recruits new students three times a year – that is, in January, May and August. In that regard the University will commence recruiting students in the various disciplines in January 2017 and May 2017.

Distance Learning Liaison Offices

In the effort to extend higher education services, the University has established Distance Learning Liaison Offices in Gulu, Amuria and Kyegegwa.   

Innovations And Uniqueness Of Nkumba University

I.    The Oluwoko Malaria Innovation, which is a malaria control programme under the Presidential Initiative for Malaria Research, is housed at the School of Sciences. The programme is intended to complement government efforts to control malaria by using indigenous knowledge from local materials.

The School of Sciences, was transformed accordingly to additionally teach Applied Sciences such as Biological and Health sciences, which is in line with government efforts to promote Science and Technology Innovation (STI) for development.  For the first time the University has graduated Bachelor of Health students (5) and Diploma in Public Health students (5).  Nkumba University is now recognized not only for supporting human health sciences. The University at the recent graduation matriculated the 3rd batch of petroleum students, with 18 conferred Degrees and five (5) awarded Diplomas.

II.    Nkumba University through the School of Social Sciences has established a Women’s Health Centre, which is a community outreach programme offering reproductive health services for mothers and children. The outreach programme additionally operates, through its business unit, a micro-finance loan scheme with hundreds of beneficiaries in Wakiso District. The School of Social Sciences is now offering the Diploma in HIV/AIDS Education and Management, which is conducted in collaboration with The AIDS Support Organization (TASO) Uganda.

In 2002 Nkumba University was indeed the first higher institution of learning in the great lakes region to develop an institutional HIV/AIDS policy to guide and regulate its relationship with staff, students and the community.

III.    The School of Law is the only one of its kind in the region offering programmes leading to the award of Bachelor of Criminal Justice as well as Diplomas in Criminal Justice. These new programmes, suitable for members of the public as well as the Armed Forces such as the Police, Prisons and the Army, are intended to produce professionals to meet the challenges of Uganda’s Uganda’s criminal justice.

IV.    Each year the University organizes an international students’ day in which Ugandan and international students exhibit the richness of their cultural backgrounds. This is one of the channels of instilling confidence, competence, creativity and character in students so as to produce informed graduates who think critically, communicate effectively and act responsibly in an increasingly competitive national and global environment.

Students were conferred degrees and awarded diplomas and certificates in a range of academic programmes and here presented as follows:

School of Law Graduation List

School of Commercial Industrial Art and Design Graduation List

School of Education, Humanities and Sciences Graduation List

School of Sciences Graduation List

School of Social Sciences Graduation List

School of Business Administration Graduation List



Nkumba University has been selected by the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program (CADFP) to host and work with an African Diaspora scholar in order to strengthen graduate studies and mentor academic staff in publications and grant writing skills.

Visiting scholar Prof. Jared Sagini Keengwe from the University of North Dakota, USA, together with Assoc. Prof. Robert Byamukama will steer the project at Nkumba University.  

“The project will lead to improved supervision of Masters and PhD research,  quality Masters and PhD graduates, improved completion rates and also attract more students to the University”  

Prof. Keengwe will run several workshops from June 5 – 23, 2017 and his expenses a visiting scholar will be covered by CADFP.

CADFP is funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York and managed by the Institute of International Education (IIE). IIE provides international education strategies and program services, while the mandate of the Carnegie Corporation of New York is to “promote the advancement and diffusion of knowledge and understanding”. 

Now in its fourth year, CADFD has helped 239 Africa-born scholars who have been living and working in North America to connect to their peers at universities throughout Africa. The program is designed to build capacity at the host institutions in Africa, and to develop long-term mutually beneficial partnerships between the universities. The program selects projects that are proposed by the host universities and matches them with Africa-born visiting scholars.

The Nkumba University project is one of 69 projects that will pair 70 North American-based African scholars with higher education institutions and collaborators on the continent to teach graduate students; conduct research and mentor lecturers.

Nkumba University is Chartered (since 2006) by the Government of Uganda. The University’s vision is to be a leading national, regional and global hub for academic and professional excellence. The University offers undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, including PhD studies, in the following Schools: School of Business Administration; School of Education, Humanities and Sciences; the School of Commercial, Industrial Art and Design; School of Social Sciences; School of Sciences; and, the School of Law. 

For information,

Contact Person Dr. Robert Byamukama, Director,

School of Postgraduate Studies and Research,

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17th November 2016

Nkumba University in partnership with FH Joanneum University of Applied Sciences together with other six partner universities applied for mobility funds within ERASMUS+ International Credit Mobility for academic exchange activities. The application was approved for funding and in particular for Nkumba University, the ERASMUS national agency approved to provide financial means for the following exchange activities within the field of Architecture or related areas:

·         Two students from Nkumba University, Uganda to FH Joanneum University of Applied Sciences, Austria for writing their Master thesis/doing project work

·         One student from Austria to Nkumba University, Uganda

·         One teacher from Austria to Nkumba University, Uganda

·         One staff member from Nkumba University to FH Joanneum University of Applied  Sciences, Austria

The Project will cover stipends and return air tickets (economy).

The Nkumba University exchange students and staff will be from the School of Commercial Industrial Art and Design (SCIAD) coordinated by the Director School of Postgraduate Studies and Research Assoc. Prof. Robert Byamukama assisted by the Dean SCIAD, Assoc. Prof. Andrew Yiga.

The team at University of FH Joanneum University of Applied Sciences, Austria is led by Dr. Tanjer Psonder of the School of Architecture and the administrative issues will be taken care of by Ms. Anita Galler, International relations officer.