Faculties and Departments in Kyambogo University, Uganda




Email: deanarts@kyu.ac.ug

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences offers a rich mixed grill of programmes in the Arts and Social Sciences designed to impart total education in humanities by providing education of the heart and mind to equip the students for quality service to transform society.

To enable students to excel, a comprehensive study support through tutorials is offered.


The Faculty has eight (8) Departments
– Department of Economics and Statistics
– Department of Geography and Social Studies
– Department of History
– Department of Religious Studies
– Department of Music and Performing Arts
– Department of Languages and Communications
– Department of Literature
– Department of Sociology and Social Administration


The Faculty offers the following programmes:

  1. Master of Arts in Literature
  2. Master of Arts in Religious studies
  3. Master of Arts in History
  4. Master of Arts in Geography
  5. Bachelor of Arts in Social Work and Social Administration
  6. Bachelor of Arts in Micro finance
  7. Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Statistics
  8. Bachelor of Arts with Education
  9. Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences
  10. Bachelor of Arts in Arts
  11. Diploma in Library and Information Science
  12. Diploma in Education secondary (French)
  13. Diploma in Music and Theatre Arts
  14. Diploma in Microfinance
  15. Certificate in Elementary French
  16. Certificate in Business French

Kyazike Elizabeth (PhD)

Faculty Dean


Email: deaneng@kyu.ac.ug

You are welcome to the Faculty of Engineering (FoEng), Kyambogo University (KyU) webpage. Thank you for the interest and time you have spared to visit us.

The FoEng was formed in 2001 from the former Schools of Civil and Building, Mechanical and Production, Electrical and Electronic Engineering of former Uganda Polytechnic Kyambogo (UPK) and the former Department of Technological Studies of former Institute of Teacher Education Kyambogo (ITEK) when the Government of the Republic of Uganda kick-started Kyambogo University by merging UPK, ITEK and former Uganda National Institute of Special Education (UNISE). The new change was qualitative as the faculty began to train students at degree level in addition to training at Technician level.

The FoEng has a long and rich history as shown below:

  •  1921 – Started as Kampala Technical College (KTC). Vocational subjects were added to the Technical subjects in 1922.
  • 1928 – KTC transformed into Kampala Technical School (KTS) on the slopes of Makerere hill.
  • 1942 – The Engineering School was formed at the current Makerere University play ground. It was later transferred to Nakawa.
  • 1954 – The Engineering School was transferred to Kyambogo as Kampala Technical Institute (KTI).
  • 1964 – KTI was upgraded to the Uganda Technical College (UTC) Kyambogo.
  • 1984 – UTC became part of the Faculty of Technology, Makerere University.
  • 1986 – It was retracted from Faculty of Technology, Makerere University and upgraded to UPK.
  • 2001 – FoEng was formed as already mentioned above.

The Mission of the Faculty is To Impart, promote and advance Science and Technology for development, and transformation of Society.

The Vision of the Faculty is To be a Centre of Academic and Professional Excellence in Engineering.

The Motto of the Faculty is Knowledge and Practical Skills for Service.

The FoEng is comprised of four (4) Departments, namely:

  •  Department of Civil and Building Engineering (DCBE).
  •  Department of Mechanical and Production Engineering (DMPE).
  •  Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (DEEE).
  •  Department of Lands and Architectural Studies (DLAS).

The FoEng office is located in the former UPK Administration Block, next to the Board Room on ground floor.

Email: deanvoc@kyu.ac.ug


In pursuance of the mission of the university of advancing and promoting knowledge and development of skills in science, technology and education and in such other fields having regard to quality, equity, progress and transformation of society,  the Faculty of Vocational Studies is guided by a number of  strategic goals which include to:

1) provide programmes in Vocational disciplines relevant to societal needs;

2) increase technological awareness and innovations;

3) enhance transfer of technology to individuals and the community;

4) produce sufficient numbers of teachers and other personnel in vocational disciplines;

5) conduct research and publish in areas of vocational studies; and,

6) enhance research and application of vocational pedagogy.

Accordingly, as the demand for vocational courses increases, the Faculty has positioned itself to confront the challenges head through specifically developing academic programmes in vocational studies, promoting technological awareness and innovations for transfer to individuals and the community for development, training teachers of vocational subjects for schools and colleges, cultivating diligence and respect for work and the spirit of education for work in all occupations; and conducting research and publishing especially in the area of agriculture, human nutrition and dietetics, home Economics, art and design among others. Currently, the faculty is offering 19 programmes at certificates, diploma, bachelors and graduate levels. In fact, the faculty boosts of well qualified staff in diverse areas as exemplified by the number of Associate Professors.

The faculty is also well placed to provide leadership and tutelage to the recently launched Skilling Uganda programme including those privately run vocational institutions in the country by building capacity and competence of both the graduates and non-graduates as well as providing employable skills to those lacking formal employment hence immensely contributing to national development goals.

Therefore, in the realisation of this dream, the faculty is actively engaged in research, graduate training and supervision as well as publishing. Moreover, to keep pace with the requirements of the National Council for Higher Education (NCHE), most of the staff has enrolled for higher degrees especially PhD and more new programmes will soon be launched to keep pace with the demands.


Faculty of Science


The Faculty of Science has a mission to transform the private sector and industry in general through training of a skilled based labour force, well equipped with relevant information and knowledge for the 21st century industrial economy. To this end, the Faculty runs several programmes which have been developed through wide consultation with all the stakeholders in the country. The Faculty in summary provides taught programmes in Textiles, Clothing, Science, Technology and Environment and has close links with government departments, research organizations and the private sector in the country.

Faculty Organization

The Faculty of Science currently comprises six (7) departments. These are:

1. Computer Science

2. Biological Science

3. Chemistry

4. Physics

5. Food Processing Technology

6. Sports Science

7. Mathematics


Funding of Faculty activities is both through income generating activities and money from the government. As a Faculty, the challenge still remains to be able to attract funding from outside to carry out research and other projects aimed at addressing community and national issues. This is an area where we need partners from industry the private sector, particularly to fund research activities and support review of curricula on a regular basis.

Relationships with the Private Sector

The Faculty has not done much in this area especially in terms of soliciting sponsorship for training and carrying out research. This is a big challenge and plans are underway to hold a stakeholders conference for this very purpose.

We strongly believe as a Faculty that the only way we can be relevant and grow in the right direction is to forge vibrant and beneficial links with the private sector. It is through such linkages that the various curricula we offer will be able to meet the needs of the changing industrial economy by producing the required skills and human resource.

Current Students Enrolment

The current student enrolment stands at about 1630 and is projected to rise to about 1925 by the 2009/2010 academic year. The highest number of students is located in the Computer Science Department while the lowest number is found in the Sports Science Department.

Students Activities

The Faculty has active Students’ Associations in Chemistry, Biology, Environment and Textiles which hold frequent meetings and organize visits to industry and exhibitions. They also act as a focus of social life for the students in the Faculty.


a) The Faculty on average has about 105 full-time members of staff plus about 100 part-time staff members who are engaged per semester depending on availability of courses to teach. Each full-time lecturer has a minimum load of 8 hours per week so that he/she has time for research and other Faculty activities like community involvement and service.

b) The Faculty has about 10 staff with PhDs, about 5 more than half way through their PhD programmes and about 8 in the pipeline for enrolment on various PhD programmes within the East African Region. About 80 members of staff hold Masters Degrees in various areas of specialization and discipline.

Proposed new Programmes

The following new programmes have been written and are due for discussion at different levels by the Programmes Committees:-

  1. Doctor of Philosophy in Food
  2. Master of Science in Food
  3. Master of Science in Textile Science and
  4. (Master of Science in Information
  5. Master of Science in Science Technology
  6. Master of Science in Environmental
  7. Bachelor of Science in
  8. Bachelor of Science in Leather Tanning and
  9. Bachelor of Science Oil & Gas Production

The Faculty is engaged in various researches both at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.  The following areas are being focused on by the Faculty within the next five years or so.

  1. Banana value addition and product development.
  2. Characterization of natural dyes from selected plants in Uganda.
  3. Ceramic materials
  4. Fish characterization from selected lakes in Uganda.


Phone number:                      +256 414 222 961

Mobile:                                   +256 782 558 228

Email:                                     deansnr@kyu.ac.ug or personal – elawrence@kyu.ac.ug

Dean:                                       Lawrence ERON (PhD – UiO, Norway)

Head of Departments:

    • Special Needs Studies: Stakus OKWAPUT (PhD -UiO, Norway)
    • Community and Disability Studies: Patrick OJOK (PhD – Ilinois, Chicago, USA)
    • Adult and Community Education: Michael David SUMANI (MACE -MuK)


The Faculty of Special Needs and Rehabilitation has a long and rich tradition in the training of teachers and other professionals in special needs education, rehabilitation and inclusive development. The mission of the faculty is to ensure equalization of opportunities of persons with disabilities and other special needs through human resource development and production of assistive devices for promotion of learning and independent living. For this reason, all the students who study at the faculty undertake courses that are uniquely designed with skills in braille, sign language, mobility and orientation skills, early identification of learning needs and impairments in children, young people and adults.

In addition, the Faculty, through its outreach programme collaborate with organizations of persons with disability and development partners in disability, special needs, inclusive education and rehabilitation to promote social justice and inclusive development.  The undergraduate and graduate programmes offered are located under the departments of Adult and Community Education (ACE), Community and Disability Studies (CDS) and Special Needs Studies (SNS). There are approximately 1037 students studying different courses in the faculty serviced by well qualified staff majorly with Doctoral Degrees and especially skilled in their areas of expertise in disability, special needs and inclusive education, rehabilitation, adult education, community development and social justice. The technical staff provide support services through Uganda Sign Language Interpreting, Mobility Guide and reading for the blind, and disability assessment and speech and language therapy.


The Faculty boasts of a strong collaboration with development partners with the view to promoting the inclusion of persons with disabilities and other special needs. The following projects are currently being run in collaboration with other partners.

NORHED-Enable Project

This NORHED (Norwegian) supported programme is being implemented in collaboration with the University of Oslo- Norway, University of Dar es Salaam – Tanzania and Kenya Institute of Special Education (KISE). The main activities are

    • Human resource development at PhD and Masters level education
    • Development of web-page on Sensory impairments (Visual, Hearing and Deafblind)
    • Research in sensory impairments through Postdoctoral scholarships

Visio project

The Royal Dutch (Netherlands) government through its center for the blind and partially sighted (Visio) is working with the Faculty to screen, assess and rehabilitate students in ten secondary schools identified as having low vision. This programme involves Ministry of Health (Eye Rehabilitation department) Ministry of Education (Special Needs and Inclusive Education) and Regional Eye Hospitals where the schools are located.

Teacher Education Development for Inclusive Education

This is a programme being implemented in collaboration with Sight savers Uganda Country Office, Ministry of Education and Sports (departments of Teacher Instructor, Education and Training as well as Special Needs and Inclusive Education), National Union of Disabled People of Uganda (NUDIPU) and Uganda Society for Disabled Children (USDC). It is meant to

    • Train tutors from all government and private Primary Teaches Colleges to develop skills to implement the special needs education component in the PTC curriculum. The intention is to pass out teachers with an inclusive orientation to support all children in their classes
    • Advocate for an inclusive policy and provision that takes into consideration the needs of persons with disabilities.

PAGEL – Speech and Language Therapy Interventions

The Faculty is collaborating with the Leibniz University in Hannover (Germany), Kenyatta university and Muhimbili University of Health and allied Sciences to implement a speech and language therapy intervention for babies, young children, adults and seniors (elders). The first phase of the programme has been on human resource development for a sustainable speech and Language Therapy support in a form that is cost effective for the country.


In addition, the Faculty has partnered with many Civil Society Organizations (CSO)and institutions to promote the inclusion of learners with disabilities and guide on rehabilitation services needed. These include Cheshire Services Uganda, World Vision and Uganda People Defense Forces (Mubende Rehabilitation Unit). The Center for Visual Impairment which is currently being used as the Disability Support Center serves all students with disabilities across the university who need their coursework and reading materials modified in a form that can be easy to read. Other persons with disabilities visit the center to seek different rehabilitation and professional support for independent living. The services are offered as a contribution of the University to achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 and the National Development Plan on the inclusion of persons with disabilities.

The following services at your disposal

    • Production and transcription of all print materials in Braille,
    • Testing and production of ear mould
    • Production of low cost assistive devices
    • Assessment of disabilities and other special needs as well as providing early stimulation for preschool or learners with severe learning needs at Early Childhood Learning and Assessment Center (ECLAC).


Department of Adult and Community Education

The department is a Chair for UNESCO for Kyambogo University in Adult education development and offers the following programmes:

    • Bachelor of Adult and Community Education (BACE)        – 3 years
    • Certificate in Adult Education (CACE)                                 – 1 year

These programmes are uniquely grounded in addressing community development and special needs of adults with different categories of Disabilities (PWDs)and other special needs to realize their potential and contribute to personal and national development.

Department of Community and Disability Studies

Currently the Department offers Programmes that emphasizes the rehabilitation and promotion of human rights, social justice, empowerment and equalization of opportunities of persons with disabilities and other special needs. The programmes admits both direct entrants (A ‘level leavers and in-service officers to study during the day and evening into:

    • Post Graduate Diploma in Community Based Rehabilitation (PGD CBR)  – 1 Year (study time flexible)
    • Bachelor of Community Based Rehabilitation (BCBR)                                – 3 Years
    • Bachelor of Community Development and Social Justice(BCDSJ)             – 3 Years
    • Diploma in Mobility and Rehabilitation (DMR)                                             – 2 Years
    • Diploma in Community Based Rehabilitation (DCBR)                                 – 2 Years

Department of Special Needs Studies

The department comprise programme that were started at the institute of Teacher Education Kyambogo and later the Uganda National Institute of Special Education (UNISE) in training of teachers and production of assistive devices and learning materials. It offers programmes that prepares individuals to be teachers of the blind and low vision (visual impairment), deaf and hard of hearing (hearing impairment and of children with autism, down syndrome and other forms of neurological difficulties (intellectual Impairment). The following programmes are offered:

    • Masters in Special Needs Education                          – 2years
    • Postgraduate Diploma in Special Needs Education   – 1 year
    • Bachelor of Education in Special Needs Education   – 2 years
    • Diploma in Special Needs Education                         – 2 years
    • Diploma in Deaf Education                                         – 2 years (New)
    • Certificate in Sign Language Interpretation                -1 year (New)

I call upon all of you to reach out to us for tailor made trainings, advice on interventions and rehabilitation of persons with disabilities and other special needs as well as utilizing our immense expertise for consultancies.

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