Makerere University | MAK

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Established in 1922 as a humble technical school, Makerere University 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.

Makerere University Vision is To be the leading institution for academic excellence and innovations in Africa and Mission is To provide innovative teaching, learning, research and services responsive to National and Global needs.

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Makerere University offers a number of academic programmes at Diploma, Undergraduate and Postgraduate Levels
Certificate and Diploma; Makerere offers Diploma and Certificate programs that help prepare students for higher education and also advance their careers. They are usually under certain departments and short in length since they are intended to cover specific areas.
Undergraduate; Makerere University offers a number of Bachelors Degree Programmes.
Postgraduate; Makerere offers more than 100 graduate programmes



The Hospital is managed by the Director in conjunction with the Hospital Administration and also assisted by the Senior Nursing Officer. The Hospital comprises of various units which render different services to the University Community. It has medical units which are available to staff, both senior and junior, and to students.
It offers both curative and preventive services. The dental unit offers extraction, scaling, polishing and filling-in services for the teeth. There is also a new and modern X-ray unit which deals with all X-ray diagnosis. The Laboratory concerns itself with examining samples of blood, stool and Urine.

The maternal Child-health and Family Planning Clinic deals with the immunization of children and students, dispenses vaccines and contraceptives. There is also a small dispensary which dispenses all essential drugs for treatment of any ailments.

Makerere University Library comprises of the Main Library and seven specialised Branch Libraries, five located Makerere University main campus and two off campus. The library is adjacent to the freedom square, opposite the Faculty of Agriculture.

In addition, Makerere University Library serves as a National Reference Library . In this capacity, it is a legal depository of all works published in Uganda, including government publications. It is also the depository of United Nations’ publications and related bodies. The Library also boasts of a special collection of information resources, consisting of the University archives, Africana materials, manuscripts and photographic materials (all located in Africana section); and the history of medicine in Uganda (located in Albert Cook Branch Library). These unique collections are preserved and provide access to interesting information on Uganda’s heritage.


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