14th Annual Distinguished Mortenson Lecture

Ssebuwfu Pancras John M. Ssebuwufu

Managing and Transforming an African University: My Experience as Vice Chancellor of Makerere University (1993-2004)

October 26, 2004

Abstract: Makerere University was established in 1922 as a technical college and in 1970 became the National University of Uganda. The period 1970-1990 was a time of economic crisis, student and staff unrest, high staff turnover, and excessive government control. In the 1990s, in response to excess demand for higher education, Makerere expanded enrollment and instituted academic reforms including evening and distance programs, quality assurance, and gender equity. Financial reform was addressed and privatization and international partners helped transform the university. Priorities in the strategic plan include information and communications technology, library services, research, science-based disciplines, good governance and human rights, and gender mainstreaming. Makerere is now a vibrant institution and has had a profound impact on the educational sector.