University Management


In order to implement a transparent communication framework, Makerere University runs an inclusive Management structure divided into three committees. These include;

  1. The Central University Management Committee consisting of 17 members,
  2. The Top University Management Committee which in addition to the Central Committee also includes the 10 College Principals, and
  3. The University Management Consultative Forum which in addition to the Top Management Committee includes the Chief Security Officer, 3 Makerere University Academic Staff Association (MUASA) Representatives, 2 Makerere Administrative Staff Association (MASA) Representatives, 2 National Union on Education Institutions (NUEI) Representatives and 3 Guild Council Representatives.


Please see below for the Membership of those respective Management Committees


Central University Management Committee (17 Members)


The Vice Chancellor is responsible for the academic, administrative and financial affairs of the University; and in the absence of the Chancellor presides over ceremonial assemblies of the University and confers degrees and other academic titles and distinctions of the University.

The Vice Chancellor is elected by the Council on the recommendation of Senate and, once elected, sits as an ex officio member of the board and of all its standing committees except the Audit Committee. Pursuant to university bylaws, the Vice Chancellor is a member of every faculty and every separate academic unit of the university.

There are two Deputy Vice-Chancellors (DVCs); the First Deputy Vice-Chancellor is in charge of the Academic Affairs of the University, while the Second Deputy Vice-Chancellor is in charge of Finance and Administration.

The DVC for Academic Affairs is responsible for the academic affairs of the university. As such, they oversee programmes and policies that promote academic excellence in the University; ensure quality of academic programmes; oversee proper planning and coordination of undergraduate and postgraduate academic programmes; coordinate curriculum development; and ensure optimal utilization of teaching, research and library facilities. The DVC Academic Affairs monitors the Colleges/Faculties/Institutes/Schools, the graduate School, the University Library and the Department of the Academic Registrar.

The DVC for Finance and Administration oversees the finances and administration of the University. In this respect, they are responsible for the planning, budgeting and development of the university; Resource mobilization; Investment; Human resource management; Security; Estates and works; and Procurement. Accordingly, the second DVC monitors the Finance Department, the Planning and Development Department,  and the Security Department, among others.

The University Secretary is charged with the general administration of the University. As such, his office is concerned with policy formulation as well as policy direction, implementation and decision-making. Specifically, the Office administers over; Finance, University plant, Planning and Institutional development, University Service Units, Council matters, Secretarial Services to Council and Human resources. Some of the sections under the University Secretary’s Office include the Legal Unit, the Projects Implementation Unit and the Procurement and Disposal Unit.

The Director Human Resources oversees the Directorate in charge of personnel activity, such as employment, benefits and staff training and development. Sections under the Directorate include Administration and Personnel, Labour and Welfare, and Appointments Board

The Academic Registrar is the chief coordinator of all matters pertaining to the academic organisation of the University: examinations, research, postgraduate studies, syllabuses and is always the Secretary to Senate and its committees. The Academic Registry oversees admissions & records, examinations as well as staff development and ceremonies.

The University Librarian is the overall head of Makerere University Library Services, which comprise of the Main Library and seven specialised Branch Libraries. Five of these are located at the Makerere University main campus (namely: Education Library, Veterinary Medicine Library, I.A.C.E. Library, MISR Library and EASLIS Library) and two off campus (namely: Albert Cook Library at the College of Health Sciences in Mulago; and MUARIK Library at the Agricultural Institute in Kabanyolo). At the centre of the University is the Main Library, situated on Makerere Hill, opposite the School of Agricultural Sciences (formerly Faculty of Agriculture).

The University Bursar is the manager of financial transactions in the University. This office is responsible for the maintenance of all financial records in the department and a proper accounting system for the University.

The Dean of Students coordinates the activities of student accommodation and is responsible for the welfare and discipline of students in the University. Apart from the Halls of Residence; each governed by a Warden, other sections overseen by the Dean's office include sports and recreation, chapels and mosques, students’ guild and the counseling and guidance centre.

The Director of Planning and Development is responsible for planning for the University. He/she also offers support to strategic and operational decision making through collection, analysis and interpretation of institutional and externally sourced data.

The Director Quality Assurance provides an oversight role to the Directorate, so as to ensure efficiency and effectiveness in university activities. As part of continuous quality improvement, the Directorate undertakes a periodic critical self-assessment of the university's core activities; research and innovations; knowledge transfer partnerships and networking as well as support services.

The Director Legal Affairs is responsible for providing legal advice to the University Council, Management and other organs of the University in matters of drafting agreements, contracts, memoranda and other legal documents. He/she provides clear oral and written interpretation of laws and other statutory instruments relating to the University, ensures and facilitates the University’s compliance with the set policies, regulations and guidelines governing staff, students and administration of the University.

The Director Internal Audit’s authority and mandate is derived from Makerere University Council.  The University Council by policy establishes and supports Internal Audit as an independent appraisal function to examine and evaluate University activities/operations as a service to the Management and Council of Makerere University.

The Director Estates and Works is in charge of administrative, financial and personnel matters of the Estates and Works Department. He/she implements Estates policy matters of the University, coordinates all capital projects of the University as well as the execution of all works (Civil, Mechanical and Electrical).

The Director Research and Graduate Training is responsible for coordinating and administering all research in the University. The Director is responsible for identifying research priorities, as part of the strategic vision for the University.

The Director ICT Support is in charge of the overall management and co-ordination of ICT support systems within the University. As the head of a very specialized unit within the University system, the Director oversees the implementation of all University ICT projects within a coordinated operational plan.

The Director Gender Mainstreaming Directorate oversees the mainstreaming of gender in the University functions of teaching and learning; research and innovations; knowledge transfer partnerships and networking as well as support services. The Gender Mainstreaming Directorate is the Secretariat for the Makerere University Gender Mainstreaming Programme.


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