Makerere University is undoubtedly one of Africa's premiere academic institutions. Located in Uganda, Kenya's border to the west, it has played an immeasurable role in Africa's struggle against colonialism. Most of the African leaders who were forefront in the struggle against colonialism had a stint at this great institution.
Makerere University was established in 1922 as a technical school. Shortly after its establishment, it was renamed Uganda Technical College, offering technical courses like Carpentry, Building and Mechanics. In 1937, the college started developing into an institution of higher education offering post-school certificate courses. In 1949, it became a University College in special relationship with the University of London. It soon became a College for the whole of Eastern Africa, offering courses leading to General Degrees of the University of London.
The period of special relationship with the University of London came to a close, with the establishment of the University of East Africa on 29th June 1963. Degrees of the University of East Africa were instituted. On July 1st 1970, Makerere became an independent national University of the Republic of Uganda, offering undergraduate and postgraduate courses leading to its own awards. Today Makerere University has twenty faculties/institutes, schools offering not only Day but also Evening and External Study programmes to a student body of 16,042 Undergraduates (1999/2000) including 1,051 at connected institutions and 1,540 postgraduates. It is also a very active centre for research.
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