The following is a chronology of the great men who have served at the helm of the institution as Principals (1922-1970) and as Vice Chancellors from (1970 to 2012):
Prof. Venansius Baryamureeba Acting Vice Chancellor(Nov 2009 - August 2012)
Prof. Baryamureeba is a Professor of Computer Science and holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science, M.Sc. in Computer Science, Post Graduate Diploma in Analysing Linear Programming Models, M.Sc. (Mathematics)-Coursework and B.Sc. (Hons) among other qualifications.
He served as Acting Vice Chancellor from 1st November 2009 to 31st August 2012 and under his leadership, Makerere University restructured its academic programmes, instituted financial and administrative reforms, restructured academic and administrative units into a collegiate system, opened two up-country university campuses, improved research output, improved financial performance of the University, and improved the general image of the University.Prior to this, Prof. Baryamureeba was Director and later Dean of the Institute of Computer Science and Faculty of Computing and Informatics Technology respectively. He transformed the Institute from a small unit with one academic programme, 28 students and an annual budget of US$15,000 in 2001 into a Faculty with 19 academic programmes, over 5,000 students and an annual budget of over US$7 million by September 2005. By the end of his tenure, the Faculty had a budget of over US$10 million; and graduates over 1,000 computing professionals annually.
Prof.Lilian Tibatemwa Ekirikubinza Acting Vice Chancellor(April - Oct, 2009)
Professor Lillian Tibatemwa-Ekirikubinza is currently the 1st Deputy Vice-Chancellor in charge of Academic Affairs. A Professor of Law, Lillian holds a Ph.D. from the University of Copenhagen Denmark; a Masters of Law (LL.M in Commercial Law) from Bristol, U.K.; and an Honours Degree in Law (LL.B. Hons.) from Makerere University. She is also an advocate in the Courts of Uganda’s Judicature. Professor Tibatemwa-Ekirikubinza has extensively engaged in academic and policy impact research in areas of Criminal Law and Criminology, Children’s Rights, Juvenile Justice, Gender and Women’s Rights – areas in which she is also widely published. Her work ingeniously links the Law with the socio-economic and cultural milieu, offering an invaluable critique of the law from “a lived reality” perspective. More recently, she has engaged in research on Quality assurance in Institutions of Higher Learning. She has special interest in women’s right to education and has in the recent past been recognized as a FAWE Prominent Educationalist. She is also a Fellow of the Uganda National Academy of Sciences and an Alumnus of the International Women’s Leadership Forum. Professor Tibatemwa-Ekirikubinza was the Acting Vice Chancellor from April 2009 to October 2009. Her publications include three books:
- Women’s Violent Crime in Uganda: More Sinned Against than Sinning (1999). Fountain Publishers, Kampala;
- . Offences Against the Person: Homicides and Non-Fatal Assaults in Uganda. Fountain Publishers, Kampala; and
- Criminal Law in Uganda: Sexual Assaults and Offences against Morality. Fountain Publishers, Kampala
MilestonesTibatemwa-Ekirikubinza has been a pioneer in several academic endeavours including:
- First Ugandan woman to qualify for an award of a Ph.D. in Law
- First female to become an Associate Professor of Law in the East African region
- First female to become full Professor of Law in the East African region
- First female Deputy Dean of Makerere’s Faculty of Law
- First female to ascend to the position of Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Makerere University.
Prof. Livingstone Serwadda Luboobi (2004- Nov 2009)
An alumnus of Makerere University, Professor Luboobi served as Vice Chancellor from 2004 to 2009.
During his term as Vice Chancellor, there were collaborations reached with International Universities and organizations in various areas and mechanisms established to mobilize resources to supplement funding including investment and reaching out to alumni. Professor Luboobi is also credited as a founder member of the Makerere University Private Sector Forum.
Born in 1944 in Kalisizo, Rakai district, Luboobi was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Bergen, Norway in 2008 in recognition of his significant contribution to the internationalisation of the University of Bergen. He has previously lectured at the University of Toronto and Dar-es-salaam University. He also served as Dean, Faculty of Science, Makerere University.
Prof. Pancas John Mukasa Lubowa Ssebuwufu(VC, 1993-2004)
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Prof. Ssebuwufu was successor to Prof. Senteza – Kajubi, who had completed his 2nd tenure in 1993.
Prior to his appointment, Prof. Ssebuwufu had taught Chemistry at Makerere after having attained a bachelors of Science degree in Chemistry in 1970.
He left in 2004 and during his tenure, a number of developments had been made. For example, there was an increase in academic programmes and the student population from 5,000 to 14,000. Various infrastructures for academic and administrative purposes were put up as well as several income generating initiatives.
Prof. Barnabas George Kirya (VC, April 1986-November 1990)
Kirya was appointed as the Vice Chancellor after Prof. Wandira’s second term ended. He had first served as a don in the university and had joined Makerere as an intern in Mulago hospital’s surgery and pediatrics department.
Prior to his appointment he lectured at the Department of Biochemistry at the Medical School; where he had been Professor and the Head of Department. Kirya served as Vice Chancellor from 1986 – 1990, and there after, was named Uganda’s High Commissioner in United Kingdom.
Prof. Kirya 70, the former Uganda High Commissioner to the United Kingdom is currently the chairman of the Health Service Commission.
Prof. Kajubi served as the university’s Vice Chancellor at two different intervals. 1977 – 1979 and 1990 – 1993.
The 1st period which was during Idi Amin’s regime was difficult. It was marked by war and consequent instability especially when Tanzania led forces invaded Uganda to overthrow President Idi Amin. Several buildings were damaged and inflation was high hence salaries were eroded; academicians who were in exile were discouraged from returning. This hampered the growth of academic programmes and infrastructure.
During the 2nd period of Senteza’s tenure, Makerere was recovering from the effects of civil strife and political instability and adapting to the structural adjustment programmes. The latter cut back Government support to the University; and revenue generating initiatives mainly self – sponsorship were introduced to help bridge the gap.
Prof. Joseph Sekyala Winter Lutwama (RIP), VC, January 20, 1975-September 19, 1977
Prof. Lutwama born in 1926 was the 1st African to be named Head Department of Preventive Medicine now the Institute of Public Health in 1964. The following year, he was appointed Dean of the Medical School, a position he held until he was appointed Vice Chancellor 1975 – 1977.He died in October 23, 1986 at Mulago.
Prof. Asavia Wandira
(Vice Chancellor, 1973-1975, 1979-1986)
He served his first tenure as Vice Chancellor from 1972 to 1975, after which he left Uganda. He served as Professor of Education at the University of Swaziland. On return to Uganda, he was named Minister of Education in 1979. Thereafter, Professor Wandira was appointed Vice Chancellor up to 1985.he is the second longest serving head of institute and among the few who got the chance of serving at two different intervals.
(Vice Chancellor, July 1, 1970 - Jan 9, 1973)
Appointed as Vice Chancellor of the newly formed Makerere University by President Apollo Milton Obote, Kalimuzo was the first Vice Chancellor of Makerere University . In his brief tenure, Commerce, Forestry, Law and Technology disciplines were added to those on offer. Veterinary Medicine, which was being offered at Nairobi University, was introduced at Makerere while Music, Dance and Drama became diploma subjects. The main Library and Albert Cook Medical Library were extended in 1972.In October 1972; Kalimuzo was picked up by Amin’s henchmen and was never seen again. Most people believe he was murdered during Idi Amin’s regime.
Prof. Yusuf Lule Kironde
C.B.E, B.Sc.,M. Ed.
(Principal, Makerere College, 1964-1970)
Kironde was the first Ugandan to head the Institution as Principal. He was a Lecturer of education at Makerere and was the 1st Ugandan to become Principal. He served until 1970 when the different Colleges comprising UEA were made independent national Universities.
In 1970, Makerere University was designated as an Independent National University from the federation previously known as UEA. In 1985 He succumbed to kidney failure in 1985.
Sir Bernard de Bunsen (1950-1963)
Bunsen was a professor of Education and later became acting Principal on Lamont’s departure. In 1950 he was appointed Principal until 1963 when he was named Vice Chancellor of the newly formed University of east Africa (UEA) a federation of the University College at Makerere, Nairobi and Dar es Salaam campuses, each under a Principal. Bunsen held the two positions simultaneously until Yusuf Kironde Lule was appointed Principal.
Dr. William D. Lamont (1947-1949)
M.A., D. Phil.
He had been a Lecturer in Moral Philosophy, University of Glasgow and Professor of Philosophy, University of Cairo. With his arrival in 1947, the programme of staff expansion could be implemented and academic boards, faculties and departments properly constituted. During Lamont’s 2 years’ time at the helm, he guided the College in the negotiations to enter into special relations with the University of London. In 1949, the year Lamont left, Makerere was a University College.
Mr. George C. Turner (1939-1946)
M.A., C.M.G., M.C.
After his appointment in 1939, Turner’s major task involved transforming Makerere into a University College. Although the 2nd World War slowed the rapid advance for academic advancements, his major concerns were on buildings. The main administrative building and the two chapels were erected and plans for Science Laboratories were made during this time. There was also an increasing number of students from Kenya and the then Tanganyika. Turner resigned from being Principal in 1946 and thereafter left Uganda.
Mr. Douglas G. Tomblings (1924-1939)
Tomblings served as an Administrative Officer in the Protectorate Government in many parts of the country before being seconded to Makerere in 1923. He was responsible for the organization of the first academic courses, established the Prefect system as a form of student government and laying great emphasis on Physical Education, among others. He left in 1938 and had recommended that Makerere advance to University College status as fast as possible.
In 1935, the Technical College became the Centre for Higher Education in East Africa.
Mr H.O Saville, Diploma, Civil Engineering (1922-24)
Saville was the 1st Principal of what was then established as a Technical College. He was an engineer in the Public Works Department in the Protectorate Government and he put in place a plan for the development of Makerere hill with a school, agricultural plots, playing fields, department offices and a timber plantation. Alongside his administrative skills, he supervised the initial buildings, some of which were put up by students.