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H.E. Xingwana Visits Mak, Discusses Next Mandela Lecture



The new South African High Commissioner to Uganda Her Excellency Lulama Mary-Theresa Xingwana on Friday 9th April, 2021 made her inaugural visit to Makerere University where she was received by the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe. H.E. Xingwana who presented her credentials to the President H.E. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni on 11th March 2021 was accompanied by her First Secretary: Political, Mr. A.E. Munaka.

“Your Excellency, you are most welcome to Uganda and Makerere University in particular”, remarked Prof. Nawangwe as he received the Diplomat. He noted that the University had enjoyed a cordial working relationship with the outgoing High Commissioner H.E. Prof. Maj. Gen. (Rtd) Lekoa Solly Mollo and looked forward to continuing the same with H.E. Xingwana.

In her remarks, H.E. Xingwana noted that Makerere University is a very prestigious institution on the African continent that is appreciated for both its history and current standing. “As young girls who grew up under apartheid, we always dreamt that we would one day study at the prestigious Makerere University because there were no opportunities for blacks to study in our Universities then.”

The High Commissioner then delved into the purpose of her visit, which was to revive the Annual Nelson Mandela Commemorative Lecture, despite the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The lecture is an initiative of the South African High Commission in Uganda and Makerere University, spearheaded by the Department of Political Science and Public Administration. The inaugural lecture was launched on 31st August 2017 by H.E. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni and delivered by Nelson Mandela’s granddaughter, Ms. Zoleka Mandela.

“When I presented my credentials, I informed His Excellency the President of our readiness to revive the Annual Nelson Mandela Lecture and as part of the events celebrating Mandela Day this year, unveil a statue erected at the Mandela National Stadium” continued the High Commissioner.

Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe (L) presents a selection of Souvenirs to H.E. Lulama Mary-Theresa Xingwana (R) during her visit to Makerere University on Friday 9th April 2021.

H.E. Xingwana then proposed the weeks either preceding or following Mandela Day on Sunday 18th July, 2021 as possible dates for holding the Annual Nelson Mandela Commemorative Lecture and Unveiling Ceremony. “I thank you for hosting us and contributing your time and resources to ensure that the Nelson Mandela Lecture lives on as an educative, conscientiousness and awareness raising programme especially for the young people.”

In response, the Vice Chancellor said it was a privilege and honour for Makerere University to host the Annual Nelson Mandela Commemorative Lecture in appreciation of the former President’s selfless sacrifice.

“We are delighted to host the Annual Nelson Mandela Lecture in recognition of the dignity that the black South Africans and indeed blacks all over the world regained when the icon was released from prison” said Prof. Nawangwe before adding that he had been a privileged to visit Mandela’s Soweto home on 2nd February 2018 and meet Ms. Winnie Madikizela Mandela.

“Although she was frail, she was extremely glad when I dressed her in the Makerere University PhD gown and cap” added the Vice Chancellor.

The Vice Chancellor and High Commissioner also discussed the possibility of establishing a Centre of Excellence in honour of Ms. Winnie Mandela. The centre would help champion Human rights and Gender activism, fight against oppression of the underprivileged and uplift economically disadvantaged women, issues that Winnie Mandela was passionate about.

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President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni launches Annual Nelson Mandela Commemorative Lecture

Mak Honours Mrs. Winnie Madikizela Mandela


Re-advertisement: Undergraduate Programmes 2024/2025



A section of the University Road

The Academic Registrar, Makerere University invites applications from Ugandan, East African, and international applicants for the undergraduate programmes under Government Sponsorship (BVL) and private sponsorship scheme for the 2024/2025 Academic Year.

Each applicant should:

a) Have the Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE) with at least five passes, or its equivalent and at least two principal passes at Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE) obtained at the same sitting. For day programmes only candidates who sat A’ Level in 2023,2022 and 2020 are eligible to apply. For evening, afternoon, and external programmes, a candidate is not restricted on the year of sitting A’ Level.


d) Degree from a recognised/Chartered Institution

Further details on the re-advertised programmes , fees structure, and the procedure of submitting applications can be accessed from the document below:                                            

The closing date for receiving applications for undergraduate admissions is Friday 26th July 2024.                                                           


  1. Applicants are strongly warned against presenting forged or other people’s academic documents to support their applications for admission.  The consequences, if discovered, are very grave indeed.
  2. Do not buy any other documents not originating from the Academic Registrar’s Office.  Those who buy them do so at their own risk. 
  3. The Academic Registrar has not appointed any agent to act on his behalf to solicit for additional funds other than the application fee stated above.    
  4. Applicants are advised to use the right programme names and codes. The university will not be responsible for any wrong information entered in the system by applicants.     

Prof. Mukadasi Buyinza

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Freshers’ Orientation and Registration For 2024/2025 Academic Year



To All First Year Students;
First Year students (Freshers) are by tradition given an “acclimatization” period of one week
which is referred to as the “Orientation Week”. The Freshers report on Campus one week
earlier than the Continuing students and during this week they are introduced to the key facilities in the University as well as other important aspects of life at the University.

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Admission Lists -Disability, Sports and District Quota Schemes 2024/25



Students move towards Main Building on University Road

The Office of Academic Registrar, Makerere University has released the admission list of candidates admitted under the Disability, Sports and District Quota Schemes with Government sponsorship 2024/25 Academic Year.

Kindly follow the links below to access the lists:-

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