Top 10 private universities in Uganda

One of the reasons Uganda is getting better and better in terms of education, is the competition between government and private universities. Over time, there are lots of universities that have maintained a consistent flow since their foundation.

The list below contains the best of private universities in Uganda, ranked in order of academic standards and other helping factors.

1. Uganda Christian University

Uganda Christian University (UCU) was the first private university in Uganda, founded in 1997 by the Church of Uganda. Its main campus is located in Mukono.

The university has attracted lots of local and international students, hitting a total enrollment of over 10,000 students.

Due to its consistency in academic excellence across various disciplines, the university has gained the trust of the majority of the public.

2. Islamic University In Uganda.

Islamic University in Uganda is the most popular Islamic university, with the main campus in Mbale district, and others around Kampala and Wakiso.

It was opened in 1988 by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), and has a total student population of 8,638 students coming from over 21 different countries.

3. Kampala International University

When you tell a student to think of five private universities that they can attend, I bet KIU can’t miss the list. This is one of the leading, most prestigious and reputable private universities in Uganda.

It was established in 2001 and gained chartered status in 2009, and it has a population of more than 12,000 students and offers both undergraduate and postgraduate disciplines.

4. Uganda Martyrs University Nkozi

Founded in 1993, Uganda Martyrs University Nkozi is one of the best private universities in Uganda, affiliated with the Catholic church of Uganda.

It currently offers 155 programmes and has a total of over 4,000 students, and over 30,000 alumni during its time of operation.

5. Cavendish University

Ranked in the top 20 on the list of the best universities in Uganda, Cavendish University was established 2008.

It is located in the heart of Kampala City with over 5,000 students and offering various academic disciplines.

6. Ndejje University

Established in 1992, Ndejje university is one of the oldest universities in Uganda, with over 6,000 students, and is affiliated with the Anglican Church of Uganda.

It was chartered in 2009 by the National Council for Higher Education, and its academic awards are nationally and internationally recognized.

7. International University of East Africa

The International University of East Africa (IUEA) was opened in 2010, and is accredited by the National Council for Higher Education.

With its campus located in Kansanga along Ggaba road, Kampala, is one of the most famous private unnversities, with over 3,000 students and prestigious facilities.

8. Nkumba University

Nkumba University is a chartered private university founded in 1994 as part of a group of schools and colleges that originally grew from a kindergarten established in 1951.

Its urban campus is located along Entebbe road in Lyamutundwe, with a total enrolment of over 7,000 students by 2011.

9. Muteesa I Royal University

Muteesa I Royal University was established by the Buganda kingdom under Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II and accredited by the NCHE in 2007.

Despite its affiliation with the Buganda kingdom, the university accepts all students from all walks of life, and has a total enrolment of 3,000 students for that matter.

10. Kampala University

Kampala university was founded in 1999 by a group of academics and investors who pooled money together. It is fully accredited and chartered by the National Council for Higher Education. It is affiliated with The East African University.


There is still a huge space in the private tertiary education, and private universities are still emerging. There are many more in the country than this list could contain. Therefore, making a choice on the university that works for you requires a little more background research.

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