Makerere University is Uganda’s largest and oldest institution of higher learning, first established as a technical school in 1922. The university became an independent national University in 1970.
Today, Makerere University is composed of nine colleges and one school offering programs for about 36,000 undergraduates and 4,000 postgraduates. The main administrative block was gutted by fire in September 2020, upon waiting only a year to celebrate its lifetime achievement of 100 years of existence.
For all these years while educating the country and the continent, the U.S media and global reports have continuously ranked the University as the eighth-best university in Africa and the 569th best university worldwide, until recently In 2020, when the U.S. Media& World Report ranked Makerere as the highest-ranked university in sub-Saharan Africa, outside of South Africa, not forgetting the 2016 ranking by the Times Higher Education World University ranking, that put Makerere in the fourth position, head of other regional universities.
Makerere University, as a long-serving academic institution, has produced continental big names, including former Ugandan president Milton Apollo Obote, Tanzanian president Julius Nyerere, and Benjamin Mkapa, former president of the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Mwai Kibaki of Kenya.
However, not only Makerere University is celebrating hundred years of existence, but the Democratic Party founded by Benedicto Kiwanuka is also celebrating longevity in the political space of Uganda.
DP is a moderate conservative political party in Uganda led by Norbert Mao, Paul Ssemogerere was at the party helm for 25 years, until his retirement in 2005, opening doors for the late John Ssebana Kizito, who led the party until February 2010, when Norbert Mao was elected to office
DP was formed out of the religious and economic demographics that began to model politics in Buganda before Uganda’s independence. Buganda is Uganda’s largest ethnic region and has influenced the country’s politics since the country was drawn up by the British colonial power. Buganda, like most parts of Africa before independence, had been visited by three key religious forces – the Roman Catholics, the Church of England (Protestant Christians), and Islam. They battled each other to extend their influence in Buganda and Uganda as a whole.
For now, Dp has joined Makerere University to celebrate this lifetime achievement they hold together.